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- Tyreek Hill was only targeted twice during MNF due to a hamstring injury which caused him to leave early. Andy Reid had no updates in his postgame presser.
- Colts’ running back Marlon Mack suffered a hand fracture and is considered week-to-week, although he will not play Thursday night.
- Jameis Winston was seen hobbling at the end of his game against the Saints. The issue is apparently an ankle injury but Winston deemed himself fine going forward.
- Bengals’ receiver Auden Tate had to leave his game against Oakland on a stretcher after suffering a scary-looking hit. His first round of tests came back clean but he is in the concussion protocol and does have a neck strain.
- Mitchell Trubisky has a hip pointer and was benched during the fourth quarter on Sunday. His status for Week 12 is unknown.
- Emmanuel Sanders tried playing through his rib injury he sustained in Week 10, only to leave after reaggravating the same injury. At this point, we’re not sure if he’s slated to miss extra time.
- Notable offensive lineman injuries:
- La’el Collins, Dallas
- Lane Johnson, Philly
- Bobby Massie, Chicago
- Notable defensive injuries:
- Harrison Smith, Minnesota safety
- Dee Ford, San Fran defensive end
- Mike Adams/Lonnie Johnson/Justin Reid, Texans secondary
*Ownernship numbers are pulled from Yahoo! fantasy football leagues. Listed below are players with sub 60% ownership to try and help the most people across various league sizes.
- Baker Mayfield vs MIA (55%)
- Jacoby Brissett at HOU (39%)
- Sam Darnold vs OAK (22%)
- Ryan Fitzpatrick at CLE (10%)
- Nick Foles at TEN (31%)
- Jeff Driskel at WAS (3%)
- Ryan Tannehill vs JAX (21%)
- Kyle Allen at NO (32%)
Hopefully this week you don’t have to dig deeper past the top three quarterback options for Week 12. Houston’s secondary, who weren’t great to begin with, is now banged up as mentioned above. Jacoby Brissett gets this exploitable matchup in what should be a higher-scoring game, forcing Indy to keep their foot on the gas. The Texans have given up the fourth-most passing yards per game and the sixth-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. It doesn’t feel great turning to Sam Darnold, but he has looked better as of late and gets another enticing matchup against Oakland.
- Bo Scarbrough at WAS (3%)
- Jordan Wilkins (1%)/Jonathan Williams at HOU (6%)
- Raheem Mostert vs GB (14%)
- Derrius Guice vs DET (48%)
- Adrian Peterson vs DET (52%)
- J.D. McKissic at WAS (33%)
- Nyheim Hines at HOU (17%)
- Kalen Ballage at CLE (37%)
Handcuffs: Darrel Williams, Alexander Mattison, Tony Pollard, Rashaad Penny, Gus Edwards
What an ugly list we have here. Honestly, I think I’d rather stash some of these high-value handcuffs over the guys listed at 1-8 as long as you don’t “need” a running back this week. Bo Scarbrough came out of nowhere to get the start for Detroit last week and put up a 14-55-1 line. He also led the backfield in snaps but was the only running back to not record a target. If you can project a neutral to positive game script for the Lions, he may be worth FLEX consideration. Jonathan Williams was looking like the guy to add this week until Jordan Wilkins got in a limited practice and is trending towards playing. The only reason why Williams was active was Wilkins being inactive, so this is a situation where I’m literally a shrug emoji. Washington’s backfield seems destined for a timeshare the rest of the year so I’m not going out of my way to add either back. Kansas City is hitting their bye week but I’d be paying close attention to see what happens with LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams, both who left Monday’s game injured. Darrel Williams could be a big-time pickup if either are forced to miss time.
- Deebo Samuel vs GB (55%)
- DeVante Parker at CLE (59%)
- James Washington at CIN (8%)
- Josh Reynolds vs BAL (15%)
- Darius Slayton at CHI (25%)
- Mecole Hardman BYE (32%)
- Chris Conley at TEN (13%)
- Allen Lazard at SF (6%)
- N’Keal Harry vs DAL (12%)
- Demaryius Thomas vs OAK (10%)
- Alex Erickson vs PIT (10%)
The wide receiver waiver wire for Week 12 doesn’t look much better compared to running back, but we definitely have more intriguing deeper options. James Washington is on track to be the Steelers top wideout versus Cincy this weekend. I don’t believe in anyway, shape, or form Washington is ready to be a number one receiver, but here we are. With JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson nursing concussions, Washington at least has volume and matchup in his favor. If you aren’t waiver wire shopping for a start this week, Mecole Hardman would be my top target. Tyreek Hill has a hamstring strain and even though their bye week is coming at a much needed time, soft tissue injuries have a history of lingering. Demaryius Thomas isn’t what he once was, but he’s actually been quite consistent. Thomas has put up at least four catches and/or 40 yards in three of his past four games. His ceiling is nonexistent, but you could use him as a floor play in a pinch.
- Vance McDonald at CIN (53%)
- Dallas Goedert vs SEA (19%)
- Noah Fant at BUF (28%)
- Ryan Griffin vs OAK (4%)
- T.J. Hockenson at WAS (52%)
- Jacob Hollister at PHI (35%)
Vance McDonald tops this list for the same reason James Washington is the Steelers top wide receiver this week: potential opportunity. McDonald has been unusable outside of two games this year, but Pittsburgh literally has nobody else. Philadelphia’s second tight end, Dallas Goedert, has found the endzone in three of his last four games and has had at least five targets in three of those four as well. As with Sam Darnold, plugging Ryan Griffin into your lineups won’t conjure up thoughts of confidence, but when you’re looking at someone who’s just 4% owned, you could do worse.
That’ll wrap up the Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups. Don’t forget to click the Slack link in the intro to jump into the free community we’ve been growing all season. Keep your eyes peeled for the TFA podcast as well as the DFS DegeNation podcast dropping later this week. Both pods will focus on plays and matchups you should be considering for Week 12. Good luck!