We’re back for the 2019 Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 12 Start, Stash and Stream, where we break down the Free Agent landscape and give you the best picks for the short and long haul. We’ll keep building on our Week 11 Waiver Wire momentum.
Per usual, think of this Waiver Wire set-up kind of like dating. In the first category, you’ve met “the one,” the love of your life, and you want to keep him/her forever. Those are your “Starts.”
Next, you have the person you’ve known for a while, but you find yourself asking: what are we? One week in, one week out, holding on for comfort and little else… they’re the “Stashes.” You just can’t quit them.
And then you have that Tinder date that serves a one-time purpose, most often leaving you feeling dirty and hopeless, but occasionally a solo home run. These are your “Streams.”
To get our Stock Watches, Weekly Rankings and Podcast episodes directly on your iPhone, download our brand-new app in the App Store.
With all that went down Week 11, here’s what we can use going forward.
Note – Ownership % based on Yahoo; all players are less than 50% owned
- Sterling Shepard, WR New York Giants (40% owned)
- Jonathan Williams, RB Indianapolis Colts (4%)
- Jacob Hollister, TE Seattle Seahawks (32%)
- Randall Cobb, WR Dallas Cowboys (15%)
- Noah Fant, TE Denver Broncos (28%)
He’s cleared concussion protocol and now Sterling Shepard is expected back for the Giants in Week 12. He should immediately slot into a starting WR role where he had 27 targets over his last three games. The Giants have a favorable rest of season schedule for their pass catchers as well.
With Marlon Mack out with a broken hand, Jonathan Williams stepped up and carried the ball 13 times for 116 yards — even adding a 31 yard reception. It’s a short week for the Colts who play Thursday night against the Texans and Mack already underwent a procedure for his hand that will keep him out. Williams looks to be in line for carries while splitting some backfield duties with Nyheim Hines.
Between the remaining byes this week and the injury bug currently hitting the TE position, Jacob Hollister can be your saving grace emerging as one of Russell Wilson’s favorite targets. 17 points in back to back games and a true red zone threat against the Eagles who have struggled with pass defense.
The Cowboys offense is humming and Randall Cobb is benefiting even as the team’s WR3. A 4-115-1 stat line on 7 targets continues his recent success. 23 targets the last three games for Cobb is great as a guy who can work the middle of the field for Dallas.
The switch to Brandon Allen has done wonders for Noah Fant who just hauled in 4 catches for 60 yards on 11 targets. 11 is a great number as Allen seems to be fixated on both Sutton and Fant. The rookie has tons of talent and it’s about time they utilize it.
- Bo Scarborough, RB Detroit Lions (2% owned)
- Derrius Guice, RB Washington Redskins (48%)
- Sam Darnold, QB New York Jets (22%)
- Ryan Griffin, TE New York Jets (3%)
- Mecole Hardman, WR Kansas City Chiefs (33%)
- Cameron Brate, TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2%)
After being called up from the practice squad, Bo Scarborough ran like a mad man with 14 carries for 55 yards and a score. With the Lions lacking a true lead back, Scarborough could be the big bruising back to hand the ball off to 15-20 times a game for Detroit’s offense.
Derrius Guice returned to action and showed why we he’s been so coveted the last few years. A lone bright spot for the Redskins offense, as he racked up 7 carries for 24 yards and added a 45 yard touchdown reception. He’s a real playmaker that will be difficult to keep off the field with the struggles of the team.
Who’s seeing ghosts now? Sam Darnold looked solid against the Redskins with 293 yards and 4 touchdown passes. He’s got an extremely favorable rest of season schedule if you need help or insurance at the QB position.
After a weak performance in Week 10, Ryan Griffin rebounded nicely with 5-109-1 on 5 targets for the Jets. Three of his last four games have been very productive at the TE position and with a plus schedule upcoming, this red zone weapon could be of use at such a thin position. He might be what we thought Chris Herndon would have been all along.
This is purely speculative as this is being written during the Chiefs’ MNF game. However, Tyreek Hill exited the game with a hamstring injury and that’s never a good recipe for a speedster like Tyreek. When Hill was out earlier this year with a Karma issue, rookie Mecole Hardman filled in admirably with a handful of double-digit games. The Chiefs have a Bye in Week 12, but he could be one of Joe’s Sneaky Stashes entering next week.
Jameis Winston and the Bucs actually use their tight end… just not the one we thought. After having the weirdest drop that led to an interception, old friend Cameron Brate got the pass catching reps, leading to a team-high 14 targets. In return, Brate grabbed 10 of those for 73 yards. We know what he is at this point, but add him to the list of potential gross tight ends to add to your roster.
- Cleveland Browns D/ST (49% owned)
- Ryan Tannehill, QB Tennessee Titans (21%)
- Tennessee Titans D/ST (16%)
- Jacoby Brissett, QB Indianapolis Colts (38%)
- Younghoo Kim, K Atlanta Falcons (5%)
Maybe it was more Mason Rudolph being an awful QB, but Cleveland’s DST made plays on TNF and now gets to face the Dolphins at home. Hopefully the loss of Myles Garrett isn’t too much to ruin the Browns defense.
Even with a season low of 18 points as the Titans starting QB, Ryan Tannehill continues to find himself in this article with his production. The Jags defense was just gashed by the Colts this week, and Tannehill has continued to put up numbers.
Speaking of Titans, their DST could be a streaming option facing Nick Foles and the Jags. Foles did not look very sharp in his return as the team and offense struggled as a whole.
Jacoby Brissett didn’t seem to lose a step during his 1.5 week absence, tossing two scores against the Jaguars. With Mack out for Week 12, the Colts might lean on his arm against a Texans’ secondary that got throttled by Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.
Are the Atlanta Falcons back? They might be after their two recent dominating performances. With the offense clicking and Matt Bryant released, YoungHoo Kim was signed to be the new kicker and he has been money with his leg. Atlanta should continue to put up good numbers against a bad Bucs defense.