2016 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups





ALL teams play during Week 12. NO teams on bye.

Running Back (RB)

Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 2.3% of all ESPN leagues):
After Mathews (knee) and Sproles (ribs) both went down with injuries, Smallwood took the totes against a tough Seattle defense.  He should continue to receive most of the backfield work.  The 5'10", 208lb 5th round rookie out of West Virginia has quick feet and runs with power, always falling forward.  In 38 games as a Mountaineer, Smallwood rushed 425 times for 2462 yards and 12 scores, while catching 68 passes for 618 yards and no touchdowns.  He has a decent schedule and deserves flex consideration as long as Sproles and Mathews remain out.  He'll face the same Packers defense that allowed a hat trick to the Redskins' Rob Kelley.

Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 54.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Hightower is now the main man in the Saints' backfield.  He carried the ball 12 times for 69 yards and caught 8 targets for another 57 yards in a game where Ingram left with a concussion.  He should be picked up especially in ppr leagues, given the Saints' pass-heavy offense.  New Hightower owners should monitor Ingram's status since Ingram's return could obviously cut into Hightower's production.

Alfred Morris, RB, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in % of all ESPN leagues):
So, Morris is basically a speculative add.  As we get into this later, stranger part of the season, Morris could become a commodity if they Cowboys decide to rest their superstarter, Ezekiel Elliot.  Regardless of who's in the backfield, the Cowboys' offensive line will allow the rusher to produce.

Mike McGillislee, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 26.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Shady's status has been shrouded by injury once again.  McGillislee has become fantasy-relevant once again and should be added in all leagues.  McCoy sustained a thumb injury against the Bengals, which could be an issue for someone whose main job is to carry the ball.  Although McCoy should be good to go against Jacksonville this week, he's worth a speculative add considering the Bills' relatively soft schedule and McCoy's injury history.  If McCoy goes down again, McGillislee could carry his team and your fantasy team into the playoffs.

Wide Receiver (WR)

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 5.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Boyd's value was bouyed when A.J. Green left the game against the Bills with a torn hamstring.  The Bengals' WR1 position now heats up between Brandon LaFell and the rookie Boyd.  Although LaFell technically holds the Bengals' WR2 spot at the moment, Boyd is the better receiver.  Dalton and Boyd's other teamates touted his effort and work ethic.  The former Pitt Panther will look to make an immediate impact when the Bengals travel to face the division rival Ravens.  For more on Boyd's stellar college career, check out our Rookie Wide Receiver article here.  Boyd is a must-add in all leagues.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 47.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Parker's potential has been seen in the past 2 games.  He's logged 13 catches for 182 yards and a touchdown, and he seems to be getting more and more involved in Adam Gase gameplan.  Given his upcoming schedule, he  should have continued success through the rest of the year, except week 14 when he faces the Cardinals.  Even then, Parker could produce if Cardinals' safety Tyrann Mathieu is still out.

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 4.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Can't stop the Thielen!  He's scored in 2 games in a row now, and draws pretty consistent targets from Sam Bradford.  With defenses zeroing in on Diggs, Thielen should continue his success against a leaky Lions defense in a divisional showdown with playoff implications.  Grab him now.

Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 14.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Sharpe has certainly looked sharp recently.  With his quarterback, Mariota, firing to all of his targets, Sharpe has scored 2 games in a row now, and his production figures to increase.  The downside is the Titans have a favorable matchup against the Bears this week, but then they have a bye week followed by matchups against the Broncos, Chiefs, and Jaguars.  He could be a decent streamer this week and worth hanging on to in 12+ team leagues.

Tight End (TE)

Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 55.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Wentz hit Ertz, one of his top targets, 6 times for 35 yards and a score against a very tough Seattle secondary.  No surprise there though.  The Seahawks have been historically weak against good tight ends.  At this point in the season, a lot of players have dropped Ertz because of his inconsistency.  This is unfortunate because it seems like he's just starting to get things rolling.  He's caught 20 passes for 187 yards and a score in his last 3 games.  He'll look to keep things rolling against a Packers linebacking corps and secondary that's down to their 4th stringers at some positions.  Pick Ertz up if he's available in your league.

C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston Texans (currently owned in 34.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Fiedorowicz has very much been a boom or bust player since his "breakout" in week 6 against the Colts, where he caught 6 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.  He's had decent, albeit inconsistent production over the past few weeks.  The Texans will try to utilize him more in the passing game.  Unfortunately, his ceiling is dictated by Osweiler's decision-making, which hasn't been great lately.  Nevertheless, grab him in deeper and/or ppr leagues.

Jared Cook, TE, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 2.7% of all ESPN leagues):
At this point, the cupboard is looking pretty bare, especially at a thin position riddled with injuries.  With that said, Cook is worth a look if you're desperate.  The Packers will probably find themselves chasing points again, given their banged-up defense.  That could mean a repeat performance for Jared Cook who caught 6 passes for 105 yards and a score.  He also lost a fumble that sealed the Packers' loss.  He's a speculative add at this point due to his inconsistency, but he could be the best bet if you're desperate.

Quarterback (QB)

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 35.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Wentz will look to bounce back from his slump this week against a backup Packers secondary, the same secondary that gave up 375 passing yards and 3 touchdowns to Kirk Cousins this past week.  Wentz has looked like he's finally gotten it together after looking lost for the past few games.  He could be a good streaming option this week.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 17% of all ESPN leagues):
Kaep performed as predicted last week against New England.  He extended plays with his legs and took care of the ball.  He's thrown for 814 yards and 5 touchdowns with 1 interception in his last 3 games.  While his numbers aren't eye-popping, he's produced at a relatively consistent level coveted by most fantasy owners.  Given his relatively easy schedule for the rest of the year, and is a good pick up if you need a QB2.  He could produce at a QB1 level this week against a soft Saints secondary.

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