Week 12 Waiver Wire

Week 11 is in the books and we're that much closer to the Fantasy playoffs. If you have a good commish - you're league will be running the playoffs between weeks 15-17, but I digress. I should note my suggestions will be for redraft players - if you're in dynasty (or keeper) leagues, some suggestions may not be the best option for you. Either way let's get to it!

Teams on bye: Arizona, Kansas City

Quarterbacks

  • Trevor Lawrence vs ATL (32% rostered)
  • Tyrod Taylor vs NYJ (6% rostered)

My first consideration here is strictly matchup based. If there's ever a time for Trevor Lawrence to light up a team, it's against the Falcons, who always seem to be lost out there. For myself, I'm hoping to see a lot of electric plays from Shenault and targets to Arnold (will touch on later), but let's see if Meyer can take advantage of this juicy matchup. Tyrod effectively managed this team in a huge upset victory over division rival (and top seeded) Titans - he didn't have a great game through the air and did all his damage using his legs; this still has him on the radar. He's got a much easier matchup, defensively, against the Jets - he's definitely a SuperFLEX consideration this week.

Others to consider: Mac Jones (40% rostered) Cam Newton (52% rostered)
Players to avoid: Joe Flacco, Tua Tagovailoa
Droppable: Baker Mayfield


Runningbacks

  • Ty Johnson @ HST (19% rostered)
  • Rex Burkhead vs NYJ (0% rostered)

Sadly, Ty let us down last week - 1 catch on his only target for 8 yards and a rush for 5 - it was a bit unexpected after either seeing 6+ targets a game or getting into the endzone. While this is definitely disappointing to say the least, looking forward Michael Carter was diagnosed with an ankle sprain and is out a minimum of 2 weeks - he did see the field more than Coleman, but the guess is this will stay a RBBC; with Ty being the favored receiving back. I'm rostering him for now, if you had MC3 in your lineups, this may be a blessing in disguise. I'll preface this with, no, I don't think you should start Burkhead, unless you've just thrown in the towel. He's an interesting stash - he received 18 carries this past in the win over the Titans. He was one of my favorite players in this backfield, but was buried in the depth chart. However, with Ingram being traded and Lindsay/Johnson being less than effective it seems this has open opportunity for Burkhead - I could very well see him going off and getting 2 TDs, but I'm tapering my expectations for now; he's a good stash for now.

Others to consider: Trey Sermon (20% rostered), Qadree Ollison (0% rostered)
If they are still there: Rhamondre Stevenson (58% rostered)
Drop Candidates: Mike Davis (ineffective) Adrian Peterson (RBBC)
Players I'm avoiding: Jordan Howard, Latavius Murray

Wide Receivers

  • Laviska Shenault vs ATL (39% rostered)
  • Tre'Quan Smith vs Buf (4% rostered) 

It's happened guys, I'm being sucked in to this hype that surrounds Shenault, despite the many times I've been disappointed. That said, now, the Jaguars are without Chark and Agnew - they are left with Marvin Jones and Laquon Treadwell - they have to get him involved at this point right? This is my last sell on Shenault being relevant moving into the fantasy playoffs, maybe he could be a league winner; I, for one, sure hope so. On the flip side, there's been a WR that has been impressive and flying under the radar. That being Tre'Quan Smith, who's quietly amassed double digit performances in the last 4 matchups - with teams looking to shut down Callaway and not give up the deep ball to Deonte Harris, he's benefited and amassed 22 targets over the last 4 games. He's up against a very game, and likely pissed, Buffalo defense, he'll still hold value as he's not likely to draw a matchup with Tre'Davious White, definitely a strong FLEX consideration this week.

Others to consider: Marquez Valdes-Scantling (9% rostered) Russell Gage(17% rostered)
If they're still there: Robby Anderson (49% rostered) Elijah Moore (58% rostered)
Players I'm avoiding: Jarvis Landry, Cole Beasley
Drop Candidates: Antonio Brown (injury; COVID card issues) Kenny Golladay (production)

Tight Ends

  • Dan Arnold vs ATL (41% rostered)

I will catch some flak for this, but I still believe in Dan Arnold. Yes, I'm aware he wasn't even targeted in this game, however, the 49ers were 4th against the pass coming into this game - it was really a tall ask for Arnold, to keep up his production, but I believe in his moving forward. He's got a much easier matchup with the Falcons, who've been a bottom 10 defense against the pass this season expect a bounce back in a big way.

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