Waiver Wire Targets Week 12 2017

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal
Week 12: Waiver Wire Targets
By: Armando Marsal

The bye weeks are finally over, but injuries remain a big factor for fantasy owners and the best way to go about it is to make the waiver wire a priority. Even if you are not dealing with injuries or need immediate help, it is always good to be proactive and adding depth to your roster as you head into the playoffs is a good idea. If you are still hanging onto a player who has not produced up to your expectations and there are players on the waiver wire available who are producing, now might be the time to part ways with that player on your bench who is collecting dust, for a player who you would be able to plug in and play if needed. The waiver wire may be thin in your leagues, but for the most part there is usually a player or two that can add value to your roster. With that said, let’s take a look at some of this week’s top waiver wire targets.


Ryan Fitzpatrick – Bucs: Fitzpatrick will draw another start for the Bucs as Jameis Winston nurses his shoulder injury. At this point it is uncertain when Winston will return and the Bucs have a couple of favorable matchups in their upcoming games. If you are dealing with injuries at this position or do not have a strong option on a week-to-week basis, Fitzpatrick can be a serviceable quarterback in favorable matchups.

Others to consider: Tyrod Taylor - Bills

Running Back

Dion Lewis – Patriots: The Patriots backfield is a guessing game most weeks, but Lewis has been a steady contributor in his last five games with at least 10 rush attempts in each of those games and three touchdowns during that stretch. He also accounts for 22.7 percent of the team’s red zone rushes, which is second behind Mike Gillislee who has been a healthy scratch in two straight games. The Patriots host the Dolphins in Week 12, a defense that has been absolutely abysmal against the run for the majority of the season.

Samaje Perine - Redskins: The Redskins lost Chris Thompson for the remainder of the season in Week 11 and were already without Rob Kelley, so they will have to hand the keys over to Perine. Prior to this past week, Perine did not do much with his opportunities, but in Week 11 he rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. The Redskins play against the Giants on Thanksgiving, a defense that has been very generous to opposing backs. With all the injuries on this backfield, Perine should receive a heavy workload for the Redskins moving forward.

Others to consider: Danny Woodhead – Ravens, Devontae Booker – Broncos, Damien Williams- Dolphins, Jamaal Williams – Packers, J.D. McKissic - Seahawks

Wide Receiver

Josh Doctson – Redskins: Doctson has received seven targets in back-to-back games and is becoming a bigger part of this offense. He has yet to erupt for a huge game, but he did record a season-high in yards last week and has found the pay dirt three times this season. He is a receiver that could continue to see decent volume moving forward and offers some appealing upside. His Week 12 matchup is one that favors him against a below average Giants defense.

Corey Coleman – Browns: Coleman was peppered with 11 targets in Week 11 and will likely remain a high-volume receiver moving forward. For starters, the Browns will almost always be playing from behind and secondly, Coleman is a very talented receiver, arguably the best one on this offense. Even with DeShone Kizer under center, the amount of looks that Coleman should get is good enough to consider him a low-end WR3/ high-end WR4 with plenty of upside for the rest of the season.

Others to consider: Kenny Stills – Dolphins, Marqise Lee – Jaguars, Cooper Kupp - Rams

Tight End

Tyler Kroft – Bengals: If you are streaming tight ends this week, Kroft should be on your priority list off of waivers. The targets have been inconsistent, but he still plays a lot of snaps for the Bengals. He scored in Week 11 and draws a very nice matchup against the Browns in Week 12. Kroft comes with a low floor due to the low volume, but also has displayed nice upside on multiple occasions this season. He could be helpful this week for those in need of a tight end.

Others to consider: Greg Olsen – Panthers

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