The end of the fantasy football is drawing closer each and every day. For some of us, the last remnants of hope are riding on the waiver wire. That Saquon/Ekeler combo you were so excited to unlock? Never materialized and left you holding the bag. However, there are a few more chances to rush to the waiver wire and improve your team. Week 12 is one of your last opportunities to make something happen and everyone is hoping they can strike gold. Sure, there seem to be no “sexy” pickups this week, but the Week 12 FAAB report has some grinders who can carry you to the promised land still.
FAAB Week 12 Waiver Wire Guide
Mid-Tier Targets (25-40%)
Some of y’all playing fantasy were not alive when Frank Gore started playing pro football. Talking to you Eric, stop researching fantasy football and write your essay that is due next week. Gore has been one of the most reliable contributors in fantasy since 2005. Almost every year he got to 200 touches, he would have 1000 yards and eight touchdowns. This year could be more of the same with La’Mical Perine going down with a high-ankle sprain. Drop 30% of your FAAB on Gore as he is the only back in the New Jersey backfield as of now.
Steady Contributors (15-25%)
Unlike Gore, James White has little reliability and talent for running the football. However, also unlike Gore, he is a remarkable receiving back. With Rex Burkhead tearing his ACL it opens the door for White to dominate the running back targets from Cam. White has a flex floor in all formats but is an RB2 in PPR leagues. Put down 17% of your remaining FAAB to add White to your roster.
Last week Michael Pittman proved he deserves to be rostered in 100% of formats. Despite having only a three target game, Pittman turned those three targets into 66 yards and a touchdown. Those three targets were his fewest since his return from injury in Week 8. Expect him to be closer to 6-9 targets each week and worth 18% of your Week 12 FAAB to add this low-end WR2 to your roster.
Damiere Byrd showing off his ball-tracking ability pic.twitter.com/VCLX2FyYYL
— Receiver Life (@ReceiverLife_) November 23, 2020
Damiere Byrd has sneakily established himself as the most-targeted receiving threat in New England. The New England receiving corps has been a rotating door with no receiver starting 100% of games yet, but Byrd has played in all 10 and been productive. Sure Jakobi Meyers is starting to assert his dominance, but Byrd will have continued production and is available in 90% of leagues. Go scoop him up for 16% of your FAAB and put him in your WR3 rotation.
Reliable Bargains (8-15%)
Originally, this column was going to be pretty barren and devoid of reliable bargains. Then Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins tested positive for COVID. This spiced things up as Gus Edwards is the only reliable back remaining in Baltimore. Sure, Justice Hill will see work, but more on him later. Fire up the Gus Bus! Edwards has already had productive games this season and figures to have a chance for a volume-dependent performance at Pittsburgh. He is only a one-week fill-in, but one win can be the difference between the playoffs and mediocrity. Get Gus on your roster and use up to 12% of your FAAB to do it.
These next two receivers are entered into the dictionary next to the word “reliable.” Tim Patrick has been consistently targeted in the Broncos’ passing game and has turned those targets into yardage. He has eclipsed 100 yards three times and has three touchdowns as well. If you want a nice 10 point floor kind of guy, Patrick is your guy. Get him on your roster for the stretch run at a bargain-basement cost of 9% of FAAB.
Keelan Cole may be a little more hit or miss than Tim Patrick, but he is still remarkably valuable to your fantasy team. He is the kind of guy who consistently gets open and finds spots to exploit coverages, often in the red zone. Cole has found the endzone five times this season, including one punt return. They do not call him the Owensboro Flash for no reason so make a move to add this speedster. Cole is a reliable flex option each week worth 9% of your FAAB as well.
Speculative Fliers (<10%)
Unlike Cole and Patrick, Nelson Agholor has had his fantasy value almost entirely tied to his six receiving touchdowns through ten weeks. The Raiders’ offense has been sneakily productive and Agholor has helped with that. He is a big-play, boom-bust flex option, but sometimes you need to roll the dice on a guy like that. Especially when he plates the Falcons and Jets over the next two weeks. Drop 6% of your Week 12 FAAB on Agholor as you capitalize on his juicy matchups.
Similar to Agholor, Breshad Perriman has seen a resurgence with his new team. Perriman has vaulted himself to some form of fantasy-relevance on the strength of three touchdowns over his last two games. Joe Flacco loves to look for Perriman deep and if Flacco remains under center for the Jersey Jets then Perriman has value. With that in mind, consider putting in 4% of your FAAB to add Perriman as a boom-bust option.
Jalen Reagor was drafted by the Eagles to be their receiver of the future. Unfortunately, he is stuck with the soon to be former-Eagles’ starter Carson Wentz missing him at every turn. Reagor has the talents to be heavily involved and Philly is trying to get him involved. With Wentz holding him back Reagor is not a reliable option, but he will be involved in the coming weeks. He has a great matchup against the sieve-like Seahawks this week and should be started in most formats. Drop 4% on him as a one-week lock.
Another rookie receiver making the speculative section, Denzel Mims has been a target monster over his past few games. Anyone seeing the kind of volume Mims is seeing should be rostered. If that target-rate continues and his catch percentage can improve, Mims will emerge as a set-and-forget flex play each week. Put down 4% of your Week 12 FAAB on him.
No Bid/Free Agency Targets
With the resurgence of the Raiders’ offense, Hunter Renfrow should be getting more work. He has not broken the bank the past few weeks but could turn it around in the near future. Scoop him up after waivers run.
Ty Johnson got involved in Week 11 to the tune of four catches on six targets. With Perine out and Gore handling a bulk of the rushing attempts, look for Johnson to get involved in the garbage-time passing attack. The Jets will be losing and throwing each week so Johnson may emerge as a sneaky flex play.
This is one of those moves my friend Dave loves to make. The lead running back goes down and Dave rushes to scoop up the third-stringer. Josh Adams has had some moments of fantasy relevance before and might be able to usurp Johnson and Gore. Consider stashing him in deeper leagues.
The Ravens’ backfield is depleted and Justice Hill will get some run this week on Thursday. Hill was a fourth-round pick last year and should be in line for some work this week. Sure, he may not do a ton, but he is worth a shot in super deep leagues.
Andy Dalton to Dalton Schultz.
Cowboys 31, Vikings 28. Vikings ball, now with 1:30 to play
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) November 23, 2020
Finding a good tight end has been a battle this season. Dalton Schultz has been targeted at least six times the past three weeks and seems to have a decent role in the Cowboys’ anemic offense. Any tight end consistently seeing six targets per week has to be rostered.
Sure, we joke and kid, but the New Jersey Jets DST may actually be startable this week. Sure the Dolphins whacked them 24-0 earlier this season, but that was the Fitzmagic Phins. The Tua Phins are more like tuna fish. Easily snacked on and not at all intimidating. Scoop the Jets and roll with them against the easily-sackable Tua.
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