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Waiver Wire Week 12: 2022 Fantasy Football
Week 11 is complete, and we look to week 12 as we see no teams on a bye this week. Quarterbacks
Taylor Heinicke, Washington Commanders Taylor Heinicke has been named the starting Quarterback for the Commanders, and he has done enough to keep it. A week after defeating the Eagles, Heinicke completed 15 of 27 passes for 191 yards against the Texans. He is a good second quarterback option in deeper leagues. Mike White or Joe Flacco, New York Jets Zach Wilson was terrible Sunday. Robert Saleh told the press he is not committing Wilson to Sunday’s start. Insert Mike White (who we all remember from last year's epic Bengals game). White presents a very intriguing add with Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore to throw to. Every QB but Wilson threw for 300-plus yards in this offense. Keep an eye on this for Superflex, Trevor Siemian, Chicago Bears Trevor Siemian may step in for an injured Justin Fields. Chicago is not committing to any missed time yet but also left the possibility of season-ending IR. Chicago is 3-8 and in the running for a top draft pick. They get the Jets Sunday, so Siemian would never be recommended, but if you need a second starter in deep leagues, this is a decent flier. Running Backs Samaje Perine, Cincinatti Bengals With Joe Mixon leaving Sunday’s game with a concussion, Samaje Perine stepped in and carried the Bengals to a victory over the Steelers. Perine had 11 times for 30 yards, but he did most of his production through the air catching all four of his targets for 52 yards and three touchdowns. If Mixon is out on Sunday, Perine is an RB2/Flex play.
Isiah Pacheco, Kansas City Chiefs This should be the final week Isiah Pacheco is on here. He still maintains under 50% rostered on ESPN which is very strange. Against the Chargers, he rushed 15 times for 107 yards. He more than doubled the next rushing attempts on the team and is establishing himself as the top back in Kansas City. Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams Cam Akers looks to be back. On Sunday he rushed 14 times for 61 yards. He doubled the next-highest rush total and appears to be on his way to the RB1 in LA. Keep an eye on Kyren Williams, who had seven rushes, but for now, Akers seems to be the running back to the roster. Latavius Murray, Denver Broncos With the release of Melvin Gordan, and Chase Edmonds high ankle sprain, Latavius Murray looks to be alone in the Denver backfield. Against the Raiders, he rushed 17 times for 49 yards and a touchdown, while catching all four of his targets for 23 yards. Murray becomes a flex option in all leagues.
James Cook, Buffalo Bills With the trade for Nyheim Hines, everyone thought the stock of James Cook would be done. Cook is still getting playing time and is fighting his way into a true committee. He rushed 11 times for 86 yards against Cleveland, and the rookie is making the fantasy radar in deeper formats. Devin Singletary rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown but did it on 18 attempts. Wide Reciever Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans The breakout is here! Treylon Burks had a big showing on Thursday night against Green Bay. He caught seven of eight passes for 111 yards. Burks is the WR1 in Tennessee and needs to be rostered in all formats if he is on your waiver wire. The rookie first-round has a high ceiling and has a chance to be a league winner. Demarcus Robinson, Baltimore Ravens Does Baltimore have a new WR1? With Rashod Bateman done for the season, Demarcus Robinson stepped up in a big way. He caught all nine of his targets for 128 yards on Sunday. While I would wait another week to start him, he is the next big addition of the receivers this week as his upside as the WR1 in Baltimore is too good to pass up.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns Every week Donovan Peoples-Jones is on here, and every week he produces, but stays under 50% rostered on ESPN. He caught five of six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. In a full-point PPR setting, he has scored double-digit fantasy points in six of his last seven games Start Peoples-Jones wherever you can. Terrace Marshall Jr, Carolina Panthers Terrace Marshall Jr is worth a look in deeper formats. On Sunday against the Ravens, Marshall caught three of six targets for 76 yards. It was his second-highest yard total of the season, and despite having a few different quarterbacks this season, Marshall has put up some decent fantasy points. Elijah Moore, New York Jets With the news of Zach Wilson’s job in jeopardy, all Jet pass catchers get a boost. Elijah Moore specifically. Moore played very well last season with Joe Flacco, and even if Mike White gets the start, expect Moore to get involved more on the offense. On Sunday’s miserable Jets game, he only caught two passes for 17 yards but was noticeably wide open on the 3rd and one play late in the game that Zach did not see. Tight Ends
Logan Thomas, Washington Commanders Logan Thomas caught five of six passes for 65 yards on Sunday for the Commanders, who are getting hot at the right time. Thomas has been very inconsistent this season, but with Taylor Heinicke throwing the ball, Thomas could start seeing more targets. Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints Juwan Johnson has been very good of late. On Sunday he caught three of four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. In the last five weeks, he has scored double-digit fantasy points in a full PPR league, four times. Pick up Johnson if you have a need at the tight end position.