Marlon Mack is the big injury this week, but Emmanuel Sanders also left the game with an injury. Week 12 is a big bye week for fantasy, as the Chiefs, Vikings, Chargers, and Cardinals are all off. As the waiver wire gets more and more scarce, we dive into names that should get plenty of opportunity in the second half. Be sure to catch all our Week 11 rankings and fantasy football advice.
Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders
Average Ownership: 53%, FAAB: $3
I talked Derek Carr last week, and he is still a viable option the rest of the way. Carr had another successful day against the Bengals, which you would expect him to. He gets the Jets, Chiefs, Titans, and Jaguars over the next four weeks. The Titans are not as strong as secondary as advertised given the injuries. The Raiders conservative game play has helped Carr, especially with having a strong run game as well.
Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns
Average Ownership: 45%, FAAB: $2
Baker Mayfield’s upside seems a bit capped, but has had productive weeks over the last few weeks. Outside of the Pittsburgh matchup moving forward, he faces weak defenses. He will take on Cincinnati twice, Miami, and Arizona. With Cleveland in do or die mode for the rest of the year, there should be a pressing urgency. Against the Patriots, Broncos, Bills, and Steelers over the past four weeks, he has a passer rating of 91.8, 898 yards, and six touchdowns.
Jonathan Williams – Indianapolis Colts
Average Ownership: 1%, FAAB: $5
Marlon Mack was the major injury this week, and a broken hand is going to keep him out this week against Houston, and likely another week or two depending on the severity of it. Jordan Wilkins was banged up, and Jonathan Williams stepped in with Nyheim Hines also playing a role. Both Hines and Williams are strong options to pick up, as Hines will work more in PPR leagues. Behind this offensive line, they have an advantage unlike some of the other backs we have picked up this season.
Derrius Guice – Washington Redskins
Average Ownership: 45%, FAAB: $8
Derrius Guice shown why he was a highly touted back coming out of college, but injuries have taken a toll on him so far in his career. He had 69 total yards and a touchdown against the Jets this past week, and will have a solid remaining schedule against below average run defenses. While he will share a workload, Guice still is in play given the injuries and bye weeks that are floating around the league for this next week. The Redskins will face Detroit, Carolina, and Green Bay over the next three weeks, who are all in the top for fantasy points allowed.
DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins
Average Ownership: 44%, FAAB: $8
I’m baffled each time I come around to this article, as DeVante Parker is still free in over 50% of leagues. He had ten targets again for a second straight week, and even against a tough Buffalo secondary, he posted a 7-135-0 line. He has double-digit PPR points in all but two games this season, and in seven straight games. Parker also has a strong remaining schedule, facing Cleveland, Philadelphia, both New York teams, Cincinnati, and then a Week 17 matchup against New England. Parker is easily the top add to go out and grab if he is there.
Randall Cobb – Dallas Cowboys
Average Ownership: 29%, FAAB: $5
Randall Cobb has put together back to back strong games, posting a 6-106-1 line against Minnesota, and a 4-115-1 line against Detroit. The schedule over the next few weeks is tough for Dallas, but I like the volume Cobb has had. He has seen 23 targets over the last three weeks. With the numbers that Dallas is putting up through the air, Cobb can make a difference even as the third option in the passing game.
Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers
Average Ownership: 25%, FAAB: $3
Deebo Samuel had an injury scare this week, but returned to post a monster game. He had double digit targets, and came away with an 8-134-0 day on 10 targets. This is the second straight week that he has had double digit targets, but the injuries to Emmanuel Sanders has certainly bumped that up a bit. That doesn’t matter to me too much here, as Samuel is a clear top option among this group where he has surpassed the other wideouts to earn the WR2 job. George Kittle’s injury is also freeing up targets. With a weaker receiving core now, Samuel should continue to emerge.
Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles
Average Ownership: 26%, FAAB: $2
The Eagles wide receivers are putrid right now, and I expect the Eagles to continue to rely on the tight ends and Miles Sanders. That was mostly the case against the Patriots, as Goedert also found the end zone. He has been a solid targets guy, sitting with 8, 4, 5, 5, and 5 over the last five weeks. He has also been a double-digit PPR scorer in three of the last four weeks.
Noah Fant – Denver Broncos
Average Ownership: 13%, FAAB: $3
Noah Fant has been trending in the right direction in terms of volume. Over the last four weeks he has seen 5, 9, 4, and 11 targets. That is more than the previous six games combined. Fant has a good remaining schedule in terms of teams that have allowed a ton of volume against them, especially over the last four weeks of the season. Out of the waiver wire options, Fant is starting to look like the more consistent option when it comes to targets. This might also be something to look for with a change of quarterbacks.
Other Notable Pickups
- Kirk Cousins, QB, 60%
- Jacoby Brissett, QB, 48%
- Jamaal Williams, RB, 65%
- Jaylen Samuels, RB, 62%
- Nyheim Hines, RB, 29%
- Raheem Mostert, RB, 10%
- Dede Westbrook, WR, 61%
- Zach Pascal, WR, 31%
- James Washington, WR, 20%
- Eric Ebron, TE, 54%
- Jack Doyle, TE, 54%
- Vance McDonald, TE 50%
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