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2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire! Once again a major injury has taken over the weekly headlines.

Bengals pass catchers will have a tough time staying relevant without Burrow. Until proven otherwise, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and A.J. Green are safe to downgrade a tier or two with Ryan Finley under center.

The 2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent rostered.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (36% Rostered)

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Carr impressed in a close Sunday-night loss to the Chiefs. For the third time this season, the 29-year-old tossed three touchdown passes to go along with 275 passing yards. The seventh-year QB looked poised against the Kansas City secondary, stringing together several long drives, including the go-ahead score with under two minutes remaining.

The Raiders will get a cake matchup against the Falcons in Week 12, making Carr an ideal streaming against one of the weakest defenses in the league.

P.J. Walker, Carolina Panthers (2% Rostered)

Teddy Bridgewater was put on the inactive list just before kickoff on Sunday and it’s possible he will be ready for Week 12. If he’s not, Walker will have another chance to showcase his skills.

The former XFL quarterback had an up and down debut, completing a few long passes, but also throwing two interceptions. All told, Walker completed 24-of-34 passes for 258 yards, a touchdown, and the two aforementioned picks.

Carolina has a good matchup with the Vikings in Week 12. Minnesota has allowed just over 260 passing yards and 27.8 points per game, good for 26th and 27th in the league, respectively. Walker comes with a bit of risk, but his arm talent will have another chance to shine if Bridgewater is unable to start.

Other Options: Daniel Jones (28% Rostered), Taysom Hill (43% Rostered)

Running Backs

James White, New England Patriots (40% Rostered)

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Rex Burkhead will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and White, not Sony Michel, will be the main beneficiary. The normally consistent White is having a down year by his standards but should be in for a heavier workload without Burkhead in the lineup.

Michel and Damien Harris will take the majority of carries but White should absorb most of Burkhead’s 3.3 targets. White saw nine targets in Sunday’s loss to the Texans and should see similar workloads as the season progresses.

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (28% Rostered)

Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins have tested positive for COVID-19 and are very unlikely to be cleared in time for Thursday’s game against the Steelers. Their absence makes Edwards the unquestioned starter, ahead of second-year RB Justice Hill.

Edwards found success against the Steelers’ formidable defense in Week 8, rushing 16 times for 87 yards and a touchdown. Without either of the other running backs healthy, Edwards is looking at upwards of 20 carries and a good shot at finding the endzone.

Wide Receivers

Nelson Agholor, Las Vegas Raiders (19% Rostered)

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Agholor had one of his “on” games against the Chiefs, reeling in 6-of-9 targets for 88 yards and a touchdown. The former Eagle now has six touchdown catches this year, just two behind the career-high he set in 2017 with Philadelphia.

Agholor is a difficult option to trust as he has alternated good games with horrible ones. Thus far, Henry Ruggs has not lived up to expectations. The speedster has been an afterthought in the Las Vegas offense while Agholor has a firm role as the No.2 passing option behind Darren Waller.

The six-year veteran is a volatile, Hail Mary option at the bottom of the lineup.

Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (21% Rostered)

Behind two exciting rookies, Patrick continues to be Denver’s most consistent receiver. Patrick has seen at least eight fantasy points (0.5 PPR) in three straight games. This streak includes a game in which he was ejected early for fighting but managed to post four catches for 61 yards.

Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler are exciting rookies but Patrick seems to be the favorite, as he already has three 100-yard games this season.

Other Options: Michael Pittman Jr. (44% Rostered), Curtis Samuel (50% Rostered), A.J. Green (50% Rostered), Jalen Reagor (28% Rostered)

Tight Ends

Jordan Akins, Houston Texans  (2% Rostered)

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It took Akins some time to find his form following injury but his performance against the Patriots could signal a rise for the tight end. Akins caught five passes for 83 yards against New England. He was second among all Houston receivers in receptions, yards, and targets.

Deshaun Watson has been excellent since the firing of Bill O’Brien and he should be able to support the athletic 6’4 Akins moving forward.

Deep League Special

Denzel Mims, New York Jets (5% Rostered)

Mims continues to improve with Joe Flacco, this week catching 3-of-8 targets for 71 yards against the Chargers. The second-rounder missed the first six weeks of the season due to injury but is showing that he belongs in an incredible rookie WR class.


It’s possible that Mims’ value could decrease when Sam Darnold returns but he should be a decent option while Flacco is the starter.


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