Welcome to the Week 12 waiver wire, where I will be highlighting players that are available in less than 50-percent of leagues. These are the players you want to get on your team. There are mentions of radar guys as well. You shouldn’t pull the trigger now, but keep an eye on them. Percentages are based on ESPN leagues.
Week 12 Waiver Wire Quarterbacks
Cam Newton, CAR (40.9-percent)
Cam Newton was a viable pick-up last week due to his matchup, and he passed for 189 yards on 21-of-27, passing for two touchdowns, and added another 46 yards and a score on the ground. Newton should finish as a borderline QB1 each week and has another tasty matchup against the Dolphins.
Trevor Lawrence, JAX (25-percent)
Trevor Lawrence hasn’t been the fantasy stud that many managers hoped for. Still, he demonstrates flashes on why he could be a superstar in this league. However, Lawrence has not thrown for a touchdown in three straight weeks and hasn’t thrown for more than one since Week 1. Lawrence could have a reprieve as the Jaguars face Atlanta, who typically cures all struggles for offenses.
Week 12 Waiver Wire Running Backs
David Johnson, HOU (26.9-percent)
David Johnson isn’t the All-Pro he once was, but he continues to get a heavy load. Against the Titans, Johnson received 16 touches, and he faces the Jets next week. The Jets are the worst against running backs in fantasy points allowed, so Johnson could have an excellent game.
Alex Collins, SEA (48.6-percent)
It appears that Alex Collins is the lead dog in the Seattle backfield now that Chris Carson is out for the season (neck). Collins had ten carries for just 36-yards and didn’t catch a pass. Don’t look for Collins to do much pass-catching, as he has only seven on the season. However, he will get most of the snaps at running back and out-carry his teammates Rashaad Penny and DeeJay Dallas.
Ty Johnson, NY (18.8-percent)
Ty Johnson could be a superb addition if Michael Carter misses time due to his ankle injury. Johnson is a solid pass catcher and could be inserted into the flex spot against a weak defense in Houston. Unfortunately, Tevin Coleman had more touches, but Johnson has 6 more over the season and is a weekly contributor to the offense.
Week 12 Waiver Wire Wide Receivers
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB (3.2-percent)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling has shown promise over his career but has never lived up to it because he drops the ball far too much. However, he had another strong game by catching four balls for 123-yards and a touchdown on ten targets. It did help that Allen Lazard was out (shoulder). Aaron Rodgers has complete faith in Valdes-Scantling, but next week will be tough against the Rams. However, Jalen Ramsey should be covering Davante Adams most of the contest.
DeAndre Carter, WFT (1.4-percent)
DeAndre Carter is getting more involved in the offense and has drawn 15 targets over the last three games. In that time, Carter has caught eight passes for 129 yards and three straight touchdown contests. Although Carter demonstrates more of a long-distance receiver, it is clear that Taylor Heinicke has enjoyed going in his direction lately.
Cedrick Wilson, DAL (1.6-percent)
Cedrick Wilson didn’t do much in Week 11 but has a chance to bust out in Week 12 as both Amari Cooper (COVID-19) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion) may be out for the contest on Thursday. In reality, Wilson could be the number two receiver behind Michael Gallup. Doing so gives Wilson a chance to finish as a flex option or low WR2 in most leagues.
Week 12 Waiver Wire Tight Ends
Logan Thomas, WTF (47-percent)
Logan Thomas has finally been designated to return. Last week, he was on track until he felt some soreness from his hamstring in his first practice back. He will try to get back into the fold against the Seahawks in Week 11. How much he will play is still up in the air if he does return. However, he is a top-tier tight end when on the field.
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