2019 Fantasy Football Week 12 Preview: Waivering

by Richard Savill

In this week's update of the rest of season rankings, I introduced a fantasy topic which doesn't get a lot of coverage, but is just as important to the development of your fantasy team. The waiver grabs that went well and not so well.

Getting ahead of the curve before the Wednesday waiver processing should be a goal if you have an open roster spot. Trading closes in many leagues around Week 11 or Week 12 and thus your only method of getting different players is through the good old waiver wire.

Before I delve into this, how has the waiver wire turned out in 2019? In my rest of season intro, I briefly discussed the futility of the RB3s/4s/5s on waivers to offer any substantial fantasy profit. They either had an injury or just could not rise enough in a backfield to offer decent fantasy points - even in the flex.

The worst ones we all know about, but the best ones were generally okay or are still under appraisal. I'll do a position or two each week. See if you agree or not and tell me on Twitter.

Waiver Asset QB: Teddy Bridgewater. Held the fort well during the injury to Drew Brees for five games. Had a 9-2 TD/INT ratio and a 300+ game. As an unrestricted free agent the Saints cannot hold him even with a matched offer. Brees is also up for contract, so unless Drew retires after a Super Bowl win or something crazy like that, Teddy will undoubtedly be on a new team.

Other Asset QBs:
Daniel Jones. Gardner Minshew. Matt Moore. Jeff Driskel (still under review).

Unusable Waiver QBs:
Dwayne Haskins. Kyle Allen. Chase Daniel. Brian Hoyer. Ryan Finley. You know the others. Enough to make a 2020 calendar.

Next Week: waiver running backs

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Games to Watch 2019 Fantasy Football Week 12 Preview

A brief rundown of the games this weekend. You have your fantasy lineups set, now it's time to watch 'em play.

Byes: Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs, Vikings

Early Sunday: Seahawks (8-2) at Eagles (5-5) -1.5 48.0

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The Eagles don't have as good a luxury as the Seahawks to play their own version of a run-first offense because Jordan Howard (stinger) is questionable and Myles Sanders is better for toss sweeps and short passes.

Boston Scott and Jay Ajayi are there for insurance and gut running presence, but not much else. If the Eagles' regular attack with Howard is ready enough, the character of this game could change into something very different.

The trustiness of the passing game for both teams comes into play here if Doug Pederson just plays it as though Jordan Howard is out. This all depends if the Seahawks dictate the script, which they seldom seem able to control in most of their games.

The Eagles are best trying the West-Coast type of idea anyway, because Zach Ertz is their best pass-catcher and Alshon Jeffery is returning to better health. Nelson Agholor is probable. Don't know why Jordan Matthews is there, but he needs to step up too.

As for the Seahawks, Tyler Lockett had an injury scare before the bye week, but he seems okay now. Josh Gordon, of all people, made the clutch receptions that kept them in the 49ers game. I expect he'll start seeing regular work, but D.K. Metcalf and Jacob Hollister are proving themselves as solid workhorses.

Above all, it is Chris Carson who needs a strong game to allow Russell Wilson extra time in play action.

Fun Fact: The Seahawks have won six of the last seven meetings versus the Eagles including the last four.
Sleeper: Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles

Other Early Sunday Games in Brief...

Panthers (5-5) at Saints (8-2) -9.5 47.0

Both teams suffered the spoiler sting of the Falcons. The Panthers remaining in contention ensures Christian McCaffrey stays in full usage for fantasy. The Saints have their own contention ideas for the top seed in the NFC. Over each of their last four games, the Panthers defense have allowed the most rushing yards and the Saints the least.

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Raiders (6-4) at Jets (3-7) +3.0 46.5

The Raiders are strongly sitting outside the playoff bracket. Derek Carr had one of the top touchdowns of Week 11 with a crazy leap into the endzone. In this game, Josh Jacobs will find it tough against a stiff Jets run defense. Both teams really get after quarterbacks. The Jets and Raiders are 2nd and 4th respectively in sacks over the last four games.

Broncos (3-7) at Bills (7-3) -4.0 37.0

Vic Fangio was the subject of a hit piece by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports last week sparking a controversy over his football temperment and player-coach relations. Where a CBS writer like La Canfora got this from - who knows, but the Broncos still filed another L versus the Vikings. The Bills are moving the other way and John Brown has taken a firm step as a solid fantasy option.

Steelers (5-5) at Bengals (0-10) +6.5 39.0

The Bengals have to face this grumpy Steelers team. The Browns defense knocked JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson into concussion protocols. Despite the soft secondary of the Bengals, the Steelers receivers are tough starts. Joe Mixon is making a fantasy comeback and resumes his role as your regular plug-in RB2 with upside again.

Giants (2-8) at Bears (4-6) -6.0 40.0

Sterling Shepard returns from a long concussion protocol. Darius Slayton is too good to sit and Daniel Jones calls his number regularly. Matt Nagy benched Mitch Trubisky for a hip pointer late in the Rams game. This seemed dubious then because of his poor showing. We can establish reasonably that there is now a leash on Trubisky - how long or short that leash is we shall see.

Jets (2-7) at Redskins (1-8) -1.0 38.5

Dwayne Haskins. The future is now. Wins aren't as important anymore as discovering the strengths of their quarterback going forward. We already know the weaknesses. The Jets continue in the same vein for their offense overall. Both DSTs are playable, but as for the offensive fantasy guys, the best chance sits with Terry McLaurin of the Redskins with risk.

Buccaneers (3-7) at Falcons (3-7) -4.5 51.5

The Falcons are finally playing great football and Dan Quinn may yet survive the chop. Jameis Winston comes up against a Falcons defense that has 11 sacks in their last two, compared to just seven in their first eight games. Brian Hill of the Falcons responded to his poor performance last week by insulting fantasy football. Were it not for fantasy, he'd be a nobody outside of Atlanta.

Lions (3-6-1) at Redskins (1-9) +3.5 41.5

Bo Scarbrough was one of the top waiver grabs this week. Waiver fishing for running backs, especially on the Lions, keep letting everyone down - even with good matchups like Redskins. Derrius Guice is the better start out of both teams. Jeff Driskel is proving himself a capable passer in place of Matthew Stafford and harms none of your fantasy receivers on the Lions.

Dolphins (2-8) at Browns (4-6) -10.5 44.5

The Browns are without you-know-who up front and the Dolphins are on a win streak. The Browns obviously have some bad optics going on. Their win over the Steelers was not a victory. Baker Mayfield need not snap on his helmet strap tight - that's for next week. I'm joking, okay? Look for him to have clear downfield looks as Odell Beckham feasts on the Dolphins secondary.

Late Sunday: Cowboys (6-4) at Patriots (9-1) -6.5 45.5

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The Patriots aren't short on respect, but since their loss to the Ravens, it doesn't hurt to make a statement.

The Cowboys certainly want to make a statement for themselves, but it is a tall order. Winning in Gillette Stadium by the visitor hasn't happened in the last 20 games including playoffs. The Panthers are the last team to beat the Patriots at Gillette in Week 4 of 2017.

The Patriots defense has the most takeaways of any team, including the most interceptions with 19. The Patriots have only allowed nine touchdowns to the offensive opposition this season - four passing and five rushing. Could be a tough day at the office for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.

The Rod Marinelli defense for the Cowboys is both hot and cold. It is better with Leighton Vander Esch in there than without. I mention him often when discussing the Cowboys defense because he covers the run and short passes over the middle so well. He can neutralize the effect of Julian Edelman in that area of the field.

Kellen Moore, the young rising 31-year-old offensive coordinator of the Cowboys, has done a good job of opening up this offense. We shall see how he manages the hazards I mentioned.

Mohamed Sanu (ankle) and Phillip Dorsett (concussion) at questionable, and the former leaning doubtful for this game.

Fun Fact: The Cowboys haven't defeated the Patriots since Week 16 of 1996 when Troy Aikman was their quarterback. 23 years later, Aikman and Joe Buck are in the booth for this game.
Sleeper: Jakobi Meyers, WR, Patriots

Other Late Sunday Games in Brief...

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Jaguars (4-6) at Titans (5-5) -3.5 41.5

Frustration is creeping in for the Jaguars and in particular Leonard Fournette concerning his usage in the offense. Owners of Fournette, having patiently waited for touchdowns to match his decent yardage, saw the carries and yardage dip recently as well. Derrick Henry, a back of Fournette's species, is having it all across the field from him. Is the wheel squeaky enough?

Featured Games

Sunday Night: Packers (8-2) at Forty-Niners (9-1) +3.5 47.5

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Not to accuse the 49ers of looking past the Cardinals last week for this game, that's generally a myth in football these days, but they did look as though their minds were elsewhere.

Nonetheless, the Cardinals were in a position to beat them and some of the polish has come off the 49ers.

The defense of the 49ers remains a terror for quarterbacks and Nick Bosa is doing the Bosa family proud. The offense however has curious dependencies and habits that allow the opposition to exploit them. It's a "run-firsecond" type of offense. Which basically means there's little rhyme to it.

The backfield. They run a complete committee that has no chairman resulting in all involved banged up or injured throughout. Fantasy notwithstanding, the downside is apparent as we approach the latter stages of the season.

Receivers. Beyond George Kittle (Q), the hodge-podge of players in the offense offers no clear plan. I would like to see how the 49ers put together their gameplans. If there is a coherent and understandable scheme, I have yet to see it.

Compare this team with the Packers. We know their setup very well. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are a consistent 1a and 1b. Davante Adams is the main receiver and Aaron Rodgers usually has a reliable second. Right now, that second is in flux, but we know one will emerge eventually.

These teams aren't all that different, but the Packers have a understandable system and the 49ers do not.

Fun Fact: The 49ers give the fewest FPs to TEs, but it's Jimmy Graham's birthday on Sunday! Details below...
Sleeper: Jimmy Graham, TE, Packers

Monday Night: Ravens (8-2) at Rams (6-4) +3.0 46.5

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The hottest NFL contender versus the coldest.

The Rams defeated the Bears, but they were never in control. They are using Todd Gurley a bit more, which is good, but Jared Goff's circuitry with Cooper Kupp has gone on the fritz.

Robert Woods returns which might help that connection revive by spreading the field. More interesting is the return of Brandin Cooks who many feel Goff will use extensively to relieve some of the stagnation the McVay offense suffers from recently. Start him if you own him, q.v. Will Fuller.

As for Ravens, all systems are go. Lamar Jackson is pressing his case for MVP strongly versus Russell Wilson. His versatility as a "running back" is not without hazard, but this RPO pistol offense has little in common with the conventional schemes of regular run-first offenses.

For fantasy, the receivers are a bit left in the cold as adjunct necessities apart from the tight ends. For backfielders like Mark Ingram and to a deeper extent Gus Edwards, owners couldn't be happier.

Fun Fact: Back-to-back winners. The Rams are 20-2 since 2000 at home following a previous win at home.
Sleeper: Marquise Brown, WR, Ravens

In the Booth on Sunday

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Chris Spielman

CBS Early

Panthers at Saints: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Raiders at Jets: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green
Broncos at Bills: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
Steelers at Bengals: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

FOX Early

Seahawks at Eagles: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis
Giants at Bears: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman
Buccaneers at Falcons: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth
Lions at Redskins: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber
Dolphins at Browns: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

CBS Late

Jaguars at Titans: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

FOX Late

Cowboys at Patriots: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman


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