The Waiver Wire: Week 12
WOW! Week 11 was another powerful display of offense as we had the Chiefs and Rams rack up over 1k yards of total offense and 105 points, Luck and the Colts drop 38 on a Titans team whose defense looked dominate a week prior, TB & NYG combine for 73 points, and NO’s drop 48 on the defending Super Bowl Champs (FRAUDS..sorry NE Patriots fan here).
I don’t know if week 12 can live up to what we saw but with Thanksgiving this week I want to spread some things I am so thankful for. I am thankful to every one of you who reads this little column each week, I want to give thanks to my family who I love with all my heart, my friends who keep me grounded and ALWAYS remind me when I make a mistake, and to all our writers who sacrifice more then anyone knows to deliver unbelievable content week in and week out. All of fantasy thanks you!! With all that is happening around the world and especially here in the USA, this is a time to take a step back and appreciate all the good you have in your life. I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy Thanksgiving!
Now before we head into this weeks top waiver wire pickups we must first remind you that we have one more bye week left! This is it but in the last week of byes, we have KC & LA taking the week off after that amazing Monday showdown. On top of the two teams on bye, we had some significant injuries this week as well as a few injuries that will cause major fantasy pieces to miss time.
- Alex Smith: Broken leg and will miss the rest of the 2018 season
- Brandon LaFell: Torn Achilles and will miss the rest of the 2018 season
- Marcus Mariota: Suffered what is being said to be a stinger but Mariota is currently day to day.
- Kerryon Johnson: Suffered a knee sprain and is going to miss a week or two
- Jimmy Graham.: Broke his thumb and is going to try to play through the injury. The injury comes with a timetable of 4 to 6 games to recover
- O.J. Howard: Sent to IR with a foot and ankle injury. Howard will miss the remainder of the 2018 season.
Now onto the top Waiver Wire pickups for week 12!
As a disclaimer, all players must be owned by less than 60% of ESPN or Yahoo leagues. Ownership percentages are in parenthesizes. Below I have ranked the top 3 adds at each position with a bonus player or two sprinkled in throughout.
Lamar Jackson (ESPN 22% / Yahoo 19%)
27 times. 27 times is the amount of rushing attempts Lamar Jackson had in his debut. So that is unhealthy and unsustainable but that running ability is what gives Jackson one of the safest floors in all of football. Now, Jackson isn’t guaranteed anything here so go after Jackson knowing this but if he is given the starting job from here on out then Jackson has a ceiling that could be league winning! Jackson didn’t throw or run for a touchdown and still was a top 15 QB for the week. I am all in on Jackson and advise you to be too!
Baker Mayfield (ESPN 37% / Yahoo 41%)
Back from a week off Baker gets the terrible Cincinnati secondary who is giving up the most passing yards per game in the NFL (296.0). Start Baker with confidence even on the road. Lamar Jackson just ripped them and he couldn’t even run or throw a pass into the end zone!
Jameis Winston (ESPN 9% / Yahoo 10%)
Soo I guess Jameis is the starting quarterback for the Bucs in week 12. I mean who knows with this team at anymore. If history is anything then Jameis has three weeks before he is benched at halftime soo congrats you get a starting QB for three weeks. Winston is a TO machine and may have the job from here on out but no one really knows. I just hope he doesn’t stop throwing to Mike Evans like he usually does.
Josh Adams (ESPN 27% / Yahoo 32%)
Adams has taken full control of the Eagles backfield and it was proven with the 70% share he Adams had in week 11. With Sproles still sidelined, Adams is the Eagles RB to own.
Gus Edwards (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 4%)
It troubles me to put a Ravens RB on the waiver wire but Edwards made it very difficult to leave him off the list after dominating the backfield (62% snap share / 17 carries). I am not willing to trust the Ravens backfield but if you are desperate to get an RB then Edwards may be the RB Baltimore leans on down the stretch.
LeGarrette Blount (ESPN 9% / Yahoo 9%) & Theo Riddick (ESPN 33% / Yahoo 32%)
With the injury to Kerryon “my wayward son” Johnson we have to take a look a the Lions RB depth chart. In a short week, as the Lions will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving day game, the Lions will be starting LeGarrette Blount and using Theo Riddick as their 3rd down back. Blount who is not very good has Touchdown upside and should be targeted in standard scoring formats, whereas Riddick has tremendous passing catching upside but limited touchdown upside and should only be targeted in PPR scoring formats. A name to remember is Zach Zenner. Zenner is a freak athlete (SPARQ-x 95th percentile) and could be a contributor during Johnson’s absence.
Josh Reynolds (ESPN 26% / Yahoo 45%)
I know Tre’Quan Smith had a monster game in his own right but there is something special about this passing attack of the LA Rams and if I have a chance in week 12 to invest in it I am going all in. Cooper Kupp is out for the rest of the season so you can safely attack Reynolds wither with a high waiver claim or your FAAB and know he will be available for you until the rest of the season. Reynolds 8 targets last night were a season high and so wasn’t his 80 yards. Reynolds will slot in as a WR3 / Flex but can give you WR 2 upside similar to Smith.
Tre’Quan Smith (ESPN 13% / Yahoo 26%)
What can you say about Smith’s performance that hasn’t already been said or read about? I mean let’s call it as it is, the Eagles sold out on Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara and said beat us elsewhere. The Saints scored 48 points! Smith is a plus matchup start only right now as his volume is too inconsistent and the Saints will look to their guaranteed playmakers in games that matter. Smith has a phenomenal upside because of the offense he plays in and should be rostered in over 60% of fantasy leagues.
D.J. Moore (ESPN 32% / Yahoo 39%)
I have loved DJ Moore since his time in Maryland and as the top the WR taken in the 2018 draft, Moore is starting to becoming an integral part of an explosive Panthers offense. Moore’s offense snap share has now risen to over 70% and is the Panthers #2 receiver. The increased snap share showed as Moore had a season-high in targets (8) and yards (157.0) and scored only his second touchdown of his rookie season. The Panthers playoff schedule is one of the easiest for the Panthers WRs & Cam Newton, so Moore could become a vital key flex / WR3 play for a championship run.
Gerald Everett (ESPN 3% / Yahoo 2%)
If you are the primary pass catching TE on a team that just scored 54 points you automatically become the #1 TE waiver wire add. Everett is another freakish athletic tight end from the historic 2017 class and is now beginning to shine in the Rams offensive scheme after the Kupp injury. Everett is the Rams primary route running TE and his game-winning touchdown catch & run showcased his athletism and upside in this offense. Everett’s weekly volume makes him a risky play but his upside is untapped!
Cameron Brate (ESPN 9% / Yahoo 21%)
With the return of Jameis Winston to the starting lineup, Cameron Brate becomes a hot add in all fantasy circles. Brate is someone Winston trusts immensely and with an injury to Howard, he may be able to see the field right away depending on the severity of Howard’s ankle injury. Welcome, Brate with open arms because 30 yards and a TD is what is waiting for you….a TE1 is born.
Jonnu Smith (ESPN 2% / Yahoo 7%)
Jonnu Smith set a season-high with 8 targets Sunday but his touchdown streak was unfortunately snapped at 2. The entire Titans offense laid a stinky turd on the Lucas Oil field but they will look to rebound against the Texans who are giving up on average 12 pts per game to the TE position over their past 4 games. Fire up Smith this week with zero fear and let us know!
That will do it for the top players to target for Week 12! Don’t forget to get those waiver claims in and thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it. You can find me on Twitter @Trotta23. If you need EVEN more fantasy advice, you can follow The Gurus @TFFGurus & you can find all our season-long advice at tffgurus.com. I will see you all next Tuesday for another edition of The Waiver Wire. Until then may the health gods be forever in your favor.