The NFL season is 11 weeks old and with bye weeks still going you need to be on top of making your fantasy football waiver wire claims for the upcoming week. Every year there are a handful of players that come out of nowhere to have big opening weeks and turn into fantasy gold throughout the season. With that in mind we bring to you nine players that fantasy owners should immediately try to get on their teams in Week 12.
Robert Woods is expected to be sidelined for a couple weeks after injurying his shoulder late in Sunday’s loss to Minnesota. Woods had developed into the Rams top receiveing threat so this is a big blow. It is still unclear what the official diagnosis is or exactly how long ‘a couple weeks’ is so this is a situation worth monitoring as more news comes out. While Woods is sidelined, Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp will receive slight bump in targets.
Wendell Smallwood was inactive for Philadelphia’s Week 11 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. Smallwood was a healthy scratch and is behind Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, and Corey Clement on the running back depth chart and behind Kenjon Barner as a kick returner. With all of the above finding varying levels of success, Smallwood does not have any short-term value unless there is an injury.
Corey Clement rushed six times for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys. He added a two-point conversion in the second half as the Eagles had to go for two after losing their kicker in the first quarter. Clement found the end zone for the fourth time in his last two games, but he is currently third in line in Philadelphia’s running back committee behind Blount and Ajayi. His six touches are not exactly a workload you can rely on, but if he continues to produce and prove to have a nose for the end zone, then he could force the coaching staff in Philadelphia to look his way more often.
Kenjon Barner rushed once for a four-yard touchdown and added one reception for 22 yards in Sunday’s win over the Cowboys. Barner admitted in an interview on Monday afternoon that he was not initially supposed to receive the carry that resulted in his touchdown, but he stayed in the game after catching a 22-yard pass down the sideline from Carson Wentz after Wentz rushed the offense to the line. Despite the touchdown, Barner only played two offensive snaps on Sunday and is mostly just a kick and punt returner for the Eagles. On Sunday, he served the additional purpose of frustrating the fantasy owners of Blount, Ajayi, and Clement.
LeGarrette Blount rushed 13 times for 57 yards in Sunday night’s blowout win over the Dallas Cowboys, but he was not one of the two running backs who found the end zone for the Eagles. Blount led all Eagles running backs in both snaps and touches Sunday, but it was Corey Clement and Kenjon Barner who found the end zone. Blount is still the lead back in Philadelphia, but sharing snaps and touches with newcomer Jay Ajayi and undrafted rookie Clement is severely limiting his value.
Jay Ajayi rushed seven times for 91 yards, including a 71-yard run in the second half, and added one reception for 10 yards in Philadelphia’s win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Ajayi split time with incumbent starter LeGarrette Blount and undrafted rookie Corey Clement, but he made the most of his limited touches. He did not get into the end zone on Sunday, but he should continue to get incorporated into Philadelphia’s offense over time, especially if he continues to find success.
Terrance Williams saw seven targets, trailing only Dez Bryant, but caught only four of them for 35 yards in the Cowboys’ Week 11 loss to the Eagles.Dak Prescott was under siege most of the game, so the passing attack struggled as a whole, but it’s encouraging to see Williams with the volume he got. Only Cole Beasley (4=four) saw over two targets besides Williams and Dez Bryant, so Williams seems the firm WR2 on the team still. His volatility makes him an unappealing fantasy option, and with bye weeks now over, he is a desperation start at best, and probably not worth owning. The Cowboys host the Chargers, who boast a strong pass defense on Thanksgiving. Williams should be on your bench if not on your waivers.
Cole Beasley saw four targets come his way in the Cowboys’ Week 11 loss to the Eagles, but caught only two of them for seven yards.On the plus side, he impressed his teammates with a backflip in warmups, but once the game started, Beasley did not have much of an impact. He is far from the fantasy asset of 2016, and is not worth a roster spot at this point, even in relatively deep PPR leagues, as the volume has disappeared. Beasley should not be on fantasy rosters, much less in starting lineups next week when the Cowboys host the Chargers on Thanksgiving.
ESPN’s Field Yates is reporting the Arizona Cardinals have waived RB Andre Ellington on Monday. A healthy scratch in Week 11, Ellington was cut Monday. Faded out of the offense since Adrian Peterson’s acquisition while still an effective receiver out of the backfield, I fully expect Ellington to land with a new club sooner rather than later.
Roger Lewis caught three of four targets for 55 yards on Sunday against the Chiefs.This was a fairly significant effort from Lewis given the conditions, but he obviously has limited value when Sterling Shepard plays. If Shepard again misses Thursday’s game against the Redskins, Lewis would likely be considered a desperation WR4.
Jared Cook hauled in just two of five targets for 36 yards in the Raiders’ Week 11 blowout loss to the Patriots.Jared Cook had been on fire as of late but he was held in check by the surging Patriots defense. Cook’s lackluster performance was a result of the entire Raiders offense struggling to move the ball down the field. Cook remains an integral part of the offense so he can be trusted as an every week starter in fantasy lineups going forward. He should fare much better next week against a Broncos team that has been shredded by tight ends on the year.
Tavarres King caught three of five targets for 48 yards against the Chiefs.King benefitted from Sterling Shepard’s absence, but it’s hard to think of him as fantasy-relevant most weeks. If Shepard misses Thursday’s game against the Redskins, King could be considered a dart-throw WR5, but it’s probably best to avoid him.
Willie Snead caught one of two targets for 12 yards on Sunday against the Redskins.Snead played just 14 snaps, and he’s obviously just a fourth receiver for the Saints. His only chance for relevance appears to be an injury to one of the other receivers, and that’s certainly not worth a bench spot at this point in the season.
Brandon Coleman caught just one of two targets for six yards on Sunday against the Redskins.Considering that Drew Brees finally let loose in the passing game, Coleman’s effort was disappointing. He’s topped two receptions or 54 yards receiving just once this season, and it not a viable fantasy play.