2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football waiver wire, injury, and bye-week help is here!

The following teams have bye weeks and WILL NOT be playing this week:

Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
Seattle Seahawks


RUNNING BACK (RB)

Jonathan Williams, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 0% of all ESPN leagues):
Williams took over as the primary ball carrier after Marlon Mack was ruled out in the third quarter with a hand injury.  He displayed some nice big-play ability with runs of 48, 31, and 16 yards.  He carried the ball 13 times for 116 yards and averaged nearly 9 yards a carry.  He would’ve had an even bigger day if Hines didn’t culture a touchdown from him.  Williams is running behind one of the better offensive lines in football and should have a good outing this week against a Texans defense that a surrendered nearly 200 total yards and three total touchdowns to Ravens running backs last week.  Colts Head Coach Reich has indicated that they’ll go with a committee approach while Mack gets healthy.  Jordan Wilkins injured his ankle against Miami and was ultimately ruled out last week.  William’s production will depend on Wilkins’ availability.

Jordan Wilkins, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 0.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Wilkins is the other main back in the Colts backfield.  He’s had a few chances here and there to make an impact over the years with Marlon Mack out.  However, he’s never been able to overtake Mack to become the workhorse when both were healthy.  Wilkins could get a healthy workload this week if he’s healthy.  This week’s matchup in Houston is healthy enough to support two running backs.

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 29.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Hines is the change of pace receiving back in the Colts backfield.  He could be in line for an expanded role as well if the Colts want to use short passes and dump offs as an extension of their running game.  Marlon Mack has already been ruled out for this week with a fractured hand and it remains to be determined how much time he’ll actually miss.  Hines caught three passes for 24 yards and added another 11 yards and a touchdown on three carries.  He’s worth a dart throw in PPR formats.

Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 46.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Guice returned and immediately made his presence known.  Sure he had to split carries with Adrian Peterson, but he made the most of his opportunities. The thing is the Redskins just need playmakers at their skill positions.  Even if Guice doesn’t get many carries, he could be targeted plenty in the passing game.  He took his only reception of the game for 45 yards and got into the endzone.  It’s probably a good idea to stash him for now and see how he gets used and what his volume will look like.  However, he does have a good matchup against a soft Lions defense this week so owners can count on him for a spot start.

Bo Scarbrough , RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Even with kerryon Johnson our and Ty Johnson available, J.D. McKissic was relegated to a pass catching role.  Instead, it was Bo Scarbrough who carried the load for the Lions.  The 6’1”, 235lb basher is a tank who will roll over just about anyone.  His running style is similar to Derrick Henry and Leonard Fournette and he’s tough to being down.  There’s a lot of power behind his pads making him tough to bring down and defenders will certainly have a tough time prying the ball out of his 10 1/2 inch mitts.  He’s a good fit for the Lions offense and looks like he’s overtaken Ty Johnson on the depth charts at the moment.  Scarbrough had 14 carries for 55 yards and found the endzone against the Cowboys tough defense.  A much softer matchup awaits this week when the Lions face the Redskins on the road.

Kalen Ballage, RB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 34.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Ballage is filling in as starter for the suspended Mark Walton.  He wasn’t very productive with his opportunities, but he did find the endzone.  Other than that, he carried the ball 9 times for 9 yards and added 8 yards on five catches against a stout Bills front.  A much softer matchup in Cleveland awaits this week and it got even softer with the suspensions of defensive end Myles Garrett and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi.  The Browns defense struggled against the run before, but they’ll probably struggle even more this week without a couple of key cogs in their defensive line.  Ballage is a fine streaming option this week at least.

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 4% of all ESPN leagues):
At this point it’s pretty safe to say the Ravens have locked up a playoff spot for themselves.  Edwards is only a dart throw for the deepest of leagues.  This week’s performance came as a result of game flow.  The Ravens may use Edwards more in their run-heavy scheme if they want to keep Ingram and Jackson fresh for the post season.  He’s merely a deep league stash for now until his production becomes more consistent.

WIDE RECEIVER (WR)

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 44.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Parker finally had the break out game he was looking for after teetering on the edge of fantasy relevance these past few weeks.  Seven catches for 135 yards should be enough for most fantasy managers to take notice and he did it against a tough Bills defense.  He does have a couple of tough matchups coming up with the Browns and Eagles, but he should at least be a stash for teams who are in the playoffs.  He ends the fantasy year with matchups against the Jets, Giants, and Bengals, who all have some of the worst defenses in the league.

James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 19.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Juju and Diontae Johnson both left Thursday night’s game concussions.  Johnson’s definitely appeared to be more serious though since he did look like he was bleeding from the ear.  Washington would start at wideout and could have a big day against the defenseless Bengals if one or both of the Steelers top wideouts remain sidelined.  He brought in three of his five targets for 49 yards against the Browns on Thursday night.

Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 25.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Samuel absolutely went off this week bringing in eight of his ten targets for 134 yards.  He’s been targeted 28 times in his last three games and he’s caught 20 of them for 286 yards.  He’s failed to reach the endzone since week 2, but he’s certainly seeing the volume that puts him in the flex conversation.  He catches short passes on slants and hitches and turns them into big gains.  His speed usually makes him matchup nightmare for linebackers but he’ll have his work cut out for him against Savage, Alexander, and a Packers coverage unit that’s been pretty good.

Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The Broncos lack any kind of depth or consistency behind Courtland Sutton after Sanders joined the 49ers.  Patrick was activated from injured reserve and made an immediate impact, bringing in four of his eight targets for 77 yards.  The fact that he was targeted this heavily in his firs bit of action since week 1 could mean he’ll have a pretty big role in the offense.  He’s a flier at this point but managers in who need depth at wideout could give Patrick a look.  The Broncos face one of the toughest pass defenses in the league this week, but their schedule eases up for fantasy playoffs.  They’ll have the Chargers, Texans, Chiefs, and Lions to end the fantasy season.

Chris Conley, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 16.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Conley was targeted relight times this week with Foles back under center, his highest count of the season.  Much was made of the chemistry these two showed during the preseason so the ceiling here is pretty high.  Conley is the speedy downfield threat the Jaguars use to take the tops off of defenses.  Foles can deliver the deep pass and the Jaguars have a pretty good schedule ahead of them to finish the year.  These two factors combine to raise the ceiling for Conley.  He’s only a PPR asset at the moment, but he’s always a home run threat whenever he has the ball in his hands and his numbers should continue trending upward.

TIGHT END (TE)

Ryan Griffin, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 1.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Griffin has settled in as the Jets tight end and one of their primary receiving targets.  He brought in all five of his targets for 109 yards and a touchdown in a road win over the Redskins.  He’s been efficient with his targets, bringing 20 of his 23 targets for 226 yards and four scores in his last 6 games.  The Jets still have some nice matchups against the Raiders, Bengals, and Dolphins.  Griffin should continue to produce in these soft matchups as Darnold continues to settle in under center.

Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 28.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Goedert is another tight end who has remained relevant thanks to injuries to DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery.  He was targeted six times in a loss to the Patriots and scored the team’s only touchdown.  He now has touchdowns in three of his last four games.  The Seahawks come to town this week and can’t guard tight ends.  Goedert could have an expanded role again this week if Alshon Jeffery is sidelined again.

Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 14.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Fant was heavily targeted once again against a tough Minnesota defense.  He brought in 4 of his 11 targets for 60 yards.  Time and time again he’a shown that he’s a rare combination of speed and size that help his playmaking ability.  If his volume stays consistently high, he could help his fantasy managers to a championship.  This home run hitter is just one big play away from a huge fantasy day.  In the meantime, he’s a good PPR commodity at a thin position with an easy schedule to finish the year.

STREAMING OPTION

Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 3.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Knox could be a sneaky start this week thanks to the Broncos inability to cover tight ends.  The Bills line hasn’t given Josh Allen much time to throw so he could look to his athletic right end for easy completions.

QUARTERBACK (QB)

Nick Foles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 19.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Foles threw a large volume of passes, 47 to be exact.  While he didn’t exactly pick the Colts apart, the former Super Bowl MVP did take care of the ball while he shook off the rust.  He completed 33 of those attempts for 292 yards, two scores, and just one interception.  He could become a fantasy factor with a nice schedule for the remainder of the season.  The Bucs, Chargers, Raiders, and Falcons have all struggled against the pass which could help Foles set up fantasy managers for a playoff run.

Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 12.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Darnold continues to be helped out by a relatively easy schedule.  He completed 19 of his 30 attempts to seven different pass catchers for 293 yards, four touchdowns, and a pick.  He did a good job of distributing the wealth by hitting four different receivers for touchdowns.  He continues to get in the groove of running Gase’s system and will try to keep things rolling against a relatively soft Oakland secondary.  Crowder and Griffin could play big parts again to try to negate an underrated pass rush.

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 15.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Carr has been a steady fantasy contributor under coach Gruden.  While he threw just one touchdown against the Bengals, he threw his first interception in four weeks and is limiting his turnovers.  He added a rushing touchdown to boot.  He still has a couple of nice matchups on the schedule against the Jets and Chiefs.  He’s be a decent streamer these next couple of weeks and should be owned in all 2QB leagues.

Brandon Allen, QB, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 1.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Yes, believe it or not, the Broncos QB ended up in this column.  The young signal caller provides an upside play as he continues to settle in as the starter and builds chemistry with his receivers.  There hasn’t been much there in terms of pass catching talent, but he still has Courtland Sutton.  Tim Patrick and Noah Fant are also coming online.  The Broncos ground game could also help open up some opportunities downfield.  There’s additional upside here thanks to a soft schedule.  Allen will face a tough Bills coverage unit this week, but he finishes the fantasy season against the Chargers, Texans, Chiefs, and Lions.

STREAMING OPTION

Jeff Driskel, QB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 1.3% of all ESPN leagues):
If Stafford can’t go this week, Driskel has an excellent matchup against a struggling Redskins defense.  He’s big, athletic, scrambles to get out of bad situations, and he can deliver the ball.  He threw for 209 yards and a pair of scores, and added 51 yards and another touchdown on 8 carries against a much tougher Cowboys defense last week.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 20.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Smith and Smith have paired to form a formidable pass rush.  The Packers backfield also boasts one of the better defensive backfields in the league with Alexander, Amos and Savage.  They’ll all have their work cut out for them trying to defend Sanders, Kittle (if he’s healthy) and a surging Deebo Samuels in addition to a strong 49ers rushing attack.  They’ll get the Giants, Redskins, and Bears after that though.

Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 36.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Eagles have a tough matchup with Seattle this week, but they’ll get the Dolphins, Giants, and Redskins which should help fantasy owners.  They held the Patriots to just 17 points last week and they’re worth stashing as long as their four starting DB’s, Mills, McLeod, Jenkins, and Darby, all stay healthy.  The Giants have struggled at times on offense and the Dolphins and Redskins haven’t posed much of a threat.

STREAMING OPTIONS

Detroit Lions (currently owned in 7.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The Lions defense is coached by former Patriot defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, and Trey Flowers is a force to be reckoned with.  Haskins has struggled since starting in the NFL, and the Redskins don’t pack much of a punch.  Slay might contribute a couple of picks to help the Lions’ special teams stat line as well.

Denver Broncos (currently owned in 17.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Vic Fangio is still one of the best defensive minds in the game and will lead his defense against a Bills offense that has struggled at times.  Sure they posted 34 points last week, but the Dolphins defense doesn’t have Von Miller, Chris Harris, Derek Wolfe, and some decent depth.  Josh Allen and company could have a tough time moving the ball against this tough Broncos defense.

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