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There were a few potentially important injuries in Week 12 and one big suspension. If you own Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper or Greg Olsen, you won’t get much value from playing their backups, which means you will have to look elsewhere. The waiver adds listed below include their ownership in Yahoo! fantasy leagues as well as the amount in FAAB I would be willing to spend out of a $100 budget.

 

10-Team League Waiver Adds

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, TB (8%) – Rodgers has gotten the lion’s share of the Buccaneers’ carries when Doug Martin has been out, and that should be the case again this week. Rodgers isn’t a particularly good back, but the matchup is pretty good. Rodgers had 18+ touches in two of the three games Martin missed to start the season. $33

Jermaine Kearse, WR, NYJ (39%) – Kearse has 19 targets over his last two games, and Kansas City has allowed the third most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. $5

Case Keenum, QB, MIN (47%) – Keenum has thrown for at least 280 yards and a touchdown in four consecutive games. Ben Roethlisberger is the only other quarterback to match those numbers in each of his last two games. Atlanta’s defense is improved but still not scary, and Keenum definitely has the best group of receivers of any of the quarterbacks available in more than half of Yahoo! Leagues. $20

Charles Clay, TE, BUF (32%) – Clay still hasn’t gotten more than four targets in any of his three games since returning from a knee injury, but he caught all four of his targets for 60 yards last week, and he could benefit from the return of Kelvin Benjamin as well as a weak schedule down the stretch. $3

Los Angeles Chargers DEF (37%) – The Chargers have nine interceptions over their last three games, and while much of that has to do with facing Blake Bortles and Nathan Peterman, DeShone Kizer leads the league in interceptions this season. The Chargers are fourth in the NFL in sacks and fantasy points scored among defenses, and it is pretty crazy they are available in so many leagues. $20

 

12-Team Leagues

Zay Jones, WR, BUF (14%) – It would be easy to dismiss Jones’s recent production as a result of Kelvin Benjamin’s injury, but Jones has at least five targets in seven consecutive games. Jones is certainly riskier if Benjamin plays, but he is worth considering as the Patriots have allowed the second most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. $7

Brett Hundley, QB, GB (7%) – Hundley is not running as much as he did earlier in the season, but he does have 200+ passing yards in four consecutive games. Hundley looked good against a strong Steelers’ defense last week, and now he gets a Bucs defense that has allowed the most passing yards in the NFL. Like Keenum, Hundley has good receiving weapons, and it appears he is starting to make use of them. $3

C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, HOU (20%) – Fiedorowicz tied with Bruce Ellington for the second most targets for the Texans Monday night, finishing with eight. He only caught four of them, but those targets still have value, and you should be able to count on them most weeks. $2

Chicago Bears DEF (18%) – I would like the Bears better if C.J. Beathard is the quarterback, but it is not as if Jimmy Garoppolo has proven much in the NFL. Whoever gets the start won’t have any scary receiving weapons outside of Carlos Hyde, and the Bears haven’t allowed more than 24 points to any quarterbacks outside of Aaron Rodgers and Carson Wentz. If nothing else, the Bears should be safe this week. $4

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, OAK (4%) – If you are desperate, I guess there is some big-play ability here, as evidenced by his two rushing touchdowns this season. Patterson has at least 45 receiving yards in each of his last two games, and Oakland does face the Chiefs next week. Ideally you can stash Patterson for a week and if he looks decent against the Giants you can use him in an even better matchup Week 14. $2

 

14+ Team Leagues

Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, ARI (1%) – Seals-Jones finished fifth among tight ends in PPR scoring Week 12 after finishing second in Week 11. That is enough to make him relevant in deeper leagues, though he still isn’t a must-start. Arizona still has a lot of mouths to feed in the passing game, and Blaine Gabbert is still the quarterback. Seals-Jones benefitted from John Brown’s absence as well as the fact Larry Fitzgerald was covered by Jalen Ramsey for most of the game, but he has almost certainly earned more work in obvious passing downs. $4

Peyton Barber, RB, TB (1%) – Barber banged in two short touchdowns Sunday with Doug Martin out, and while he won’t necessarily get those opportunities going forward, he might be a better option in close than the 5’6” Jacquizz Rodgers. The 4-7 Bucs could elect to see what they have in Barber rather than wasting time with a known commodity in Rodgers, giving Barber some upside in deeper leagues. $3

DeShone Kizer, QB, CLE (3%) – I wasn’t planning on making so much of bad quarterbacks with good receivers, but here we are. Kizer gets Josh Gordon back this week to go along with Corey Coleman, which is certainly the most he has had to work with all season. Kizer is one of just nine quarterbacks with at least 30 passing attempts in each of his last four games, and he has three rushing touchdowns over that span. Kizer doesn’t have to be a good NFL quarterback to be useful in deep fantasy leagues. $5

Braxton Miller, WR, HOU (0%) – Miller was fourth on the Texans in targets (6) Monday Night but finished second in receptions (5) and yards (43). It is certainly possible the second-year receiver is starting to emerge now that he is finally healthy, but he is on a crowded depth chart with a bad quarterback, so he is still a long shot to provide much value down the stretch. $2

Miami Dolphins DEF (6%) – All of the most widely available defenses have pretty decent matchups, but I am going to target Trevor Siemian and the 10 interceptions he has thrown this season. Miami has as good a chance as anyone of forcing a couple of turnovers, which is all you are looking for in deep leagues. $1

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