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Waiver Wire:Week 12

Week 11 was a fairly eventful one with Jonathan Taylor and Austin Ekeler carrying fantasy managers to victory, combining for over 90 fantasy points. The big waiver wire prize this week should be Elijah Moore who is developing into a true WR1 for the New York Jets. With the fantasy playoffs approaching, and the trade deadline passing, the emphasis on hitting on waiver picks now is big. Keep in mind, the Cardinals and Chiefs are on a bye week this coming week. These roster percentages were taken off ESPN.

Running Backs

Ty Johnson, New York Jets, 19% rostered, 12 team priority

Michael Carter left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, and his status is up in the air. If he were to miss any time, I would expect a combination of Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson to fill the shoes. I would prefer to roster Johnson here with his level of work in PPR. He did not have much involvement against Miami, one carry for five yards and one catch for eight yards, but he has been putting up near double-digit fantasy points for almost half of his games.

Rex Burkhead, Houston Texans, 1% rostered, 12-14 team priority

The Houston Texans shocked the NFL world on Sunday by defeating the top-seeded Tennessee Titans. Rex Burkhead led the team in carries with 18 for 40 yards. David Johnson took 13 carries for 18 yards. Burkhead seems to be the better bet right now for fantasy points. Oh! And they’re playing the worst rush defense against the Jets Sunday.

Devonta Freeman, Baltimore Ravens, 34% rostered, 12 team priority

Latavius Murray returned on Sunday and was assumed the starter, but Devonta Freeman maintained his role. He took 16 carries for 49 yards and scored the winning touchdown versus Murray’s 10 carries for 32 yards. Freeman also caught all six of his targets for 31 yards. With the release of Le’Veon Bell, Freeman now competes with Murray for the RB1 title.

Wide Receivers

Elijah Moore, New York Jets, 41% rostered, 10 team priority

If you have any FAAB left, this is your player to target. Elijah Moore has broken out and has done so with three different quarterbacks. He is showing he is the true WR1 in New York. He caught eight of eleven targets Sunday for 141 yards and a long 62-yard touchdown. In his last five games, he has put up double-digit fantasy points and will play the Texans Sunday with Zach Wilson likely back.

Cedric Wilson, Dallas Cowboys, 2% rostered, 12-14 team priority

With Ceedee Lamb ruled out of Sunday’s game with a concussion, and Amari Cooper out with COVID, Cedric Wilson caught four of seven targets for 36 yards. If Cooper and Lamb cannot play on Thanksgiving, Wilson would essentially be the WR2 outside of Michael Gallup. Even if Lamb plays, Wilson should be able to have a decent target share on a short week.

Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals, 23% rostered, 12-14 team priority

With the Cardinals on a bye week, Rondale Moore may slip through the waivers. On Sunday he caught all eleven of his targets for 51 yards. The 51 yards is nothing over the top, but the target share is there. Colt McCoy was throwing passes Sunday, and Moore will get Kyler Murray back after the bye, so this is a good stash option.

AJ Green, Arizona Cardinals, 34% rostered, 12-14 team priority

AJ Green seems to have a good stat line every other week. This week has caught four of seven targets for 78 yards. Similar to Rondale Moore, Green had Colt McCoy throwing to him and will see Kyler Murray return after the bye week which should boost his stock.

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons, 20% rostered, 12-14 team priority

Russell Gage has not been entirely consistent, but outside of Kyle Pitts, Gage is the WR1 in Atlanta. Against the Patriots he caught five of eight targets for 49 yards. Since week seven he has posted 2 double-digit fantasy games, with this one being 9.9. He is someone to target in deeper leagues.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers, 3% rostered, 14 team priority

With Allen Lazard dealing with an injury, MVS caught four of ten targets for 123 yards and a touchdown. If Lazard misses their next game, expect a similar target share against the Rams coming up. The Packers have a bye after this week, so MVS fits as a bye week replacement.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Tennessee Titans, 0% rostered, Deep league priority

With AJ Brown and Marcus Johnson both injured Sunday, Westbrook-Ikhine stepped up and caught seven of eight targets for 107 yards. If both receivers miss the next game, expect this stat line to be similar the following week.

Tight Ends

Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns, 21% rostered, 12-14 team priority

As with Adam Trautman, if you need a Travis Kelce replacement, Austin Hooper’s stat line has increased since the Odell Beckham release. On Sunday he caught four of seven targets for 53 yards. He saw five targets last week. These aren’t fantasy top-tier numbers, but if you need a replacement, and the waiver wire is bare, this is a nice potential option.


Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, 41% rostered, 10-12 team priority

Cam is back! Cam threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns and added ten rushes for 46 yards and another touchdown. He should be a top priority for someone who rosters Kyler Murray or Patrick Mahomes on their bye weeks. Cam gets Miami this coming week.

Zach Wilson, New York Jets, 3% rostered, Superflex Priority

Alright, he’s only on here because I am hoping to see improvement, but with Mike White, Josh Johnson, and Joe Flacco all having recent success in the Jets’ offense, I would hope that translates to Zach Wilson in which should be a get right game against the Texans. Oh! And to add, he has Elijah Moore breaking out as well.

For more options, or questions about these, you can reach me on Twitter @NMimi Otherwise, you can always check me out on the Stack Attack Fantasy Podcast.

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