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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 12

by Nick Mariano | @NMariano53 | Featured Writer
Nov 21, 2017

Week 11 was explosive from the get-go, with Antonio Brown thrusting many teams to early leads before the Monday night fireworks likely made for tense watching. We lost another waiver-wire gem in Chris Thompson this week, as he suffered a fractured fibula and is done for the year. D’Onta Foreman is also likely done for the season, though hopefully, none of you were relying on him at this point. Robert Woods will miss a couple of weeks, with no waiver-wire add behind him to offer any recompense.

We are now beyond the bye weeks, meaning all RB handcuffs really should be owned and those fringe guys can be dumped for more secure investments and backing up your studs. As usual, ownership levels discussed here are taken from Yahoo leagues.

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Priority Pickups – <35% Owned

Samaje Perine (WAS – RB) 35% owned (Empty your FAAB wallet)
Avid readers may notice that I changed the ownership cutoff from the usual 30 percent to 35, and it was simply so that I could speak on two guys who need to be owned. Hopefully, you were already keen on them — but those in shallower leagues need to realize the potential as well. Those slogging through the late season with Doug Martin-type players disappointing them should add Perine, who is the last man standing in Washington’s backfield after Chris Thompson‘s injury. The rookie hadn’t impressed in early auditions but rushed it 23 times for 117 yards and a score with a nine-yard reception tacked on against the Saints with the spotlight on him. Washington’s offensive line is finally all healthy and Perine could be at the helm as this unit starts to fire on all cylinders.

I think it’s worth mentioning that the recently-cut Andre Ellington has been floated as a possible Thompson replacement for Washington. Ellington is owned in just eight percent of leagues and shouldn’t be removed from any watch lists just yet. Byron Marshall is also worth a deep grab in case Washington stays “in-house” with their hire.

Corey Coleman (WR – CLE) 32% owned (20% FAAB)
The second must-add is Coleman, who succeeded on Sunday where many others have failed. CC infused a 6-80-0 stat line on 11 targets from DeShone Kizer against a stout Jacksonville secondary that has established itself as a no-fly zone, yet there Coleman went. The Josh Gordon hype is justified and it’s a bit difficult to envision Cleveland’s offense sustaining two receivers, but Coleman has looked like a stud when healthy and will be inside of my top-30 WR rankings for Week 12 against Cincinnati. Give me the guy who can help me now and has already looked the part.

Josh Doctson (WAS – WR) 28% owned (14% FAAB)
Doctson would haul in a career-high 81 yards on four catches (seven targets) as Kirk Cousins was notably feeding him more jump balls, much to the delight of Jay Gruden, no doubt. Marshon Lattimore proved a worthy adversary when on the field — he broke up a Doctson TD catch — but Doctson still looked like a guy who is worth eyeing as a WR4 with upside thanks to the big-play propensity. He’s not exactly Martavis Bryant (2015 Bryant, not 2017 Bryant), but fits that mold. We spoke about Perine benefitting from Thompson’s injury, but the vacated targets may see an extra deep ball or red-zone look go Doctson’s way. The Giants have been routinely burned for big plays, so Week 12 could be the jackpot.

Mike Wallace (WR – BAL) 25% owned (10% FAAB)
Remember when Wallace caught just one ball in each of his first three games this season? Well, Wallace has caught a touchdown in three of his six games since then, and one of those scoreless efforts saw him put up 133 receiving yards. Another one saw him leave early with a concussion, so that’s tough to slight against him. He’s taking some healthy momentum into a great matchup with a Houston defense that allowed three passing touchdowns to Blaine Gabbert…so, yeah. The gap between him and Jeremy Maclin (67 percent owned) shouldn’t be so wide.

Devontae Booker (DEN – RB) 8% owned (10% FAAB in PPR)
Booker’s snap percentages over Denver’s last five games: 19%, 36%, 37%, 38%, 61%. It forms a nice little bell curve in a vacuum, but we’re interested in the steady, upward trend hitting a crescendo here in Week 11. The snaps came with increased productivity as well, with 98 total yards (44 rushing, 54 receiving) resulting from 19 touches. C.J. Anderson fumbled in the fourth quarter and may finally be losing his grip on this backfield for more than just a temporary spell. With a divisional game against Oakland up next, Booker’s receiving talents may very well be required yet again.

Mike Davis (SEA – RB) 1% owned (10% FAAB)
No one is enamored with Eddie Lacy anymore — he simply can’t be considered fantasy-relevant after being put behind Davis on Monday night against Atlanta. We can see why he was leapfrogged by the practice squad promotion, as Davis ran hard and piled up 59 total yards on six carries and two catches. Of course, he would exit with a groin injury midway through the game, because we can’t just have nice things out of Seattle’s backfield. J.D. McKissic looked spry on passing downs, but Davis should be the speculative add here for those targeting San Francisco’s defense in Week 12.

Marquise Goodwin (SF – WR) 15% owned (10% FAAB)
Goodwin’s first touchdown of 2017 — a beautiful 81-yard connection — had its effects diluted by the 49ers hitting their bye week immediately after that. Folks aren’t exactly going to find ways to squeeze San Francisco players onto their roster through the final bye week if they really need the space, but that means that Goodwin’s ownership level has remained stable at 15 percent despite being the lead receiver here. We all just witnessed how Seattle’s defense is susceptible against Atlanta, but that offense should force San Francisco to throw early and often. Goodwin will likely see more than two targets this week, with the flex appeal coming from that home-run ceiling.

Jacoby Brissett (QB – IND) 17% owned (8% FAAB)
Though Brissett remains in concussion protocol, Chuck Pagano said he expects his quarterback to be ready for a Week 12 start against a rather sad Tennessee defense that just got shredded on TNF by Pittsburgh. We’re not painting Jacoby as Big Ben, but he has thrown for a pair of touchdowns in each of his last three games and offers some rushing upside to boot. The Colts won’t win this game with their defense, so streamers in need should look to Brissett indeed. But do dump him before a Week 13 date with Jacksonville

Zay Jones (BUF – WR) 7% owned (6% FAAB)
With Jordan Matthews inactive and Kelvin Benjamin done for the day on the opening drive, it was Jones who paced all Buffalo receivers by playing on 85 percent of their snaps. He would catch four of his seven targets for 68 yards on a day where Buffalo really only played with a quarterback for half of the game. Often the (deserved) butt of early-season jokes, Jones’ last two games have combined to produce a 10-121-1 stat line. Some of you could use that, though you’ll want to monitor the news on both Matthews and Benjamin.

Corey Clement (PHI – RB) 10% owned (5% FAAB)
Clement was indeed part of Philadelphia’s onslaught against Dallas, as he’s now put up at least 50 rushing yards in each of his last three games alongside three TDs. It’s not as encouraging to note that he touched the ball just six times compared to 12 in their previous game, but his playing on 32 percent of the snaps fit snugly in between LeGarrette Blount‘s clock-killing 50 percent and Jay Ajayi‘s 22 percent. He’s undoubtedly TD-dependent, but what better offense could you ask to be in right now for finding paydirt? Those seeking a Chris Thompson replacement could use a Clement band-aid against the Bears in Week 12.

Deep League Targets – <10% owned

Bruce Ellington (HOU – WR) 8% owned (5% FAAB)
Ellington has now seen at least seven targets in each of his last three games, but Sunday’s six catches and 63 yards were both career-high marks for the slot man. He is the clear beneficiary of Will Fuller missing time with his rib injury, though his success from the slot may keep him in deep-league conversations as a PPR guy if he continues to outshine C.J. Fiedorowicz in the middle of the field. Week 12 against Baltimore is far from ideal, but if Fuller misses that then another 7-8 targets make Ellington a relevant PPR flex play.

Russell Shepard (CAR РWR) 1% owned (4% FAAB)
Shepard is a special-teams beast who should find himself thrust into the starting lineup with Curtis Samuel done for the season. Shepard would only collect three of his seven Week 10 targets for 40 yards and he’ll be the fourth option behind Greg Olsen, Devin Funchess, and Christian McCaffrey, but the snaps should follow as a starter. Even an unenticing seven targets per week is worth a look for some of you, especially with the unassuming Jets due up in Week 12.

Adam Shaheen (CHI – TE) 0% owned (2% FAAB)
With Dion Sims battling some undisclosed illness (he’s missed two games now) and Zach Miller obviously done for the year, it would appear Shaheen has become the pass-catching TE in Chicago. He played on 75 percent of snaps on Sunday after hitting the field for 54 percent of plays in Week 10, with his day’s highlight being a fingertip touchdown grab. His overall 4-41-1 line didn’t blow anyone’s socks off, but he offers some low-end TE2 appeal for Week 12 considering Chicago will be trying to keep up with Philadelphia’s offense.

Ryan Grant (WAS – WR) 1% owned (2% FAAB)
So Terrelle Pryor‘s 2017 season is officially over, though it clearly died long ago, and we’ve covered how Chris Thompson‘s targets are vacated. Grant has seen a steady diet of roughly three targets per week this whole season, but he’s caught 17 of the last 19 balls that have come his way in the last five weeks. He tallied his third TD of the season on Sunday against the Saints, as he was unguarded thanks to an all-out blitz, and Kirk Cousins happily floated him the ball. Grant’s 3-59-1 line isn’t something to get attached to, but it’s worth noting Washington’s Week 12 opponent — the Giants — entered Week 11 with the worst pass DVOA defense against No. 2 WRs. Doctson fits the No. 1 mold, while Crowder’s slot operations put him under the “Other” designation, so Grant’s range of outcomes could be higher than initially thought here.

Ricky Seals-Jones (ARI – TE) 0% owned (1% FAAB)
I feel the need to address Seals-Jones’ two-touchdown game considering some of you deep-leaguers have rightfully perked up at the stat line. RSJ was thrust into active duty after previous third-string TE Ifeanyi Momah hit the IR with a leg injury, but he only played eight snaps compared to 17 for Troy Niklas and 45 for Jermaine Gresham. It’s notable that the rookie has some history playing with current QB Blaine Gabbert, but I’m not chasing this performance unless all RB handcuffs and most top-25/30 TEs are already owned. Then you’ve got my blessing to chase it down with that spot on the end of your bench, maybe. Eight snaps, though. Hopefully, he’s earned some more work.


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