With just Monday Night Football still to happen, now is that glorious time of the week when we turn our attention to Week 12 and attack the fantasy football waiver wire.
We’re starting to approach fantasy playoffs and if you’re lucky enough to be involved in that, the waiver wire is the perfect way to add the final touches to a championship roster. If you aren’t getting prepped for a playoff berth, well, then the waiver wire is a great way to screw over your league-mates by rostering the players they want. All’s fair in love, war, and fantasy football.
The Cardinals and Chiefs are the only teams on bye this week. Hopefully the bye will help Kyler Murray get fully healthy so Arizona’s offense can return to full force. To be as helpful as possible to you dear readers, I’ve got at least two players at each position, ranging from over 50% rostered in Sleeper leagues to well under the 30% mark. No matter your league size, there’s someone in here for you.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (59% rostered)
In Cam’s first game starting for the Panthers, he threw for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns while adding 46 yards and a touchdown on the ground. I said it in last week’s waiver article, but if you need QB help, or just an upgrade at the position, Cam is your guy. His rushing floor makes him a weekly QB1 with elite upside as we saw Sunday. After a strong Week 11 performance, this is likely your last chance to add him. Do so.
Andy Dalton, Chicago Bears (4% rostered)
Rookie Justin Fields left Sunday’s game vs the Ravens with what’s now thought to be bruised ribs. Hopefully the injury won’t keep him out Week 12, but if it does, Dalton isn’t a bad streaming option. Filling in for Fields against the Ravens, Dalton tossed for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 attempts. Week 12 brings a Thanksgiving showdown vs the Lions and their 30th ranked pass defense (per NEFF). Dalton could have sneaky QB1 value.
Ty Johnson, New York Jets (29% rostered)
Just as the Jets’ backfield was starting to find its groove, they lose starting back Michael Carter to a possible high-ankle sprain. That is not good news. With Carter likely out for a couple of weeks (we’ll see what reports are throughout the week), Johnson will likely step into the biggest fantasy role in New York’s backfield. Tevin Coleman will see his touches because he’s Tevin Coleman and that’s somehow something he still does. But Johnson offers value in the passing game, which makes him a much more intriguing fantasy option.
Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles (24% rostered)
I don’t know when or how it happened, but the Eagles’ ground game as emerged as one of the best in the league. Even Miles Sanders is now getting in on the action, putting 94 yards on the Saints’ No. 1 ranked run defense (per NEFF). Jordan Howard also saw 63 yards on 10 carries but left the game with a knee injury. If he’s out, Scott likely steps into that RB2 role behind Sanders. With the Giants and Jets next on the schedule, even the RB2 spot in Philly could be a productive fantasy back.
DeeJay Dallas, Seattle Seahawks (2% rostered)
Chris Carson is officially out for the year, throwing the Seahawks’ backfield into a hot, sweaty, messy committee. While Alex Collins saw the most touches among the Seahawks RBs, Dallas finished with the better fantasy day against the Cardinals, scoring a touchdown and rushing for 25 yards. Both Collins and Dallas played 37% of the offensive snaps meaning Pete Carroll and coaching staff trust Dallas to be an important contributor in this backfield.
Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams (53% rostered)
It’s easy to forget about Jefferson given that the Rams are coming off their Week 11 bye. But you’d be foolish to overlook the second-year receiver on your waivers. Jefferson has seen at least six targets in four straight weeks. He’s gone over 40 yards receiving and played at least 84% of team snaps in each of those games. With the Rams’ passing game still figuring out what it is post-Robert Woods’ injury, Matthew Stafford will likely rely on Jefferson, along with ok-wide receiver Cooper Kupp, to move this offense.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers (17% rostered)
With Allen Lazard sidelined, MVS broke out in a major way against the Vikings. He caught 4-of-10 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown. He was Aaron Rodgers’ go-to receiver, leading the team in targets. As long as Lazard is sidelined with his shoulder injury, MVS should be locked-in as a flex play with serious upside. The Packers take on the Rams in Week 12 who are allowing the 14th-most WR PPG this season.
Cedrick Wilson, Dallas Cowboys (9% rostered)
At 75% rostered, Michael Gallup is just a touch too high to be included on this list. That being said, if he’s available, GO GET HIM. Wilson isn’t a bad consolation prize. With CeeDee Lamb already likely ruled out for Week 12’s Thanksgiving matchup, Wilson will be the No. 3 receiver for Dallas Thursday. Against the Chiefs, Wilson saw 7 targets, catching 4 for 36 yards. Wilson has been a productive fantasy contributor this season filling in for injured receivers. He’s a great target for deeper leagues.
Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills (72% rostered)
Last call to get back on the Knox bus. The Bills’ breakout tight end returned to his elite ways Sunday, catching 6 balls for 80 yards. He was Josh Allen’s go-to receiver, leading the team with 10 targets. After a down week last week returning from injury, it seems Knox is back to his TE1 ways.
Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team (54% rostered)
Thomas is set to come off IR this week and finally return to Washington. In case you forgot what Thomas did before he got injured, he had 12 catches for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns through three weeks. He was the TE7 in .5PPR during that time. If Thomas’ manager dropped him during his prolonged IR stint, take advantage of that and add him. Now. He’s coming back to a TE1 workload just in time for the final stretch.