2016 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 12

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 12 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills (41 percent)

One of the most talented receivers in the league, when healthy, Watkins is eligible to return in Week 12 and there appears to be at least a chance that he returns this week. Or at least a "hope." Even if Watkins isn't ready for Week 12, Rex Ryan's comments suggest that his return may not be far behind.

Watkins played in only two games (six catches for 63 yards) this season, but Watkins broke out last year with a 60/1,047/9 line last season and was especially productive down the stretch. Exceeding 100 yards four times over his final six games, Watkins had 35 catches for 679 yards and six touchdowns during that six-game stretch. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect a similar six-game stretch if Watkins returns this week, but there is no other player on the waiver wire that could put a team over the top like Watkins.

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2. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (four percent)

In terms of receptions, A.J. Green (66) and Giovani Bernard (39) rank first and second on the Bengals and now the team will be without both for a significant period of time. Not only did Green tear his hamstring, but Bernard was lost to a torn ACL.

While I'd expect to see a lot more Jeremy Hill and Tyler Eifert, the biggest beneficiary among the team's wide receivers should be Boyd. The rookie out of Pittsburgh had six catches Sunday for 54 yards and a score on eight targets. Not only did he tie season highs in both receptions and targets, but he scored his first touchdown of his career.

Boyd, Brandon LaFell and the Bengals receivers have a favorable upcoming schedule with the Ravens, Eagles and Browns in Weeks 12 to 14. The Ravens have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and the Eagles and Browns are both within the top-12 most generous fantasy defenses to the position this season.

3. Eli Rogers, Pittsburgh Steelers (23 percent)

From Weeks 4 to 8, Rogers played in only one game (Week 6), but he has emerged as the team's No. 2 receiver after Antonio Brown. Rogers caught four-of-six targets on Sunday for only 20 yards, but it was a difficult weather situation with high sustained winds.

Before that, Rogers had six catches for 103 yards on 10 targets in Week 9 and four catches for 42 yards and a score on five targets in Week 10 to finish as a top-30 fantasy performer in each week.

The Steelers will visit the Colts on Thursday Night Football this week in what should be a shootout. The Steelers are three-point favorites and the over/under currently sits at 54.

4. Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (six percent)

Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense has regressed this season, but Lee has taken a huge step forward in his third season. Lee scored his first touchdown of the season last week, but he now has a minimum of four catches and six targets in eight of nine games since Week 2. In addition, Lee has at least 50 receiving yards in five of his past six games.

The biggest concern with Lee is lack of targets in the red zone, but at this point of the season, I'd trust Lee more than I'd trust Allen Hurns, who has just three catches for 22 yards in his past three games combined. Lee is on pace for 67 catches and 870 receiving yards.

5. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (41 percent)

In his past five games, Hill has scored double-digit fantasy points three times and has finished as a top-40 fantasy wide receiver in all but one game during that span. During that five-game span, Hill has seven carries for 71 yards and 23 receptions for 289 yards and two touchdowns on 30 targets.

Dangerous in the open field and used in the vertical passing game more than a 5-foot-10 receiver typically would, Hill is a big play waiting to happen. On the season, Hill ranks second in punt return average (15.8) and he would rank eighth in kickoff return average (23.3) if he had enough returns to qualify among league leaders.

For as long as Jeremy Maclin (groin) continues to miss time, Hill should remain in the WR3 mix. That said, the Chiefs face the Broncos in Week 12.

6. Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee Titans (12 percent)

Sharpe began the season with a 7/76 performance on 11 targets, but that was the exception to the rule over the first month and a half of the season. In his next five games, Sharpe failed to reach 50 receiving yards and averaged only 22.6/G over that span.

Since then, however, he has become more productive. The rookie out of UMass has a minimum of 58 receiving yards in three consecutive games and four of his past five. In addition, he has scored in back-to-back games.

The Titans are a run-first team and Delanie Walker and Rishard Matthews are the team's top-two pass-catching options, but Sharpe could be useful down the stretch in Marcus Mariota's breakout season.

7. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (four percent)

In general, it's a low-volume pass offense for the Vikings, but Thielen has been productive over the past month-plus. In his past six games, Thielen has 24 catches for 373 yards and three touchdowns and has averaged 9.4 fantasy points per game over that stretch.

The Vikings have a favorable matchup on Thanksgiving against the Lions and Stefon Diggs (knee) was listed as "limited" on Monday. Even though the Vikings did not practice on Monday and Diggs is expected to play, it's something to watch.

8. Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals (11 percent)

LaFell's production and efficiency has been inconsistent, but his volume of targets is sure to increase with the injury to Green. While he finished with only four catches for 32 yards on Sunday, LaFell's nine targets were his second-most as a Bengal. Going forward, he should consistently see six-plus targets.

9. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (13 percent)

It's hard to trust any Titans receiver too much, but Wright -- like Sharpe and Matthews -- has played well over the past month and a half, which corresponds to Mariota's hot streak. With a minimum of five fantasy points in five of six games, Wright has a total of 22/353/3 during that six-game stretch. The concern, though, is that he has exceeded five targets in only two of those games.

10. Dorial Green-Beckham, Philadelphia Eagles (four percent)

For the second time in three games, Green-Beckham finished with five catches, 50-plus yards and at least eight targets. Of course, it isn't great that he didn't get his second catch in this game until the fourth quarter, but garbage-time stats count just the same as first-quarter stats.

A big-bodied receiver, DGB scored just his second touchdown of the season last week, but both scores have occurred in the past month. The team's 2015 first-round pick, Nelson Agholor, has been a bust and DGB should at least move ahead of him in the pecking order for playing time and snaps.

11. Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings (five percent)

Patterson had just two targets in his first three games combined, but since then, he has averaged six per game and he has eight in two of his past three games. Patterson has finished as a top-24 fantasy wide receiver in three of those seven games, (not-so) coincidentally when he scored, but he's at least worth a look in deeper leagues.

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