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Week 12 NFL Waiver Wire Rankings

Hello Friends! Thank you for continuing to use The Fantasy Authority as your source for redraft and DFS information! Let’s dive right into our waiver wire rankings for Week 12!

Green = Top Waiver Option

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench Options/Flex Options

Purple = Deep league bench plays


1) Lamar Jackson

2) Jameis Winston

3) Baker Mayfield

4) Eli Manning

Lamar Jackson: Baltimore’s first round pick flashed exciting potential in his first NFL start in Week 11, producing 267 total offensive yards including 117 via rushing. With a high fantasy floor due to his dual-threat ability, Jackson is an automatic QB1 and must be added in all formats with the lowly Oakland Raiders defense as his next opponent.

Jameis Winston: Tampa Bay’s quarterback carousel continued on Monday when Winston was announced as the Buccaneers’ Week 12 starter against the San Francisco 49ers. Despite an alarming amount of turnovers earlier this season, the 24 year old quarterback still averaged 25.4 fantasy points per game in the two starts he was not benched and should excel against a San Francisco defense that ranks 25th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks.

Eli Manning: New York’s veteran signal caller has turned it on recently with 17 or more fantasy points in four of his last six games and multiple touchdown passes in two straight weeks. Manning will face a struggling Philadelphia Eagles pass defense in Week 12 that is not only injury plagued but also currently allowing a bountiful average of 20.4 fantasy points to quarterbacks per game.

Running Backs

1) Gus Edwards

2) Josh Adams

3) Elijah McGuire

4) LeGarrette Blount / Theo Riddick 

5) Frank Gore

6) Rashaad Penny 

7) Giovani Bernard

8) Nyheim Hines

9) Wendell Smallwood

10) Corey Clement

11) Alfred Blue

12) Jamaal Williams

13) Jordan Wilkins

14) Chris Ivory

15) Malcolm Brown

16) Spencer Ware

17) Alfred Morris

18) Rex Burkhead

19) Chase Edmunds

20) Rod Smith

Gus Edwards: Baltimore’s rookie running back emerged in Week 11, producing 115 rushing yards and one touchdown on 17 touches against the Bengals. It is hard to currently tell if Edwards will be the Ravens future lead back but his fantasy potential is worth investing in with a rushing attack that should be aided by the presence of a mobile quarterback and a strong offensive line.

Josh Adams: It is strange to list two undrafted rookie free agents as priority waiver wire additions but opportunity comes in all forms in fantasy football. In Philadelphia’s most recent game, Adams played the most snaps among all Eagles’ running backs and even saw passing game work with six targets intended his way. Despite being part of a shared backfield, the former Notre Dame star should see the most carries in Week 12 against a Giants defense allowing 22.6 fantasy points to running backs per game.

LeGarrette Blount / Theo Riddick: With lead back Kerryon Johnson expected to miss time with a knee injury, the Lions will likely rely heavily on Blount and Riddick although in different roles. Blount has been the rushing goal-line option in this offense with nine carries inside the ten-yard line while Riddick averaged six catches per game in the last three weeks as the main receiving option out of the backfield.

Rashaad Penny: Seattle’s 2018 first round pick saw a dip in playing time against the Packers with starter Chris Carson active but still saw three carries inside the red zone. With Penny’s future workload likely hard to trust in a three back committee, continue to treat this rookie as a handcuff until further notice.

Wide Receivers

1) DJ Moore

2) Tre’Quan Smith

3) Josh Reynolds 

4) Keke Coutee

5) Christian Kirk

6) John Ross

7) Adam Humphries

8) Tyrell Williams

9) David Moore

10) Donte Moncrief

11) Dede Westbrook

12) Kenny Stills

13) Seth Roberts 

14) Quincy Enunwa  

15) Antonio Callaway

16) Willie Snead

17) Cole Beasley

18) Zay Jones

19) James Washington

20) Trey Quinn

Tre’Quan Smith: The production we saw in Week 11 from New Orleans’ talented rookie cannot be expected consistently but should be a reminder to us how high of a ceiling Smith contains as a receiving option for Drew Brees. The Saints third round pick has seen underrated volume in scoring position with six targets intended his way in the red zone including three inside the ten-yard line.

Josh Reynolds: In a three game sample size where Reynolds has started, the Rams 23 year old wideout produced ten receptions for 141 yards and three touchdowns. With such so many weapons in this offense, it would not be surprising if Reynolds continues to take advantage of single coverage or easy individual matchups and provide fantasy production.

Christian Kirk: Arizona’s rookie receiver produced his third receiving touchdown of the season in Week 11 and has now seen 17 targets since the Cardinals changed offensive coordinators. Despite being the second option in the passing game, Kirk has produced as an explosive receiver with 19 receptions occurring in situations with ten or more yards needed for a first down.

John Ross: Cincinnati’s 2017 first round pick is slowly coming alive with his second straight week seeing six targets or more and a receiving touchdown. Utilized as the Bengals second receiver, Ross has played in 83% and 92% of offensive snaps respectively in Weeks 10-11.

Tight End

1) Cameron Brate

2) Jonnu Smith

3) Gerald Everett / Tyler Higbee

4) Jeff Heuerman

Cameron Brate: With their recent quarterback change, Tampa Bay’s tight end fantasy outlook is immediately boosted with Jameis Winston’s previous success targeting the position. Brate would be upgraded to a priority addition this week in all formats if O.J. Howard is unable to play with an ankle injury.

Gerald Everett / Tyler Higbee: The Rams’ tight end combination was extremely productive in Week 11, accumulating nine receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown against Kansas City. Using the past three weeks as a larger sample size to judge each role, Higbee has logged more offensive snaps and seen more volume than Everett despite scoring one less receiving touchdown. For now, consider Higbee the more reliable option.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read TFA’s Week 12 Waiver Wire Rankings! Don’t forget to check out other content on The Fantasy Authority, including QB/DEF streamers, Deep Streamers, Target Hogs, and Risers / Fallers!

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