Fantasy Football Week 12: Add and Drop

Each week I’ll list the best widely available free agents of fantasy football—I define “widely available” as owned in about half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues—and some of the players who would probably be better off in the free agent pool than gathering dust on your list.

Follow me on Twitter @UTEddieBrown if you have questions throughout the week.

Here’s our NFL Week 12 League Waiver Wire cheat sheet for all league sizes and formats, with the players you need to add, drop, and stream in your fantasy football league:


WR Treylon Burks, Titans (ESPN: 23%; Yahoo: 20%): Burks played in barely more than half of Tennessee’s batters, but still conceded 14 runs in two games since returning from injured reserve after injuring his foot. with Ryan Tannehill (ESPN: 8%; Yahoo: 16%) Playing well — he’s been a QB8 overall since returning from injury in Week 10 — and defenses forced a Derrick Henry account, the rookie playmaker can make a big difference down the stretch.

RB Isiah Pacheco, Chiefs (ESPN: 44%; Yahoo: 64%): Clyde Edwards-Helaire had already slid to third on the depth chart before suffering a sprained ankle caused by the Chargers on Sunday night. Kansas City now features a two-man backfield with Pacheco handling the majority of the early action, producing 189 yards on 31 carries the last two games – Jerrick McKinnon (ESPN: 27%; Yahoo: 26%) is the obvious pick-up option. The upcoming Chiefs timeline is very favorable to look at with plenty of positive game scenarios on the horizon.

QB Deshaun Watson, Browns (ESPN: 36%; Yahoo: 48%):
This will be the last time I cover Watson in this space. I imagine he’ll be close to the world rosters in most leagues after this week. He’s back in practice and will make his first start against Texas in Week 13. Cleveland features a lot more offensive talent than it did in Houston, with Watson finishing as the #1 QB5, QB5, and QB4 in his three full seasons. beginning of time. One talented individual that Watson would have the privilege of throwing a football at and would still be widely available in the fantasy leagues is Donovan People’s Jones (ESPN: 39%; Yahoo: 45%)who has actually been a flex option since Week 4. He has at least four receptions and 50 receiving yards in seven consecutive games — five of those games he has at least 71 receiving yards — and finally scored a touchdown against the Bills.

RB Latavius ​​Murray, Broncos (ESPN: 34%; Yahoo: 25%):
Murray has been the RB31 overall in standard formats (RB27 in PPR) since joining the Denver backfield in Week 6. This was before Melvin Gordon was fired due to fumble issues on Monday.

TE Juwan Johnson, Saints (ESPN: 19%; Yahoo: 31%): Johnson is the TE3 overall across all formats since Week 6 — only Travis Kelsey and George Keitel are ahead of him — on the strength of five TDs in the last five games and steady use.

Bonus: RB Rachaad White, Buccaneers (ESPN: 34%; Yahoo: 61%): Tampa Bay’s farewell likely kept White’s roster percentage in check. The backfield has been slow, but definitely trending in the rookie’s favor this past month, culminating in his first reception against the Seahawks in Munich, where he finished with 105 yards on 22 carries. Leonard Fournette will likely remain a factor going forward, but he has suffered a thigh injury in Germany that requires monitoring.

Bonus: WR Odell Beckham Jr. Free agent (ESPN: 30%; Yahoo: 43%). Beckham has been allowed to play in full and is likely to pick a team by the end of the month. He’s a potential team maker and prospect in the fantasy playoffs, where contenders for All-Pro services include the Bills, Cowboys, 49ers, Giants, and Ravens.

Bonus: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers (ESPN: 45%; Yahoo: 63%): Christian McCaffrey has a similar effect on Garoppolo as an emotional support animal on someone dealing with severe anxiety. Throwing away the Kansas City game (CMC was in the building for five minutes), he’s sharper and, most importantly, quieter on the pocket (the best he’s been since 2019), and makes better decisions when his first read isn’t open (usually). You often find McCaffrey playing with some weak fullbacks in coverage). Garoppolo has been the QB8 overall since Week 5.

Bonus: RB Samaje Perine, Bengals (ESPN: 4%; Yahoo: 9%): Perine’s work on third down enabled him to catch a TD to end the first quarter against the Steelers on Sunday. He added two more TD receptions after Joe Mixon left the game with a concussion. Perine will be worth the Flex consideration (and she has an upside to the RB2) despite a tough encounter against the Titans if Mixon stays in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Bonus: WR Darius Slayton, Giants (ESPN: 22%; Yahoo: 51%): I recently included Slayton in this space on its own merits. He has produced at least five receptions, 66 yards or a TD in five of the last six games. I’m including him now because his role as a WR1 on a safe advanced offense after Wan’Dale Robinson suffered a torn ACL against the Lions.

Bonus: TE Foster Moreau, Raiders (ESPN: 25%; Yahoo: 40%): Moreau has been an overall TE14 in standard formats (TE12 in PPR) since week eight, and his next two matches are excellent. The Seahawks have allowed the second most fantasy points by tight ends this season, and the Chargers have allowed fifth.

Bonus: WR Nico Collins, Texans (ESPN: 11%; Yahoo: 27%): Collins stands out as Houston’s WR1 with a target share of 24 percent in his last two games. It is the overall WR22 in standard formats (WR23 in PPR) during that period. He’ll have a WR3/flex upside if he keeps that kind of use.

Bonus: RB James Cook, Bills (ESPN: 21%; Yahoo: 17%): Cooks had 11 carries and two touchdowns on just 16 catches, and ran for 86 yards against the Browns. It’s not a viable option just yet (needs more game time for that), but there’s value in putting it on the list. There’s a lot of talent here and it’s clear the NFL’s most explosive offense is starting to trust the dynamic rookie.

Bonus: D/ST Vikings (ESPN: 21%; Yahoo: 33%): I double your defense that just gave up 40 points and Tony Pollard burned for 189 total yards and two TDs. You probably won’t have much competition for this group now, but they were the eighth highest-scoring defense in fantasy before the defeat against Dallas due to their league-high 22 points. Now they face back-to-back anemic offenses (Patriots and Jets) at home with a chance at redemption.

Bonus: D/ST Dolphins (ESPN: 32%; Yahoo: 26%): Miami is a strong broadcast option against Texas at home this week coming off a bye. Houston has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points by opposing defenses this season.


WR Cooper Kupp, Rams: Cobb is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery last week for a sprained ankle. There is no reason for him to play again this season.

T Kyle Bates, Falcons: Pitts was placed on injured reserve and “likely” had surgery on his MCL.

RB Nyheim Hines, billing: Hines only conceded one goal in all three games with Buffalo, while playing 20 total snaps in three games. His primary use was the punt returner, while Cooks solidified himself as the No. 2 RB behind Devin Singletary.

WR Wan’Dale Robinson, Giants: The promising rookie will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Sunday.

TE Robert Tonyan, Packers: Tonian has not scored a TD since Week 4 (his only score of the season), and has not fumbled a 35-yard rusher since Week 6 while conceding just nine touchdowns in his last three games.

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