2017 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire

by Kevin Huo
2017 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire

Week 11 is somehow already in the books and it's time for me to really drop some league-winning strategies on your head-tops.

I know this is a waiver wire article that focuses on skill players, but down the stretch, good DSTs are one of the most important pieces you can have on your roster. By this time, we know who the elite DSTs are: Jacksonville, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, the Rams, and maybe the Saints. As we saw in Week 11, defenses can win you your matchup. Three teams (Baltimore, Jacksonville, and the Chargers) scored 25+ fantasy points.

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Now it's not 100% guaranteed that you'll have one of these defenses down the stretch, so it's important to look at pairing DSTs with good matchups. Normally, I would be against carrying two DSTs, but at this point in the season, it's time to consolidate and plan ahead - especially if you're already in the playoffs. For example, a reasonable ROS pairing is the Redskins and the Bears. In this example, you would get:

  • Week 12: Redskins vs Giants
  • Week 13: Bears vs Niners
  • Week 14: Bears vs Bengals
  • Week 15: Redskins vs Cardinals
  • Week 16: Redskins vs Broncos

That slate will almost certainly give you above average results and a slight leg up on your competition. There are of course many, many other pairings, but it's up to you to figure out which teams are available in your league and who to pair them with.

At this point in the season, it's important to know where your roster stands. If you are cruising to the playoffs, you should be looking to add players with high potential to help you out down the line. If you have a losing record and can't afford to lose again, you need to look for players that will contribute immediately, even if their future upside isn't as high.

We're going to look at every standout player on the Week 12 Waiver Wire with less than 35% ownership in ESPN leagues.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire

Players are listed in order of priority of pickup.


Nathan Peterman, Buffalo Bills (5.6%)

hahahahaha just kidding.

Running Backs

Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins (28.4%)

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Perine broke out in Week 11 against the Saints for 23 carries for 117 and a TD. However, just as important as his performance was what happened to his backfield mates. With Rob Kelley already on IR, Chris Thompson suffered a broken fibula and will miss the rest of the season.

With the competition lessened, Perine saw 69.69% of Redskins' carries (nice.nice). It's rare to find a starting back in a decent offense this late in the season so I would spend big on Perine.

Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos (9.2%)

Booker essentially split touches evenly with C.J. Anderson but out-gained him in Week 11. He was used as the primary pass-catching back - an important role now that the Broncos seem to always be playing from behind.

In addition, Anderson lost a crucial fumble that cost the Broncos the game. Maybe that will be the tipping point for Booker to outright win the job. Either way, he's worked himself into a 50/50 split with Anderson.

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (20.5%)

Ableit in a blowout victory, Ekeler totaled 58 yards on eight touches and scored another touchdown. He's scored four times in the last four weeks. If anything were to happen to Melvin Gordon, Ekeler would immediately be a RB2. He's one of the elite handcuffs this season.

Wide Receivers

Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (29.4%)

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Even before the uber-disappointing Terrelle Pryor headed to IR, Doctson was trending towards being the Redskins' number one target on offense. He backed that up with four catches for 81 yards on seven targets.

With Chris Thompson also bound for IR, even more targets should open up for Doctson. Kirk Cousins is starting to find his groove, and Doctson could pay off big time down the stretch.

Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins (27.3%)

Matt Moore and Kenny Still is a legitimate thing. Just one look at Still's splits with and without Matt Moore paints a very vivid picture.

Moore entered Week 11 and Stills exploded for seven catches, 180 yards, and a touchdown. If Cutler is going to miss games going forward, Stills and Moore should continue to find success.

Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (20.4%)

In his first game back from injury, Coleman produced a very solid performance against the Jaguars -- the number one team against fantasy wide receivers. He posted six catches for 80 yards, but most importantly led the team with 11 targets.

Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (25.5%)

Eligible to practice with the team Wednesday...

Dontrelle Inman, Chicago Bears (6.9%)

Since joining the team, Inman has lead the Bears' passing "attack" in yards in back-to-back games. He is clearly Mitchell Trubisky's favorite target and should lead the team in targets going forward. There's not much upside here,  but he has some value in deeper leagues.

Deep Dives

Bruce Ellington, Houston Texans (4.6%) - Ellington's play has actually improved with Savage. He has 10 catches for 104 and a TD in his last two games. He should see more targets with Will Fuller's injury.

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Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (3.7%) - Only five catches for 38 yards but his role is increasing. Tyrell Williams has been struggling and Travis Benjamin is not healthy.

Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (11.6%) - Golladay continues to flash big-playplay ability with a 40 yard catch. However, he doesn't get enough volume to be a consistent performer.

Zay Jones/Deonte Thompson, Buffalo Bills (8.1%/1.3%) - With Kelvin Benjamin done for the season and Jordan Matthews battling injury, Jones is in the exact position we thought he would be in at the beginning of the season... except with weird things happening at quarterback. Deonte Thompson has sneakily been the Bills best fantasy receiver this season and sees consistent targets. He's a weekly boom-or-bust candidate.

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