With the fantasy playoffs right around the corner, the pressure is on to make the right decisions to move up in the standings. To help you in your quest, here are three waiver-wire prospects that you shouldn't hesitate to add for a Week 12 victory.
Note: All fantasy points against stats and ownership rates are for standard ESPN leagues.
Quarterback: Case Keenum vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville is the second-most favorable fantasy matchup for quarterbacks, and they let Carson Palmer (yes, that Carson Palmer) throw for 419 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions while completing 71.4 percent of his passes last week.
You shouldn’t worry about the fact that Keenum was pulled late in last week’s game against the Oakland Raiders. According to Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com, head coach Gary Kubiak made that decision because he wasn't sure if Keenum would be able to handle the changes to the game plan that he had in mind—not because he was unhappy with his performance.
Texans HC Gary Kubiak said Case Keenum will start Sunday vs. Jaguars.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 18, 2013
Keenum is going to start in Week 12 and should have the best game of his young career. He’ll be worth a fantasy spot on your roster if your starting quarterback is on a bye or has a tough matchup. He’s only owned in 24 percent of ESPN leagues, so snatch him up and plug him into your lineup.
Running Back: Rashad Jennings vs. Tennessee Titans
Somehow, Rashad Jennings is owned in only 59 percent of ESPN leagues. You need to take advantage of the inexplicably low ownership rate and scoop him off the waiver wire if he’s available in your league.
Jennings has received over 20 touches per game in the last three weeks, and you won’t find a back on the waiver wire that has more opportunities than that. He’s emerged as a stud in place of Darren McFadden, who has been sidelined by a hamstring injury.
So much so, even if McFadden returns this week, Jennings will be a better fantasy option and receive the bigger share of the workload:
Don't expect Darren McFadden to get his starting job back once the hammy is healed. Rashad Jennings playing too well: http://t.co/bp7cttO8J2— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) November 18, 2013
In Week 12, Jennings faces a Tennessee Titans defense that is giving up 19.8 fantasy points per game and is the fifth-best matchup for running backs.
He’s been excellent as a starter for the Oakland Raiders, and he’ll be an excellent starter for your fantasy team.
Wide Receiver: Kenny Stills vs. Atlanta Falcons
Choosing a New Orleans Saints receiver is a dicey proposition because Drew Brees spreads the ball around so well. Against the abysmal Atlanta Falcons defense, however, there will be plenty of receptions and yardage to go around.
The Falcons have given up 30 or more points in seven of their 10 games this year, and the Saints are a good bet to score on just about anybody. It's a juicy matchup, and with Brees playing in a dome, New Orleans will be able to put up a lot of points.
Atlanta’s secondary has been the fourth-best matchup for wide receivers, and they’ve given up a 100-yard receiver in each of their last two games.
Given the success that Brees has found throwing to Kenny Stills and his big-play capability, Stills is good for at least one long touchdown and should be a quality fantasy option in Week 12.
Kenny Stills is repaying Drew Brees with a 148.3 passer rating on balls thrown his way. Best mark among WRs with 20+ targets. @Saints— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) November 15, 2013
It’s a risky play, but if you have an open receiver spot on your roster, give Stills a long, hard look. He could explode against a shaky Falcons defense.