Week 12 Waiver Wire Targets

Matt Hicks, Staff Writer

Week 12 is upon us and it’s crunch time. Playoff spots are on the line and things are getting stressful. It’s also the perfect time to make unnoticed waiver claims on your dynasty team that might not being a playoff contender, yet. Here’s our Week 12 targets, sure to improve your squad.

Quarterbacks

Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod was dropped from 33% of teams after it was announced that Peterman would start Week 11. This provides a huge opportunity for dynasty players who see how good he could be on a team that appreciates him. Tyrod has 1,842 pass yards, 275 rushing yards, 14 total touchdowns and just 3 interceptions in 2017. That makes him the QB12 on the season and he’s now available in 51.6% of fantasy leagues. You should sign him regardless of who starts Week 12 for the Bills. He’s likely to be released following this season, which will allow him to land a secure starting role on a team that, by default, has to have more offensive weapons.

Nate Peterman

Good fantasy players are reactionary. Great fantasy players are proactive. Peterman looked absolutely awful in Week 11, but NFL careers are rarely defined by one half of football. If you have a roster spot to burn, he’s worth a stash. I expect him to get at least one more start this season, and will likely enter the Draft as the QB1 on the Bills roster. Peterman could find himself in a preseason battle for the starting role next season, and IF that happens you could have a sneaky cheap play heading in 2018. He’s available in 94.6% of leagues and you can likely get him for 0 FAAB.

Mitchell Trubisky

It’s time to sell out and make claims for Trubisky. The Bears rookie hasn’t had a great season, but it appears things might finally be coming into place for him. Over the last two weeks Trubisky has thrown for 476 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also piled up a surprising 53 rushing yards on 6 attempts. Trubisky looked like a seasoned veteran when he drove down the field to set-up the Bears for a potential game winning field goal. He’s available in 94.5% of leagues.

Runningbacks

Samaje Perine

Perine’s potential exploded all over the Saints in Week 11. He’s been hampered by a competitive depth chart but with Kelley out, Perine came through for 117 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. His performance made him RB6 on the week. Perine’s volume is likely to hold or increase with the season ending injury to Chris Thompson. He’s available in 71.6% of leagues and is worth ALL of your remaining FAAB. Perine will be a difference maker in fantasy championship runs.

Dion Lewis

I first wrote about Lewis in Week 7, but somehow he’s still available in 37.4% of leagues. The dual-threat back put up 60 rushing yards on just 10 attempts while also pulling in 100% of his 4 targets for 28 yards and a touchdown. Lewis is now RB30 on the season, and has huge PPR upside on one of the most dynamic offenses in the league.

Wide Receivers

Bruce Ellington

Ellington is filling into the WR2 role as Fuller continues to miss time with his rib injury. Ellington has been targeted 24 times since Week 9 and has pulled in 13 receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown. Ellington’s work has steadily increased as Savage build a relationship with him. With Hopkins occupying the top defensive backs, Ellington can be a sneaky stream; depending on the match-up. He’s available in 95.4% of leagues.

Josh Doctson

Doctson truthers rejoice! I’ve been stashing Doctson for a while now but I’ve refused to write about him because he hasn’t been targeted. Doctson, however, has been targeted 7 times the last two weeks and has pulled in 4 receptions each of those games for 111 total yards. With 36 targets on the season, Doctson now has just one less than Pryor and 3 less than Grant. Dotson’s breakout performances the last two weeks has made him the WR2 in fantasy scoring for Washington this season. Look for him to be solid the rest of this year and absolutely breakout next season for patient dynasty owners. He’s still available in 70.6% of leagues.

Tight Ends

Vernon Davis

Davis is now the TE9 on the season, and at this point I think we’re better off with Jordan Reed staying out. Davis has 7 games of at least 58 yards this season and has at least 3 receptions in 6 of those games. Although he doesn’t see too much redzone action, Davis has developed into one of Cousins’ favorite targets; with 26 targets over the last three weeks. He’s available in 35.2% of leagues.

Defense/Special Teams

Redskins D/ST

The Redskins are only owned in 9.5% of leagues, and rightly so; they’ve scored negative points the last two weeks. I expect Week 12 to be much different. They’re in a must-win situation on Thanksgiving Day vs. a Giants team that hasn’t scored more than 24 points in any game this season. The Washington D/ST is averaging 7.5 fantasy points when they give up 24 points or less this season, making them a solid stream in Week 12.

Chargers D/ST

Do I expect the Chargers to get another 5 interceptions this week? No, but without Zeke or a healthy offensive line Dak hasn’t look much better than Peterman. Prescott has thrown 3 interceptions and fumbled the ball over the last two weeks. The Cowboys offensive line has given up 12 sacks over those two games and their offense has only put up one touchdown. If you streamed the Chargers last week, don’t drop them. If you’re one of the 47.5% of fantasy players who don’t own them, fix that.

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About Matt Hicks

Matt’s writing at Top2 is focused on dynasty fantasy football. He loves blending his experience writing research in the field of education with fantasy football stats. Matt currently lives in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @Top2Matt

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