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2019 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire: When Harry Met Brady

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Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire, where we’ll hit you over the head with a helmet full of good ideas!

Unless something crazy happens during the Monday Night game, Myles Garrett‘s inexplicable actions will be the storyline of Week 11. Everything that’s been said about the incident has been said except for what to do in your Fantasy leagues:

Continue to not roster Mason Rudolph or the Browns defense.

Moving on to some of last week’s disappointing adds. Brian Hill was the biggest letdown priority waiver add since Ty Johnson two weeks ago, gaining just 30 yards on 15 carries. He did have one touchdown vultured from the two-yard line and another called back by a holding penalty, but he did not have a good day.

O.J. Howard was actually benched after a bad drop, ending his day with a big goose-egg. Lesson learned the Cardinals defense should never be used as a measuring stick for future performance.

For more on what happened in Week 11, check out Noah Spurlock’s trends article.

The 2019 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players owned in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent owned.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars (32% owned)

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Foles didn’t have the greatest performance in his return, but the sheer volume of passes was a good sign moving forward. The former Eagle completed 33-of-47 passes for 296 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

With another week of practice to knock the rust off, Foles should be able to put up similar numbers against the Titans. Gardner Minshew threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee in Week 3, which is more or less what Foles could produce this week.

He is not a high-end option but could pay dividends as a desperation BYE week fill-in or QB2.

Jeff Driskel, Detroit Lions (3% owned)

Driskel had an excellent Fantasy day in his second start in place of Matthew Stafford. The former Bengal threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns while adding 51 rushing yards and a score on the ground.

He’s produced very well in his two starts (22.76 average FPTS) and has an easy matchup in Week 12 against the Redskins, who just allowed four touchdown passes to Sam Darnold.

Owners looking for a Patrick Mahomes replacement next week could do worse than the former sixth-round pick.

Other Options: Sam Darnold (22% owned), Jacoby Brissett (38% owned)

Running Backs

Jonathan Williams, Indianapolis Colts (2% owned)

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Unfortunately for the Colts, starting running back Marlon Mack fractured his hand in their win on Sunday and will likely miss multiple games.

After he left the game, Jonathan Williams took over the lead role, rushing for 116 yards on 13 carries. He also caught one pass for 31 yards. With Jordan Wilkins nursing a sore ankle and the Colts on a short week, Williams should have the lead role once again on Thursday.

The Texans are a tough matchup, having allowed the ninth fewest fantasy points to running backs. Houston also has the ninth-highest graded rush defense (78.4) according to Pro Football Focus.

Expectations should be managed because of his tough matchup, but anyone needing a starting running back should take a flier on Williams.

Bo Scarbrough, Detroit Lions (1% owned)

Third time’s the charm for the Lions in their search for Kerryon Johnson‘s replacement. While Ty Johnson did dress against the Cowboys, he received just one carry while Scarbrough took the lead role.

The former Alabama running back ran 14 times for 51 yards and a touchdown, easily out-touching his backfield mates. With Washington up next, Scarbrough has a chance to take advantage of their questionable defense, which has given up the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs this season.

This week seems like a complete gamble on which third-string running back will hit the jackpot. Hopefully, everyone picks the right one.

Bonus: Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs

LeSean McCoy left Monday’s game with a concussion and Damien Williams was ruled out with a chest injury. Darrel rushed for 35 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

The Chiefs are heading into a BYE next week so Darrel isn’t a priority add, but if both Shady and Damien look doubtful for Week 13, owners need to rush to the wire.

Other Options: Nyheim Hines (11% owned), Derrius Guice (47% owned)

Wide Receivers

Randall Cobb, Dallas Cowboys (14% owned)

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Reports of Cobb’s demise were greatly exaggerated, for now.

With Dak Prescott looking like an MVP-candidate, Cobb has had a resurgence. Over the last three weeks, Cobb has seen an uptick in targets (8,8,7) which has led to a pair of massive games. In the past two games, Cobb has caught a combined 10 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns.

Dallas’ next matchup against New England will be tough but Cobb has done enough to warrant an add. He will be a high-risk FLEX option next week.

Chris Conley, Jacksonville Jaguars (13% owned)

Another receiver whose stock has risen due to an increase in targets. Conley averaged just 4.1 targets per game from Weeks 1-6. Over the last four weeks, that number has jumped to 7.25.

The Jags offense doesn’t have the highest ceiling, but with Foles back in the mix, and the defense in the bottom half of the league based off PFF grades (69.6) Conley will have more opportunities moving forward.

Other Options: Deebo Samuel (53% owned), Darius Slayton (25%)

Tight Ends

Ryan Griffin, New York Jets (3% owned)

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Adding Griffin is the epitome of chasing points but in this tight end landscape, there might not be a choice. Against the Redskins, Griffin hauled in all five of his targets for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Sam Darnold is finally taking advantage of the soft defenses he’s faced and Griffin has been one of the benefactors. In Week 8, Griffin caught four passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns. The next week he caught six passes for 50 yards.

His horrid Week 10 performance (1 catch, -2 yards) shows his floor, but he has shown the ability to string together solid performances, especially with Chris Herndon ruled out for the season.

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (19% owned)

Last time I’ll mention Goedert, probably. Against the tough Patriots defense, Goedert saw his second-highest target total of the season, with six. This week, he also made a great play in the end-zone to hold onto a touchdown against the defense of Jonathan Jones.

If that effort doesn’t earn him more trust with Carson Wentz, I don’t know what will.

Deep League Special

N’Keal Harry, WR, New England Patriots (12% owned)

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Harry only needs to be added if Phillip Dorsett is unable to recover from a concussion in time for next week. In his debut, the rookie caught three passes for 18 yards, drawing four targets on 20 routes run.


It’s tough to tell how his role will grow moving forward, but the Patriots’ offense needs all the help it can get at this point in the season. If Harry is able to establish himself with Dorsett out, he will be worth a flier in deep leagues.


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Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

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