The Waiver Wire 11/21
A look at the Week 12 pickups
Welcome to Week 12. It’s white knuckle time as our fantasy teams fight for playoffs spots and or Week 14 byes. Speaking of byes, they are over in the NFL. We’re looking at 16 game slates the rest of the way. It’s also Thanksgiving week—with three Thursday games on tap. For this reason, the Rotobahn Week 12 lineup rankings will be posted late Wednesday (with a potential bleed over into Thursday morning), with the usual update coming on Saturday.
The quarterback recommendations are sort of odd this week, or at least the market itself is a little odd. There are a bunch of situations that are up in the air, like Tampa, Buffalo, Minnesota, Arizona, Denver and San Francisco. For this, I reasoned that stability was a good asset to focus on this week. As I mentioned, the bye weeks are over and I am assuming that a lot of folks just want to roster a QB2 for the rest of the way. This could be a good week to keep tabs on your league’s transactions. You may end up finding the right backup option when he gets dumped by one of your league mates.
The running backs are a lot of the same names we’ve been seeing in recent weeks, with the exception of Samaje Perine, who is now a high priority add after assuming the lead role in Washington in the wake of season ending injuries to Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson.
The receivers are mostly of WR3 and or flex quality, but the two guys at the top of the list should be priorities—both Corey Davis and Josh Doctson have the potential to help fantasy teams win leagues if they get hot, and they both have that capacity. We’re talking WR1 talent levels here.
The tight ends are mostly of the fringe starter variety, with a few stash options who have the talent to be more if their teams prioritize their development down the stretch.
The ownership rates listed below were sourced from Yahoo! They reflect a player’s ownership, not their availability.
Joe Flacco, Ravens, 14 percent
He’s just sort of there. That C student that nobody really notices. He’s got a decent schedule the rest of the way. The return of Danny Woodhead gives him some stability on third downs. Flacco is a solid option.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars, 46 percent
He’s in that Flacco area. His value is that you know what he is. He’ll be starting and he’s a mid range guy on most weeks. The classic QB2 in a 12-team league.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bucs, 9 percent
He’s hard to value. He’s truly an average fantasy option when he starts for this offense.
The issue is Jameis Winston, who could return at just about any time after this week. In one league, I have both Winston and Fitzpatrick. It’s an odd solution for an odd season. The Bucs face the Falcons in Atlanta this week.
Mitch Trubisky, Bears, 6 percent
Trubisky is middle of the road. He’s locked in as the starter and they are starting to balance out the offense in recent weeks. He’s a decent enough option as your QB2 the rest of the way. His matchups are neither good nor bad overall. He visits the Eagles this week.
Tyrod Taylor, Bills, 40 percent
He’s startable when he’s starting but that’s still an unknown for this week and beyond. The best approach with Taylor is to not bid on him tonight but be ready to add him if he’s announced as the starter during the week.
Teddy Bridgewater (10 percent) & Case Keenum (40 percent), Vikings
One of these two should be a solid starter for the fantasy playoffs. The weapons in Minnesota are outstanding with both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs playing at a high level. The obvious issue is which player will be at the helm. Right now, you might be able to add both and wait for things to shake out. This makes some sense if you have a large roster and a shaky QB1. It’s a tough balancing act between the guy they want to be their QB of the future and Keenum, who has found some consistency for the first time in his career after failed stints with the Texans and the Rams. The basic calculus seems to be that Keenum will start as long as he keeps playing this well. Place your bets.
Samaje Perine, Washington, 35 percent
He’s been on and off the wire all season but with the season-ending injury to Chris Thompson, his time is officially here. I’m a fan of Perine’s game. He’s been solid for the most part but fumbling has been a bugaboo. He’s going to be the main back now and will probably play on most downs. This is a chance to get a solid RB2 for the stretch drive. He’s a priority pickup in all leagues.
Danny Woodhead, Ravens, 49 percent
He played 13 snaps last week in a game where they sort of let him get his feet wet. This week, I’d expect them to give him the rest of Javorius Allen’s snaps. Woodhead should be the third back and two minute back going forward. He’s a RB2/flex option in 12-team PPR leagues.
Damien Williams, Dolphins, 35 percent
He’s still in a backfield split with Kenyan Drake, but Williams had the better go of things in Week 11 with 78 yards rushing on 10 carries. He’ll be on the RB2 radar when the Dolphins visit the Patriots this week.
Rex Burkhead, Patriots, 56 percent
He’s a tweener at just over 50 percent ownership. He’s got a role and should return RB2/flex value on most weeks. The Patriots seem to have a three man backfield right now with Mike Gillislee there in case of injury. Of the three main Patriots backs, Burkhead is the one most likely to be available on waiver wire this week.
Austin Ekeler, Chargers, 35 percent
He seems to be in a 2 for 1 time share with Melvin Gordon. That puts Ekeler in the RB2/flex area on most weeks. He can be a handcuff option if you want to protect yourself in the event of a Melvin Gordon injury. The Chargers visit the Cowboys this week.
J.D. McKissic, Seahawks, 9 percent
He’s now settled in as the passing down back so he should be a reliable flex option the rest of the way in 12-team leagues.
Corey Davis, Titans, 50 percent
He’s right there on the verge of breaking out. Davis is healthy and he’s just missed a few big plays. He’s a WR3 right now in 12-team leagues with the potential to be much more if he and Marcus Mariota start clicking, and I think they will. Just like last week, he should be a high priority if you can get him.
Josh Doctson, Washington, 28 percent
He’s right in that same area as Corey Davis. He’s a WR3 who could develop into more. He’s finally gotten his legs healthy and with Terrelle Pryor out with an ankle issue, his role is now somewhat stabilized. Get him if you can.
Corey Coleman, Browns, 32 percent
He hit the ground running last week and he’s going to be their first or second option the rest of the way if he stays healthy. He’s looking like a solid WR3 for fantasy purposes. Coleman has a matchup with the Bengals this week in Cincinnati.
Kenny Stills, Dolphins, 38 percent
Stills is the guy who sort of fills in the cracks in Miami. He runs all the routes for Jay Cutler and is best described as a WR3 or weekly flex play. He can score on any given week and receives moderate targets.
Dontrelle Inman, Bears, 13 percent
He’s an emerging factor in the Bears’ nondescript passing game. He makes a good pickup in 12-team leagues. He’s a WR4 or flex play right now, but we’ll find out more each week as to how they are going to use him. He’s just getting settled in after a midseason trade. The Bears visit the Eagles this week.
Dede Westbrook, Jaguars, 31 percent
He’s going to be defined in the coming weeks. He got his feet wet last week and should be in the mix as a flex ply this week. After that, it will depend on who’s healthy and who plays well. It’s a four receiver mix in Jacksonville right now with no clear cut roles for anybody.
Josh Gordon, Browns, 33 percent
He should return Week 13 and then we can start to figure out what he is. If you are a playoff bound squad, he’s a nice stash who could help you in Weeks 14-16. He could end up being just about anything. My assumption is that he starts with Corey Coleman and that DeShone Kizer is the quarterback.
Tyler Lockett, Seahawks, 43 percent
He’s a weekly WR3/flex option depending on the league. He and Paul Richardson seem to have roughly the same value right now. Richardson is a borderline call as far as whether he should be in this article. He’s owned at 62 percent in Yahoo leagues.
Kenny Golladay, Lions, 11 percent
I really like him as a stash option. His snaps have been rising since his return from a hamstring injury, and this could be the week that he pushes T.J. Jones out of the rotation. If that happens, he becomes a weekly WR3 option with strong weekly touchdown potential. Matt Stafford already looks for him in the red zone. Golladay is a flex play right now, but he could be a weekly WR3 soon.
Bruce Ellington, Texans, 8 percent
He’s got some sleeper appeal in deeper formats. He’s been playing 70 plus percent of the snaps for a few months now and his targets have risen in recent weeks. If Will Fuller doesn’t return this week, Ellington is a sneaky PPR start in 12 and 14 team leagues.
Tavarres King, Giants, 0 percent
He might be worth a look in some leagues. He looks like he’s one of the top three receivers for the Giants and he has a solid rapport with Eli Manning. They usually give him a few deep targets, so he has some big play potential each week.
Tyler Kroft, Bengals, 45 percent
He’s a fringe TE1 right now and can start for you or be your back up. Kroft has slid into Tyler Eifert’s job and he’s produced pretty consistently. Kroft has a nice matchup with the Browns this week.
Charles Clay, Bills, 33 percent
Clay’s right there on the fringe of the weekly TE1 discussion. He’s a viable starter when healthy. I don’t see his value fluctuating too much depending on the Bills choice at quarterback, which is currently up in the air. He should get steady targets either way. The Bills travel to face the Chiefs this week.
Adam Shaheen, Bears, 0 percent
He’s a rookie tight end end breaking in with a rookie quarterback and they are developing together. It’s a good situation but we’ll have to see what happens with Dion Sims. This could develop into a time share. Shaheen has played well the last two weeks. The Bears visit the Eagles this week.
CJ Fiedorowicz, Texans, 25 percent
He’s right back into his old role as starter with Stephen Anderson in the backup role. Fiedorowicz can start for you on most weeks and his rapport with interim starter Tom Savage should continue to grow. He’s got a matchup with the Ravens this week.
OJ Howard, Bucs, 22 percent
He’s a stash option who could become playable down the stretch with a big weekly ceiling. Howard is obviously the future at the position for the Bucs, and it appears that they may use the rest of this lost season to get him more involved. If your starter is weak, then adding Howard makes some sense. His snap totals have been steady all season, but he’s done a lot of blocking and pass protecting, and that could be changing now.
David Njoku, Browns, 6 percent
He’s not quite consistent enough to be your starter but he’s worth stashing just in case they start giving him starters reps. Right now, he’s in a time share with Seth DeValve.
Julius Thomas, Dolphins, 31 percent
Yet another middling option. Thomas is making some plays every week. He’s had two scores in the last four games. The very definition of mediocre. Thomas has a matchup with the Patriots this week.
Martellus Bennett, Patriots, 35 percent
He seems to have stepped right back into his old role so he has some fantasy applications going forward—mostly in deep formats like 12 or 14 team leagues. Right now, he’s still a low snap player—capping out at 17 in Week 11, but his totals should continue to rise as the temperature drops and power footballs becomes more important. He’s worth rostering in deeper formats, but definitely off the radar in 10-team leagues and short bench 12-team formats. Lastly, Bennett can also be used as a handcuff if you are a Gronkwoski owner in a very deep format.
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