Pick ‘Em Up: Week 12 Waiver Wire

Week 12 Waiver Wire

Another week, another article started with a full disclosure from me. I spent almost the entirety of Sunday in a car, so my context game will not be strong for the Week 12 waiver wire players. I even tried to tell people to add Wan’Dale Robinson yesterday before Josh hilariously corrected me.

That said, with the playoffs just a few weeks away, there was no way I was going to leave you all hanging. As you’ll soon see, it is rough at QB and TE right now, but there is a lot of talent available at RB and WR. So here are my favorite options heading into Week 12.

Your first step should always be to check for good players from last week’s bye teams. Managers may have players that they shouldn’t have from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as they all had Week 11 off. Thankfully, there are no teams on bye in Week 12.

If your league’s trade deadline hasn’t passed, it’s likely this week. So be sure to check out Zach’s Trade Deadline Targets!

Quick Note: All players listed are available in around 50% of ESPN leagues. While not everyone plays on ESPN, studies show most do. So, if they’re available there, they’re likely available on your platform. Pick ‘Em Up!

Week 12 Waiver Wire

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Running Backs

Latavius Murray (65% Available)

With Melvin Gordon given his walking papers and Chase Edmonds dealing with an ankle sprain, Murray is now a lead back. Of course, no lead back should ever be on waivers, and this close to the end of the season, Murray is worth every dime of FAAB you have left. He’s managed double-digit fantasy points in three of his last four games and has been the RB28 since Week 7.

Rachaad White (65% Available)

Speaking of lead backs on waivers, Rachaad White is only this available because he was on bye last week. Fresh off his first 100-yard game, White seems primed to take over the Tampa Bay backfield to end the season. Leonard Fournette was dealing with a rib injury last we saw him, and White could see a lot of work in the most crucial fantasy weeks of the year. He is equally worth all of your FAAB.

Kenyan Drake (50% Available)

Rinse and repeat what you read above. With JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards still hurt, this is Kenyan Drake’s backfield. He has been a top-20 RB since Week 6, and that includes a bye and one terrible game. He wasn’t great in Week 11, but he should still be considered an RB2 with a real top-15 upside.

Samaje Perine (96% Available)

Perine is more of an insurance play than an every-week starter, but he just dropped three TDs while Joe Mixon was dealing with a concussion. That is the definition of upside. At the very least, every Mixon manager should have a claim in for him.

Isiah Pacheco (56% Available) / Jerick McKinnon (72% Available)

This backfield is far from safe, but as of now, Pacheco is taking all the carries, and McKinnon sees all the targets. Kansas City has one of the best offenses in the league, and you probably want your piece.

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Wide Receivers

Parris Campbell (50% Available)

The Matt Ryan to Parris Campbell connection is real. Campbell added another six targets for a 5/67 stat line in Week 11. He is seeing almost 10 targets per game when Ryan plays and is doing a lot with the volume. He is a borderline WR2 and has both a safe floor and a high ceiling.

Christian Watson (50% Available)

How did his rostership not jump into the 80s after his three-TD breakout in Week 10? Well, half of you missed two more TDs in Week 11, and this is your last chance to claim him.

Darius Slayton (78% Available)

With Wan’Dale Robinson going down, Slayton is the only talent left in this WR corps. He is a big-play guy, so there will be good and bad weeks, but he seems a lock for 6-10 targets weekly.

Donovan Peoples-Jones (61% Available)

While he is 4th on this list, I’m most confused as to how DPJ is even still available. Since Week 4, he has averaged almost seven targets per game and is a top-30 wide receiver in fantasy. That’s half the damn season. Cleveland should see an upgrade at QB in the next two weeks, and Peoples-Jones could improve on already good numbers.

Treylon Burks (77% Available)

Burks came off the IR a few weeks back and is slowly getting more involved with this offense. That culminated in an 18-fantasy-point Week 11 performance. I still don’t trust Ryan Tannehill, but Burks is an interesting Flex play on a team that needs every win it can manage.

Quarterbacks and Tight Ends

For the second straight week, I would not recommend adding a QB on waivers, and for Week 12, we’ll lump tight ends in here too. So if you’re desperate or want a headstart on my Stream of the Week, consider Derek Carr or Taylor Heinicke at QB and Greg Dulcich or Foster Moreau at TE. I would, however, let waivers run and see who you can get for free on Wednesday.


If you’re looking for Week 12 Rankings, Ryan and Austin have you covered! We do our first upload early on Tuesday and update them throughout the week!

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