With Week 12 fantasy football waiver wires hitting for most managers soon, there is value to be found in the depths of free agency. A week or two ago, we might not have dreamed of adding these players. But now they’re potential fantasy gold (or at least bronze). Which mostly un-rostered players should be added off the waiver wire ahead of Week 12?
Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire Targets | QB, RB
If you need fantasy help (as most of us do), here are some players with short- and longer-term value, many of whom might be available in your leagues. Roster share is based on Fleaflicker fantasy league data.
Taylor Heinicke, QB, Washington Football Team (63% available)
Here’s a name I didn’t expect to discuss heading into the season, with Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to helm Washington’s passing game. But in case you haven’t noticed, the 28-year-old Taylor Heinicke is the QB15. He’s racked up 20+ fantasy points in five of his nine starts.
Now, he’s facing a very beatable Seattle defense at home in Week 12 on Monday Night Football. This is a must-win game for Washington if they want any shot at the playoffs, and Heinicke is a must-roster at this stage of the season.
Carson Wentz, QB, Indianapolis Colts (28% available)
For two straight contests, bad game script has crushed Carson Wentz’s fantasy output. But let’s face it — the Colts’ offense is cooking. But let’s also not kid ourselves — Jonathan Taylor is the primary reason why.
Nevertheless, Wentz has been playing at a very high level. Michael Pittman Jr. should also rebound against Tampa Bay’s middling pass defense. Wentz should be rostered in nearly every league.
Tevin Coleman, RB, New York Jets (72% available)
With impressive rookie Michael Carter on the shelf, the Jets will be forced to utilize Tevin Coleman more heavily in Week 12 against Houston. Former fourth-string RB Dontrell Hilliard looked good for the Titans against the Texans last week, so we can imagine a scenario where Coleman (or perhaps teammate Ty Johnson) can garner 10+ points.
Regardless for these next few weeks, Coleman can provide RB-needy fantasy managers with a potential RB3. I’d strongly recommend pairing him with Johnson just in case.
Matt Breida, RB, Buffalo Bills (87% available)
It’s not that Matt Breida is a trustworthy fantasy option. But in the past two weeks, he’s looked like the Bills’ best back. Zack Moss has struggled with inefficiency all year and has kept managers afloat with receptions and touchdowns.
Devin Singletary has been a better runner, but he isn’t getting the usage that fantasy managers need. Breida is an insurance policy in case he earns a start or two later this season.
Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire Targets | WR, TE
Need help at the pass-catching positions? Here’s who you could look to add at WR and TE as we head into Week 12.
Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams (48% available)
I recommended Van Jefferson last week after Odell Beckham Jr. joined the Rams and Robert Woods was knocked out for the season. It remains to be seen whether OBJ can be a true No. 2 receiving option after dozens of dismal outputs in recent years.
Jefferson still has nowhere to go but sideways or up. Roster him if you’re needlessly clinging to an RB5 on your bench.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, WR, Tennessee Titans (93% available)
A.J. Brown and Marcus Johnson are hobbled. Julio Jones and Geoff Swaim are out (not to mention Derrick Henry). The Titans are a team literally decimated by injuries on the offensive side of the ball. Who’s left?
Apparently, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, who shined in Week 11 when Ryan Tannehill had almost nowhere else to turn. We should not — I repeat, should not — make it a habit to chase fantasy points. But if we can score a team’s potential No. 1 receiver off waivers, we don’t hesitate.
Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns (50% available)
Since signing with Cleveland, Austin Hooper has been one of the most underutilized “great” tight ends in fantasy. With the Browns’ receiving corps as much of a wreck as the Titans’, we have to look deeper for value.
Hooper is arguably the most talented, healthy pass catcher Cleveland has. He showed well when called upon in Week 11. I’m betting he’ll give fantasy managers at least streaming value going forward.