Is your fantasy football team in desperate need of a key waiver wire pickup? Here are players you can stream (and avoid) in NFL Week 12 of the 2019 season.
As we enter NFL week 12 of the 2019 season, some fantasy football owners may be in desperate need of a player or two to bolster your roster. Here are FOUR essential waiver wire pickups to help improve your team and THREE players to avoid.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups
QUARTERBACK – BAKER MAYFIELD vs DOLPHINS
The time is now for Baker Mayfield and the Browns. They were able to take advantage of a VERY injured Pittsburgh Steelers team on a short week and now they draw one of the best matchups in football. Miami is still dreadful against QB’s allowing the 5th most points to the position. This is actually the beginning of a decent run for Mayfield and the Browns as they will face Miami this week, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Arizona. Start him in NFL week 12 and hold on to him as a streaming option for the playoffs as well.
RUNNING BACK – BO SCARBROUGH vs REDSKINS
I was one of the people watching football on Sunday going, “Bo Scarbrough? Who the hell is Bo Scarbrough?” Well, he is currently the starting running back of the Detroit Lions, and they are the next team playing the abhorrent Washington Redskins. Washington has become one of four teams that have become a fantasy haven for easy matchups and garbage time gold. I’m not usually a fan of chasing the points of one-week wonders like Scarbrough, but this matchup is way too juicy to ignore.
WIDE RECEIVER – JAMES WASHINGTON vs BENGALS
Heinz Field is adding a triage unit to its facility after the season they have endured. The newest members to the ward are Juju Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson, who both exited a very rough game with ugly concussions. Johnsons hit may have been one of the ugliest hits I have seen this year. Now the word on Smith-Schuster is he also injured his knee on that same play. It seems pretty unlikely to me that either of these guys play this week in what should be a win even with all the missing pieces for Pittsburgh. That leaves Washington the last man standing and the most likely recipient of the air attack for the Steelers.
TIGHT END – RYAN GRIFFEN vs RAIDERS
I’m sticking with the same streamer at Tight End this week. Griffen put in a terrific showing last week against Washington and now he gets one of the bottom three defenses versus the position in the Raiders. Darnold seems to really like throwing the ball to this guy, especially in the end zone. Don’t worry about streaming this position this week as you can simply hold on to Griffen and his “sticky hands”. For those of you not lucky enough to get Griffen, look at Hockenson versus Washington.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Players to avoid, NFL Week 12
QUARTERBACK – MASON RUDOLPH vs BENGALS
Yes. Above I am recommending Washington, but as far as a quarterback is concerned, I’m not interested in Rudolph. It has less to do with the ability of the defense (which is zero) and more to do with his numbers over the course of the season. In 8 games this season he has only topped 250 yards once and that was a 251-yard performance. He also has not thrown more than two touchdowns in any game this season even with his full gamete of weapons. Hard pass.
RUNNING BACK – JONATHAN WILLIAMS vs TEXANS
Marlon Mack is down with a fractured hand for at least this week. That opens the door for Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams to get snaps at running back. I would expect both to be involved, but not enough to be a fantasy stud. Houston is middle of the pack as far as rushing defenses are concerned, but they are definitely allowing quarterbacks and wideouts to do damage. There is also word that TY Hilton may be active this week. The only running back I would recommend for Indy would be JD McKissic in PPR leagues.
WIDE RECEIVER – DEMARYIUS THOMAS vs RAIDERS
Oakland is usually a very plus matchup for receivers, but I would stay away from Thomas. Sure he has been more active in the offense of late, seeing 5 targets last week and 9 targets the week before. His snap percentage has been dropping slightly and he seems more likely to bust than boom in this offense that still shouldn’t be trusted. Jamison Crowder remains the only trustworthy wide receiver from the Jets.