Preemptive Strike: Week 12

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and spent some quality time with your loved ones. Now, are you ready for a quick-hitting edition of Preemptive Strike? Let's see if we can add some players before your league mates do prior to next week’s waiver wire rush. Here we go!!!!


Tua Tagovailoa, QB - Miami Dolphins 35% rostered

This week Tua Tagolvailoa will have a tough match-up against the Panthers' defense, but next week the Dolphins will face the Giants at home and after their Week 14 bye will have a game against the Jets at home for the first week of the playoffs.


Ben Roethlisberger, QB - Pittsburg Steelers 24% rostered

After this week’s contest against the tough Bengals defense, all of Ben Roethlisberger's opponents rank in the top-14 in fantasy points allowed ranked in the top-9 of most fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks this season.

Runnings Backs

Check to see if these running backs are in your waiver wire: Rhamondre Stevenson 66% rostered, Jeff Wilson Jr. 53% rostered, and J.D. McKissic 53% rostered.

Ty Johnson, RB - New York Jets 39% rostered

With Michael Carter being assigned to injured reserve, the door is wide open for Ty Johnson to make a huge fantasy impact for the remainder of the season, especially in PPR leagues. Johnson is a must-add in all league formats. 

Dontrell Hilliard, RB - Tennessee Titans 21% rostered

In deeper PPR leagues Dontrell Hilliard is a name to consider in adding to your fantasy roster. Last week when given additional touches, Hilliard produced 18.80 PPR fantasy points. 

DeeJay Dallas, RB - Seattle Seahawks 4% rostered

DeeJay Dallas will have an excellent opportunity to make plays in PPR leagues with only a healthy Alex Collins standing in the way.


Tevin Coleman, RB - New York Jets 17% rostered

Even Tevin Coleman may be an option to add in standard leagues with Michael Carter in injured reserve.

Phillip Lindsay, RB - Miami Dolphins 12% rostered

Phillip Lindsay is more of a speculative add in deeper leagues at this point to see how he gets integrated into the Dolphins’ offense after being claimed off waivers this week. 

Running backs to stash that is an injury away from being major fantasy contributors: Alexander Mattison 48% rostered, Chubba Hubbard 37% rostered, Devontae Booker 36% rostered, Sony Michel 27% rostered, Ronald Jones II 19% rostered, Trey Sermon 19% rostered, Boston Scott 18% rostered, Gio Bernard 10% rostered, Samaje Perine 6% rostered, Larry Rountree 1% rostered, and Peyton Barber 1% rostered.

Wide Receivers

Check to see if these wide receivers are available first: Rashod Bateman 56% rostered, Kenny Golladay 56%, and Kadarius Toney 52% rostered.

Van Jefferson Jr., WR - Los Angeles Rams 46% rostered

Van Jefferson Jr. will continue to be involved in this offense and if were not for him dropping a touchdown pass in his previous game before the bye he would be more rostered on fantasy points.


Lavishka Shenault, WR - Jacksonville Jaguars 40% rostered

With the loss of Jamal Agnew for the season and the talk from Urban Meyer of getting more touches for Lavishka Shenault, maybe he finally produce down the stretch for fantasy managers. 

DeVante Parker, WR - Miami Dolphins 30% rostered

DeVante Parker is nearing a return and good be a factor in fantasy playoffs. Stash him on your injured reserve spot until then if you can.

Sterling Shepard, WR - New York Giants 30% rostered

The Giants' number one wide receiver is coming back from an injured hamstring soon and deserves to be rostered in all league formats at this point.

Jamison Crowder, WR - New York Jets 22% rostered

Jamison Crowder is a wide receiver to consider adding PPR league formats. Crowder has averaged seven targets over his last four games.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, WR - Tennessee Titans 8% rostered

With all the injuries to the Titans wide receivers core, someone needs to catch passes from Ryan Tannehill. 

John Brown, WR - Jackson Jaguars 2% rostered

If you’re looking for a speculative add in super deep leagues, John Brown should be on your radar to see how he gets implemented into the Jaguars offense. Brown signed with the Jaguars after they lost Jamal Agnew for the season.

Tight Ends

Check to see if these wide receivers are available first: Pat Freiermuth 62% rostered, and Logan Thomas 60% rostered.

Dan Arnold, TE - Jacksonville Jaguars 38% rostered

After a tough match-up last week against the 49ers' tough defense, Dan Arnold should be targeted by Trevor Lawrence again moving forward.

Austin Hooper, TE - Cleveland Browns 24% rostered

Austin Hooper has averaged six targets over his last two games without Odell Beckham Jr.. In Hooper’s next three games he will face teams ranked in the top-4 for most fantasy points allowed to tight ends. Keep in mind he does have a bye in Week 13.


Indianapolis Defense 58% rostered: The Colts defense face the Texans in Week 13.

Minnesota Defense 16% rostered: In Week 13 the Vikings play the Lions 

Philadelphia Defense 57% rostered: The Eagles tangle with the Jets in Week 13.

Miami Defense 43% rostered: The Dolphins play the Giants in Week 13.


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