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Pick ‘Em Up: Week 12 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

Week 12 Waiver Wire

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas. I’m not one of those weirdos. It’s Thanksgiving week. Great food, (hopefully) great football, who could ask for anything more? Wait, you want waiver targets too? Kind of greedy, but I’m thankful you’re still reading this article, so let’s jump into it!

Before we hit waivers, your trade deadline is likely this week if it has not passed yet. Be sure to listen to our writer Zach, who gave you his favorite players to go after before the deadline.

As always, everyone mentioned today will be available in around 50% or more Yahoo leagues. Last week, the Broncos and the Rams were on a bye, so be sure to check if any of their better players were dropped out of desperation. On that same note, this week, watch the drop list for any players from the Cardinals and Chiefs, as they are both on bye in Week 12.

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Cam Newton (50% Available)
People scoffed when Cam signed in Carolina. But, after five TDs in two games, they are now taking notice. Hopefully, you were ahead of the curve, but if you’re playing the streaming game, Cam could save you for the rest of the season.

Mac Jones (60% Available)
First Cam, now his replacement in New England. This is Joe Zollo-centric QB section. What’s next? His favorite mathematician? Jones was a bit of disappointment last week, but he has hit five TDs in his previous three games and torched the Browns two weeks ago. With a game against Tennessee in Week 12, Jones may be near the top of most Stream of the Week lists.

Taylor Heinicke (85% Available)
Clearly, I had Joe on my mind when picking my QBs this week. There are actually quite a few QBs with good matchups, but these three would be my priority. Heinicke beat up on Carolina’s defense and has a very favorable schedule coming up. With the weapons at this disposal, he should spend the next month as a QB1 in fantasy.

Running Backs

Rhamondre Stevenson (50% Available)
Stevenson didn’t match his Week 10 output once Damien Harris returned, but he is still a playable RB3 as a backup. If Harris were to get hurt again, you’d want Stevenson on your roster. He is worth first waiver priority if he’s available in your league.

Ty Johnson (79% Available)
An injury to Michael Carter makes Johnson a starter and hot commodity. Carter is likely to miss 2-4 weeks; thus, Johnson is a solid RB when you are fighting for a playoff spot. In addition, Johnson hit 10+ fantasy points in four consecutive games earlier this season, so he’s not as bad as you think, even as a member of the NY Jets.

Wide Receivers

Elijah Moore (50% Available)
Speaking of good members of the NY Jets. The rookie is breaking out at the perfect time, and this is truly your last chance to grab him. Moore is worth your top waiver priority this week if you’re not RB-needy. He’s scored four TDs in the previous three games with a carousel of bad QB play.

Darnell Mooney (50% Available)
Speaking of bad QB play. Mooney had another great outing, this time after Andy Dalton took over. You may have to wait til Chicago is down in the 4th quarter every week for Mooney to pay off, but the good news is that Chicago will be down in the 4th quarter…Every. Week.

Russell Gage (83% Available)
Until Calvin Ridley returns, which is debatable, Gage is a WR1 on a team that will often play from behind. You want that volume in your WR3.

Laviska Shenault (61% Available)

Look, I don’t know how many people need to be injured for Shenault to be a thing, but with Jamal Agnew out for the year, why not gamble. He won’t cost you much, and he plays Atlanta’s porous defense in Week 12.

Tight Ends

Logan Thomas (50% Available)
It appears that this will finally be the week that Thomas comes off of IR. He will immediately be the 2nd look in an offense that will throw the ball plenty. If you’re in TE hell right now, he’s worth an add.

Pat Freiermuth / Dan Arnold / Tyler Conklin (50% Available)
Doubters will point to Dan Arnold’s GOOSE EGG in Week 11 as a reason to avoid these guys. While I’m certainly bitter, I’m not dumb. Not one of these players should be available in more than half of fantasy leagues. Grab them before your opponent beats you with them.