The Waiver Wire 11/22
Final update at 7pm
Welcome to the Week 12 waiver wire. In an odd Goodellian twist of scheduling, there are no byes this week, yet the 2016 byes are not over. Both Cleveland and Tennessee will take their weeks of rest in Week 13. Of course, while we do have a full 16-game slate this week, it is of the typical Thanksgiving variety -- with multiple mid-week games and a relatively short Sunday slate.
Today's final update will be around 7 p.m.
This week’s lineup rankings will be posted earlier than normal due to the holiday. Look for those on Wednesday evening.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
The ownership rates listed for each player were sourced from Yahoo!
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, 18 percent
His remaining schedule is not too bad and he’s been mixing in plenty of runs to boost his weekly floor. So while some folks are focused on his mediocre accuracy, you can just focus on fantasy points and add Kaepernick as a solid QB2 in deeper formats. He’s a viable weekly starter in 12-team 2QB formats.
Carson Wentz, Eagles, 32 percent
He’s made it through the rough patch in his schedule and he’s got a pretty good schedule the rest of the way, including a great matchup with Green Bay’s sieve-like secondary. He’s a good add right now as a QB2 in 12-team leagues because he has playable matchups in all of his remaining games.
Sam Bradford, Vikings, 12 percent
He gets the Lions this week. That makes him a viable option if you need him. In fact, the rest of the Vikings schedule is pass favorable, so he’s not a bad add on the off chance they get their offense figured out.
Joe Flacco, Ravens, 28 percent
He’s available and he’s going to get you some points. The remaining schedule is as mediocre as Flacco has been most of the year, but if you need to roster a backup, he’ll do.
Josh McCown, Browns, 1 percent
He’s the likely starter for the Browns this week, at home against the Giants. McCown could have some value in large formats or in 2QB leagues. He’s on the bye in Week 13.
Jared Goff, Rams, 4 percent
He plays the Saints this week, so he’ll have a chance to post some stats. He may not have much value this year, but this is a week when you can use him if need be. Viable in large formats and 2QB formats.
Wendell Smallwood, Eagles, 5 percent
If you’ve been reading my waiver wires all year, you know I like Smallwood a lot, especially if you play in a league with PPR scoring. Smallwood fits the Eagles offense perfectly and is my favorite to be the long-term back in Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson’s offense. Of course, we’re talking about the long term right now. We’re talking about Week 12 and perhaps the rest of 2016. While Ryan Mathews is being listed as day-to-day, I’m skeptical about him playing this week. He’s always been a slow healer, and MCL sprains often can take multiple weeks to recover from. The smart money is on Smallwood playing a major role in Week 12 and potentially beyond if he continues to run strong as he has so far. I’d be adding him in all leagues this week.
Adrian Peterson, Vikings, 32 percent
He’s rumored to be returning in December -- probably too late to help you make the playoffs, but he’s a good stash for those who are already in playoff position and who could use help in the backfield.
Dion Lewis, Patriots, 60 percent
He was involved early and got plenty of looks considering his situation. Lewis was on the field for 21 out of 76 offensive snaps and there is no guarantee that he will play more this week with both James White and LeGarrette Blount making big contributions themselves. Still, in PPR leagues, Lewis’ point-scoring ability is easy to get excited about. He needs to be owned everywhere. He’s looking like a flex play this week against the Jets. Why that game is a 4:25 start when the Giants are playing in Cleveland is beyond me. More fun from Goodell’s schedule-making crew.
Tevin Coleman, Falcons, 68 percent
He went down with a hamstring injury back in Week 7 and we haven’t heard from him since. That should change this week when Coleman makes his expected return. The matchup is not great, but Coleman has done good things even in tougher matchups, so he’s a viable flex play if you need him. Most of the rest of the Falcons' schedule is tough for the run, but there is a Week 15 matchup with San Francisco to look forward to.
Kenneth Dixon, Ravens, 28 percent
He’s slowly beginning to make his move. He’s now in what looks like an even split with starter Terrance West. The Ravens’ hesitancy to commit fully to West makes more sense when you consider what they might want to do with Dixon, whom they obviously had plans for when they drafted him back in April. Baltimore’s schedule is not bad or good, but the Ravens are in a highly competitive posture -- playing in a division whose title is very much up for grabs. Dixon makes the offense more diverse and I expect his rise to continue. He should be owned in all leagues.
Paul Perkins, Giants, 21 percent
He was out-snapped in Week 11 by Rashad Jennings at a 2-to-1 clip, but there was some good news, too. Perkins showed off some outstanding agility on a few runs and seems poised to breakout at some point. And let’s remember that Jennings rarely has extended runs of good health. Perkins has an excellent chance of being a difference-maker at some point, and he should be stashed in leagues with adequate bench space. Add him now -- before everybody wants him.
Bilal Powell, Jets, 41 percent
He’s available in too many leagues and should be owned as a Matt Forte handcuff at minimum. Powell has come on strong down the stretch in recent seasons, and I suspect he will again. Forte has a lot of mileage on him, and the Jets may ease up if they want to save him for 2017. The Jets still have several good matchups remaining.
Chris Ivory, Jaguars, 48 percent
T.J. Yeldon went down in Week 11 with an ankle injury, so Ivory could be in line for a workload increase this week. The downside is that the Jaguars play a relatively tough run schedule the rest of the way.
Mike Gillislee, Bills, 25 percent
He’s the clear backup to LeSean McCoy, who left last week’s game early with a dislocated thumb.
Rex Burkhead, Bengals, 0 percent
If you’ve been a Rotobahn reader over the years, you may know how much we like Rex Burkhead’s game. He’s one of the more underrated running backs in the league and he’s a three-down talent who can even break formation and play from the slot. If you own Jeremy Hill, you really ought to consider adding Burkhead as a handcuff. Burkhead also is a very, very effective goal-line runner. I’d be adding this guy in most 12-team leagues this week, and that goes double if am a Jeremy Hill owner.
Sammy Watkins, Bills, 42 percent
It’s remarkable that he is so widely available. Go get Watkins no matter what situation your team is in. He could be a must-start player as soon as Week 13. Watkins is one of the top five most talented receivers on the planet. He must be owned in all leagues now. He could return to the field this week. Do whatever you need to do to land him in free agency if he is available in your league.
DeVante Parker, Dolphins, 67 percent
He’s trending up and so is his team. Parker has 18 targets over the last two games and he should be added in any league where he is available. New coach Adam Gase is doing good work down in Miami, where stability has been nonexistent in recent seasons. It looks like they have some now.
Tyler Boyd, Bengals, 7 percent
Boyd has been playing major snaps for most of the year and is a player to add now that more targets should be headed his way in the wake of A.J. Green’s hamstring injury, which should keep him out multiple weeks. Brandon LeFell also is worthy of consideration while Green is on the sidelines. He’s owned in only 11 percent of leagues.
Eli Rogers, Steelers, 23 percent
He’s outpacing all Steelers receivers not named Brown in terms of playing time. Rogers has a sweet matchup this week with the Indianapolis cornerbacks, who can’t cover anything out of the slot, which is where Rogers spends the bulk of his time. He’s a nice add this week in PPR formats.
Marqise Lee, Jaguars, 6 percent
His targets are consistent week-to-week and he’s simply outplaying the other receivers in Jacksonville. This really should be no surprise as Lee was a very talented player coming out of USC. He’s still the clear third receiver if you look at snap totals, but he’s not that far behind the big boys and he’s getting open more consistently than anybody on the team. Lee can help as a weekly flex play in large formats. His role is not going to shrink. If anything, it’s going to expand.
Malcolm Mitchell, Patriots, 1 percent
He’s highly talented and it seems like he brings a speed element to the offense that no other 2016 Patriot really can. Will that mean he becomes a weekly play? It could, and I’d be adding Mitchell in all 12-team leagues this week, just in case the Patriots decide to continue featuring him once Chris Hogan returns, which certainly is possible. The Patriots are a meritocracy in terms of playing time and roles. It’s one of the reasons they are so consistent and one of the reasons to take Mitchell seriously.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Texans, 22 percent
I really don’t understand how he is so widely unowned, but it’s a great opportunity for those in need of help at the position. The third-year tight end got another 10 targets on Monday Night Football and he converted those targets into six catches for 82 yards. He is now a weekly starter in 12-team leagues and should be owned in most leagues.
Cameron Brate, Buccaneers, 61 percent
He will be dumped in some leagues this week after a predictable down week against the Chiefs in Week 12. Go ahead and scoop him up if you can, because Brate’s production should be just fine going forward. He plays the Saints in Week 14 and Week 16, and playoff schedules just don’t get much better than that.
Ladarius Green, Steelers, 12 percent
He did nothing last week and only played eight snaps in a game that was played in a wind tunnel. Week 12 should be different, and I like Green’s schedule the rest of the way, so stash him if you need some upside at the position. Green has some upside this week against a battered Colts secondary.
Vance McDonald, 49ers, 8 percent
He’s getting consistent snaps and consistent targets over the last month’s worth of games with six targets each week. He’s also scored touchdowns in two of the last three games. This obviously bodes well going forward because this is an offense looking for options. As I have said before, McDonald is a rare combination in size and speed at the position. He can help you if you are in need of a tight end in a deep league. His remaining schedule has nothing scary on it, and the 49ers’ second meeting with Seattle is in Week 17.
Will Tye, Giants, 2 percent
Tye continued to play the lion’s share of the snaps in Week 11 and Larry Donnell was not even active. Tye’s role seems secure for the time being. He’s a worthy add in deeper formats.
Austin Hooper, Falcons, 4 percent
He is going to be the primary tight end in the passing game down the stretch because Jacob Tamme is now out for the year. Hooper can help you in big leagues as a solid TE2.
Tennessee Titans, 16 percent
They are at Chicago this week. That’s almost like playing Rutgers. Enjoy the points.
San Diego Chargers, 18 percent
The Chargers pay a visit to Houston and will feast on rushed throws by Brock Osweiler. Expect a few Bosa sacks as well.
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