Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups
By Michael Visconti November 23rd, 2016
We are entering one of the greatest times of the year. Thanksgiving week with the tradition of football, family and food. Of course we are also entering week 12 and it is time to get ready for the playoffs. Some of you are like me and need to backfill their AJ Green or CJ Prosise roster spots. No sweat we are here to help. This is a big action waiver wire week, so get after it and restock for the playoffs.
Week 13 byes:
At this stage of the year rather than suggesting a rest of the way Quarterback pickup we will be offering our best streamers in order of our weekly standard rankings. Here are the stream options for Week 12:
#11 Eli Manning NYG @ CLE
#13 Colin Kaepernick SF @ MIA
#15 Blake Bortles JAX @ BUF
#19 Scott Tolzein IND vs PIT
#21 Ryan Tannehill MIA vs SF
Wendell Smallwood PHI – I added him to this list last week and sure enough Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews both go down with an injury. Both could play Monday night but Smallwood will likely get an increase in workload while both are ailing.
Thomas Rawls SEA – Well Thomas is now the man and looks primed to pick up where he left off last year. He is more than likely not available in your league, but if he is you need to grab him now. The interesting thing is that how can we be sure that he is full strength and that he won’t experience any setbacks? In that case Alex Collins might be the add for this week.
Alex Collins SEA – Please read above.
Mike Gillislee BUF – McCoy underwent surgery Sunday night on his thumb and is questionable for this Sunday. Even if he suits up Mike G has a very favorable matchup against the Jaguars and could be a nice spot start, even as an RBBC this Sunday.
Watch List – Christine Michael GB, Kenjon Barner PHI, Rex Burkhead CIN, Jalen Richard OAK, Dwayne Washington DET, Jeremy Langford CHI
Steve Smith Sr. BAL – Why not take part in the farewell tour. The Senior is playing like a man possessed. Well he always did, but now he knows the end is near. He’s healthy, he’s pissed (naturally), and he’s ready to be on plenty of fantasy playoff teams as a WR3.
Eli Rogers PIT – Sammie Coates is basically off the radar now despite not missing times with two broken fingers, but it has cleared a path for Eli Rogers to be the clear-cut #2 WR in Pittsburgh.
Tyler Boyd CIN – I was all over AJ Green this year and that was an extremely painful injury. Boyd will get a bunch of the volume that is now void. Do not expect Boyd to be open half as often as Green, but still he will get a big increase in targets from here on out. I like Tyler better than Brandon LaFell, but his workload should increase also.
Devante Parker MIA – As discussed last week Devante Parker is starting to look pretty good. He was picked up in most leagues last week, but if available he is a great fill in for AJ Green.
Cameron Meredith CHI – This guy could have been a top 15 WR had Hoyer stayed healthy. When Cutler came back it was like he didn’t even know who Meredith was. Now with Alshon Jeffery out for 4 weeks with a PED suspension maybe Cameron will introduce himself to Jay. Jay meet Cameron, Cameron meet Jay. Jay, he is the best WR on your sweet football team.
Tajae Sharpe TEN – The Week 1-3 darling has finally shown back up. It has to be because of Rishard Matthews excellent play, it seemed to have taken some of the pressure off of Tajae. Sharpe caught 4 of 7 targets for 68 yards and a TD.
Watch List – Brandon Lafell CIN, Tyler Lockett SEA, Braxton Miller HOU, Taylor Gabriel ATL
Jared Cook GB – Peter King called him the most athletic player he had ever seen in the preseason of 2014. Fast forward 3 underachieving years and it brings us here, where he is healthy in a high powered offense with surprisingly terrible receiving options. Cook had a game ending fumble which wasn’t great, but he led all tight ends with 11 targets.
Gary Barnidge CLE – Gary did not have the best game but it is clear that he has a much better connection with Josh McCown then he did with Cody Kessler. Look for Barnyard animal to have a decent game this Sunday against the Giants.
Watch List – Will Tye NYG, Vance McDonald SF