Waiver Wire Week 12

Waiver Wire Week 12 is a good one for the running back position and is not so good for the receivers this week!

Running Backs

Bo Scarbrough-0.1%- Scarbrough went from unemployed to lead back in less than a week and will look to build on a 14 carry 1 TD performance against a tough Dallas defense but gets a much easier test next week in the Redskins. Scarbrough has the opportunity to lock up the backfield with another strong performance and should be added in most leagues.

Tony Pollard-11.4%- Pollard was able to turn in one of his best performances to date this week catching 4 balls and scoring a TD in the process. After this strong performance the Cowboys could look to Pollard more often in the passing game moving forward. 

Jonathan Williams– 0.0%- Williams doubled his career yardage this week with 116 rushing yards after injuries thrust him into a more prominent role. Mack will be out for the Colts matchup Thursday night against the Texans and Williams should be involved. Look for Williams to regress as Jordan Wilkins will be back in the lineup and has been the third back for most of the season. Williams has the opportunity to earn more snaps with a hot start against the Texans.

Kalen Ballage– 34.3%- Ballage was able to find the endzone this week after not scoring since week 7. Ballage is still the lead back and should hold that role for at least the next 2 weeks and gets a favorable matchup next week against a Cleveland defense missing 2 of its starting defensive linemen.

Gus Edwards– 4.0%- Edward had 8 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown on Sunday behind Mark Ingram’s 9 carries. He was used more in the game towards the end when the game was out of reach for the Texans but still had a few carries in more meaningful gameplay. Edwards is not a guy you will be able to rely on but looks like the best handcuff for Ingram who is getting some work outside of garbage time.

Honorable Mentions: Jordan Wilkins– 0.5%, Jaylen Samuels– 62.2%, Derrius Guice-46.8%, Lesean McCoy-62.5%

Jonathan Williams and Deebo Samuel are two of our favorite pickups of the week!

Wide Receivers

Deebo Samuel-32.9%- Samuel had a second straight week of 10 or more targets and led the team in receiving again. It is clear that he has earned the coaching staff and Jimmy G’s trust in this offense. Samuel gets a favorable matchup this week against the Packers but may be a risky play the 2 following weeks with the Ravens and Saints on the schedule.

James Washington– 20%- With hardly a soul in Pittsburgh to catch a ball Washington is in a great position to get even more work than he did this past week. With Rudolph and Washington being college teammates we think he is the guy that will step up!

Randall Cobb-29.8%- Cobb is averaging over 100 yards over the past two games with Gallup and Cooper in the game. We don’t expect the trend to continue but do like to see continued work in this high powered offense and believe he deserves an add in many more leagues.

Josh Reynolds– 10.5%- Reynolds has seen an uptick in work since Cooks went out. He should see even more work with the “personal issues” surrounding Woods that kept him out of the game.

Tim Patrick-.1%- Patrick got 8 Targets this past week and is worth a speculative add to get him before he proves to be the number 2 each week and is prioritized by many!

Honorable Mentions: Devante Parker– 44.7%, Chris Conley-16.5%

Quarterbacks

Sam Darnold– 12.3%- Darnold has turned in 2 straight solid performances after struggling against a beatable Jaguars team and a bad Dolphins team. With games against the Raiders, Bengals, and the Dolphins coming Darnold should be able to continue this hot streak and leave his woes behind.

Nick Foles-19.7%- Foles struggled in his return to the lineup. The end stats show an inefficient performance and a Late TD helped his day. That being said Foles does have 4 favorable matchups out of the next 5, with the worst matchup coming this week against the Titans.

Honorable Mentions: Jeff Driskel-4%

Tight Ends

Ryan Griffin– 1.1%-  With Herndon hitting the IR, Griffin returned to prominence with another TD and 100 yard receiving game. With Herndon out for the rest of the season and one of the easiest schedules the rest of the season, Griffin is a must add for any team struggling to find a TE.

Jacob Hollister-15%- With Luke Willson out Hollister will officially take over the #1 TE spot for the Seahawks and coming off 2 strong performances and the bye Hollister should be a solid option for TE needy teams.

Cameron Brate– 1.4% – Brate received 14 targets this past week and has been more reliable than OJ Howard as of late. He wont typically see that much work but is worth adding on teams that need a TE that could “boom” each week.

Noah Fant-13.7%- Fant is averaging over 7 targets a game over the past 4 weeks and with Brandon Allen at QB Fant will likely continue to receive a large target share. The redzone opportunities and big play threat are what makes Fant valuable and should continue in the coming weeks.

Start ‘Em, Bench ‘Em- Week 11

Here are many players you may be on the fence about starting this week!

Start ‘ems

QB:

Jimmy G @ Cardinals

Dak Prescott @ Lions

Derek Carr @ Bengals

Lamar Jackson @ Texans

WR:

Devante Parker @ Bills

Terry McLaurin @ Jets

Michael Thomas @ Buccaneers

Courtland Sutton @ Vikings

RB:

Kareem Hunt @ Steelers 

Brian Hill and Jared Cook have great matchups this weekend should be in your lineups!

Brian Hill @ Panthers

Melvin Gordon @ Chiefs

Josh Jacobs @ Bengals

TE:

Jared Cook @ Buccaneers 

TJ Hockenson @ Cowboys

Greg Olsen @ Falcons 

Travis Kelce @  Chargers

Bench ‘ems

QB:

Jared Goff @ Bears

Carson Wentz @ Patriots

WR:

Stefon Diggs @ Broncos

Marvin Jones @ Cowboys

RB:

Kenyan Drake @ 49ers 

Ronald Jones @ Saints

TE:

Mike Gesiki @ Bills