Week 12 WR Waiver Wire Targets: Top Players To Add Include Odell Beckham Jr., Zay Jones, and Khalil Shakir

We are now eyeing the closing portion of the 2023 fantasy football season. Who are the top Week 12 waiver wire pickups at the WR position?

The Week 11 waiver wire isn’t overly exciting at the wide receiver position. It mostly consists of guys who just had big weeks that we’re chasing. But there are two rookies fantasy football managers might want to add, though. Here are a couple of WR targets on the wire this week.

Top WR Waiver Wire Targets in Week 12

Odell Beckham Jr., Baltimore Ravens (29% Rostered)

Believe it or not, old man Beckham has posted three consecutive games of double-digit fantasy points. He’s clearly lost a step or three, but OBJ has proven he can still be a productive NFL receiver.

On Thursday night, Beckham caught four of seven targets for 116 yards. It was his first 100-yard game since Week 6 of the 2019 season. Yeah, it’s been a minute.

While I don’t necessarily believe Beckham is suddenly a trustworthy fantasy option, a whole bunch of targets just opened up with Mark Andrews done for the season. They can’t all go to Zay Flowers. That makes Beckham at least worth rostering.

FAAB Recommendation: 5-10%

Zay Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars (18% Rostered)

After a four-game absence, Jones returned to action on Sunday. He wasn’t particularly involved, catching just four passes for 20 yards. However, we’ve seen him be productive in the past. And Trevor Lawrence finally looked like a competent NFL quarterback this week.

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Jones is far from being worthy of a spot in fantasy lineups, but there’s WR3 upside here. Given his lackluster return to action, you may be able to get him for very little. Now is the time to stash him.

FAAB Recommendation: 3-5%

Elijah Moore, Cleveland Browns (42% Rostered)

After reaching double-digit fantasy points just once over the first nine weeks of the season, Moore has now done it in back-to-back games. Even with Dorian Thompson-Robinson throwing for a paltry 165 yards, Moore managed to catch six of seven targets for 60 yards.

I am still not a believer in Moore long-term, especially with DTR as the presumptive starter for the remainder of the season. However, there’s not much available on the waiver wire, and 12 points is useful. Moore is worth a pickup.

FAAB Recommendation: 5-10%

Khalil Shakir, Buffalo Bills (11% Rostered)

I don’t know how much I buy Khalil Shakir. If not for an 81-yard touchdown, he would’ve had two catches for 34 yards. But what I do know is that Gabe Davis is not particularly good at playing wide receiver. We also know that this was the first game with the Bills after firing OC Ken Dorsey.

It is entirely possible one of the changes they made was to feature more Shakir and less Davis. Given that Shakir gets to play with Josh Allen on an offense that lacks a third option in the passing game behind Stefon Diggs and Dalton Kincaid, Shakir is worth picking up to see what happens.

FAAB Recommendation: 3-10%

Which WRs Should You Roster in Fantasy Football?

Should You Roster Elijah Moore or Josh Downs?

We last saw Josh Downs play overseas two weeks ago against the Patriots. He was coming off a week where he didn’t practice at all but tried to play through a knee injury.

When healthy, Downs is a vastly superior player. Given that the Colts had their bye last week, we didn’t have any updates on how Downs is doing. The week off definitely helped, but we don’t yet know for sure if Downs will be a full go this week.

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In his last two games, Downs caught a total of three passes. But prior to that, he scored 13+ fantasy points in four straight games. Moore has just one of those games on the season.

While Downs’ health matters, my lack of interest in Moore is well-established at this point. Unless Downs is out for an extended period of time, I’d rather have him on my bench than Moore in my starting lineup. When healthy, there is no comparison. Go with Downs.

Should You Roster Khalil Shakir or Gabe Davis?

Ever since the Bills signed Stefon Diggs, they’ve been in search of that WR2 option. For a period of time, it looked like it would be Gabe Davis. Unfortunately, the guy who scored four touchdowns in the AFC Divisional Round two years ago is not the real Davis. This is.

In two of his last three games, Davis has zero catches. Against the Jets last week, he didn’t see a single target.

Shakir isn’t exactly seeing much volume, either. But he’s been more involved than Davis recently.

I don’t envision either of these guys ever being more than Hail Mary fantasy options. However, Shakir has at least 9.7 fantasy points in three of his last four. If you’re stuck deciding between which Bills wide receiver to roster, I think I might prefer Shakir.

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