Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Wishlist (Week 12)
Hi, it’s me again. I know it’s been a few weeks since I was last here with a Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Wishlist article but life (and golf betting) has gotten in the way. But that’s neither here nor there as I’m back for Week 12 with my must add targets via your respective league’s waiver wire. Let’s get into things!
Each week, I will develop a list of must add targets for fantasy football leagues. My goal is to keep each suggestion under 40-percent owned in Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. At least one of my suggestions will be owned in less than 10-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. I will also strive to have at least one player per position (QB, WR, RB and TE.)
The last waiver wire article I wrote was Week 9 so there will be no previous week results.
Week 12 Suggestions
Derek Carr (New Orleans Saints) - Owned in 42% of Yahoo and 20.9% of ESPN Leagues
Carr has been a staple in this series for several weeks and that was due to his incredibly favorable schedule. That easy schedule continues with games against the Atlanta Falcons (who have allowed the seventh most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks) and the Lions (tenth most.) He was off to a fine start in Week 10 going 13-for-18 for 110 yards before he was knocked out of the game with a concussion. The Saints had their bye week in Week 11 so he should be back and healthy. I don’t see the Saints opting for Jameis Winston in this instance but if you would feel better, monitor Winston as well (owned in 1% of Yahoo and 0.3% of ESPN leagues.) Whomever is the starter in New Orleans is my go to pickup this week.
Zach Charbonnet (Seattle Seahawks) - Owned in 44% of Yahoo and 32.4% of ESPN Leagues
I talked about adding Charbonnet a few weeks back as I believed the Seattle backfield was going to shift towards a 50-50 split in his favor. It hasn’t gone completely that way, but Charbonnet has been heavily involved in this Seattle offense. He saw 11 opportunities in Week 10 and saw a career high 21 touches in Week 11, although that was due to an early Kenneth Walker injury. Charbonnet has been slowly taking over the pass catching responsibilities for the Seahawks’ backfield prior to Walkers’ injury. He’s now seen 11 targets in his last two games. The time is running out to add Charbonnet, do it now.
Roschon Johnson (Chicago Bears) - Owned in 20% of Yahoo and 24% of ESPN Leagues
We’re at the point of the season where contenders should have their benches filled with high-upside players. Johnson fits that mold. D’Onta Foreman left Sunday’s game against the Lions in the third quarter due to his nagging ankle injury. We’re unsure at this time if the injury will cost him time but even if it doesn’t, I want Johnson on my bench. Johnson is one of those guys that’s one injury away from being an instant impact due. Ahead of him is Khalil Herbert who just returned from the IR as well.
Rico Dowdle (Dallas Cowboys) - Owned in 16% of Yahoo and 10.3% of ESPN Leagues
Tony Pollard has not been the Tony Pollard this season that we thought we were getting after his big season a year ago. Dowdle has slowly been eating into Pollard’s shares, having 12 touches in Week 10 and ten in Week 11. He doesn’t have standalone value outside of a desperate flex play, but in the event anything were to happen to Pollard, Dowdle would be a must own.
Jayden Reed (Green Bay Packers) - Owned in 36% of Yahoo and 18.7% of ESPN Leagues
Reed has been the latest Packers’ youngster to burst onto the scene. He has now posted back-to-back double digit performances, posting 16.9 points in Week 10 against the Steelers and 17.2 points in Week 11 against the Chargers. He also posted 10.3 points in Week 8. The schedule continues to be easy for Reed as he gets the Lions this week who have allowed the tenth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, the Chiefs, the Giants who have allowed the third most and the Buccaneers who have allowed the fourth most points to opposing receivers.
Odell Beckham Jr. (Baltimore Ravens) - Owned in 30% of Yahoo and 43.8% of ESPN Leagues
Beckham Jr. has now posted three straight double-digit fantasy point performances. He posted 13.6 fantasy points in Week 11 against the Bengals, 10.5 points against the Browns in Week 10 and 12.1 points against the Seahawks in Week 9. He also gets the Chargers this week who have allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Mark Andrews also suffered a cracked fibula and an ankle ligament injury last Thursday. This opens the door for more targets to go Beckham Jr.’s way.
Khalil Shakir (Buffalo Bills) - Owned in 11% of Yahoo and 5.4% of ESPN Leagues
Shakir offers big play potential anytime the ball is in his hands. He caught three-of-four targets for 115 yards and a touchdown last week against the defense who have allowed the least amount of fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in the New York Jets. The Bills now get the Eagles this week who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The Bills have been desperate for a big play running mate for Stefon Diggs for years. Shaik may be that guy. Now’s the time to act.
Isaiah Likely (Baltimore Ravens) - Owned in 4% of Yahoo and 0.9% of ESPN Leagues
As previously mentioned, Mark Andrews suffered a cracked fibula and an ankle ligament injury last Thursday. In steps Likely. This is just an instant of the new man up. No, Likely isn’t going to post Andrews’ numbers, but Andrews is currently the TE3 on the season so there is a massive opportunity for Likely to be fantasy relevant. Especially for a super shallow tight end position.