Sometimes you must know when to say goodbye. Sometimes we hold on for too long to something or someone who needs to go. Being in our lives gives us a sense of hope however false it may be. Whether you are bidding adieu to a reunited love on a tarmac, releasing your best friend back into the wild where they belong, or cutting Curtis Samuel about eight weeks later than most other fantasy managers: sometimes it is best to set them free. The playoffs are not far off and now is the time to start shaping those rosters for the tough journey ahead.

My goal is to keep it simple with the waiver wire recommendations in terms of layout. I will include player, team, roster percentage, free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) dollar amount (in percentage) I would use on the player, and of course a little background on why the player is suggested. The players will be listed by position in order of priority. The threshold I work with is generally less than 50% rostered in leagues. I also want to provide you something quick and easy to pull up while making your waiver claims on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. At the bottom of every article, you will find the “waiver cheat sheet.”

 

QUARTERBACK

Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers

50% Rostered | 6% of FAAB

The Panthers came up short on Sunday against the Washington Football Team, but Queen City prodigal son Cam Newton did not. Newton passed for 189 yards with two touchdowns and ran for forty-six yards and a touchdown. It was a vintage performance from Newton against his former coach. Newton will be going into his bye and comes out in Week Fourteen with a fantastic matchup against the Falcons. Following Week 14 though things get a little worrisome. A Week Fifteen matchup away from home against the Buffalo Bills is a worse case scenario and matchups against the Buccaneers and Saints in the final two weeks are not much more encouraging. Still, Newton is my favorite widely available plugin for those dealing with the Kyler Murray and Patrick Mahomes bye this week.

 

Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers

23% Rostered | 5% of FAAB

I was extremely high on Ben Roethlisberger this offseason as a streaming quarterback. Well, it only took a trip to the COVID list and nine weeks, but Roethlisberger finally delivered a quality fantasy performance. Heading into Monday Night Football, Roethlisberger is the QB9 for the week with just shy of twenty-nine fantasy points in six points per passing touchdown leagues. Roethlisberger has a glorious playoff schedule with meetings against the fifth, second, and seventh most vulnerable teams to fantasy quarterbacks. For anyone streaming the position, Roethlisberger is an intriguing pivot if Derek Carr and Ryan Tannehill continue to struggle.

 

Jimmy Garoppolo | San Francisco 49ers

33% Rostered | 5% of FAAB

Much like Big Ben, Jimmy Garoppolo is a great option for those looking to stream the rest of the season. It seems like Trey Lance is going to be more a factor into the 49ers game plan next season. Garoppolo currently has a four-week run of over twenty fantasy points in each game. His most difficult remaining game of the season does not factor in for 95% of fantasy managers as you will avoid the Week Eighteen matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. Garoppolo is also dealing with his full arsenal of receiving options as Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle are all on the field.

 

RUNNING BACK

Ty Johnson | New York Jets

20% Rostered | 6% of FAAB

Ty Johnson did not have much of a performance this past week, but he could be in line for a much larger workload this coming week. Jets rookie running back Michael Carter left the game in week eleven with an ankle injury. Veteran Tevin Coleman will also mix in should Carter miss time, but it is Johnson who has looked better and been the heathier of the two this season.

 

Dontrell Hilliard | Tennessee Titans

1% Rostered | 3% of FAAB

When did the Bill Belichick/Kyle Shanahan method of running back usage come to Tennessee? Ever since Derrick Henry left the Titans three weeks ago, the running game in Tennessee has had no clear identity. This week it was Dontrell Hilliard’s turn to get into the mix as he was second on the team in carries with seven but led the team in receptions with eight for forty-seven yards. The absence of both Jeremy McNichols and Julio Jones proved to be a perfect storm to get Hilliard work. The Titans face the Patriots in Week Twelve who allow the second most receiving yards to running backs this season.

 

While it is a slim week on the waiver wire for running backs, now may be the time to lock up your handcuffs for your playoff runs. Here is a list of running backs and handcuffs who may be available in your leagues:

Jonathan Taylor | Indianapolis Colts = Nyheim Hines

Austin Ekeler | Los Angeles Chargers = Larry Rountree

Joe Mixon | Cincinnati Bengals = Samaje Perine

James Conner | Arizona Cardinals = Eno Benjamin

Najee Harris | Pittsburgh Steelers = Benny Snell

Christian McCaffrey | Carolina Panthers = Chuba Hubbard

Dalvin Cook | Minnesota Vikings = Alexander Mattison

Nick Chubb | Cleveland Browns = D’Ernest Johnson

D’Andre Swift | Detroit Lions = Jamaal Williams

Darrell Henderson | Los Angeles Rams = Sony Michel

 

WIDE RECEIVER

Elijah Moore | New York Jets

57% Rostered | 12% of FAAB

Elijah Moore is a little above my usual 50% threshold but is not rostered in enough leagues for me to implore you to add this stud. Over the past four games he has twenty-four receptions for 336 yards and four touchdowns. It also does not matter who the quarterback is in New York as Moore has put up the numbers with the Jets revolving door of quarterbacks the past four weeks. If he is available, pick him up and start him this week against the Houston Texans.

 

Michael Gallup | Dallas Cowboys

68% Rostered | 12% of FAAB

Cedrick Wilson | Dallas Cowboys

2% Rostered | 6% of FAAB

The news coming out of Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was CeeDee Lamb would most likely be missing Dallas’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Raiders. Amari Cooper will also miss Thanksgiving Day on the COVID-19 list which puts the returning Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson in the spotlight. In Gallup’s two games back, he has eight receptions for eighty-six yards with no touchdowns. He will immediately be vaulted to the WR1 position on the team with Cedrick Wilson slotting in behind. Wilson has shown flashes this season including three touchdowns on the season. While I see both receivers getting looks, it might be Dalton Schultz who ends up seeing the most targets. Still, they are worthy of being on your fantasy roster.

 

Marquez Valdes-Scantling | Green Bay Packers

9% Rostered | 7% of FAAB

Marquez Valdes-Scantling had been quiet since returning to the Packers in Week Nine, but it all changed with Allen Lazard missing the game last Sunday. MVS, as the kids call him, had four receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Rodgers has supported two receivers over his entire career reliably. The past few seasons though the identity of the Packers WR2 has sometimes been a bit of a mystery. If Lazard is out, MVS is a borderline WR3/Flex play in your lineups.

 

Robby Anderson | Carolina Panthers

39% Rostered | 6% of FAAB

Last week I mentioned Cam Newton might just the spark Robby Anderson needs to turn his season around. In Week Eleven, Anderson matched his season high in receptions with five. The yardage and touchdowns were absent, but it was nice to see Anderson utilized. Anderson’s catch percentage the last two weeks is also blowing away the previous nine weeks. It turns out having an accurate passer can help all facets of your game. Who would have known? Anderson and the Panthers face the Miami Dolphins in Week 12.

 

Nelson Agholor | New England Patriots

21% Rostered | 5% of FAAB

Kendrick Bourne | New England Patriots

20% Rostered | 3% of FAAB

The New England Patriots face the Tennessee Titans on Sunday who have allowed the most fantasy points this season to wide receivers. If you are looking for a substitute for an Arizona receiver, you could do much worse than Nelson Agholor or Kenrick Bourne this week. Agholor is coming off a respectable five receptions for forty yards and a touchdown against the Falcons last Thursday. While Bourne will look to top his 2017 performance against the Titans when he had four receptions for eighty-five yards.

 

Wide Receiver is always deep, so here are a few more players rostered in less than 25% I would recommend rostering on your bench:

Marquise Goodwin | Chicago Bears

DeAndre Carter | Washington Football Team

Mack Hollins | Miami Dolphins

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine | Tennessee Titans

 

TIGHT END

Logan Thomas | Washington Football Team

52% Rostered | 7% of FAAB

Look and see if Logan Thomas is on your waiver wire as it does appear he will finally be returning to practice this week. My oh my does the Football Team have a tight end friendly schedule moving forward as well with two playoff week games against the worst team in the NFL against tight ends, the Philadelphia Eagles. He might not start this week, but once he gets back on the field his upside is tremendous.

 

Austin Hooper | Cleveland Browns

12% Rostered | 4% of FAAB

Austin Hooper has quietly been the Browns most targeted tight end the past four weeks and the second most targeted receiving option on the team. He is mostly a deep league add, but if you are without Zach Ertz or Travis Kelce this week and need a replacement, Hooper will face the Ravens who have given up the third most fantasy points to tight ends this season.

 

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

Cincinnati Bengals

9% Rostered | 3% of FAAB

I was expecting an absolute shootout between the Bengals and Raiders in Week Eleven. Instead, the Cincinnati Bengals held their fourth opponent in five games to seventeen points or less. On Sunday they face the Steelers who just allowed forty-one points to a similar potent Los Angles Chargers offense.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

18% Rostered | 2% of FAAB

The Eagles have put up double digit fantasy points in three out of the last four weeks. They are facing a Giants team who allows opposing DSTs the thirteenth most fantasy points. I like the spot start against a team who has been battling injuries all season.

 

  1. Homers got the Runs says:
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    Need trade advice if possible.

    14 team half ppr league

    QB R. Wilson
    RB Patterson, CEH, Carter, D. Williams, Pollard
    WR Pittman, AJ Brown, Aiyuk, Elijah Moore, Ridley
    TE Kelce

    Not liking Wilson lately and with Carter hurt my RB is looking a little weak so what do you think of this offer

    I trade Wilson, Kelce, CEH and Williams for Brady, Dalvin Cook, Fant and Gallup. Would ideally prefer another RB over Gallup but the other guy doesnt really have another one to send. Will try and flip Gallup for another RB.

    Thank you in advance.

    • thejoeywright

      thejoeywright says:
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      I am usually not making any trade involving Kelce, however I think this fits your team and you are getting enough in return. Getting Gallup before Thursday is very nice as well.

  2. packers2018 says:
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    Is T. Lance droppable at this point in a super flex league as my 3rd QB?

    • thejoeywright

      thejoeywright says:
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      If it’s not dynasty, I don’t see SF making the move to Lance this season. Don’t cut him just for the sake of cutting him though.

      • packers2018 says:
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        Getting myself in a little roster crunch with injuries and byes and with the playoffs coming up.
        I would waive T. Lance for Chuba Hubbard.
        It’s a situation of guessing who might get hurt……
        What do you think?

        • thejoeywright

          thejoeywright says:
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          I’d rather hold on to Lance unless you need the RB for this week. Is Chuba your best option or are you trying to handcuff CMC?

          • packers2018 says:
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            Handcuff CMC. -13

            Have Jones GB -13
            Conner Ari -12
            D. Williams KC -12
            Foreman Ten -13
            Gaskin Mia -14

            Looking at this doesn’t help much. Guess I keep Lance.
            Thank you.

  3. Water boy says:
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    Hey man!

    Full ppr, 10 team thoughts on who I should prioritize. I’m 4-7, I’m fighting for a last playoff spot , the team at the 6 seed (6 teams make the playoffs) is 5-6 & I have slightly more PF.

    My QB Russell Wilson

    My RBs are Dalvin cook, CEH (bye), Darrel Williams (bye), Barkley, Melvin Gordon, Javonte Williams, AP, Jeff Wilson

    My WRs are tyreek hill (bye), mclaurin, lamb (out), Emmanuel Sanders, jakobi Meyers, Bateman

    TE Gesicki & Pitts

    Packers D

    Available RBs: Devonta Freeman, ty Johnson, Tevin Coleman, Burkhead, Jeremy mcnichols, Sony Michel

    Available WRs Elijah Moore, cedrick Wilson , Tim Patrick , MVS, Nelson Agholor, tre quan smith , Zach Pascal

    Available QBs
    Cam Newton @ Miami
    Jimmy G vs Vikings
    Cousins @ SF

    Available D:
    Bears @ Det
    Texans vs Jets
    Eagles @ giants
    Panthers @ Miami

    Available TEs:
    Conklin @ SF
    Jared cook @ Denver
    Everett @ Washington
    Njoku @ Baltimore

    Thoughts on this deal I did a few days ago & prior to lambs concussion

    I sent AB + miles sanders + Corey Davis + foreman
    I got lamb + Barkley

    Thanks man & happy thanksgiving!

    • thejoeywright

      thejoeywright says:
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      Hello!

      So add freeman cut AP. I also prefer Johnson to AP. If you don’t get either, hold AP.

      Elijah Moore > MVS > Tre’quan DROP Darrell Williams

      Grab the Bears Defense. I’d ride Wilson out. No need to make a move at TE. Maybe look to trade one though.

      I love the trade you made. Hopefully they beat their injuries though. That’s some tough luck. Hindsight doesn’t really matter.

  4. William Hung says:
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    ROS – who is the better stash – Ty Johnson or Jeff Wilson Jr.?

    • thejoeywright

      thejoeywright says:
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      Jeff Wilson Jr.

  5. Bo N. Herr says:
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    Good day sir,

    How many weeks do I wait patiently on Foreman before I Cut his no YAC self?

    • thejoeywright

      thejoeywright says:
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      He’s been their best back 2/3 weeks. If he falters this week, cut him loose.

  6. I Am Not A Smart Man says:
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    Good stuff!

    Someone in my 12 team PPR league dropped DeVante Parker… I’m currently fat on RB and weak on WR. Would you consider dropping Darrel Williams to pick him up? Concerned about Williams’ role moving forward with Clyde Edwards-Helaire back, but I know there’s a risk given Parker’s injuries. Van Jefferson and Rashod Bateman aren’t doing much thus far, but I can’t see dropping them yet.

    Also Available:
    – Cedrick Wilson
    – Marquez Valdes-Scantling
    – Robby Anderson
    – Nelson Agholor
    – Kendrick Bourne
    – DeAndre Carter
    – Nick Westbrook-Ikhine

    Thanks as always!

    • thejoeywright

      thejoeywright says:
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      Parker isn’t eligible to return until Week 15, which I am sure you knew. If you don’t need the player now, his playoff matchup are quite good as long as he doesnt draw Lattimore in Week 16.

      • I Am Not A Smart Man says:
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        Makes sense. Thanks! Would you consider swapping out any of the above in the meantime?

        • thejoeywright

          thejoeywright says:
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          I like Cedrick Wilson this week and Robby Anderson as well.

  7. William Trill Cauley-Stein says:
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    The Joey Wright,

    I hope you are doing well, staying healthy and winning in your league(s). I am in a ten team 0.5 ppr league with big play bonuses. Could you please help me figure out who to start for week twelve? Thank you!

    ***QB: K. Cousins OR M. Stafford?

    WR1: D. Adams

    **WR2: D. Mooney OR R. Bateman OR M. Gallup

    RB1: J. Taylor

    **RB2: J. Jacobs OR M. Ingram OR M. Gordon

    **TE: M. Andrews OR Schultz?

    ***F: J. Jacobs OR M. Ingram OR M. Gordon OR D. Schultz OR M. Andrews OR Gallup OR R. Bateman OR D. Mooney?

    ***D: I Dallas this week. Would you drop Cleveland’s defense for Indianapolis for week 13 against the Texans?

    ***K: G. Zuerlein OR pick up McPherson off the waiver wire?

    Waiver Wire:

    Would you drop anyone above for V. Jefferson, N. Hines or B. Aiyuk?

    • thejoeywright

      thejoeywright says:
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      Let’s Do This!
      QB: Stafford
      WRs: Adams, Gallup
      RBs: JT, Jacobs
      TE: Andrews
      Flex: Schultz (i think he gets a lot of work if both Lamb and Cooper are out. Gordon if DAL is only down one receiver)
      K: Greg the Leg.
      D; make that move and no other adds drops. I like your roster more than a VJJ, Hines, or Aiyuk add.

      • William Trill Cauley-Stein says:
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        Thank you! Do you think Dallas bounces back and rolls the Raiders? I’m asking because I have Dallas’ defense, Zuerlein, Schultz and Gallup. (I’m not a Dallas fan)

        • thejoeywright

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          I think it will be a better game for them, yes. Doesn’t seem like Lamb is going to play still. I imagine we know by Wednesday afternoon. I am expecting Schultz and Gallup to be targeted plenty.

          • William Trill Cauley-Stein says:
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            Thank you again! I hope you are in a food and football coma starting Thursday!

  8. The Harrow says:
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    yep, c-sam, still stashing in some 20 teamers (dynasty will continue to, dude’s by far 2nd best guy they have, even if that means next year or week 16 or whatever)

    • thejoeywright

      thejoeywright says:
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      I was so high on Samuel this off-season. I try not to hang my head too much on the miss as it was injury related and not performance. Still burns a bit though.

  9. Achilles says:
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    10-1 1 PPR 0.2 PPC
    QB: Herbert
    RB: Zeke, Tony Pollard
    WR: Lockett, Waddle, Pittman
    TE: Higbee
    Flex: Najee Harris
    Flex: Van Jefferson
    DST: MIA

    Bench;
    Tyreek, Laviska, C Ridley – Logan Thomas
    Mattison, D Hilliard

    Clinched Playoff Spot and fighting for Week 15 bye. Shall I drop any to add any from:

    S Perine, M Mack , B Scott , M Davis

    I need to win the Flex spots in playoffs.

    • thejoeywright

      thejoeywright says:
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      I think your Wide Recievers are set. I like your roster more than those four flex choices. Good job on clinching the playoff spot!

  10. Achilles says:
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    1 PPR Super Flex 6-5

    QB: Cam , Teddy B
    RB: Mixon, Dillon
    WR: Jeudy, AJ Brown (?), C Patterson (?)
    TE: Kittle
    Flex. Javonte

    Bench:
    Kyler – Tyreek , Amari, Laviska
    E Mitchell , CEH

    I have picked Laviska as insurance cover for C Patt or AJ Brown. Unsure if either of them are playing this week. Shall I drop Laviska to add any from :

    D Booker, Darrel Williams, S Perine
    AJ Green, Julio

    • thejoeywright

      thejoeywright says:
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      I would roll with Laviska over any of those other choices.

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