22 Nov Week 12 Waiver Wire: Living Without A.J Green
Colin Kaepernick (SF) @ Miami- Though there are no teams on bye in Week 12, we will leave this here and let the numbers speak for themselves. In his five games as a starter, Kaepernick has averaged 18.6 fantasy points per game. The 49ers offense isn’t particularly good, but Kaepernick offers enough fantasy value as a dual-threat quarterback (he’s already fourth among quarterbacks in rushing yards) to be considered as a streamer for an owner whose normal starter faces a stiff test in a given week. He’s a good depth option to have on the bench or use as a spot-starter. He is an absolute must-own in leagues that can start two QB, either as your second option or in super-flex leagues.
Wendell Smallwood (PHI) vs. Green Bay- We will know more about the injuries that forced Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles to leave the game in Week 11 later this week. In their absence, Smallwood the talented dual-threat rookie out of West Virginia, totaled 79 yards on 17 touches (four receptions, 13 carries). If either of the veteran RB that left Philly’s last game versus Seattle due to injury, are forced to miss any extra time, Smallwood can be a solid addition to a fantasy team reeling for running back help or depth.
Mike Gillislee (BUF) vs. Jacksonville- The Bills announced on Sunday that McCoy underwent a successful procedure on his thumb after their win in Cincinnati, but could possibly suit up and play in Week 12. That’s good news, but Gillislee is a must-add for any McCoy owners as an insurance policy. He’s also a smart add for anyone whose running back depth is in need of work, as he’d be a usable piece in Week 12 if McCoy is unable to play.
Dion Lewis (NE) vs. New York Jets- This has been several weeks in a row that we have recommended you pick up Lewis upon his impending return to the playing field. It came in a relatively small dose (22 snaps), but Lewis showed flashes of why he was one of the unique running backs in football before his season-ending injury in 2015. Lewis had five rushes for 23 yards and three catches for 26 yards, playing two fewer snaps than fellow backfield mate James White. Lewis is the Patriots’ best combo back in terms of rushing and receiving and for some reason is still less than 50 percent owned across most major fantasy website providers.
Tyler B0yd/Brandon LaFell (CIN) @ Baltimore- With A.J Green possibly out for the rest of the season, Cincinnati will have to find ways to piece together some of his production. Boyd, a second-round rookie out of Pittsburgh, led all Bengals wideouts with nine targets in Week 11. He’s not a must-start yet, but he’s likely to be the most talented healthy Bengals wideout now and worth an add. While LaFell isn’t an overwhelming talent, he’s bound to see steady work going forward. He has averaged 5.5 targets per game this season, but it would not be a surprise to see him average eight per game for the rest of the season. If both are available on waiver wire’s and you need immediate help at the position, I would lean towards LaFell as he has been more steadily involved throughout the season. If you were not an owner of A.J Green and do not necessarily need immediate help at the position, Boyd may be the better stash-and-hold player of the two, as he is more talented than LaFell and will just need to gain the trust of Dalton moving forward.
Marqise Lee (JAX) @ Buffalo- Finally Lee is starting to look like the player Jacksonville thought they were getting when they drafted him in the first round. If you asked me who I would take as the No.2 WR behind Allen Robinson right now, it would not be last year’s darling Allen Hurns. Lee would be that guy for me, as he has four catches in three straight games and at least four catches in 8-of-10 games this season. He’s a deeper-league add who can be used in PPR leagues. Lee has made significant strides in his third pro season.
Malcolm Mitchell (NE) @ New York Jets- The reviews on Mitchell from New England have been strong since shortly after he was drafted in the fourth round this past year. He’s in a bit of a logjam on the Patriots’ receiver depth chart, though Week 11 was an opportunity for him to flex his talent. With Chris Hogan out, Mitchell piled up four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. If Hogan misses Week 12, Mitchell will enter consideration for lineups in deep leagues. He’s a speculative add given his talent and the offense he plays in.
Jared Cook (GB) @ Philadelphia- Cook has been enticing in the fantasy world for quite some time. He has outstanding athletic ability, but that has not frequently translated to output on the field, especially during a long stretch of playing with average quarterbacks. Now healthy and catching passes from Aaron Rodgers, Cook exploded Sunday night for six catches, 105 yards and a touchdown. Yeah, he’ll be on the border of a tight end starter in Week 12 based on what we saw in Week 11.
Vance McDonald (SF) @Miami- If you are a Zach Miller owner (or a Gronk owner, should he miss Week 12), McDonald is on the tight end radar. He has at least 50 receiving yards or a touchdown in three straight games, and Kaepernick has kept up his fantasy-steady quarterback play of late.
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