Welcome to the Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire pickups, where we give you the players to start immediately, stash at the end of your bench, and stream for a week or two.
Let’s look back at Week 11 and dissect the top prospects for the Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire.
Week 12 Bye Weeks: None
Note: Roster % based on Yahoo leagues and should have roughly 50% ownership
FANTASY WEEK 12 WAIVER WIRE TARGETS
- Zach Charbonnet, RB Seattle Seahawks (45%)
- Odell Beckham Jr, WR Baltimore Ravens (30%)
- Demario Douglas, WR New England Patriots (36%)
Seahawks RB Zach Charbonnet once again out-snapped starter Kenneth Walker in Week 11, only this time Walker went down with an oblique injury after five touches. Charbonnet has been a staple of this article over the last month as his snap share slowly increased week over week, but now it looks like he’s ready to be the leadback against the 49ers on Thursday night, with Walker doubtful on short rest.
Finally breaking the century mark, Odell Beckham Jr led the Ravens this week with 116 receiving yards and seven targets. With a notable injury to a Ravens’ pass catcher (we’ll get to that shortly), Odell should see an uptick in receiving work as Baltimore hunts for a division title.
Demario Douglas, the Patriots’ little slot maven, has seen 23 targets over his last three games and is helpful in PPR leagues. He’s yet to score a touchdown, but it could be coming against the Giants this week. We told you to stash Douglas last week in hopes of using the Patriots WR1 over their next three games against the Giants, Chargers, and Steelers.
- Ty Chandler, RB Minnesota Vikings (44%)
- Isaiah Likely, TE Baltimore Ravens (4%)
- Jayden Reed, WR Green Bay Packers (36%)
- Khalil Shakir, WR Buffalo Bills (11%)
- Jameson Williams, WR Detroit Lions (20%)
- Quentin Johnston, WR Los Angeles Chargers (33%)
- Greg Dortch, WR Arizona Cardinals (0%)
- Elijah Moore, WR Cleveland Browns (42%)
The prior injury to Cam Akers created a void for the Vikings’ backup RB spot, but Ty Chandler seems to have taken it in stride. He’s gotten double-digit carries in back-to-back games now while showing this week he’s a viable receiving option catching four balls for 37 yards. This offense should continue to grow as Josh Dobbs gets more comfortable with the team.
Ravens tight end Mark Andrews went down with an injury that was expected to keep him out the rest of the season. Apparently, there’s now a chance he could return by year’s end, but it will be Isaiah Likely’s job now for the time being. Likely has high expectations; however, he’s done next to nothing in his few moments this year. In the two games where Andrews either missed the entire game or majority of the game, Likely finished with three targets and one catch. The talent and opportunity are there. We just need the usage.
Quietly putting up four double-digit games over his last five contests, Jayden Reed is showing more and more chemistry with Jordan Love as the season progresses. He’s still not in elite territory regarding usage, but the results have been there. Aaron Jones’ injury should open up some more targets to other pass catchers.
Another 70% snap rate for Khalil Shakir this week as he put up a career-best 115 yards on three catches, one being a touchdown. Shakir has displayed his talent over the last few weeks, as bipolar Daddy Davis keeps putting up goose eggs.
Jameson Williams snagged a wide-open touchdown pass and had a bump in route participation in Week 11. It appears he’s ready to take the next step, as the Lions are trusting their former first-rounder more and more each week.
He had a rough game, but Quentin Johnston is still in a great position for future success. He’s in a high-powered offense looking for receivers to step in, paired with a terrible defense that will lead to high-scoring games. With roughly 85% of snap share, Johnston is getting full-time treatment and should bounce back nicely in future games. He’s too talented.
With the Browns turning to Dorian Thompson-Robinson under center, the offense has evolved into short, compact throws. This has been what Cleveland has used Elijah Moore throughout the year. Moore could be useful in PPR leagues with many receptions on short throws.
Cardinals receiver Greg Dortch returned to a full-time role this week and promptly delivered with six catches for 76 yards on eight targets. The return of Kyler Murray raises the bar for Arizona’s offense moving forward. Murray has a good previous rapport with Dortch already in place, especially if Michael Wilson’s shoulder injury lingers.
- Jordan Love, QB Green Bay Packers (46%)
- Royce Freeman, RB LA Rams (17%)
- Tutu Atwell, WR LA Rams (26%)
- Robert Woods, WR Houston Texans (7%)
Packers QB Jordan Love looks like he’s rounding back into form with back-to-back 20+ point games. Now, he faces a leaky Lions defense on Thanksgiving that was almost beaten by the Bears this past Sunday. Love may not be the answer in Green Bay, but he puts up fantasy points.
Despite Kyren Williams being expected to return this week, Royce Freeman led the Rams in carries this week, going for 73 yards on 17 touches. They get a plus matchup this week against the Cardinals, and it’s possible Freeman keeps lead back work while Williams gets eased back into action.
Assuming Cooper Kupp misses this week with a “low ankle sprain,” Tutu Atwell can re-enter lineups. Atwell and Puka Nacua cooked when Kupp was on IR, and Atwell’s fantasy points jumped from 7 PPR PPG to 14 PPR PPG with Kupp out of the lineup. He’s a solid streamer as long as Kupp is not involved.
Old friend Bobby Trees, aka Robert Woods, is the most boring of the Texans’ bunch, but he’s still a piece of the aerial pie that’s taken over fantasy football. This week, he gets a juicy matchup against the Jaguars, making him a decent streaming option for those who need a wideout this week.