*= Half-PPR Scoring
Week 12 Waiver Wire Adds
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers— Marquez Valdes -Scantling’s ownership% is perhaps too high for this article. It is higher than where I normally look for available WW players. But let’s be flexible for one specific reason: he may be dropped in your league soon. His ownership% spike is a recent trend and his Thursday performance was more than a little disappointing. A few players on this list are going to be added in leagues with MVS released back to the Waiver. I’d be willing to add MVS on the rebound. He still has a clear path to being Rodgers #2 Target.
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Barber has shown an ability to be a player who produces RB2 numbers over the course of a season, but could come with some ups and downs. He’s worth an add for the RB needy, whether it be for a Bye or for the future. I’m worried about his late fantasy playoff match-ups against the Ravens and Cowboys in Weeks 15 and 16. There’s low-risk here, but questionable reward.
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers — Along with a few other select handcuffs, this is the time of year that if I’ve made the postseason or believe it is inevitable, I might be looking to trim the fat and add some high upside opportunities. A harsh reality of football is that players get hurt, and RBs specifically can inherit late season roles that can quickly increase in dependable value. It’s the time to take a shot on rostering some of these players so that you beat the Waiver scramble if someone were to get hurt.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos — Saved a disappointing week with a couple of big, late receptions. It isn’t the prettiest way to get things done, but Sutton’s ability to make plays is part of the reason I have been a fan of his for a few weeks now. The original Key Statistic for Sutton was a 5 game streak of either a TD or 42 yard Reception. This streak occurred before the Demaryius Thomas trade. I see Sutton as a WR3 moving forward.
Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears — His usage in Week 11 wasn’t as good as the previous weeks, and Trubisky looked shaky at times against Mike Zimmer and one of the better secondaries in the NFL. However like Sutton, Miller has started to display a knack for big plays. Miller has 4 TDs in 6 Games since the Bye, and while that might be a fluke, it has likely helped him to continue to build confidence with his QB. Trubisky’s two INTs came on targets to Gabriel and Robinson. I don’t believe in Miller’s floor as much as Sutton or Kirk, but he has higher upside if his role continues to expand on a higher volume offense.
DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers — Out of this rookie-WR loaded list, DJ Moore is the one I am perhaps the least interested in right now, despite his recent explosive performance. I hope Moore’s progress gets him fed the ball more consistently. However I’m still a skeptic of this Carolina WR situation as a whole. Cam Newton is not really known for producing strong WR numbers. The best years I can think of were heavily influenced by injury and a lack of other targets. Funchess is healthy. Curtis Samuel gets opportunities. Olsen and McCaffery still demand targets. I’ll add DJ Moore, but I have him prioritized lower than many on this list as I’m skeptical of his consistency under Newton.
Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins — There is nothing new here. Gore had a Bye and is still an under-owned and reliable RB, albeit with a low ceiling.
Josh Adams, RB, Philadelphia Eagles — I watched Josh Adams play quite a bit in College during his Heisman campaign. He is a big back who is extraordinarily fast for his size, but in my opinion also had some shortcomings as a RB in college. I’m curious to see how he works through contact in the NFL, and can see him having success with this team and specifically this O-Line. But he’s a bit of a lower priority for me because I’m a bit skeptical of the UDFAs ability.
Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals — Kirk broke a screen for a big TD for the Cardinals and has continued to be a fairly reliable WR3. Since his first 10+ Point* game in Week 3, Kirk has had 5 double-digit games in 8 tries. In those 8 Weeks Kirk’s line: 31/464/3. I don’t know what happened in the Kansas City dud, but I still believe Kirk is one of the more under-owned WRs when you consider his consistency and recent performance.
Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets — McGuire has not had a particularly large role. He does not play on a particularly good team. But between the team, the role, and the recent Bye, McGuire’s interest level seems to be dropping. I’m still very interested. Darnold has not shown an ability to win outside with his arm and short passes to McGuire may become far more common.
Tre’Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints — An explosive week for Smith for a team like the Saints will put Smith on the fantasy radars everywhere. Smith seems to have the inside track at being Brees’ #2 WR, which can be pretty valuable when you consider the Saints’ offensive volume. There’s still some floor/consistency concerns for me however. I can see Smith continuing to produce and grow consistency, but I can also see him continue to see some ups-and-downs in target number that are fairly significant. The upside alone warrants a pretty significant investment, however.
Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens — The Alex Collins Era may simply be over in Baltimore. Edwards played a large share of the snaps (62%) while producing 115 Yards on 17 Carries. If Edwards remains the feature back, his size will likely mean he is a Goal Line option, and I believe RB2 numbers could be very easily attainable. I’m not fully sold that this is locked in as the future direction of this backfield. But as a fantasy owner, you have to go out and get Gus Edwards now. He’s probably worth a good amount of FAAB, and that bid will be necessary and likely worth it.
Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans — One thing I like to see from players is improvement out of a Bye. This past Sunday was the first time since the Titan’s Bye that Smith hadn’t scored a TD, and he got a career high 6 Receptions. TE is a game of Haves (Kelce, Gronk, etc.) and Have-Nots. If you are a have-not, and are clinging for any waiver TE that may be available because you can’t get the TE hoarder in your league to give them up, Jonnu Smith has a chance at continuing to put up borderline TE1 numbers.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling | Prioritize If: High upside WR with potential for established floor.
Gus Edwards | Prioritize If: Bit of a reach, but potential RB2 ROS.
Elijah McGuire | Prioritize If: PPR Leagues.
Tre’Quan Smith | Prioritize If: Need High Upside, but can suffer potential Floor Issues.
Christian Kirk | Prioritize If: Lower Ceiling, but has created a fair consistency at WR.
Courtland Sutton | Prioritize If: A bit of a mix of Ceiling and some potential Floor. Room to grow.
Austin Ekeler | Prioritize If: Can afford to stash someone with a potential role growth.
Frank Gore | Prioritize If: Still need a fill-in or are looking for a spot filler.
Anthony Miller | Prioritize If: High upside WR.
Peyton Barber | Prioritize If: Need a fill-in RB.
Josh Adams | Prioritize If: This one mostly comes down to how much you believe the Eagles will use Adams.
DJ Moore | Prioritize If: High-Upside WR.