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Week 12 Waiver rankings are back with Thanksgiving week upon us. Everything is streamlined this week with three games on Thursday. We had a major injury this week with AJ Green being carted off the field with a hamstring injury. This is a massive blow for fantasy gamers but this could be what unlocks Tyler Boyds’ fantasy value.

Ryan Mathews left with an MCL sprain. Gio Bernard will miss the rest of the season and CJ Prosise is expected miss 4-8 weeks with a broken scapula.

Rob Kelley, David Johnson, and Le’Veon Bell all crushed it.  Johnson and Bell continue to reward fantasy owners who invested early-round picks on them.

Speaking of David Johnson, he has totaled 100 yards in every game played this season and has been the most consistent fantasy option every week.

Week 11 was another brutal week for wide receivers. Only five WR exceeded 100 yards. The only wide receivers who topped that mark were Dez Bryant, Jamison Crowder, Pierre Garcon, Rishard Matthews, and Doug Baldwin.

With that being said, I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who has read this article. It means a lot and if you ever need a question answered then reach out to me on Twitter (@FantasyWrath13). Happy Thanksgiving!

Color Coding

Green = Top Waiver Option

Red = Must Add but on PUP list or injured.

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench stash

Purple = Deep league stash

Quarterbacks

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  1. Colin Kaepernick
  2. Ryan Tannehill
  3. Sam Bradford
  4. Joe Flacco
  5. Jay Cutler
  6. Brock Osweiler
  7. Carson Wentz

Colin Kaepernick – Over his past three games, he has produced at least 20 FPs per game and is the QB3 over that span. The key to Kaepernick’s success has been his ability to escape the pocket and rack up fantasy points with his legs. The 49ers will travel to Miami on Sunday to take on a Dolphins defense that has allowed the 13th-fewest fantasy points to QBs. Kaepernick should be viewed on most weeks as a QB1 in all formats because of his running ability and the fact that their defesne will keep them in catch up mode.

 

Running Backs

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Wendell Smallwood #28 of the Philadelphia Eagles plays against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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  1. Wendell Smallwood
  2. Tim Hightower
  3. Chris Ivory
  4. Bilal Powell
  5. Kenneth Dixon
  6. Jerick McKinnon
  7. Dion Lewis
  8. Mike Gillislee
  9. Christine Michael
  10. Jeremy Langford
  11. Kenjon Barner
  12. Dwayne Washington
  13. Paul Perkins
  14. Cameron Artis-Payne
  15. Damien Williams
  16. Troymaine Pope
  17. Peyton Barber
  18. Alex Collins
  19. Akeem Hunt
  20. DeAndre Washington
  21. Kapri Bibbs
  22. Rex Burkhead
  23. Andre Ellington
  24. Knile Davis
  25. Daniel Lasco
  26. DuJuan Harris
  27. Chris Thompson
  28. Kenyan Drake
  29. Lance Dunbar
  30. DeAngelo Williams
  31. Fitzgerald Toussaint
  32. Stepfan Taylor
  33. Karlos Williams
  34. Alfred Blue
  35. Robert Turbin
  36. Josh Ferguson
  37. Jalen Richard
  38. Zach Zenner
  39. Reggie Bush
  40. Ka’Deem Carey

Wendell Smallwood – Ryan Mathews was spotted after the Eagles loss to the Seahawks sporting a knee brace due to an MCL sprain. Once Mathews departed, Smallwood carried the load and produced 79 yards on 17 total touches. He looked impressive against a usually stout run defense of the Seahawks. This week the Eagles take on a beat up Packers defense. The Packers were once thought to be a strong run defense, but as we witnessed last week,  Rob Kelley bulldozed them for 130 yards and three touchdowns. Smallwood makes for a low-end RB2 this week. 

Chris Ivory -With TJ Yeldon out exiting with an ankle injury, Chris Ivory took over as the bell cow back. He totaled 114 yards but did most of his work hauling six targets for 75 yards. He was abysmal on the ground rushing 17 times for 39 yards. If Yeldon misses some time, Ivory figures to be in line for a heavy workload. Although, I would temper expectations facing off against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Bilal Powell –  More of a PPR option than standard, but does make for a strong handcuff to Matt Forte.

Kenneth Dixon – Rushed six times for 40 yards and received just three fewer snaps (24-21) than Terrance West. Dixon remains an intriguing lottery ticket once he supplants Terrance West as the starter. West is just a guy who is a roster clogger at this point. I’m holding Dixon, and still feel it’s only a matter of when, not if he takes over the job from West.

Jerick McKinnon – He took back over as the lead back, but with the horrendous offensive line, he’s going to be extremely limited in terms of upside. McKinnon is probably one of the more talented running backs in the league, but it doesn’t matter when you have little holes to run through and the defense is routinely in the backfield. This week the Vikings take on the Lions on Thanksgiving. On the season, the Lions rank 15th in rushing yards allowed (104.1), however, they have improved and have only allowed 88 yards per game the last four weeks. McKinnon is nothing more than a stash unless you’re desperate. 

Dion Lewis – He accumulated 49 total yards on just eight touches. He was limited as expected while playing on just 27% of snaps. Until we get a better idea of usage between James White and Dion Lewis, both are very risky fantasy plays and are strictly dart throw PPR options.

Christine Michael – What a ride it’s been for Christine Michael. It looked like he finally figured things out and was going to have a breakout season with the Seahawks. Things started to go wrong, whether it was the offensive line or reports that he became indecisive when hitting holes he was released last week. He was picked up on waivers by the Green Bay Packers. He was inactive Week 11 against the Redskins, but could easily carve out a role in the offense with James Starks continuing to struggle on the ground.

Jeremy Langford – Nothing more than a bench stash. Howard is still the man to own in Chicago and even if something happened to the starter, I wouldn’t feel great about Langford’s chances of producing much if given the opportunity to start.

 

Wide Receivers

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  1. Sammy Watkins
  2. DeVante Parker
  3. Tyler Boyd
  4. Michael Floyd
  5. Eli Rogers
  6. Kenny Britt
  7. Cameron Meredith
  8. Corey Coleman
  9. Brandon LaFell
  10. Cole Beasley
  11. Kendall Wright
  12. Kenny Stills
  13. Tyler Lockett
  14. Tyreek Hill
  15. Taylor Gabriel
  16. Marqise Lee
  17. Eddie Royal
  18. Devin Funchess
  19. Cordarrelle Patterson
  20. Tajae Sharpe
  21. Dorial Green-Beckham
  22. Quincy Enunwa
  23. Sammie Coates
  24. Brian Quick
  25. Adam Humphries
  26. Laquan Treadwell
  27. Albert Wilson
  28. Adam Thielen
  29. JJ Nelson
  30. Jeremy Kerley
  31. Cecil Shorts III
  32. Phillip Dorsett
  33. Justin Hunter
  34. Seth Roberts
  35. Josh Bellamy
  36. Quinton Patton
  37. Nelson Agholor
  38. Dontrelle Inman
  39. Kamar Aiken
  40. Chris Conley

Sammy Watkins – He could return as early as this week and his ceiling dwarfs any player you could add at this point. However, I would lower your expectations considering he is coming off of a foot injury. He will likely be on a snap count once he does return, but his big play potential is an aspect that the Bills have lacked all season. If he’s still available, he’s worth the top waiver priority.

DeVante Parker – We have waited all season for Parker to break out and it appears he is finally putting it all together. Over the last two weeks, he has hauled in 13 passes on 18 targets for 182 yards and a touchdown. He’s a player that has always had the physical traits to be an elite level WR, however, he’s battled injuries and bad QB play from Ryan Tannehill which has capped his production. If he can stay healthy, the sky is the limit for the former first round pick. He makes for a weekly WR2 if his target share stays the same.

Tyler Boyd – Once AJ Green exited with his torn hamstring, Tyler Boyd filled in as Andy Dalton’s favorite target. He hauled in 6-of-8 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Boyd isn’t an athletic specimen but does profile as a James Jones type of WR. He should at the very least see a healthy target share and should be viewed as a WR3 at worst moving forward or until AJ Green returns.

Eli Rogers – Decent matchup this week. The Steelers will square off against a Colts secondary that has yielded the 16th-most fantasy points to wide receivers. With Andrew Luck likely to miss the game, the Steelers should throttle the Colts. Rogers makes for an interesting WR4 this week.

Cameron Meredith – I mean, who the hell is left. Zach Miller is now done for the season and Alshon Jeffery is still out for the next three weeks with his suspension. The problem is Matt Barkley is now under center following what could be season-ending shoulder surgery for Jay Cutler. As for Cam Meredith, he’s relegated to nothing more than a flex option with Barkley tossing the rock.

Corey Coleman – The talent is there, however, the QB situation is volatile, to say the least. Coleman has a better shot at producing with Josh McCown starting in place of  Cody Kessler though. Coleman offers WR3 upside but will be hard to trust as anything more than a flex option.

Brandon LaFell – After starting the season strong, LaFell has fallen back to earth. Even with the news about AJ Green, he’s not a player I would count on as a weekly contributor to the offense. He’s nothing more than a WR/5 against Baltimore.

Cole Beasley – Hasn’t received less than six targets since Week 5. Has a solid floor on a weekly basis and has posted a touchdown in two of the last three weeks. With Dez Bryant figuring to see a ton of Josh Norman, it should open things up for the reliable Beasley.

Taylor Gabriel – He has scored double-digit fantasy points in each of his last three weeks and has emerged as a viable WR4. His ownership, however, hasn’t reflected his production. He’s available in 98% of standard leagues on ESPN.

Tight End

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  1. CJ Fiedorowicz
  2. Cameron Brate
  3. Charles Clay
  4. Jared Cook
  5. Gary Barnidge
  6. Vance McDonald
  7. Hunter Henry
  8. Austin Hooper
  9. Ladarius Green
  10. Vernon Davis
  11. Will Tye
  12. Logan Paulsen

CJ Fiedorowicz – Finished with 6 catches for 82 yards and continues to be a strong option on a weekly basis. This week the Texans take on a Chargers defense that has allowed the 12th-fewest fantasy points to the position.

 Cameron Brate – Not a great streaming option this week facing the Seahawks, but he’s worth a stash because of his amazing schedule during the fantasy playoffs.

Charles Clay – Injuries have crushed the Bills offense. With Robert Woods likely to miss Week 12, Charles Clay figures to soak up most of the vacated targets left by Woods. Watkins could return this week, but he figures to be on a snap count.

Hello, my name is Kevin Steele. I enjoy long walks on the beach and cuddling up with a good glass of scotch and The Fantasy Life book by Matthew Berry.

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