2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire

by Herms
2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire

As we stare down Turkey Day football in a handful of days, that can only mean one thing: it's almost time for the fantasy football playoffs. With injuries swirling around the National Football League, there is a lot to talk about in the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire column.

This article will look at some of the best available players on the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire. If you do not already, feel free to follow me on Twitter (@HermsNFL).

I talked about a couple of these players in my latest waiver stashes article, a weekly series published on Saturdays. You should make sure you always check out to get ahead of the curve. But for now, let's look at some of the best waiver wire pickups ahead of NFL Week 12.

2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire

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Top Waiver Adds

Samaje Perine, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (9% rostered Yahoo / 3.8% rostered ESPN)

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This one is fairly simple. If Joe Mixon works through concussion protocol and is cleared for Week 12, this will not help you. In fact, fantasy managers won't know if Mixon will play next week until after waivers run. There is a more-than-non-zero chance that this blurb brings absolutely no value to you whatsoever.

But if Perine is the starter in Week 12, he's got to be in your lineups. The Tennessee Titans are a tough opponent, I'll give you that, but give me a (potential) starting running back in a high-powered offense coming off of a three-touchdown performance every day. These are the types of week-winning players that fantasy managers need as the fantasy regular season comes to a close.

Latavius Murray, RB, Denver Broncos (25% rostered Yahoo / 34.2% rostered ESPN)

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Woo-hoo! Victory lap time! I picked Murray as the Broncos back to roster ahead of Week 7 (and again in Week 9)! Granted, this is not worth actually victory-lapping. Melvin Gordon III was so bad to the point where he isn't even on the Broncos now, and (no offense to Mike Boone, but) Mike Boone never really interested me. But here we are.

Since joining the Broncos in Week 6, Murray has been the RB27 overall in PPR scoring, according to FantasyPros. But look, I get it. This offense has not been particularly good all season, and a 32-year-old running back isn't exactly an inspired choice, but until he stops doing well, I'm not going to pivot. Murray is a quality flex option on a weekly basis.

Treylon Burks, WR, Tennessee Titans (20% rostered Yahoo / 22.7% rostered ESPN)

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Well, well, well, the rookie has emerged! Burks ended Week 11 with a top-12 performance, logging over 100 yards receiving against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football. After a slow start to the year, the first-round pick out of Arkansas made the most out of his eight targets and showed exactly why this team believed in him.

Running the heck out of the football is within the very fabric of the Titans' DNA as a football team, and while I do not expect that to change, Burks still holds the potential to be a "league winner" type of player. It is not uncommon for rookie wideouts to find their groove(s) at the end of the season. As such, give me Burks all day.

Jerick McKinnon, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (26% rostered Yahoo / 26.6% rostered ESPN)

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McKinnon entered Week 12 with two games in a row of six catches and zero finishes outside the top 40 in PPR since Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, the veteran faltered in the AFC West showdown on Sunday Night Football against the Los Angeles Chargers, producing essentially nothing of value for fantasy purposes.

Still, it has been made abundantly clear in recent times that the Chiefs' offense does not want Clyde Edwards-Helaire to be even remotely involved. As such, this is a two-headed backfield between McKinnon and rookie Isiah Pacheco. I'm not going to let one blip on the radar buck a long trend of McKinnon doing well. He is still worthy of the add off of the waiver wire.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns (35% rostered Yahoo / 38.5% rostered ESPN)

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Since Week 4, the affectionately nicknamed (courtesy of my podcast The Lateral Show) "The People's Jones" has been the WR28 overall in PPR, according to FantasyPros. By hook or by crook, this third-year wideout has found a way to produce for the Browns.

As I mentioned in last week's column, an upgrade at quarterback is looming in the near future, and now is a great time to pounce on the waiver wire. Clearly, not enough people did so as Peoples-Jones is still rostered below the 50% threshold I, and many others, use as the benchmark for this column. Go ahead and remedy that.

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