Week #12 Waiver Watch of Truth
Same intro every week folks, if you’re new to this series carry on, if not drop down to the QB
section. Some fantasy players believe leagues are won in drafts, others believe they’re won through trades, I personally believe championships are won on the waiver wire. Every league is different and it’s undoubtedly a combination of the three but let’s make sure you’re up to speed on this week’s top waiver wire adds.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
Cousins has actually been a solid fantasy performer this season and is riding a mini three-game hot streak with 17+ fantasy points including eight touchdowns. The former Redskin (I know there are no current ones, just thought I should at least mention them with it being Thanksgiving and all) offers consistency throwing at least one score in every game except for week #2. He’s definitely not an ideal option but you could definitely do worse than riding a guy coming off of a 300+ yard and 3 touchdown performance and is at home against the Panthers. Again, not an ideal play but should be considered if you’re in a jam. He’s rostered in 20.6% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Andy Dalton DAL, Ryan Finley CIN.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
As of now the Baltimore vs Steelers showdown for Thanksgiving night is happening despite Ingram and Dobbins testing positive for COVID today. That makes Edwards a great streaming option with plenty of opportunities on one of the best rushing offenses in the league and on top of that he fared well against Pittsburgh in week #8 carrying the ball 16 times for 87 yards and a touchdown. Edwards is rostered in 7.3% of ESPN leagues and if he’s not available Justice Hill is the next best option.
James White, New England Patriots
Rex Burkhead has been ahead of White in the New England backfield but he went down with an apparent ACL tear. Either way it looks like Burkhead is done for the year leaving White as the unrivaled receiving option in this RB committee. White set a new season best in yards from scrimmage with 84 and catching six of nine targets for 64 yards leading to a solid 14.3 PPR points. The Pats are very thin at Receiver and have had to pass more to stay in games, White is a great add and is rostered in 36% ESPN leagues. If not available Sony Michel would be a decent add too since he’s set to return from injury.
Frank Gore, New York Jets
Gore is one of the oldest men alive right now but is somehow still putting up numbers. He rumbled his way to 61 yards on 15 carries for a healthy 4.1 yards per attempt. The third round pick from the 2005 draft found the end zone for the first time this season and brought in both of his targets for 13 yards. The Ancient One may not be exciting but he’s had double-digit carries in seven of his last eight games and will now get an even larger workload. Emerging rookie La’Mical Perine is battling an ankle injury which knocked him out of Sunday’s contest and will sideline him for at least a couple weeks. Gore is definitely worth stashing for depth purposes in deeper leagues and is only rostered in 8.8% of ESPN Leagues.
Honorable mentions: Carlos Hyde SEA, Samaje Perine CIN, Tevin Coleman SF.
Michael Pittman JR. Indianapolis Colts
Pittman followed up his breakout game with a solid performance catching all three of his targets for 66 yards and his first career touchdown. If it weren’t for the 45 yard score it would have been a very quiet outing but he continues to impress and show his chemistry with Old Man Rivers. The budding rookie should be added in all formats and is still available in three quarters of ESPN leagues.
Nelson Agholor, Las Vegas Raiders
Agholor has had an up and down season so far making hard it for fantasy owners to trust him. The former Eagle had his best performance as a Raider on Sunday securing six of nine targets for 88 yards and his sixth score of the season. The touchdown potential is enough to get him in the conversation in deeper leagues but he’s only caught 24 passes so far. That’s very pedestrian and very unappetizing for PPR formats. He could be a sneaky good streaming option for the next two weeks with upcoming dates against the Falcons and Jets. He’s rostered in 10.4% of ESPN leagues.
Damiere Byrd/ N’Keal Harry, New England Patriots
Someone has to catch the ball especially when the Pats find themselves having to score to stay in games. With Edelman still recovering from his surgery, Cam has had to use what he has and this week it was his old buddy from Carolina Damiere Byrd who hauled in six of seven targets for 132 yards including a beautiful 42 yard TD. Byrd has been very up and down coming off of a goose egg against Baltimore but this 26.3 point performance was his fourth double-digit outing of the season. He’s a nice stash but is definitely a risky play amd is rostered in just 0.9% of ESPN leagues. 2019 first round pick N’Keal Harry got involved for the first time since returning from injury securing five of eight targets for a modest 41 yards but could soon become a lot more involved. He’s rostered 12.8% of leagues. Jakobi Meyers cooled off having a quiet day but shouldn’t be forgotten about for PPR formats and could possibly be available in your leagues.
Honorable mentions: Breshad Perriman NYJ, Larry Fitzgerald ARI, Denzel Mims NYJ, Russell Gage ATL, Dez Bryant 😂 BAL.
Will Dissly/Jacob Hollister, Seattle Seahawks
Former All-Pro Tight End Greg Olsen suffered a season ending foot injury on Thursday night which could very well end up being career ending for the 14 year veteran. Seattle has used a Tight End by committee approach for the most part which has made this trio irrelevant for fantasy purposes but with Olsen out of the picture Dissly or Hollister could get enough of an uptick in production to become at least a streaming option. Hollister hauled in two of three targets for 14 yards playing on only 19% of offensive snaps. Dissly caught his lone target for 10 yards but had a 63% snap share. Both are rostered in less than 1% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Jordan Akins HOU, Dalton Schultz DAL.
Here’s a list of players that I either included in the previous week’s article or are obvious adds that are owned quite a bit more but still have a decent chance of being available in your league. These guys are definitely worth checking the wires for.
Top Priority list:
QB Ryan Tannehill TEN 56.2%
WR Mike Williams LAC 63%
WR Darius Slayton NYG 59.1%
WR John Brown BUF 57.4%
WR Cole Beasley BUF 48.1%
WR Corey Davis TEN 47%
WR Tim Patrick DEN 13.9%
RB Damien Harris NE 56.2%
RB J.K. Dobbins BAL 48.3% (Covid list)
RB Salvon Ahmed MIA 42.9%
RB Malcolm Brown LAR 39.1%
RB Wayne Gallman NYG 34.4%
TE Dallas Goedert PHI 59.5%
TE Robert Tonyan GB 32.7%
Take all of this with a grain of salt as I obviously don’t know the details of your specific situation, what you need, who you’d drop and who else is available in your league.
Thanks for reading and as always, stay true.
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