Thanksgiving week is here – that means friends, family, food and the best part of all – holiday football! With such a short week on our hands, we are going to be digging into Week 12 a bit earlier than usual (the Monday night game hasn’t even been played yet…).
BUT, when it comes to getting a head start, there’s no better place to do so than the waiver wire. This is what gives you a (turkey) leg up on your league-mates and can really change your fortunes throughout the season.
The rash of 2017 injuries continued this last week as Redskins’ RB Chris Thompson suffered a broken fibula and will miss the remainder of the season which means more opportunities to go around for a player likely on your waiver wire (see below).
Below are my top 5 waiver wire adds for week 12 in the order that I think you should prioritize them.
As I touched on above, Redskins’ RB Chris Thompson’s season has abruptly ended, leaving them extremely thin at the position. Perine, who was drafted by Washington this offseason, had dragged his feet this season to an abysmal 2.16 yards per carry through his first 6 games played, but came around in their week 11 tilt with New Orleans.
He exploded for 117 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries (5.1 YPC) and is primed to see a workload like this on a weekly basis.
In an offense that’s averaging 349 yards per game, he should immediately step into a productive role (especially in the red zone) and help them improve on their 23rd ranked rushing attack (96.7 ypg).
Week 12 prediction: 21 carries, 97 yards, 1 TD, 3 catches, 27 yards
After missing the last 9 weeks of the season with a broken hand, Coleman jumped right back into stride in week 11. He led the Browns in targets (11), catches (6) and yards (80) in a tough matchup with Jalen Ramsey and the Jags.
While DeShone Kizer is playing some awful football, 11 targets per game is something that shouldn’t go ignored. He has virtually no competition at the position until Josh Gordon (potentially) returns and should have ample garbage-time opportunities from here on out, plus, a date with Dre Kirkpatrick looks a lot less daunting after going for 80 yards against Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye.
Week 12 prediction: 10 targets, 5 catches, 77 yards
I was high on Westbrook before he was reportedly going to be eased into action, but he should see his workload increase from here on out.
He slotted in behind Marqise Lee and Keelan Cole on the depth chart with Allen Hurns out, but should have no problem leapfrogging Cole within the next week or two, considering he out-snapped him 45 to 34.
He drew 6 targets, catching 3 for 35 yards. Not sensational, but serviceable given his role in week 11. If his schedule is any indication, those numbers should rise. He faces the Cardinals next week rank 23rd in passing yards allowed per game, followed by the Colts (31st), the Seahawks (who just lost Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman), the Texans (27th) and the 49ers (24th) over the next 5 weeks.
Stash him now and he should develop into a usable asset throughout the fantasy playoffs.
Week 12 prediction: 5 catches, 65 yards
Woodhead finally returned from injury (what’s new…) in week 11 against the Packers, but only rushed once for 2 yards, but caught 5 of 6 passes for 21 yards. While the production is not what fantasy owners hoped for, his involvement in the offense was apparent.
He provides a perfect dump-off option for Joe “Elite” Flacco in a sputtering offense and solidified himself as the passing down back. If the Ravens are in the red zone, Woodhead becomes an immediate threat. He could end up being PPR gold for those looking to fill a void at their flex position.
Week 12 prediction: 4 carries, 19 yards, 6 catches, 45 yards, 1 TD
Often times you are not looking to add a team’s WR3 to your fantasy team, but given Stills’ production in week 11, you may need to reconsider.
He reeled in 7 of 8 targets for 180 yards and a touchdown and showed immediate chemistry with Matt Moore like he did earlier in the season. If you don’t think the QB change matters, check this out:
- 1st half with Cutler: 1 catch, 26 yards
- 2nd half with Moore: 6 catches, 154 yards, 1 TD
Four of his past five touchdown catches have been thrown by Matt Moore, who is clearly not afraid to go deep. He’s also recorded at least 8 targets in 4 of his last 5 games. Stills makes for an intriguing FLEX option next week in a game in which Miami will certainly be playing catch-up, but his stock will only rise if Moore is under center.
Week 12 prediction w/ Cutler: 4 catches, 54 yards
Week 12 prediction w/ Moore: 6 catches, 108 yards, 1 TD