Fantasy Football 2019: Waiver Wire Week 12 Pick upsTweet
TEAMS ON BYE: Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings
Waiver Group: May be available to you (ownership above 50% Lower than 90%)
QB: CLE Baker Mayfield (54%), OAK Derek Carr (69%), SF Jimmy Garoppolo (82%), BUF Josh Allen (84%)
RB: CHI Tarik Cohen (61%), PIT Jaylen Samuels (66%), GB Jamaal Williams (72%)
WR: SF Deebo Samuel (54%), MIA Devante Parker (59%), NYJ Jamison Crowder (74%), NYG Golden Tate (79%), OAK Tyrell Williams (80%)
TE: MIN Kyle Rudolph (55%), HOU Darren Fells (56%), LAR Gerald Everett (76%), NO Jared Cook (86%)
Waiver Group: Should be available to you (ownership under 50%)
DET Jeff Driskel (3%) – While assuming the role of starter while Matthew Stafford deals with a back injury, Driskel’s performance against Dallas was surprising. Finishing as a top 12 QB this past week, Jeff Driskel has proven that he can be successful in this Lion’s system and even though his passing numbers haven’t been the same as Stafford’s, his rushing ability provides points to make up the difference. Though he will undoubtedly be replaced once Stafford returns, he is still slated to be the starter for a few more weeks at least, which obviously included their next game in Washington which should lead to another solid showing from Driskel.
TEN Ryan Tannehill (21%) – Returning from a bye week, Tannehill should be rested and ready to go. Since taking over for Marcus Mariota in week 6, Tannehill has been a great option, finishing as a top 12 QB in 3 of his first 4 starts. He has had at least 2 total touchdowns every week he has started as well and has begun to get some groundwork to boot over his last couple games. He has a major piece of this revitalized Titans team and with a running back like Derrick Henry causing teams to focus on their rushing offense, Tannehill is set to continue his strong performances.
Other Group of QBs: NYJ Sam Darnold (22%), NYG Daniel Jones (29%), IND Jacoby Brissett (38%)
Darnold turned in another big performance this past week and goes against an Oakland defense that he can either tear apart as well or get torn apart by, either way the following games against Cincinnati and Miami could warrant storing him on your bench at least. Jones has been a boom-or-bust quarterback for most of this season and I don’t see that changing much coming out of his bye week, but a Quarterback that has had 300+ passing yard and 4 TD in a game for two of his past three games is nothing to sneeze at. Brissett has been a solid quarterback for his owners so far this season, despite an off-week here and there, and is probably only sparsely owned because of his injury two weeks ago.
IND Jonathan Williams (4%) – Williams got the majority of the carries for the Colts last week after Marlon Mack went out of the game with an injury and was able to produce 147 total yards. With his output last week, he is projected to be the starter against Houston. Starting running backs can be picked up fast, especially with the week he’s coming off of and on an offense like the Colts, at least with Brissett under center, a lot can be expected from Williams on the ground and through the air. Also, now that he will play the whole game it is more likely that he can add a touchdown with his yards.
WAS Derrius Guice (48%) – Returning from injury is usually hard, but Guice was able to get a 45-yard TD reception to make it pleasing fantasy-wise. He only got 24 yards on the ground, but Adrian Peterson didn’t do much better. Guice may be able to take over the starting spot and has a few favorable games in a row ahead that are causing an uptick in adds for Guice across fantasy leagues.
Other Group of RBs: PHI Jay Ajayi (22%), DAL Tony Pollard (12%), BAL Gus Edwards (7%)
Jay Ajayi was signed last week by the Eagles after an injury to Jordan Howard and can be a valuable backup going forward considering the work Miles Sanders was able to get backing up Howard most of the season. We know what Ajayi is capable of doing, the only concern will be if his body can keep up and maintain his abilities. Pollard had another big game for the Cowboys and will have some favorable matchups coming up, though it may be best to bench him against the Patriots this week. Gus Edwards averaged 14 yards a carry last week and though it wouldn’t be wise to expect him to do the same for the rest of the season, but he proved his upside is worth being on someone’s bench.
DAL Randall Cobb (15%) – A second consecutive 100+ yard, 1 TD game has put Cobb up as the best sub-50% owned wide receiver over the past couple weeks. He has some tough matchups coming up, but Cobb is starting to look like he’s back in Green Bay and with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup lining up with him it is sure to leave more lax coverage for Cobb to continue doing what he has done.
NYG Darius Slayton (25%) – Slayton has been a boom-or-bust guy this season, but that looks like it may change after the Giants previous game where he was targeted 14 times, after averaging just over 4 targets a game prior. He was also able to make the most out of the previous game, turning in his best performance in yards, catch percentage (over two targets), and scoring 2 touchdowns.
Other Group of WRs: PIT James Washington (8%), JAX Chris Conley (13%), LAR Josh Reynolds (16%), IND Zach Pascal (36%)
Washington has been the best receiver for the Steelers over the past three weeks and with the injuries to Juju Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson last week that leave Johnson in concussion protocol and Smith-Schuster up-in-the-air for playing next week. Washington is set to be the focal point of their passing offense again with even more looks his way. Chris Conley saw 8 targets with the return of Nick Foles and is looking like he may be the second target after DJ Chark on the Jags and with some big games a couple weeks ago, could become a good boom candidate off the bench. Reynolds led the Rams in passing yards last game and can see even more production if Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods remain inactive. Pascal had to deal with Brissett pulling the offense out of the funk Miami set them in and can probably go back to his pre-Brissett-injury groove next week.
SEA Jacob Hollister (32%) – This Seahawk offense had a tight end producing in bunches at the beginning of the season and they have finally found someone to take the reins after Will Dissly’s injury. Hollister has seen his targets increase over Seattle’s past 3 games and has scored a touchdown 3 times over the past 2. Coming out of the bye week against an Eagles, it may be difficult for the athletic young Hollister to get past a defense that is tough against tight ends, but if athletic veterans like Vernon Davis and Jimmy Graham have been able to find the endzone against Philly, then the same can be expected from him.
DEN Noah Fant (28%) – Fant had a breakout game in week 9 and came back in week 11 to have a yardage total that was once again above his season average and with over 10 targets. His week could’ve been made better if the Broncos tight end TD pass went to him rather than Fumagalli, but it can be expected that Fant will stay involved in the passing offense for weeks to come.
Other Group of TEs: NYJ Ryan Griffin (3%), SF Ross Dwelley (14%), PHI Dallas Goedert (19%)
Ryan Griffin now has two number 1 tight end performances under his belt which should warrant him being on more roster spots across all-leagues, the sometimes stagnant Jets offense is a hinderance to his appeal. However, this past performance calls for him to be on a bench spot at the very least. Dallas Goedert and Ross Dwelley may be TD-dependent, but Goedert has found the endzone somewhat consistently and Dwelley was able to find it twice in his first start.
Deeper League Adds
MIA Ryan Fitzpatrick
DEN Brandon Allen
DET JD McKissic
TB Peyton Barber
SEA Bo Scarbrough
TEN Adam Humphries
MIA Jakeem Grant
SF Kendrick Bourne
BUF Dawson Knox
TB Cameron Brate
The deeper league adds can become great additions outright depending on situations surrounding their involvement in the game plan for certain weeks and possible injuries around them, so keep an eye out. Listen to the Time Skew Podcast for even more players!
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