Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: November 21
Sean Mitchell brings you his top waiver wire adds for Week 12 of the fantasy football season!
Welcome back to another edition of the “In case you missed them,” Thursday Waiver article! As always, I am Sean Mitchell (@smitchell17), and I will be providing you with some wavier targets that you may have not seen, or in case you need filler roles for some positions that you were not able to obtain after the first wavier period.
1.) Jeff Driskel (DET)- Driskel looks to make yet another start in place of starting Lions QB Matt Stafford. This will make it spot-start number three on the season, and he has really been playing well in the last two. Driskel has now totaled a smidge over 52 fantasy points in those two starts, as he has used his legs quite a bit with 13 rushing attempts for 89 yards on the ground and a touchdown, while passing for 478 yards total with three total touchdowns through the air. This week, Driskel gets a very nice matchup against a Redskins defense that is not exactly good on the respective side of the ball.
2.) Mitchell Trubisky (CHI)- We know Trubisky has had his flaws over the course of the season, but if you are in an immediate need of a quarterback, whether it is a two-QB league, or bye week situation, Trubisky is still the starting quarterback in Chicago. He made it through a full practice yesterday, and will look to make another start here against the porous Giants defense come Sunday. The Giants are allowing the 9th most fantasy points to the quarterback position, so the matchup is there.
1.) Jordan Wilkins (IND)- Everyone rushed to pick up Jonathan Williams for the first waiver period, and that is fine, as he did well stepping in for Marlon Mack . However, it has been stated by Reich that both backs will split the role, literally turning this into a RBBC approach. If we remember, Wilkins did not suit up last week due to injury, but is now a full practice participant and looks to play tonight against the Texans. Not to mention, it was Wilkins who saw most of the first down work the many times that Marlon Mack has sat out in prior games this season.
2.) Gus Edwards (BAL)- Gus continues to be a stable back in the spell of starter Mark Ingram . Just last week, Gus received eight carries and parlayed those carries into 112 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Gus is not featured in the passing game, so that hurts his PPR value, but his STD league value is darn good. He has now scored in two of his last three games, while receiving 22 total carries over those three as well. He is worth a streamer start if needed.
3.) Patrick Laird (MIA)- With the release of Mark Walton last week after he was cited for an “incident with Police,” I believe Laird’s stock rose just a bit. Not only that, he was heavily involved in the Phins’ passing game, and we know that starting running back Kalen Ballage couldn’t catch a beach ball from two inches away. So, this increases Laird’s PPR value this week, as he was targeted six times in last week’s loss to Buffalo, catching all six of those balls for 51 total yards. He has only been granted a total of three carries in the last two games, but his eight total targets are very interesting, as we know Fitzpatrick likes to dump the ball on short routes. He is a PPR streamer value this week, IF NEEDED.
1.) James Washington (PIT)- All the hype this week seems to be around James Washington , and I can see why. He has been a serviceable wideout option over the last few weeks now. Washington has totaled 22 targets over his last four games, while corralling 14 of those targets for close to 180 total yards receiving. He only has one touchdown in those four games, but as long as his target numbers remain consistently in the five-to-seven range per game, he will continue to be a nice WR option going forward. This week, the Steelers face a bad Cincinnati defense, so look for Washington to make yet another splash.
2.) Kendrick Bourne (SF)- Bourne continues to get it down while starting TE George Kittle is sidelined. It may come to an end when he returns, but we are not exactly certain when that will be as it seems the leg injury to Kittle was somewhat serious, as he has now missed back-to-back games. Bourne has stepped in nicely in the receiving role for the Niners. He has topped 13 and 16 fantasy points in his last two, while receiving 14 total targets in both contests, and catching eight of those balls for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Bourne has totaled three touchdowns over his last three games, as well.
3.) Anthony Miller (CHI)- A compliment to starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky if you will, Miller has been one of his favorite receivers over the last couple of games. Miller saw a season-high 11 targets in last week’s game against the LA Rams. He only managed to catch six of those for a total of 54 yards, but the connection with Mitch is still widely there, and could continue as the season moves forward.
1.) David Njoku (CLE)- It has yet to be deemed if Njoku will play this weekend or not, but in the event that he does, he could be a huge boost to this offense, and another weapon for Baker Mayfield . Njoku has been on the IR since week 2 with a broken wrist. Even if he does not play, or is limited in his first game back, he will be a very nice stash for the upcoming weeks.
2.) Dallas Goedert (PHI)- Goedert continues to be fantasy relevant even in a system that has a very good starting tight end in Zach Ertz . The Eagles have run multiple double-TE sets, and even splitting both TE’s out in the slot position to create better matchups. Just last week, Goedert notched out 12.6 fantasy points against the number one defense in the NFL in the Patriots on only three catches, for 36 yards, but he found the end zone fortunately. Goedert has now seen 9.8 or more fantasy points in four of his last five contests, and will look to carry this over into week 12 against a Seattle defense that has been prone to give up decent games to opposing tight ends.
1.) Titans- The Titans will welcome the Jags into their home field this weekend, and I believe the Jags offense has been worse since the return of Nick Foles . The Titans have put up 11 fantasy points in two of their last three games, while securing an average of one interception over those three, with at least two or more sacks in all three as well. I like this spot for a stream with the Tennessee D/ST.
2.) Texans- The Texans defense has been decent all season. They were stymied by the Ravens offense last week, allowing 41 points, but we are talking about Lamar Jackson here. This week, they get a Colts team that is ranked near the bottom half in terms of offensive efficiency, and I believe the Texans stand a good shot at winning this game at home.