2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire

by René Estrada
2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire

Welcome to my 2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire column!

Have a good day!! Week 11 is behind us and now get to focus on Week 12. The playoffs are beginning to be defined in the different fantasy leagues, so let's get to work.

First, a quick rundown of the week's top performers, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Eagles safety continues to dominate the Defensive Backs, this week he accumulated 10 solo tackles, 1 assist and 1 TFL, if for some reason he is available it is a must to pick him up (41% rostered), he has more than 10 fantasy points in five of his last six games. With bye week covered, you won't have to worry from here on out.

A player who is now ranked in the top 10 of Linebackers for total fantasy points scored, and just nine games played, is Frankie Luvu (recommended last week in this column). Luvu had this week 6 solo tackles, 4 assists, 1 TFL and 1 sack, and at the moment he is only 14% rostered, he has a week 13 bye, so be careful, but it's worth it.

So let´s get started. I will be using Yahoo scoring format of one point for a solo tackle, tackle for a loss, or a pass defended. Also: half a point for tackle assists, and two points for a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a safety or a blocked kick. This scoring format also awards three points for an interception and six for a touchdown.

All roster percentages are also based on Yahoo leagues and I´ll be recommending players 20% rostered or less.

2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire

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Grover Stewart, DT, Indianapolis Colts (18% rostered)

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Week 11 Stats: Solo tackle and a fumble recovered.

The former fourth-round selection has been a source of tackles at a position where every week you bet it all or nothing, where if your player didn't get a sack, you end up with a hideous zero in your box score. Stewart is second among defensive linemen in tackles, only behind Maxx Crosby (rings a bell?), averaging 3.5 solo tackles per game, eight of them have been tackle for a loss, almost one per game, plus three sacks.

This week the Colts face the Pittsburgh Steelers a team that has allowed 10 sacks to Defensive Linemen in the last three weeks: four vs Eagles, four vs Saints and two vs Bengals. If we combine Stewart's consistency in his tackling with the possibility of getting one or more sacks, I think it can translate into some good fantasy points.

Josey Jewell, LB, Denver Broncos (12% Rostered)

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Week 11 Stats: 4 Solo tackles, 7 assists, 1 TFL, 1 pass defended and 1 sack.

Jewell suffered a knee injury during the first half of the game against the Indianapolis Colts in week 5, sidelining him for the remainder of the game and the next two weeks, returning in Week 8 with seven tackles, two assists and two tackles for a loss of yards, then take the bye week and continue into Week 10 as an important part of the Broncos defense.

Regardless of the rival, Jewell has generated fantasy points during the last three weeks, however this week they are going against the Carolina Panthers, a team that is among the 8 teams that has had the most turnovers in the season, in the same way in the last three weeks it is one of the eight teams that has run the ball the most and that allows the most tackles to LB.

Patrick Queen, LB, Baltimore Ravens (18% Rostered)

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Week 11 Stats: 9 Solo tackles, 3 assists, 1 TFL and .5 sacks.

Queen has been a top 15 linebacker. Apparently because of the trade where the Ravens got Roquan Smith, many fantasy teams released him and he is only rostered in 18% of fantasy teams. Baltimore just had their bye week and this first-round pick of the 2020 draft came back and had a pretty good game in Week 11, so it makes me think that they have found a way for Smith and Queen to co-exist and both be quite a source of fantasy points.

This week the Ravens go against the Jaguars, a team that from Weeks 8 to 10 (had a bye week in Week 11) was the 5th team that allowed the most tackles to Linebackers, which translated into good games for Willie Gay Jr.  and Nick Bolton of the Chiefs, Blake Martinez and Denzel Perryman of the Raiders, and lastly Josey Jewell and Nik Bonitto of the Broncos. Pick him up, now that he is available.

Check him filling the gap against the Panthers:

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