Week 12 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
Week 12 of the NFL season has 0 teams off on a “Bye”. The last two are in Week 13….Tennessee and Cleveland. We unfortunately, did have a rash of disappointing injuries in Week 11, so there are new players needed around the league to step for NFL teams ( and for fantasy football owners on the waiver wire.) The following are your Utter-Fantasy Week 12 Waiver Wire recommendations.
Week 12 Byes: None.
Week 12 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Quarterbacks
CLEV QB Josh McCown (vs NYG )- CLEV QB C Kessler is now in”concussion protocal” and being his 2nd in recent games, he may be out for a while.
MINN QB Sam Bradford ( at DET )- Great match up on Thanksgiving Day vs the NFL’s worst defense.
BALT QB Joe Flacco ( vs CINN )- I like Joe in Week 12.
PHIL QB C Wentz ( vs GB)- The Packer’s defense is riddled with injuries and can’t stop anyone right now…( and giving up the most “big” plays in the NFL)
IND QB Tolzien ( vs PITT)- QB A Luck hasn’t practiced and likely OUT Week 12 im “concussion protocal. QB Tolzien has a daunting task ahead of him, throwing only 1 NFL pass in the past 3 years.
DEEP DEEP DEEP Leagues CHI QB Matt Barkley ( vs TENN)- The Chicago Tribune reports Jay Cutler suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday’s Week 11 loss to the Giants, and the Bears are “exploring” whether it will end Cutler’s season.
Week 12 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Running Backs
BUFF RB Mike Gillislee ( vs JACK )- RB L McCoy had surgery on his thumb but actually is expected back in Week 12. Don’t be surprised if it’s really the Gillislee show in Week 12 vs a bad Jacksonville defense. They can win this one without McCoy.
ATL RB Tevin Coleman ( vs ARI)- RB Coleman has been off for awhile with injuries and the Falcons had a “Bye” in Week 11, so he may be available. Due back Week 12. Only owned in 68% of Yahoo leagues.
PHIL RB Wendell Smallwood ( vs GB)- RB Darren Sproles suffered a fractured rib Sunday against the Seahawks. That say he’ll play in Week 12, but he should really just get some time off.
NO RB Tim Hightower ( vs LAR)– You should have gotten him in Week 10. UTTER-FANTASY’S WEEK 10 WAIVER WIRE RECOMMENDATION
Deeper Leagues SEA RB Alex Collins ( at TB )- The Seahawks lost RB Prosise for 8 weeks with bad injury. SEA RB Alex Collins should back up RB T Rawls for the rest of the season.
Deeper Leagues CINN RB Rex Burkhead ( at BALT )- Giovani Bernard suffered a torn ACL in Week 11 against the Bills. Look for RB Burkhead to take over some pass-down work behind Jeremy Hill.
Week 12 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Wide Receivers
CINN WR Tyler Boyd ( at BALT )- Sadly, we lost one of the most exciting players to watch in the NFL….in WR AJ Green. WR Boyd will be asked to step up in a big way for the rest of the season.
TENN WR Tajae Sharpe ( at CHI )- 19 targets in the past 3 weeks, 2 TDs in the past 2. Only owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues.
MIA WR DeVante Parker ( vs SF )- If you remember, WR Parker did not come on until late in the season last year. 8 targets for 79 yards and 1 TD in week 11. Only owned in 69% of Yahoo leagues. Great match Week 12.
MINN WR Adam Thielen ( at DET )- The Vikings said they wanted to get WR Thielen more involved and they did in Week 11. ( 5/65/ 1 TD). He’s the guy that they need to continue to get more involved on this team. Only owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues.
JACK WR Marqise Lee ( at BUFF )- QB Blake Bortles clearly prefers WR Lee over WR Allen Hurns this year.
NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( at CLEV )- You should have picked him up last week. UTTER-FANTASY’S WEEK 11 WAIVER WIRE RECOMMENDATION
CINN WR Brandon LaFell ( at BALT)- WR Boyd is the man to get in Cincinnati with WR AJ Green OUT, ( and Gio ) but WR LaFell will get plenty of targets going forward.
BUFF WR Sammy Watkins- BUFF HC Rex Ryan said Monday that he is hopeful Sammy Watkins (foot, I.R.) will be able to “play some” in Week 12 versus Jacksonville.
Deeper Leagues….NE WR Malcolm Mitchell ( at NYJ)- I think Week 11 ( 4/98/ 1 TD) was more of fluke week, rather than a sign of things to come.
Week 12 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Tight Ends
SF TE Vance McDonald ( at MIA )- I have recommended TE McDonald for weeks now and still only owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues. Currently the #17 TE in the NFL and only 10 tight ends have more TDs than McDonald has (4).
More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 12 coming as the week progresses.