Waiver Wire: Week 12

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Whether you are looking for a replacement for an injured player, have underperforming stars, or trying to find a player to stash as a lottery ticket Fighting Chance Fantasy has you covered for your Week 12 waiver wire needs. This week there are no teams on bye. Hopefully, you can find answers to get you back in the win column.

Here at Fighting Chance Fantasy, we will have a collective effort to bring some options to improve your team. Seth Quinn (@SethFQuinn) will cover quarterbacks, Michael Chasco (@ChascoFCF) will cover running backs, Matt Miles (@DirtyAirFC) will cover wide receivers, and Leo Grandio (@smooth1074) will cover the tight ends and defense streamers.


Quarterbacks (Seth Quinn)

Check to see if you can add these quarterbacks first: Justin Fields 77% Rostered, Kyler Murray 74% Rostered, and Josh Dobbs 72% Rostered.

Russell Wilson | Denver Broncos

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 50%

This late in the season, it is time to start looking at future matchups. Besides, this week against Cleveland and Week 16 against a tanking Patriots, Russell Wilson and the Broncos have good matchups, mainly led by playing the Chargers twice. The Broncos started off poorly, but have righted the ship as of late, winning four straight and reaching 5-5. With Courtland Sutton balling, Jerry Jeudy playing solid, Javonte Williams healthy, and Sean Payton at the helm, the Broncos offense has the firepower to take advantage of good matchups, making Wilson an intriguing option the rest of the season.

Matthew Stafford | Los Angeles Rams

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 43%

His weapons are a bit banged up right now, but at full health and with good matchups coming up, Matthew Stafford could be an intriguing option down the stretch. Kyren Williams should be back this week, and with Cooper KuppPuka Nacua, and Tutu Atwell with Sean McVay coaching, the Rams can look as good as they did early in the season. Week 12 against the Cardinals, Week 15 against the Commanders and Week 17 against the Giants especially stand out for Stafford.

Baker Mayfield | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 26%

Baker Mayfield consistently makes it on here, as he continues to put up solid fantasy numbers. He had a down game against the 49ers, but they are one of the top defenses in the NFL, and the Buccaneers won't have nearly as difficult a matchup the rest of the season, besides the Saints and Panthers. Mayfield already played the Saints and had a good game, and the Panthers are tanking. With Mike EvansChris Godwin, and Rachaad White, Mayfield has the weapons to succeed against almost any matchup.

Running Backs (Michael Chasco)

Zach Charbonnet | Seahawks

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 45%

For several weeks now, we have been pounding the table for Seattle's Zach Charbonnet. The rookie running back has been trending upward since the Seahawks ramped up his snap counts after their Week 7 bye. Despite playing in at least 53% of the offensive snaps from Weeks 8-11, Charbonnet remained under 50% roster ownership in Yahoo! leagues. Charbonnet was a perfect lottery ticket to stash on your bench in case something happened to Kenneth Walker, and now it's time to cash in. 


Walker handled just four carries before leaving last Sunday with a "legitimate" oblique injury, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Charbonnet turned in season-highs in snaps (85%), rush share (71%), and route participation (71%) after replacing Walker in the first quarter. Charbonnet eventually handled 21 touches against the Rams, including six receptions on six targets. As long as Walker is down, Charbonnet will be in line for an every-down role heading into the final stages of the fantasy regular season. He should be the most popular waiver wire pickup before Week 12 action, even with a tough matchup against a stout San Francisco defense on Thanksgiving Day. 

Ty Chandler | Vikings

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 44%

Behind Charbonnet, the rest of the waiver wire options are bench stashes as we're approaching the start of the fantasy playoffs. One of those stashes must include Ty Chandler. The second-year running back was a popular pickup last week after starter Alexander Mattison suffered a concussion in Week 10. Mattison was surprisingly active last Sunday, which put a damper on Chandler's output. Mattison took 58% of the rush share for Minnesota and ran 53% of the routes against Denver. However, it was Chandler who led all backs with 14% of the team's targets while only participating in 18% of the routes. If Mattison were to miss time for any reason, Chandler could once again be startable.    


Tyjae Spears | Titans

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 39%

Despite being held to just 26 yards against the Jaguars last Sunday, Tyjae Spears remains one of the best handcuffs in fantasy football. Spears is averaging 52% of the offensive snaps and has flashed big-play potential in spurts throughout the season. The Titans offense only ran 38 plays on Sunday and will continue to experience growing pains with rookie quarterback Will Levis running the show. Derrick Henry will continue to get the larger bulk of the rush share in Tennessee, but the All-Pro is averaging just 66.3 yards per game this season - his worst since 2018. If Henry were to miss time, Spears could be in the conversation for flex consideration down the stretch and a perfect bench stash for now.    


Wide Receivers (Matt Miles)

Check to see if you can add these wide receivers first: Jackson Smith-Njigba 64% Rostered, Brandin Cooks 55% Rostered, and Josh Downs 50% Rostered.

Rashid Shaheed | New Orleans Saints

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 45%

With Michael Thomas out, look for New Orleans's deep threat Rashid Shaheed to continue to get looks from gunslinger Derrick Carr.  When Thomas left the game, Shaheed jumped to a 33% target share.  Thomas has a history of lengthy absences, and Shaheed will likely be a boom WR2 heading into the fantasy playoffs. If the other options above are not available, and Shaheed is, spend a little FAAB, or use a waiver claim.




Jayden Reed | Green Bay Packers

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 36%

If you listen closely, you can still hear some echoes from the training camp noise extolling the virtues of Jayden Reed. Although the first nine weeks have been a bit of a ride for the rookie out of Michigan State, Reed seems to be clicking with Jordan Love again as they did in the preseason. In his last two games, Reed is 9/130/1 plus he has four kick returns for 66 yards and a touchdown if your league counts those. Reed is a solid WR2 add this week.




Tight Ends (Leo Grandio)

Check to see if you can add these tight ends first: Logan Thomas 65% Rostered, Pat Freiermuth 52% Rostered, and Luke Musgrave 47% Rostered.

Isaiah Likely | Baltimore Ravens

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 4%

My condolences to all the fantasy managers who lost Mark Andrews for the season. It's a tough blow heading into playoff season. But never fear Isaiah Likely is here. When Andrews has missed time in the past Likely has filled in very admirably, especially during his rookie season. He’s a big play waiting to happen and has a juicy matchup in Week 12 when he faces the Chargers who are allowing the third-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Likely should be added in all league formats.



Michael Mayer | Las Vegas Raiders

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 11%

With Aidan O’Connell now under center for the Raiders, all the receiving weapons have had to adjust but some players are starting to build some chemistry with the rookie. One of them is fellow rookie Michael Mayer. Over the last two weeks, Mayer has averaged five targets. With those 10 targets, Mayer has totaled seven receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. Mayer will be needed next week as the Raiders will try to keep up with the Chiefs. You may want to consider adding Mayer in 12-team leagues.




Donald Parham Jr. | San Diego Chargers

Yahoo! Roster Ownership: 5%

Could this be a sign of things to come? With Gerald Everett out Donald Parham Jr. was the main tight end for the Chargers in Week 11. Parham was targeted six times and he secured four receptions for 57 yards. Although he has a tough match-up this week versus the Ravens, Parham may be the best option available in deeper league formats. 




Defense (Leo Grandio)

Kansas City Chiefs Defense 71% Rostered face off against the Raiders who are allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses. 

New England Patriots Defense 26% Rostered plays against the Giants who allow the most fantasy points to opposing defenses.  

New York Giants Defense 3% Rostered as mentioned above goes up against the Patriots who allow the second-most fantasy points 


What players are you looking to add off waivers this week? If you would like to discuss this further or have any fantasy questions you can reach out to us at X @FCFantasySports.


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