Fantasy Football: Who to add on Week 12 waiver wire

Pete Davidson
November 19, 2019 - 10:19 am
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With only two weeks left in fantasy football's regular season, it's win-or-go-home time for a lot of folks.  Thankfully, the waiver wire has some options for those who are in need.  And, I know there are a lot of you, because the byes really hit hard this week.

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The Chiefs, Vikings, Cardinals and Chargers are on their byes this week.

Unless specified, all players in this article are owned at a less than 50 percent rate on Yahoo.

QUARTERBACKS

Daniel Jones, Giants

As I've been saying for weeks, he has some very good matchups remaining on his schedule.  In fact, Jones' playoff matchups alone are worth rostering, if you are a team that looks like a playoff squad.  His matchup with the Bears this week is not great, so he's more for the rest of the season than he is a Week 12 streamer.

Sam Darnold, Jets

Darnold has looked better lately and his schedule is super friendly, with the Raiders, Bengals and Dolphins over the next three weeks.  Add him if you need a QB this week or if you need a plan B option down the stretch.

RUNNING BACKS 

Jonathan Williams, Colts

Marlon Mack suffered a broken hand and is expected to miss time--perhaps multiple weeks.  He could even be out for the rest of the fantasy season.  We're just not sure yet.  Jordan Wilkins (ankle) would normally be the player to target but he's not a lock to play this week.  Meanwhile, Williams had himself a day against the Jaguars with over 147 total yards in limited time.  Williams is a strong bet to start this week and play in combination with Nyheim Hines.  The Colts remaining run schedule is just ok, but he's still a great add if short term punch is what you seek.

Nyheim Hines, Colts

As I mentioned, the Colts backfield is injury riddled with both Marlon Mack (hand) and Jordan Wilkins (ankle) dinged up.  Hines is expected to share the load with Jonathan Williams, who has bounced around the league despite having some explosive traits.  Hines, being the more trusted option, should see a lot of work, especially in passing situations.  He's a potential RB2 or flex in full PPR leagues and is a very nice add considering how late we are into the season. 

Derrius Guice, Washington

I'm tempted to put Guice at the top of the priority list.  He looked very good in limited action versus the Jets in Week 11.  In fact, if Washington had used him more, it may have been a different game.  Guice has some excellent matchups the rest of the way and that includes Detroit this week.  While they are not likely to wear him out given his injury history, they are going to find out what he can do.  I see potential RB2 or strong flex value in most of his remaining matchups.

Bo Scarbrough, Lions

This one, I did not see coming.  Like, not at all.  That being said, Matt Patricia and Darrell Bevell may have found themselves a lead runner to close out 2019.  Bo is not much of a receiver, but unless there's yet another about face, he should be the guy at the goal line for the time being.  He makes a solid add as a RB2 or flex--having more value in standard scoring versus PPR.  Bo travels to Washington this week, which is good, but he faces the Bears and Vikings respectively after that, which is less good.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Sterling Shepard, Giants

Shepard could be a huge find for teams in need of receiver help, but there are risks.  Sadly, those risks are even greater for Shepard, but that's not for this space.  He's been out for well over a month with concussion symptoms.  The chances of recurrence are certainly a material concern.  Still, he is well worth risking a roster spot on, but here's the key.  Roster Darius Slayton as well if you can.  Slayton will probably get dropped in a lot of leagues, but one of these guys will have great playoff matchups that we can tap into.  My gut says that Slayton will be the guy we want by Week 14, 15 and 16.

Deebo Samuel, 49ers

At just a shade over 50 percent owned, this will be his last appearance in this space, but in PPR leagues, I'd be going after Deebo, who has looked very good the last two weeks.  This kid is pretty much built for the 49ers' scheme.  He looks like a playable flex or better the rest of the way.

Daruis Slayton, Giants

His role will shrink some with the return of Sterling Shepard, but he's still a solid flex option in larger leagues and let's be frank.  Shepard is still in precarious waters.  He suffered two concussions over the first five weeks of the season.  He re-entered the league's concussion protocol after exiting it, which is rare without another incident of trauma.  This is a complex situation and the Giants have very little incentive to push Shepard in that they are out of playoff contention.  I'd refrain from cutting Slayton, and if he is available in a deeper format, I'll be adding him.  Additionally, if both Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) miss Week 12, the Giants may play a lot of 3-wide sets.  So, Slayton has some sneaky upside this week even with Shepard available.

Randall Cobb, Cowboys

As I said last week, the Cowboys have great slot matchups in Week 15 and 16.  Cobb is playing a lot of snaps and his targets have been steadily in the 7-8 range.  Unless something changes, he can start for you when needed.  He's also a nice stash for down the road.

James Washington, Steelers

JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson are both in the league's concussion protocol so their Week 12 status is uncertain.  Enter Washington, who played with Mason Rudolph at Oklahoma State.  He has a sweet matchup with the Bengals, and he's been playing better lately.  He can help you this week as a flex or light WR3 option.

TIGHT ENDS

Dallas Goedert, Eagles

As I said last week, Goedert is a fringe TE1 every week but only a Zach Ertz injury will get him to elite play status.  He does possess elite talent as we saw versus the Patriots last week.  His playing time is rising to the point (81 percent of  the offensive snaps last week) where he's a near full time player, even though he's the number two tight end.  The Eagles play a very favorable schedule the rest of the way.  This week's home matchup with Seattle is tasty.  

Jacob Hollister, Seahawks

Last week I told you to add Hollister early (while he was on his bye), but if you had other priorities, you may be able to land him now.  He's nothing special but he could have enhanced value (more interior targets) if Tyler Lockett misses any time.  And, as we've seen, he's the main tight end now, and he has some weekly appeal going forward.  In short, he can start for you if need be.  He has a nice matchup with the Eagles this week.

Noah Fant, Broncos

We've been talking about him for weeks, but it's time to take him seriously.  Fant is not really ready for prime time, but it's being forced on him anyway.  The Broncos are playing for the future and Fant is projected to be a huge part of it.  He saw 11 targets last week and has seen 23 over the last three weeks.  That's eye-popping for a rookie tight end--for any tight end.  He needs to be rostered in all 12-team leagues.

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