Fantasy Football: Some Waiver-Wire Options Heading into Week 12
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Every week, we compile a list of potential additions to your fantasy squad(s) that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in either the short- or long-term (or both).
For a player to appear on this list, he needs to satisfy two criteria: (1) he is owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) he was not on last week's waiver-wire list.
Even though you should add Jennings if he's available in your league (currently owned in 59 percent of Yahoo! leagues), he won't appear on this week's list since he fails to meet either of our self-imposed criteria.
That said, let me repeat: If Jennings is available in your league, add him!
Since Darren McFadden aggravated his hamstring injury three weeks ago, no player has more yards from scrimmage than Jennings (431) during that three-game stretch.
Even though several teams have been on bye during that span, the running backs that round out the top five in YFS over the past three weeks are LeSean McCoy (391), Marshawn Lynch (365), Alfred Morris and Matt Forte (353).
It's unclear whether McFadden will be able to return to the field this week, but Jennings should still get plenty of work once McFadden returns.
"(Jennings has) been a guy we've called on to come in and run the ball and he's done a great job at it,'' [coach Dennis] Allen said, per Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune. "As he continues to run the ball like he's doing, he's going to continue to get opportunities to run the ball.''
Even better, Jennings has a favorable matchup this week against the Titans, who have allowed exactly two touchdowns to running backs in five consecutive games.
Here's a new list of players to consider adding to your fantasy squad (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):
QB - Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (owned in 34 percent of Yahoo! leagues)
Going into the Monday Night Football matchup, no quarterback had more passing yards (419) than Palmer this week. While he had a favorable matchup against the Jaguars, it was his highest total since 2006. On the season, Palmer has still thrown more interceptions (15) than touchdowns (14). With multiple touchdown passes in three consecutive games, however, Palmer has a six-to-two TD-to-INT ratio during that span.
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RB - Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26 percent)
With the multiple season-ending injuries to the Bucs' running backs, it was Brian Leonard (33-percent owned) that was added more so than Rainey last week. With Rainey's 34-point performance on Sunday, however, Rainey will soon become owned in many more leagues than Leonard.
It would be unreasonable to expect 30 carries (or 163 rushing yards or three touchdowns) on a weekly basis from Rainey, but he should be the guy in Tampa going forward with RB2 potential. In the past two games, he has 208 rushing yards, 15 receiving yards and a total of four touchdowns.
RB - Montee Ball, Denver Broncos (36 percent)
With Knowshon Moreno still clearly the featured back in the Broncos offense, Ball scored two touchdowns in the team's Sunday night win over the Chiefs. It was Ball's third rushing touchdown in the past three games and Ball has lots of upside in the event that Moreno ever misses any time.
RB - Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns (nine percent)
It was expected that Ogbonnaya's role would expand at the expense of Willis McGahee, who had 21 carries for only 31 yards the previous week, and it did. Ogbonnaya had only eight carries but he added six receptions on 12 targets and finished with 99 yards from scrimmage. He now has 21 receptions in his past five games.
RB - Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints (25 percent)
Ingram is not an ideal fit for the Saints offense and I'd prefer both/either Pierre Thomas or Darren Sproles over him. That said, Ingram has talent and is perhaps the healthiest he's been as a pro. In his past three games, Ingram has 24 carries for 189 yards, which averages to 7.88 yards per carry, and three receptions for 19 yards.
RB - Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings (one percent)
Bothered by a groin injury, Adrian Peterson is playing at less than 100 percent. While I expect Peterson to continue to play through the injury, Gerhart is certainly worth adding for Peterson owners or those in deeper formats just in case.
Note: Colts RB Donald Brown would clearly be on the list if he weren't on last week's list and I'd prefer Brown over all running backs on this list with the exception of Rainey.
WR - Rishard Matthews, Miami Dolphins (22 percent)
While he wasn't as productive as he was in Week 10 (11/120/2 on 14 targets), Matthews had four receptions for 52 yards in Week 11 against the Chargers. Matthews should continue to see plenty of targets going forward with WR3 upside.
WR - Jerricho Cotchery, Pittsburgh Steelers (21 percent)
If you like your receivers to catch touchdowns, then you should like Cotchery, who extended his scoring streak to three games with his fifth score over that span. On the season, Cotchery has 34 receptions for 503 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns.
Depending on the status of Emmanuel Sanders, who left Sunday's game with a foot injury, Cotchery could see even more targets in Week 12 although he's been plenty involved in the offense either way.
WR - Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers (41 percent)
Rookie receiver Keenan Allen has been so productive and has emerged as the team's clear No. 1 receiver, but he left Sunday's game with a knee injury. At this point, it appears that he has avoided a major injury as coach Mike McCoy described him as being "fine." If Allen is unable to play in Week 12, Brown should see more targets than usual against the Chiefs.
WR - Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams (28 percent)
Givens has failed to break out this season the way some had expected, but he has been relatively productive in the past three games before the Rams' bye. In each of those games, Givens had more 50 receiving yards. That said, he has yet to score a touchdown this season and there is limited upside with Kellen Clemens under center.
WR - Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions (11 percent)
Since breaking his arm in a car accident trying to save his pizza, Burleson may be ready to return in Week 12. While he may not have a ton of upside, he's a steady option in the Lions' pass-first offense. In his three games before the injury, Burleson had at least six receptions in all three games and a total of 23 catches for 239 yards.
WR - Marquise Goodwin, Buffalo Bills (two percent)
One of the fastest men on the planet, Goodwin and the Bills are on bye this week but he could see an expanded role within the team's offense even if both Robert Woods and Stevie Johnson are back in the lineup in Week 13. Goodwin had six receptions for 98 yards and a score with Johnson and Woods out on Sunday.
WR - Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers (one percent)
With Sanders leaving Sunday's game early, Wheaton had three receptions for 38 yards. One of the faster receivers in this year's draft class, Wheaton was a third-round pick by the Steelers and has the speed to stretch the field.
TE - Garrett Graham, Houston Texans (25 percent)
For the first time in five weeks, Graham scored a touchdown. In addition, he set season highs with seven receptions on 13 targets for 136 yards.
Graham gets a plus matchup in Week 12 as the Jaguars have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.
TE - Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (21 percent)
In primetime against the Colts last week, Walker set season highs with 10 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown although he been very productive recently. Walker has scored a touchdown and finished with double-digit fantasy points in three of his past four games.
TE - Rob Housler, Arizona Cardinals (13 percent)
Before he suffered a high-ankle sprain in the preseason, Housler was one of my favorite tight ends to break out along with Jordan Cameron. Over the past four weeks, Housler's had three solid games (more than 50 yards) including a season-high 70 yards in Week 11.
I will release my initial Week 12 rankings late tonight (or early Tuesday morning) and they can be found here on my weekly rankings page.