The week 12 waiver wire is about the same as the last few weeks. Most difference makers are already rostered and no major injuries opened up new featured starters. There is no slam dunk FAAB add, however Michael Pittman comes close. 

I group the adds by position and then within the position, rank them in order of preference. The sherpa will only advise players who are rostered in less than 50% of ESPN leagues.

Single QB – 1 dual threat supernova and 3 veteran QBs have soft matchups ahead

Taysom Hill (10%) – While Drew Brees heals up he offers the true ceiling that can change matchups with his running ability. He crossed the goal line twice in his first start. Even if he’s only a slightly better passer than Tim Tebow, that works for fantasy. Running QBs are always in play. 

Derek Carr (1-5%) – He’s not a flashy fantasy option, but Carr can deliver production that won’t cause you to lose matchups. His next 2 games are the Falcons and Jets

Kirk Cousins (1-5%) – While Dalvin Cook is the engine of the offense, Cousins has a bevy of exciting weapons and the lack of a defense forces the Vikings to be aggressive.  His next 2 games are at home against Carolina and Jacksonville.  

Philip Rivers (1-5%) – The Colts face porous defenses for the next 4 weeks and Rivers should be able to muster quality lines. Tennessee, Houston, Las Vegas and Houston is a true cake walk for all members of the Colts offense.  

Superflex / 2QB – if you’re desperate

Ryan Finley (10%) – I feel for you if Ryan Finley would be your starter, even in multi-QB leagues. He showed last year he probably doesn’t belong in the NFL. Off the bench against the Washington Football Team he looked completely shellshocked, taking 4 sacks and throwing an interception in roughly a quarter and a half. On a related note, the season-ending injury to Joe Burrow tanks any Bengals running backs or wide receivers for the rest of the season. 

RB – One rookie may have finally broken the seal 

J.K. Dobbins (25-30%) – Just when you thought you could write him off, Dobbins sees 17 touches, logging 85 yards and a score.  Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram combined for 5 total touches. Should Dobbins get 15 or more looks weekly, he would be a difference maker in the fantasy playoffs.  Has COVID-19.

Gus Edwards (25%) – With Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins testing positive for COVID, Edwards likely becomes a RB2 for a week or however long he’s got the majority of the carries to himself. He’s actually been a quality runner in his short career, but offers zero as a receiver. 

Sony Michel (10-15%) – With Rex Burkhead suffering a torn ACL, the newly activated Michel may be in line for some of Burkhead’s carries. Unless Damien Harris gets injured, I don’t see Michel with more than 7-10 carries a week but he should have a role out of necessity. 

Justice Hill (5%) – He may see some action over the next week or 2 and flashes long speed that can turn any play into a touchdown. I’ll be picking him up on the sly wherever possible, and waiting to see if he can get 10-12 touches in the interim. 

Salvon Ahmed (5%) – While Myles Gaskin has been shelved, Ahmed has received 39 touches over the past 2 weeks. The Dolphins have been comfortable feeding whatever running back is left on the depth chart so it’s always worth adding someone flirting with 20 touches a week. Gaskin may return this week, so adjust the FAAB % depending on that news. 

J.J. Taylor (1%) – As mentioned above, Rex Burkhead is out of the picture which could open up some role for the electric Taylor. Worth a short term stash to see if the Patriots give him any run. 

$1 or post-waiver handcuff stashesRodney Smith, Cam Akers, Anthony McFarland, Devontae Booker, Devine Ozigbo

WR – A rookie steps into the WR1 role for Indianapolis

Michael Pittman Jr. (30-50%) – Oh boy, we got a live one here. Pittman has the looks of a major addition for the final weeks of the season. He followed up his 7 catch, 100 yard break out with 66 yards and a touchdown against the Packers. The Colts face porous defenses for the next 4 weeks and Pittman is likely to be a starter on many playoff fantasy teams. 

Jalen Reagor (20%) – The Philadelphia offense is very dysfunctional but he’s still a guy that can help down the stretch. Their next 5 games are a lovely walk through SEA, GB, NO, ARI, DAL

Denzel Mims (15%) – The second round pick is coming on after sitting with injury for most of the season. He led the Jets in targets and yards once again, and is a FLEX worthy option in most formats. 

Allen Lazard (5-10%) – In his first game active since core surgery, he saw 4 targets. With Marquez Valdes-Scantling giving away a costly fumble in overtime, Lazard is likely to be more involved going forward.

Dez Bryant (5%) – In what must have been a very tilting experience for some, Bryant saw 2 more targets than Marquise Brown in week 11. I don’t really know what to expect out of the Baltimore offense game to game anymore, but there is a chance Bryant is fantasy relevant in weeks 14-16. 

Cole Beasley (5%) – He has had some nice spike weeks, and is a worthy bench piece you can fire up with confidence if John Brown ever misses time. 

TE –  Some waiver tight ends can be plugged in for production

Robert Tonyan (5%) – He scored for the first time since the 3 TD outburst in week 4. Tonyan passes the bar for startability by at least seeing 3-5 targets weekly in a good offense. 

Jordan Reed (5%) – While George Kittle is out, Reed makes for a fine fantasy start.  The athletic mismatch saw 6 targets in the last game, catching 5 for 62 yards.  

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  1. toolshed says:

    Where would you put James white on your rb list. He was cut in my league last week. .5 ppr. Thx

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:

      He hasnt topped 12 hPPR points in any game this season… I don’t think Burkhead’s injury changes his role much. Unenthusiastic FLEX play at best.

  2. Hitzone says:

    10 team ppr

    Lost last week vs Watson/Taysom hill ugh now I need two wins to make playoffs

    Which side? Would you rather have woods or DJ Moore

    1) Trade my sanders/Slayton for josh Allen/Kareem Hunt

    2) Trade my Julio/Ceedee/Higgins for Swift/Dj Moore/Mostert

    3) Trade my Julio/Ceedee/Higgins for Swift/Robert woods/mostert

  3. al_FF_red

    al_FF_red says:

    I may got DJM just for the week 12 tie breaker against Minnesota considering you’re in win now now now mode

    • Hitzone says:

      Traded my Julio/lamb/Higgins/Antonio brown for swift/woods/Moore/Bernard

      Should I flip Moore/Bernard for Josh Allen/devante Parker

      Streamer options at an are Carr and Wentz. Have Big Ben at QBs but he’s playing Baltimore

      • al_FF_red

        al_FF_red says:

        If you need a Qb then yes thats a fine flip

  4. Bobby’s world says:

    Hey man! Happy thanksgiving!

    Trying to navigate the wire for week 12, it’s full ppr/ 10 team

    1.) I own Austin hooper for my TE. Hold or drop him? Available TEs are Tonyan , Jordan Reed, Schultz , will dissly

    2.) my Qb is Brady his bye is week 13. I added Tua last week for a bye week full in.
    Drop Tua for these week 13 QB?
    Carr @ Jets
    Drew lock @ KC
    Tannehill vs browns
    Cousins vs jags
    Rivers @ Houston

    3.) is Pittman a must add this week? He would just be depth for me & I can add without having to drop anyone as I put Ingram & Dobbins in IR slots ,

    4.) my other claim I put in is for Zack moss

    5.) hold my Miami d who stunk vs Denver , I’d drop for Seattle D as they get wentz this week, Jets week 14 but I may have a bye , week 15 Washington next week giants

    Thanks man!

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:

      1. Id rather have Reed for the moment than Hooper. Rather have Schultz too probably.

      2. Carr or Cousins

      3. Yes add him

      4. Hold Miami imo… cant trust SEA D

  5. miles proudfoot says:

    ROS, how would you rank Slayton, Marvin Jones Jr, Aiyuk, Juedy, Mims, Perriman. Thank you!

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:

      Check out my ROS WR rankings tomorrow!

  6. hamtime says:

    1. Start tannehill w confidence over stafford
    2. Finally time to drop Hollywood (god i hate him) for Lazard, mims, or perriman
    3. Jakobi, hooper, or singletary at flex Over Julio w the hammy

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