NFL WAIVER WIRE WATCH WEEK 12

2023-11-22 · 3 min read · NFL/Football
Seahawks RB Zach Charbonnet and Ty Chandler

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QB
Jordan Love (Green Bay Packers)
  • Love started the season with three straight top-10 finishes thanks to an unsustainably high touchdown rate. He came down to earth after that point, but he has finished as a top-15 fantasy QB the past three weeks. Love completed 27 of his 40 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns in a Packers victory. He has graded significantly better in the past three games compared to the first eight, which is a great sign for his fantasy value. The Packers have an average schedule, but Love could have a few weeks as a fantasy starter down the stretch. The Packers play the Detroit Lions to kick off the Thanksgiving slate of games. Detroit has allowed plenty of fantasy points to quarterbacks, in part because teams are often passing to catch up.
Derek Carr/Jameis Winston (New Orleans Saints)
  • It would be nice to know who is going to start here but, in all honesty, it doesn't matter that much to me. Carr had been stringing together some decent performances before suffering multiple injuries in Week 10, and Winston is likely the most capable backup in the league (at least fantasy wise). With New Orleans coming off a bye, it seems likely Carr will get the start (barring any unfortunate news) against the Falcons this Sunday. Atlanta's defence is in shambles or at least it was heading into its Week 11 bye. The Falcons allowed 22.9 fantasy points per game to rookie Will Levis, Joshua Dobbs and first-game-back Kyler Murray in Weeks 8 through 10. Whoever starts for the Saints can be streamed in your lineup.
RB
Zach Charbonnet (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Charbonnet has long been on fantasy manager's radars and those who have waited on him must now scramble for the second-round pick heading into Week 12. We log thought Charbonnet was a Kenneth Walker injury away from RB1 upside, now Walker has suffered what is currently being reported as an oblique injury which seems likely to cost him time going forward. For as long as he’s out, Charbonnet is a good flex play, having posted 60-plus scrimmage yards in three of his last four games as the backup. The only reason I'm not shouting this one from the rooftops is the matchups over the next three weeks are tough
Ty Chandler (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Minnesota has been looking for an answer at RB this season without Dalvin Cook and Chandler is looking more and more like it. Chandler was the most productive back in the game on Sunday night at Mile High, picking up 110 total yards on 14 touches while catching all four of his targets. While starter Alexander Mattison more than doubled Chandler's snaps (48 vs. 23), the pair handled similar workloads against Denver. Chandler has taken over the backfield responsibilities that previously belonged to Cam Akers, and the early results have been excellent. He entered the league with 4.38 speed and that elite trait does not go unnoticed on the field. Mattison has been relatively unspectacular to this point in the season, averaging 3.7 yards per carry and suffering from occasional ball-security issues; on top of that he just lacks burst. He's certainly not playing at a level that should prevent Chandler from consistently seeing 10-14 touches per game with room to take more. The Vikings have another prime-time matchup ahead on Monday when they host a vulnerable Bears defence. Chandler can be flexed with confidence in Week 12.
WR
Josh Downs (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Downs was on here before during a blistering October in which he averaged 16.6 fantasy points per game, he cooled down recently scoring eight fantasy points combined in Weeks 9 and 10. However, both those games were rather unfriendly matchups and game scripts. His next two games are against the Buccaneers and Titans, who are among the friendliest opponents for fantasy wide receivers. On top of that the Colts are likely to sling it and Downs seems to be one of Minshew’s go to red zone targets. I’m more than willing to bet on a bounce-back from Downs.
Rondale Moore (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Moore has been a burner since he entered the league, so it's a welcome development to see him using his 4.28 wheels to get deep. He's a week removed from catching five balls on eight targets against Atlanta. Moore finished with 54 total yards on only three touches on Sunday, so the workload does concern me, despite his consistent weekly playing time. Yet this Cardinals offence is clearly more dynamic with Kyler Murray back and Moore seems to be pencilled in as the Wr2/3 and primary deep threat.
TE
Isaiah Likely
  • Likely is poised to become an important part of the Ravens' offence after Andrews' injury last Thursday. Likely has scored 13.1 fantasy points per game in the five career games in which he saw five or more targets. The Ravens and QB Lamar Jackson have shown a preference for high TE usage especially in the red zone. Likely faces a Chargers defence in Week 12 that has given up the fifth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends. Likely is going to get targets and red zone looks, at the TE position this is all I need to know for a streamer
D/ST
New Orleans Saints
  • The Saints main issue is that they need takeaways to score fantasy points, as they’re bottom five in the NFL in sacks per game this season. So, in an ideal world you want them to be facing a quarterback averaging a high number of turnovers. Which QB has the third-most turnovers per game on the year. Well that would be Desmond Ridder, did I mention he was renamed the starter for a struggling Atlanta offence. Well, then. Fire up New Orleans against the Falcons this week.
Other options – Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings
Guys worth a Gander
  • Jayden Reed (WR, Green Bay) - He's a must add but his chest injury needs to be closely monitored.
  • Taysom Hill (TE, New Orleans) - A boom or bust TE play with Top 5 upside, I added him again. What can I say but, no risk it, no biscuit.
  • Matt Stafford (QB, LA Rams) - Thumb injury behind him are big yards ahead?
  • Tutu Atwell (WR, LA Rams) - If Kupp misses time Atwell will return to WR3 status.
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