Wednesday’s Waiver Warriors – Week 12 Fantasy Football

For the majority of fantasy football leagues, waivers run on Wednesdays. AEE Fantasy is here to help you prioritize the guys you need to be picking up to help improve your fantasy football team. 

Top Priority

QB

Baker Mayfield – The Browns season has been one of turmoil, but they got a much-needed win against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week (even though it was marred by the Myles Garrett helmet incident). Baker Mayfield played well in that game, so he’ll be a popular streaming option against the Miami Dolphins. 

Mason Rudolph – It’s looking like Mason Rudolph isn’t going to be suspended for his role in the Myles Garrett incident, which makes him a fine play against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have one of the NFL’s worst defenses and Rudolph had one of his best games of the season the last time he faced the Bengals. He’s a solid streamer this week.

RB 

Gus Edwards – Most of his production came on a 68-yard touchdown rumble, but Gus Edwards has been actively involved in the Ravens running attack for most of the season. I doubt he’ll get this type of production on a week to week basis, but when you get down into the dirt and start looking for second running backs to play, I like Edwards more than someone like Latavius Murray.

Jaylen Samuels – It seems James Conner will miss some time after re-aggravating his shoulder injury, which thrusts Jaylen Samuels back into the conversation as a flex option with RB2 upside. Samuels is more valuable in PPR leagues, but even in standard scoring, he has an excellent matchup this week against the Bengals and is a virtual must-start.

Jonathan Williams – In relief of an injured Marlon Mack, Jonathan Williams put in an excellent game, running 13 times for 116 yards. He also caught a pass for 31 yards as well. Jordan Wilkins could be returning from injury, which will muddle the backfield opportunities, but I think Williams is going to be the back to own in Indianapolis until Marlon Mack returns.

WR

James Washington – After his best game of the year, James Washington took a step back on Thursday in the loss to Cleveland. However, it seems JuJu Smith-Schuster will miss time, which makes James Washington a great play, especially against the Bengals. I would prefer if James Conner were playing so that Rudolph is less inclined to throw short to the running back, but in any event, I really like James Washington this week.

Diontae Johnson – Assuming that he makes it through the NFL’s concussion protocol, Diontae Johnson should also be a fine play this week. Johnson has been very up and down this year, but given the matchup, if he’s healthy, I will be looking to stream Johnson this week. 

Hunter Renfrow – The Raiders rookie wide receiver, Hunter Renfrow, has been used much more consistently over the last 4 weeks and is emerging as a PPR darling. Renfrow pulled in 5 catches for 66 yards against the Bengals and his upcoming matchup against the Jets is just as tasty. If you’re in a shallower league and Renfrow’s available, he should be a priority pickup.

TE

Ryan Griffin – Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I had Ryan Griffin as the start of the week last week for the tight end position and he delivered with a number one fantasy scoring performance at the tight end position. I expect the trend to continue this week against an Oakland Raiders defense that certainly has played better of late, but is still a good defense to stream against.

Jonnu Smith – There’s a good chance Jonnu Smith is kickin’ it on your waiver wire after two sub-par fantasy performances and a bye week. If that’s the case, you should consider picking up Jonnu Smith this week, as he had 6 targets in his last game and is a viable streamer this week against a Jaguars team that just got smacked around by the Colts.

Second Run

QB

Jeff Driskel – It’s rough on the waiver wire for quarterbacks, but Jeff Driskel is a solid play this week. Driskel has managed to score over 20 fantasy points in his last two games and has demonstrated some surprising running ability that elevates his floor. This definitely feels like the week everyone jumps on the bandwagon to watch it burn against the Redskins, but that’s a chance you’ll need to take.

Brandon Allen – I’ve been really impressed with Brandon Allen since he took over the starting job in Denver. Allen may not be close to being an elite quarterback, but he reminds me of a young Case Keenum; an above-average quarterback with a decent arm who’s willing to push the ball down the field. Even on the road in Buffalo, I’m gladly starting Allen over Mitchell Trubisky as an example.

RB

Bo Scarbrough – We’ve seen this story before. If not for the Ty Johnson saga, I would be more willing to jump on the Scarbrough bandwagon, but as it stands, I’m a little hesitant, to say the least. Regardless, you can’t ignore a potential starting running back this late in the season, so Bo Scarbrough is definitely worth adding.

Nyheim Hines – Particularly in PPR leagues, Nyheim Hines could be a valuable pick up. Head coach Frank Reich has come out and said that Hines will retain his hybrid role as the primary receiving back, which is encouraging because he could still see additional work in this same role that he’s comfortable with. I like Hines as a pickup and flex in full-point PPR leagues.

Tony Pollard – It’s not the first we’ve seen of Tony Pollard and I don’t think it will be the last. With the slate of games upcoming for the Dallas Cowboys, I think Pollard’s role could potentially expand as they look to pass the ball more against some tough defenses. Pollard is still only a low-level flex play and you may just be chasing points, but given the running back landscape this year, you could do worse.

WR

Keelan Cole – It wasn’t a monster game, but after going for 80 yards before the bye week, it was nice to see Keelan Cole continue to gain targets, pulling in 4 of 5 for 41 yards. It’s not sexy, that’s for sure, but with the waiver wire as thin as it is, I’m looking for utilitarian plays where I can get a relatively safe floor of at least 5 points and I think Cole offers this in deeper leagues.

Corey Davis – With two weeks to rest after sitting for the game against the Chiefs and then having a bye week, Corey Davis should be ok to go for this Sunday’s contest. It’s not an exhilarating play, but AJ Brown is still owned in many leagues so if you can’t go, Brown, I think you can go Davis as a low-end WR3 or flex option this week in what looks like a decent matchup against the Jaguars.

Kendrick Bourne – I don’t know that the 49ers pass offense will be as high-flying as we saw against the Cardinals, but with Emmanuel Sanders banged up and Deebo Samuel widely added last week, I’m pivoting to Kendrick Bourne. Bourne caught 4 passes on 6 targets for 31 yards and a touchdown and the 49ers will likely have to throw a lot this week to keep up with the Green Bay Packers offense.

TE

Dallas Goedert – It’s possible Dallas Goedert was dropped in your league and if he was, you need to run out and pick him up. The bye week and New England Patriots matchup forced fantasy owners to make a hard decision and they might have dropped Goedert even if they didn’t want to. Goedert is getting extra work with all the wide receiver injuries and can be started pretty much every week.

Jacob Hollister – He may have been forgotten because of the bye week, but Jacob Hollister needs to be added in every league. The last time we saw Hollister, he saw 10 targets from Russell Wilson, catching 8 of them for 62 yards and a touchdown. The week before that, Hollister caught two touchdowns, including the game-winner.

Deep Stash

QB

Chase Daniel – If Mitchell Trubisky’s “hip injury” keeps him out of action for any length of time, you can consider starting Chase Daniel. Daniel isn’t a great fantasy asset, but he’s better than Trubisky at least and he should boost the prospects of the skill players around him.

Dwayne Haskins – The matchup is the only reason to start Dwayne Haskins and even then you can’t be confident about starting Haskins.

RB

Kalen Ballage – With Mark Walton having been cut by the team, Kalen Ballage is likely to finish the year as the Dolphins starting running back. Ballage had a terribly inefficient day on the ground, but he did find the endzone to save his fantasy day. It’s ugly, but he is, in fact, a starting running back and that’s hard to ignore this late in the season.

Darrel Williams – D Williams squared is back in our lives. After Damien Williams exited Sunday’s game with a rib injury, Darrel Williams saw additional work, finishing with 11 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown. Williams is likely to be a hot add off the waiver wire, but the way the Chiefs have utilized their running backs, I’m not as high on Darrel Williams as some other waiver running backs.

Jeff Wilson – He only saw one touch in the game, but boy did he make it count. Jeff Wilson brought a 25-yard catch to the house, making Wilson the most productive 49ers running back this past Sunday. I don’t know that you can count on that every week, but with Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert still banged up, Wilson could be in line for some added touches and is worth stashing on your bench.

Chase Edmonds – He’s been out for 3 weeks and is on a bye this week, but I still included Chase Edmonds as a stash for teams with excellent records. If you have the bench space, you might want to consider stashing Chase Edmonds because of David Johnson’s health concerns.

WR

Alex Erickson – He’s been largely ineffective since Ryan Finley took over, but if Auden Tate is not available this upcoming week, Alex Erickson could be in line for added work. It’s still not going to be great with Finley under center, but if Tyler Boyd is receiving the primary coverage than Erickson could be a nice play this week.

Josh Reynolds – Replacing Robert Woods this week, Josh Reynolds was able to pull in 3 catches for 55 yards. It’s not a great stat line, but given how banged up the Rams receivers are, Reynolds could see similar work this upcoming week in what should be a shoot out against the Ravens. I like Reynolds as a streaming option this week.

Anthony Miller – If Chase Daniel is able to take over the starting job in Chicago, I like Anthony Miller as a deep sleeper. Miller has been disappointing overall this year, but he does have four games this year with over 50 yards. If Mitchell Trubisky retains his job, I don’t want any of Miller, but if it’s Chase Daniel under center, I’d consider starting Miller.

TE

Cameron Brate – After OJ Howard bobbled a pass behind his back and turned the ball over, Cameron Brate saw 14 targets in the game. Brate pulled in 10 of those targets for 73 yards and was a beast in full-point PPR leagues. Brate is one of Jameis Winston’s favorite targets and you can take a risk starting him every week.

Dawson Knox – It’s been a while since Fort Knox found paydirt, but it happened on Sunday as Dawson Knox caught a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins. If Knox could play the Dolphins every week, he’d be a priority add. The fact is he only saw three targets in this game, so he’s more of a dart throw for tight end needy teams.

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