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Through The Wire - Week 12

By Antonio D'Arcangelis | 11/22/22 |

Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive for that elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp.

The waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players that might be available in 12-team PPR leagues. I’ll also provide a brief update on the players I covered the previous week.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.

Week 12 Byes: Nobody!


Ryan Tannehill, TEN vs. Cincinnati – Tannehill gets to face a vulnerable Cincy defense in Week 12 after completing 22-of-27 passes for 333-2-1 in the Titans’ 27-17 win over the Packers on Thursday night.

UPDATE: Jimmy Garoppolo, SF vs. New Orleans – It may seem bizarre to highlight a notoriously weak fantasy football QB in an unexciting matchup, but Garoppolo’s teammates love him, he’s been surprisingly consistent in the 15-20 fantasy point range since Week 4, and he’s coming off his best game of the season against the Cards in a 38-10 victory on MNF (224-4-0). He’s only about 50% owned, the offense is loaded with dynamic options and the 49ers are playing excellent football right now.

Derek Carr, LV at Seattle – Carr’s 307-2-0 in Sunday’s 22-16 win over the Broncos is a promising antecedent to another must-win game in Seattle in Week 12. His rapport with Davante Adams is unmistakable and a big part of his success in the past few weeks.

Other QBs to consider (Week 12 opponents in parentheses): Taylor Heinicke, WAS (vs. ATL); Marcus Mariota, ATL (@WAS; Mac Jones, NE (@MIN); Zach Wilson, NYJ (vs. CHI); Bryce Perkins, LAR (@KC)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Matt Ryan, IND – Ryan completed 23-of-32 passes for 213 yards against Philadelphia on Sunday and faces the poor Steelers secondary in Week 12. Giddyup!

Kenny Pickett, PIT – Pickett completed 25-of-42 passes for 265 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-30 loss to the Bengals. He added two rushing attempts for 14 yards and appears to be trending up heading into the Week 12 matchup with Indy.

Deshaun Watson, CLE – Watson (suspension) remains on track to make his Browns debut Week 13 in Houston.

Samaje Perine

Running Backs

Samaje Perine, CIN at Tennessee – Joe Mixon left Sunday’s game with a concussion and Perine went nuts – catching four passes for 52 yards and three (!) TDs and adding 11 carries for 30 rushing yards. He’ll be the priority add despite the difficult matchup with Tennessee.

Isiah Pacheco, KC vs. Los Angeles Rams – Pacheco rushed 15 times for 107 yards in Sunday’s 30-27 win over the Chargers. He wasn’t targeted in the passing game (that role is mostly handled by Jerick McKinnon) but with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) playing poorly and being phased out even before his latest injury, Pacheco could be in line for the bulk of the rushing work.

Latavius Murray, DEN at Carolina – Murray ran for 49 rushing yards and a score against the Raiders and added 4-23-0 receiving – numbers that could get even better as the Denver backfield thins out and leaves him and Marlon Mack as the top two viable options. The team waived Melvin Gordon on Monday after he fumbled at the goal line and was benched during Sunday’s loss. Chase Edmonds is expected to miss several weeks due to a high ankle sprain suffered in Week 11. Murray has scored four touchdowns in six games, and since Mack has yet to play an offensive snap in 2022, Murray will be a popular add and could be unavailable after waivers run this week.

Damien Harris, NE at Minnesota – Harris (still available in over a third of ESPN leagues) returned to action for New England took a few touches from Rhamondre Stevenson, finishing with eight carries for 65 yards and 2-28-0 receiving yards in Sunday’s 10-3 win over the Jets. The matchup with Minnesota could see both backs do well in Week 12.

Other RBs to consider (Week 12 opponents in parentheses): Marlon Mack, DEN (@CAR); Jerick McKinnon, KC (vs. LAR); Cam Akers, LAR (@ KC)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Elijah Mitchell, SF – UPDATE: Mitchell rushed nine times for 59 yards on Monday night. The Christian McCaffrey trade effectively declawed his fantasy value but there’s still a wisp of relevance as a change-of-pace to CMC.

Jaylen Warren, PIT – Warren left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and Najee bounced back with a stronger game than we’d seen all year.

UPDATE: The injury is not considered significant, but Harris will be the workhorse this week. Benny Snell could fill in the blanks if Warren can’t go.

Rachaad White, TB – The Bucs were on a Week 11 bye.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Demarcus Robinson, BAL at Jacksonville – Robinson had a huge day (9-128-0) in the Ravens’ 13-3 win over the Panthers on Sunday and appears to be settling in as the WR1 in Baltimore after his big week.

Parris Campbell, IND vs. Pittsburgh – Campbell caught five passes for 67 yards on six targets against Philadelphia on Sunday and should continue to see myriad targets alongside Michael Pittman Jr., but Campbell is owned in about half of fantasy leagues while MPJ gets all the love from owners.

Treylon Burks, TEN vs. Cincinnati – Burks hauled in 7-111-0 on eight targets in the TNF win over the Packers and looks to build on his solid rookie campaign in a Week 12 home matchup against the Bengals.

TE Austin Hooper, TEN vs. Cincinnati – Looking for a sneaky TE add? Hooper brought in all four targets for 36 yards and two TDs in Week 12 and gets a solid matchup like his teammate Treylon. He’s sporting a 15-172-2 line over his last five games, but the TE2 upside is there with TD dependence.

Other WRs/TEs to consider (Week 12 opponents in parentheses): Mack Hollins, LV (@SEA); Richie James, NYG (@DAL); TE Juwan Johnson, NO (@SF); TE Logan Thomas, WAS (vs. ATL); Quez Watkins, PHI (vs. GB); Skyy Moore, KC (vs. LAR)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Christian Watson, GB – Watson followed up his Week 10 breakout with another multi-TD game as he brought in four of six targets for 48 yards and two scores on Thursday night. He’s a high-risk, high-reward WR3 moving forward.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, TEN – The Titans offense got going a little on Thursday night, but Burks, TE Austin Hooper and Derrick Henry seemed to fare the best. Westbrook-Ikhine tallied just two measly catches on two targets for 28 yards in the win over the Packers.

Kadarius Toney, KC – Toney left Sunday night’s game with a hamstring injury in the first half and was subsequently ruled out of the remainder of the contest. The second-year WR has an extensive history of hamstring issues over his brief NFL career, so we can’t count on him playing Week 12 against the Rams and the injury could linger into the subsequent weeks.

Darius Slayton, NYG – Slayton had five receptions on 10 targets for 86 yards in Sunday’s 31-18 loss to Detroit, and his fantasy stock should remain up should Wan’Dale Robinson miss time.

Defense/ Special Teams

  • Kansas City vs. LAR
  • Pittsburgh @ IND
  • Seattle vs. LV
  • New York Jets vs. CHI
  • Washington vs. ATL
  • Denver @ CAR