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Early Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 12 (2019 Fantasy Football)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Nov 17, 2019

With Marlon Mack sidelined, Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Williams headline this week’s waiver wire pickups.

We’re nearing the end of Week 11, and folks — it’s mighty slim pickings this week. Fortunately, you’ll still be able to find some value on the waiver wire that can help out your fantasy squad. This week’s recommended pickups are highlighted by a former Crimson Tide back, a Jets tight end who’s been putting up some solid stats recently, and a Colts backup who could be in for an increased run. I ignored the wide receiver position this week, as the available options aren’t worth mentioning.

Each Sunday night during the season, I’ll be bringing you early waiver wire suggestions to help you get a jump on the competition! Thanks for joining me as we hit the wire with 10 players who can help you out for Week 12 and beyond. We’re making the final playoff push, so let’s get to it!

Note: All players have less than 30% ownership in Yahoo leagues.

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Running Back

Jonathan Williams (IND): 1% owned
Marlon Mack left Sunday’s contest early with a fractured hand and is expected to miss multiple games. With Mack sidelined and Jordan Wilkins (ankle) also dealing with injuries, Williams pummeled Jacksonville to the tune of 147 scrimmage yards. Indy takes on Houston in a short turnaround for TNF, and the Texans were just gashed by Baltimore for 263 yards on the ground in Week 11. Williams should be the lead back on Thursday, giving him plenty of flex appeal and making him a priority waiver wire add.

Next three weeks: @HOU, TEN, @TB

Nyheim Hines (IND): 17% owned
Hines is a pass-catching specialist who has been little more than a desperation PPR flex option all year. That will change moving forward as Marlon Mack (hand) is out indefinitely. Jordan Wilkins (ankle) is also banged up and could miss more time, leaving Hines and Jonathan Williams as the Colts’ lead backs. Hines needs to be picked up ahead of a plus matchup with Houston in Week 12.

Next three weeks: @HOU, TEN, @TB

Bo Scarbrough (DET): 0% owned
Writing this one up had me singing Simon and Garfunkel, as the former ‘Bama bruiser spiced Dallas with more than just parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Promoted from the practice squad this week, Bo made his move and immediately made an impact, going for 55 yards on 14 carries while Ty Johnson saw just two carries and one reception and made little noise. Scarbrough could be Detroit’s answer at running back for the rest of a lost season.

Next three weeks: @WAS, CHI, @MIN


Jeff Driskel (DET): 3% owned
Matthew Stafford could be done for the rest of the season, and Driskel may end up starting the rest of the way. In two games, he’s put up 478 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, one interception, 88 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown. Detroit’s offense is built to sustain this level of production, and Driskel makes a prudent add if you need help at the position.

Next three weeks: @WAS, CHI, @MIN

Sam Darnold (NYJ): 22% owned
Darnold has accounted for six total touchdowns and just one pick over his last two games, leading the Jets to two straight wins. He tossed four tuddies in Week 11’s win over the ‘Skins, and his next three weeks look like fantasy gold. Fire up the former Trojan if you’re in need of a signal-caller, as he could pay big dividends.

Next three weeks: OAK, @CIN, MIA

Tight End

Jacob Hollister (SEA): 27% owned
Hollister racked up a monster 12/99/3 receiving line in Weeks 10-11, and he’ll return from Seattle’s Week 11 bye looking to pick up where he left off. The Seahawks are without a plethora of consistent pass-catching options outside of Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, so Hollister is a tight end worth rostering. For what it’s worth, he faces the Cardinals’ league-worst tight end defense in Week 16 — the fantasy championship week for most.

Next three weeks: @PHI, MIN, @LAR

Ryan Griffin (NYJ): 2% owned
Griffin has been highly involved in the Jets’ offense as of late, scoring four touchdowns in his last six games while accounting for 252 yards. Sunday’s 109-yard explosion was a season-high, and the Jets have some exploitable matchups on the horizon. His floor is rock bottom, but Griffin has displayed enough upside to warrant a waiver wire pickup this week.

Next three weeks: OAK, @CIN, MIA


Detroit Lions D/ST: 7% owned
The Lions defense has been up-and-down this season, but they’ve sprinkled in some quality performances. Next week’s trip to FedEx Field should be a chance to feast for Detroit as they face a team that’s quickly been branded with a worrisome moniker — “worse than the Dolphins.” The Lions D/ST is a top streaming option in Week 12.

Next three weeks: @WAS, CHI, @MIN

Atlanta Falcons D/ST: 2% owned
This defensive unit struggled all year before turning it around in a surprise beatdown of the Saints in Week 10, and a quality effort against Carolina followed in Week 11. The turnover-prone Bucs, led by (in)famous Jameis Winston, come to town for a juicy Week 12 matchup. Fire up the Falcons D/ST next week.

Next three weeks: TB, NO, CAR

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Zachary Hanshew is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Zachary, check out his archive and follow him @zakthemonster.

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