Week 12 QB Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds: Adding A QB For The Playoff Push

Lineups.com has everything you need for Fantasy Football 2020. Check out our stats, projections, offensive, and defensive rankings. If you’re in to Daily Fantasy Sports, check out our DFS projects. We head to week 12! If your last-ditch efforts to make the playoffs or secure a first-round bye is lacking a reliable quarterback, look no further! Here are a few options with great matchups in week 12 and beyond.

Taysom HillSaintsBroncos50%34.2
Derek CarrRaidersFalcons25%44.0
Baker MayfieldBrownsJaguars10%14.3
Teddy BridgewaterPanthersVikings10%35.8
Philip RiversColtsTitans5%4.9

Taysom Hill

I guess we’ll have to keep waiting for the return of Famous Jameis. Instead, after his dazzling 24.42-point performance against Atlanta, Taysom Hill will be the coveted player on the waiver wire. In addition to his hyper-efficient 18-of-23 passing for 233 yards, he added 51 yards and two touchdowns on the ground off 10 carries. Taysom Hill’s rushing ability, combined with Sean Payton’s ability to create an offensive game plan as well as call plays, should generate a solid floor. This week’s matchup is right around average, as Denver is ranked 17th against fantasy quarterbacks. The 50-percent FAAB I recommended may seem a bit bullish, but I anticipate Hill to be a hot commodity on the waiver wire this week, and you’re running out of time. If you’re desperate for a win, consider how valuable Hill might be over the next two weeks: Denver and then Atlanta again. Taysom Hill very well may propel many teams into the fantasy playoffs.

Derek Carr


Derek Carr continues to teeter on the fringe of being a start-able fantasy quarterback. In weeks four, five, and seven, he posted three straight games of 19 points or higher, followed by three straight weeks of 14 points or less in weeks eight, nine, and ten. This past weekend, Carr dropped 21.6 points during his 275-yard, three-touchdown performance against Kansas City. The good news is his schedule over the next four weeks. Week 12 is Atlanta, followed by the Jets, Colts, and Chargers. The Falcons, Jets, and Chargers are ranked 32nd, 29th, and 26th against fantasy quarterbacks respectively. With a healthy core of players surrounding Carr on offense, and a defense that continues to give up big points, Carr’s schedule looking ahead makes him an intriguing fantasy option. However, I would have another option available for his week 14 matchup against Indianapolis, one of the league’s toughest draws against quarterbacks. I recommended just a quarter of your remaining FAAB, but don’t be afraid to spend up a bit considering how late it is in the season, and how vital these next few weeks will be to your season.

Baker Mayfield


While Baker has not been the definition of dependable in fantasy by any stretch of the imagination, week 12 poses a great matchup that is sure to provide him with scoring opportunities. Cleveland travels to Jacksonville, who is not only is allowing the third-highest points per game to the quarterback position, but should finally provide Baker and the Browns with some decent weather to play in. Baker, playing in Cleveland’s rough weather, has not surpassed 10 fantasy points in three straight games. However, the last time he was out of Cleveland, he scored nearly thirty in Cincinnati. Meanwhile, Jacksonville allowed 267 yards and two touchdowns to Big Ben, 325 yards and two touchdowns to Aaron Rodgers, and 281 yards and two touchdowns to Deshaun Watson over their past three games. While Baker continues to be a scary play, not many Jaguars opponents walk away extremely disappointed in their output. Jacksonville has allowed a top-10 quarterback in six of their 10 games so far.

Teddy Bridgewater


After sitting out week 11 with a knee-injury scare, most expect Bridgewater to be back on the field in this revenge-game matchup against the Vikings. Currently, Minnesota is allowing the 12th-highest points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Most recently was Andy Dalton, who dropped 203 yards passing and three touchdowns this past weekend. Meanwhile, before missing a game due to an injured right knee, Bridgwater was on pace for a chance to crack the season as a top-10 fantasy quarterback. In three of his last four games, against Tampa Bay, Kansas City, and New Orleans, Bridgewater scored at least 19 points. Overall, he’s scored at least 19 in six of his 10 games. Consider rostering Bridgewater for this positive matchup. Be wary beyond week 12, however, as he has a week 13 bye and then finishes the season with a tough schedule (Denver, Green Bay, Washington, New Orleans).

Philip Rivers


It is a bit painful, but I’m actually recommending you consider streaming Philip Rivers this week. Since his week-seven bye, Rivers has finished with at least 15 points in three of his four games, the only game he failed to do that being a week nine stinker against Baltimore. Two of those games, week eight against Detroit and this past week against Green Bay, Rivers surpassed 250 yards and three touchdowns to finish with north of 20 fantasy points. While Rivers has spent much of the season on most league’s waiver wires for good reason, he has been playing well, and the matchups are there. Rivers’ next four games, and their rank against the quarterback position, are as follows: Tennessee (23), Houston (22), Las Vegas (24), and Houston (22). I’m not standing in line to add Rivers to my roster, and I wouldn’t overspend on him, but the emergence of both Nyheim Hines and Michael Pittman Jr. in the passing game, in addition to the positive matchups, makes Rivers an interesting option for the home stretch in deeper leagues.

Zach Boeder is a high school math teacher that has a passion for sports and data journalism. Zach received a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Arizona. He currently teaches in Saint Paul and Lives in Minneapolis with his partner Sarah, their dog Dozier, and cat Remy. Zach plans to argue for a very long time that "2020 would have been the Twins' year if baseball hadn't been shut down."

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