Week 12 Waiver Wire: Fantasy Football's Top Pickups and Breakout Candidates

Richard Janvrin@@RichardJanvrinFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 19: Case Keenum #7 of the Minnesota Vikings carries out an American flag during player introductions before the game against the Los Angeles Rams on November 19, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Week 11 of the fantasy football season saw perhaps the biggest upset of all the 2017 campaign: The 6-3 Kansas City Chiefs lost on the road against the 1-8 New York Giants, 12-9.

What the heck?!

On the flip side, we saw an exciting overtime finish between the New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins in which the Saints came back down by multiple possessions to win 34-31.

And lastly, the Baltimore Ravens went into Lambeau Field and shut the Brett Hundley-led Packers out, winning 23-0.

Below, we have suggested waiver-wire pickups for every skill position in fantasy football.

Use these tips to win games down the stretch. We're inching closer and closer to the fantasy playoffs!

Happy Thanksgiving! 



1. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19.90 PTS, 9% own)

2. Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings (17.20 PTS, 40% own)

3. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (20.12 PTS, 40% own)


Running Backs

1. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (13.80 PTS, 35% own)

2. Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins (19.60 PTS, 32% own)

3. Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens (7.30 PTS, 49% own)


Wide Receivers

1. Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (14 PTS, 31% own)

2. Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (12.10 PTS, 27% own)

3. Ryan Grant, Washington Redskins (14.90 PTS, 1% own)

4. Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins (31 PTS, 37% own)

5. Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars (6 PTS, 32% own)


Tight Ends

1. Adam Shaheen, Chicago Bears (14.10 PTS, 0% own)


All scoring reflects PPR formats. All qualifying waiver pickups must have less than 50 percent ownership in Yahoo leagues.


Players to Watch

Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns

From the time he debuted in the league, we knew what kind of talent Coleman possessed.

The problem with Coleman has been injuries and his quarterbacks have been far from the cream of the crop.

Well, Coleman is back and is healthy. Week 11 marked his first game of the season, and he made his presence felt, putting up 80 yards on six receptions against a vaunted Jacksonville Jaguars secondary.

Coleman also saw 11 targets.

Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer has been far from a good quarterback to this point in the season, but Coleman has two things working for him: He's clearly the No. 1 receiver and the Browns should trail in essentially every game the rest of the way.

With that, Coleman should see a plethora of targets.

Even though his team is horrendous, Coleman is an asset worth owning due to his ability combined with his team needing to throw to try to get back into games.

Go scoop him up. The hand is fine, clearly.


Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Don't look now, but Fitzpatrick might be a serviceable quarterback if you are in need of one.

No, you shouldn't go crazy to get him on your team, but if you need a quarterback because you're dealing with injuries or you went the route of streaming quarterbacks, Fitzpatrick is surrounded by enough talent that he should be able to net you around 15 points a game.

Coming up, Fitzpatrick will be on the road against the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers.

Against the Falcons, the Buccaneers will likely need to keep pace, and the Packers and Bucs game should be competitive.

Again, it won't be anything glamorous, but 200 yards and a couple of touchdowns is suitable if you're in a bind at the position.

Fitzpatrick makes sense if you're in quarterback trouble or a two-quarterback league.


Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 15: running back Samaje Perine #32 of the Washington Redskins celebrates a touchdown with teammates against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at FedExField on October 15, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick
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With Rob Kelley placed on injured reserve, Perine was set to serve as the primary back for the Redskins moving forward

In Week 11, Perine had 23 carries for 117 yards and a score. He also added a catch for nine yards in an overtime loss at the New Orleans Saints.

Not only is Kelley done for the season, but the same might be said for Chris Thompson soon, too—he fractured his fibula, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

With Thompson set to miss extended time, the backfield is all Perine. There's no one else for him to compete with for touches.

Perine should remain a top-15-or-so running back the remainder of the season.

Pick Perine up now.


Scoring stats and ownership stats via Yahoo and current as of Sunday, Nov. 19.


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