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Waiver Wire Week 12 NFL

Well Rush Nation, with most leagues having gone through their trade deadlines this week, we are now at the stage where the Waiver Wire is the only way to replenish your squad. And, with the Chiefs and the Cardinals on bye this week, you might need to dig into the Week 12 Waiver Wire more than ever to find streamable starters. However, never fear, as I am here to help you navigate those waters.

So without further ado, here is those all important Waiver Wire Week 12 picks.


Ben Roethlisberger- 16.5%  Owned @CIN Week 12

Roethlisberger put together an impressive points total in a shootout. He was also forced to throw more, not just to game script, but also due to the knocks and injuries to Najee Harris. However, this week, it looks like Roethlisberger will be in another shootout. Only this time, it will be against divisional rivals the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s thin on the Waiver Wire Week 12 for Quarterback, so having a safer option like Roethlisberger might not be the worst option in the world.

Taylor Heinicke- 12.8% Owned vs. SEA Week 12

Heinicke put up one of the more impressive performances in Week 11 vs the Panthers. And, with decent outings against the Buccaneers and the Broncos previously, he is playing with a bit of confidence and swagger. However, the same cannot be said about the Washington Football Team’s opponents in Week 12, the Seahawks. 

Running Back

Devonta Freeman- 29.8% Owned vs. CLE Week 12

The Waiver Wire Week 12 is very, very slim at Running Back. Freeman is the only serviceable Running Back under 30% owned. Despite only having 80 scrimmage yards, he did find the endzone, and also had 6 receptions. It’s slim as anything, but Freeman is the only plug and play option under 30% owned this week.

Benny Snell Jr.- 0.6% Owned @CIN Week 12

Last week on twitter, I posted a thread explaining why I am legitimately concerned about Najee Harris. And then, on Sunday, Harris gets banged up pretty hard. I am worried that Harris could be out of contention for snaps when the Fantasy Playoffs roll around. Therefore, I am advising you now to pick up and stash Snell. I hope you don’t ever need to use him. However, if you do, at least you won’t need to be in competition on the Waiver Wire for him.

Wide Receiver

Marquez Valdes-Scantling- 3.2% Owned vs. LAR Week 12

I hate myself for this selection. However, any player that gets 10 targets, in a tight, close game that was won (lost for the Packers) in the final seconds, makes me sit up and pay attention. With Allen Lazard banged up, no notable Tight End due to the loss of Tonyan, Valdes-Scantling stepped up. His 4-123-1 day will be an outlier. However, if he does finally own the Rodgers number 2 receiver tag, he should be owned more than he is.

Jamison Crowder- 22.8% Owned @HOU Week 12

How Crowder is not more owned, I just don’t understand. Crowder is good for 6/7 targets a game. And the targets he gets is highly catchable. You can pencil in 12 points a game before kickoff, with the hope he gets a touchdown or goes over that amount. Crowder is an easy flex play most weeks. He has also been relevant with Zack Wilson, Mike White, and now Joe Flacco. Do you need any more proof?

Tight End

Adam Trautman- 6.1% Owned vs. BUF Week 12

I mentioned him last week, and he delivered. You do not need to look at any other Waiver Wire picks for Tight End other that Trautman. 5-58-1 off 8 targets will be good enough for top 12 Tight End numbers every week. And with Siemian at the helm for the next few games, it is now a great chance to have a top 15 TE in your lineup should you be missing Ertz or Kelce this week.


Evan McPherson- 7.2% Owned vs. PIT Week 12

McPherson scored a whopping 21 points this week. Mainly due to his 3 50+ yard Field Goals. He has an incredible leg. And, against the Steelers, I am sure he will be needed once again.


Philadelphia Eagles- 12.6% Owned @NYG Week 12

The Eagles have put up three double digit D/ST performances in the last 4 weeks. This week, they get Daniel Jones and the turnover express at the Meadowlands. The Eagles defense has been under the radar good over the last few weeks. Therefore, I expect this to continue vs the Giants this week. I picked them last week. Some people laughed. They came good. I expect them to come good again.

Don’t forget, all of my Waiver Wire Week 12 picks come from those owned under 30% on ESPN.com Fantasy Football. Also, if you want to hear other suggestions, subscribe to the 5 Yard Rush Podcast and listen to the Waiver Wire Podcast for other suggestions.

Also, tune into listen to all our podcasts this week as we work with you to deliver a ship for you this season. However, until next week Rush Nation, where I will be back for Week Four picks, Keep Rushing!

– Murf (@Murf_NFL

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