Week 12 Waiver Wire: Best pickups and targets include Cam Newton, Cedrick Wilson, and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine

After an exciting Week 11, who are the top waiver wire pickups and targets ahead of Week 12 of the 2021 fantasy football season?

Following an exciting Week 11, it’s time to improve our fantasy football rosters through the waiver wire for Week 12. Let’s take a look at the top waiver wire targets and pickups for this coming week.

Week 12 Waiver Wire Targets | Quarterbacks

Which players can help your roster in advance of Week 12? Cam Newton was on this list as a speculative add last week, and he’s here once again so no QB-needy team forgets about him. All roster percentages are from FleaFlicker.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (49% rostered)

Well, so much for Cam Newton not knowing enough of the playbook. P.J. Walker played zero snaps as Newton scored 26 fantasy points and showcased his rushing upside with 46 yards and a rushing score.

Newton not only makes for an excellent Week 12 streamer against the Dolphins, but he may very well be a rest-of-season QB1. This late in the season, if you need a win to make the playoffs or you need a quarterback, he’s worth whatever it takes to get him.

Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups | Running Backs

Week 12 is a very light week on the fantasy football waiver wire at running back. A pair of Jets represent all there is out there at the moment.

Tevin Coleman (28% rostered) and Ty Johnson, New York Jets (38% rostered)

Michael Carter suffered a leg injury in the Jets’ loss to the Dolphins. If he misses any time, Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson would split touches. Both are worth speculative adds with potential RB3 value. Depending on the severity of Carter’s injury, they’re each worth a 10-15% FAAB bid. I would favor Coleman if you can only choose one.

Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups | Wide Receivers

Here are the wide receivers to target on the Week 12 fantasy football waiver wire. There are no mandatory pickups, but Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, and Cedrick Wilson are worth consideration.

* Elijah Moore (NYJ) does not meet the roster rate threshold to be on this list, but if he’s out there in your league, do whatever it takes to get him.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers (25% rostered)

I feel an obligation to include Marquez Valdes-Scantling here. He saw 10 targets, and that’s nothing to scoff at. Marquez Valdes-Scantling only had 3 receptions for 48 yards. If his day ended there, no one would care about him. However, he also caught a 75-yard touchdown. He’s worth a small FAAB bid in the event you need to take a shot at a wide receiver.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Tennessee Titans (7% rostered)

Julio Jones is on injured reserve. Marcus Johnson pulled his hamstring. And A.J. Brown took a big shot to his shoulder and didn’t return. The Titans are down to their fourth and fifth-string wide receivers.

The next man up is Nick Westbrook-Ikhine. The rookie caught 7 of 8 targets for 107 yards. If even one of Brown or Johnson is dealing with a multi-week injury, Ryan Tannehill has to throw to someone. Westbrook-Ikhine is worth a 5-10% FAAB bid.

Cedrick Wilson, Dallas Cowboys (16% rostered)

The Cowboys’ offense was horrible against the Chiefs, but you know how the NFL works — what happens one week is not predictive of the next.

Cedrick Wilson saw 7 targets and expects to start in two-receiver sets on Thursday with Amari Cooper out with COVID and CeeDee Lamb extremely unlikely to be able to clear the concussion protocol on a short week. This makes him a viable streamer in an offense likely to bounce back. Wilson is worth a 3-7% FAAB bid depending on need.

Week 12 Waiver Wire Targets | Tight Ends

Which tight ends should you target on the waiver wire in Week 12? There aren’t many exciting names out there, but Adam Trautman piques my interest.

Adam Trautman, New Orleans Saints (32% rostered)

Adam Trautman has seen at least 6 targets in his last four games. At tight end, that’s valuable. He has 5 receptions in consecutive games and scored a touchdown against the Eagles. If you need a tight end, he’s worth a 3-7% FAAB bid.

Jason Katz is a Fantasy Analyst at Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter: @jasonkatz13 and find more of his work here. Don’t forget to listen to the PFN Fantasy Football podcast and check out our free fantasy newsletter.

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