Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver-Wire Must-Adds
Don't give up on offseason fantasy football darlings if they're available. You may need a late-season bloomer to fuel your push to the postseason. On that note, take a shovel and dig out those high-bar preseason predictions for the Cleveland Browns.
Last week, the passing attack had an efficient outing against the Pittsburgh Steelers with zero turnovers and two scores. In the next few contests, fantasy managers can look forward to increased production.
Cleveland will face the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals in three of its next four games. Those clubs rank 28th or worse in points allowed.
If you're skeptical about the Browns, make a bid on a running back who's in line for a bigger workload with the Indianapolis Colts. In Detroit, a young tailback could carve out a sizable role with a starter on injured reserve.
In addition, we'll also take a look at three pass-catchers with streamer and long-term appeal. All the selections for this week's waiver-wire targets are owned in fewer than 65 percent of Yahoo pools. The free-agent acquisition bids are based on $100 budgets in 12-team leagues.
QB Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (55 Percent Owned)
Baker Mayfield should post his best numbers of the season in Week 12. Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry have matchups that will make fantasy owners salivate.
In Week 11, the Dolphins allowed the Buffalo Bills' now 20th-ranked scoring offense to go up and down the field. Quarterback Josh Allen, who entered that game completing 59.9 percent of his attempts, threw three touchdowns for the first time this season.
Mayfield has thrown for multiple touchdowns in each of the last two games against the Bills and Steelers, who rank second and 18th, respectively, in scores allowed through the air. He'll face a Dolphins defense that's surrendered the fourth-most.
At home, with their playoff hopes hanging on a thread, the Browns will win big, and Mayfield's arm will do a lot of the work against a porous secondary. This is a good game for him and Beckham to click at a high level. The second-year signal-caller is the best streamer option at quarterback.
Free-Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB): $8
RB Jonathan Williams, Indianapolis Colts (5 Percent Owned)
The Colts won't have starting running back Marlon Mack for Thursday Night Football after he fractured his hand in Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. That opened the pathway for Jonathan Williams, who took over the rushing load, logging 13 carries for 116 yards.
This year, Indianapolis has registered the fourth-most rushing attempts. Don't expect head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni to deviate from that play style in Week 12 against the Houston Texans.
The Baltimore Ravens gouged the Texans run defense for 263 yards Sunday. Quarterback Lamar Jackson contributed a huge chunk to the total (86), but running backs Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram II combined for 160 yards. The former ripped off a 63-yard gain.
Williams could reward managers with big plays in a featured role. He broke free on a 48-yard run and caught one pass for 31 yards against the Jaguars. With Mack out, fantasy owners should put up a decent dollar amount to acquire Williams, who will likely start for multiple games.
FAAB Amount: $12
RB Bo Scarbrough, Detroit Lions (2 Percent Owned)
At this point, it seems the Lions are trolling fantasy owners. They've featured Ty Johnson, J.D. McKissic and, most recently, Bo Scarbrough on the ground.
Scarbrough took the lead role against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, recording 14 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown. He handled half of the team's rushing attempts and played well under short notice. Detroit promoted him to the active roster Saturday.
The 2018 seventh-round pick doesn't have a comparable role to Jonathan Williams, but he provides a potential plan B in a favorable matchup. The Lions will go on the road to face the Washington Redskins, who field the 28th-ranked run defense and allowed 115 rushing yards to the New York Jets in Week 11.
Keep in mind starting running back Kerryon Johnson is on injured reserve with a knee ailment. Scarbrough could carve out a solid workload as the early-down tailback who can also handle goal-line touches.
FAAB Amount: $5
WR DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (59 Percent Owned)
DeVante Parker seems determined to head into free agency coming off a standout season. At his current pace, he should eclipse career numbers in receptions (57), receiving yards (744) and touchdowns (four). And the fifth-year veteran is showing his potential in less than ideal circumstances.
Against the Bills' third-ranked pass defense Sunday, he recorded seven catches for 135 yards on 10 targets. This season, he has failed to accumulate 50 receiving yards in only two out of 10 games.
With Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, the 26-year-old wideout has a chance to make an impact.
The Dolphins will be facing the Browns' ho-hum pass defense that's ranked 18th in touchdowns allowed. Myles Garrett won't be on the field to pressure Fitzpatrick in the pocket because of an indefinite suspension. The defensive end hit Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet during an on-field skirmish in Thursday's game.
Parker should have an opportunity score as the lead wideout. He's averaging 7.2 targets per game but saw 10 in each of the last two contests. Managers should grab Parker off the waiver wire and keep him on the roster for the remaining games.
FAAB Amount: $10
WR Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers (54 Percent Owned)
In Week 11, wideout Emmanuel Sanders attempted to battle through a rib injury. He had to momentarily leave the game in the first quarter and ultimately finished as a spectator. Meanwhile, Deebo Samuel logged a second consecutive eight-catch performance, accumulating 134 receiving yards.
The lingering ailments of tight end George Kittle (knee)—who leads the team in targets (57), receptions (46) and receiving yards (541)—and Sanders could affect the pair's production going forward. Savvy fantasy managers should pick up Samuel, especially after his back-to-back standout performances.
Right now, Samuel is the lead playmaker in the aerial attack, and more importantly, he's healthy. Until Kittle logs a full practice and Sanders goes through a game without aggravating his rib injury, the rookie wideout should have a decent role.
Before their Week 11 bye, the Green Bay Packers had issues defending aerial attacks, allowing at least 281 yards in three of their last four contests. The unit ranks 23rd overall (257.8 yards allowed per game). Put Samuel on your radar as a WR2 next week against the Pack—he adds significant upside if Kittle and Sanders are still hobbled.
FAAB Amount: $8
TE Jacob Hollister, Seattle Seahawks (33 Percent Owned)
Is Jacob Hollister the new Will Dissly? Apparently, quarterback Russell Wilson doesn't see much of a difference between the two in the red zone. Both tight ends have secured all their touchdown grabs inside the 20-yard line.
After the Seahawks placed Dissly on injured reserve in October with a torn Achilles, Hollister received an expanded role. Over the last two contests, he's played at least 78 percent of the offensive snaps and hauled in three touchdowns.
Fantasy managers know it is difficult to find a tight end who's productive on a consistent basis, so Hollister is worth an add because of his target share over the past two weeks (16) and high snap count.
Coming off injured reserve, tight end Ed Dickson is expected to make his season debut in Week 12, but he may need time to find his footing. In August, the 32-year-old underwent knee surgery. Assuming the coaching staff eases him into action, Hollister should continue to see the majority of the snaps.
FAAB Amount: $8