Week 12 FAAB Cheat Sheet
Hello everyone and welcome back to another Week 12 FAAB Cheat Sheet article presented by the Sports Gambling Podcast Network. Managing the waiver wire is one of the most important parts of fantasy football and SGPN has all the information you need before you look to make those important pickups. Finding which players to put in a claim for is only half the battle though. This article is unique in that we not only highlight the top waiver wire pickups of the week but also discuss how much you should be spending on these players.
I can’t think of any successful fantasy team that I’ve had that didn’t have some critical waiver wire pickups. Knowing when to spend and when to be conservative is vital as you fight for a playoff spot down the stretch. With that here are my top waiver wire pick-ups of the week along with what percentage of your total FAAB budget from the start of the year you should spend on these players. It’s important to note that if you have a lot of your FAAB budget left still you can spend a bit more. Your league likely won’t roll over the FAAB budget so you better spend it as there are some good players on waivers this week.
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Week 12 FAAB Potential Gems (10-20% of FAAB)
Latavius Murray – RB – Denver Broncos – 20%
After yet another goal-line fumble Melvin Gordon was released by the Denver Broncos on Monday. This makes Latavius Murray the clear lead back in Denver with both Mike Boone and Chase Edmonds out with injuries as well. Murray has a history of being reliable when called upon as he finished this last game with 72 total yards and a touchdown.
He’s been a top 31 PPR Running Back each game with the Broncos as well making him a back end RB2 in a soft matchup with the Carolina Panthers next week. Being out of the playoff picture already, the Broncos will likely be content with Murray remaining the lead back. He’s one of the biggest priorities of the week if he happens to be on your waiver wire.
Stashing Latavius Murray in 44% of my dynasty leagues was not supposed to pan out this well…
— Akash (@YZR_Fantasy) November 21, 2022
Donovan Peoples-Jones – WR – Cleveland Browns – 15%
How on Earth is Donovan Peoples-Jones still only rostered in 57% of Sleeper Fantasy Football leagues? It should be near 100% as the man has been absolutely on fire recently. He has over 60 yards receiving in six of his last seven games and has been a top 36 Wide Receiver five weeks in a row. Furthermore, the return of Deshaun Watson is right around the corner and he has a juicy stretch coming up for the fantasy football playoffs. Baltimore, New Orleans, and Washington have given up a lot of fantasy points to Wide Receivers this season and Peoples-Jones should be locked into starting lineups going forward.
Treylon Burks – WR – Tennessee Titians – 15%
Another rookie Wide Receiver having a breakout game, any Wide Receiver drafted in the first two rounds at this point should be rostered if healthy. Despite being eased back into game action, Treylon Burks caught 7 passes for 111 yards in Week 11 against Green Bay. Robert Woods is clearly not the player he once was leaving room for Burks to be the top option down the stretch.
While the Titans are a run first team, they do have a tough schedule down the stretch. This includes the Bengals, Eagles, Chargers, and Cowboys. They will likely have to throw a bit more than usual and Burks should be in the WR3 conversation going forward.
Deshaun Watson – QB – Cleveland Browns – 15%
He’s not available in any leagues I’m currently a part of, but with Deshaun Watson only rostered in 53% of Sleeper leagues I feel like I have to mention him here. That number will likely jump to 100% next week as he is eligible to return from suspension in Week 13. He hasn’t played in nearly two full years and is playing on a brand new team though, so expectations should be tempered.
Having said that he will immediately jump into low end QB1 territory given the struggles of many of the top signal callers this year. As we’ve already stated, the Browns have some fantastic matchups in the fantasy playoffs. Watson will likely want to build some momentum going into next year too and paint over some horrible allegations with a couple of good performances.
Parris Campbell – WR – Indianapolis Colts – 15%
This is another player that I can’t quite understand how he’s still on the waiver wire. Like Peoples-Jones’, Parris Campbell has been remarkably consistent over the last several weeks. Taking out some poor performances with the disaster that was Sam Ehlinger starting, Campbell has been fantastic recently.
Prior to this last week, he had three straight WR1 performances with Matt Ryan as his starter catching a touchdown in each game. Even in Week 11 he still had 5 catches for 67 yards in a tough matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. He is a starter in most leagues going forward and should be rostered in nearly 100% of leagues after waivers clear this week.
Parris Campbell weeks 6-10: WR10
Michael Pittman weeks 6-10: WR17
Campbell has had three WR1 weeks since week 6 compared to Pittman’s one.
Both top 5 in routes ran.
Pittman is the teams WR1 but it’s time to take notice at what Campbell has been doing finally healthy.
— Brandon Blanco (@NBF_Clo) November 17, 2022
Week 12 FAAB Mid-Tier Targets (5-10%)
Samaje Perine – RB – Cincinnatti Bengals – 10%
Joe Mixon left this most recent game with a concussion which allowed Samaje Perine to take advantage playing 70% of snaps. Take advantage he did catching three touchdown passes and accumulating 82 total yards. Mixon will likely be questionable this week after a concussion and Perine is worth a pickup as a potential starting Running Back in a powerful offense.
I wouldn’t overspend on Perine though as we aren’t sure about Mixon’s status as of yet and he likely just misses one game. Nonetheless, as we’ve seen this season back up Running Backs will have value down the stretch and Perine is one of the best handcuffs in the league.
Darius Slayton – WR – New York Giants – 10%
This week is the week of unsexy, but very reliable Wide Receivers on the waiver wire. Darius Slayton is the top Wide Receiver in a lack-luster passing attack with Daniel Jones. After playing minimally the first three weeks of the season, Slayton has been the most productive receiver by far since returning, finishing as a top 24 fantasy Wide Receiver in four of his past six games.
Wan’Dale Robinson also suffered a torn ACL and is out for the remainder of the season. This was the only other player on the Giants’ roster capable of challenging Slayton for a significant number of targets. Slayton will be a starter for more weeks than not the final six weeks of the season.
Week 12 FAAB Speculative Fliers and Potential Sleepers
Demarcus Robinson – WR – Baltimore Ravens – 5%
As a Chief fan, it’s safe to say I’ve seen enough of Demarcus Robinson to know he’s not beginning to find himself in his 6th NFL season. Regardless, the Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver room is a mess with Devin Duvernay as the only other Wide Receiver of note. Robinson played a season high 78% of the snaps this past Sunday on his way to finishing with 9 receptions for 128 yards.
This will likely be his best performance of the season, but he’s worth an add, particularly in deeper leagues with three Wide Receivers or multiple flex spots. Don’t count on him more than a boom or bust option though hence the modest waiver bid.
Demarcus Robinson is a good waiver add
Caught ALL of his 9 tgts from Lamar Jackson. Took them for 128. 21.8 PPR points 2nd time in 3 games hes seen at least 8 targets
When BAL struggled on the ground, it was the focus on getting Mark Andrews and Demarcus Robinson the ball
— Nick Skrip (@P2WFantasy) November 21, 2022
Sky Moore – WR – Kansas City Chiefs – 5%
It took a few injuries to get here, but Sky Moore finally had a noticeable performance catching five passes for 63 yards. Modest numbers, but significant for a player who nearly doubled his receiving yardage numbers on the year. It’s also unclear what his role will be going forward. Juju Smith-Schuster will likely be back next game and it’s unclear if Kadarius Toney will miss time due to a hamstring injury.
Given his long history with hamstring injuries, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him at least miss Week 12 and Mecole Hardman is on Injured Reserve too. Moore will get an opportunity to prove himself in three Wide Receiver sets and Marquez Valdes-Scantling hasn’t done much of note this season either.
Juwan Johnson – TE – New Orleans Saints – 5%
Don’t look now but Juwan Johnson is the TE2 in fantasy scoring since Week 6. This is primarily driven by 5 touchdowns over that stretch as he has yet to go over 50 yards in any game this season. Nonetheless, the Tight End position is a mess as usual and Johnson should at least be a streaming option going forward.
He’s been the third most targeted skill position player for the Saints over the past four games and has touchdown upside which is all you can ask for from most at the position. He won’t catch a touchdown every game but Tampa Bay and Atlanta are nice matchups down the stretch.
Week 12 FAAB Honorable Mentions
Cam Akers – RB – Los Angeles Rams – 5%
Trey McBride – TE – Arizona Cardinals – 3%
James Cook – RB – Buffalo Bills – 2%
Austin Hooper – TE – Tennessee Titans – 1%
Logan Thomas – TE – Washington Commanders – 1%