Week 12 Waiver Wire
Welcome to the final lap of the regular season. It has been a trying season for fantasy owners, as players and players’ backups have gone out, forcing managers to be creative when filling out their lineups. The waiver wire in most leagues has become thin, and teams are running out of options. Today, we are going to look at some big names, as well as some outside the box options, hopefully allowing you to continue in the hunt for that elusive fantasy title.
Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
Newton took advantage of a favorable matchup by completing 21-of-27 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns while also gaining 46 yards and a touchdown on the run. It looked like he jumped into a throwback machine, and if he can keep it up, he will have a place for teams needing a spark at QB for the playoffs.
Ty Johnson, RB, Jets
Michael Carter is out a couple of weeks, so Johnson might be a flex option in a good Week 12 matchup versus Houston. He will have to compete for touches with Tevin Coleman, but he does some good work in the receiving game, and options are thin out there right now.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Titans
Peterson had 11 carries for 44 yards versus Houston, and although they aren’t fantastic stats, they do show that he’s still as explosive as he’s been all season. The three-headed backfield is a headache for fantasy owners, but there is value in having a team’s goal-line back, even if AD isn’t a huge part of the passing game.
Jaret Patterson, RB, Washington
Patterson has carried the ball 23 times in the last three weeks. Antonio Gibson is struggling this year, and that has opened the door for Patterson to get some meaningful snaps. He faces a great matchup against Seattle and is just the kind of dart throw that you need to win a week if he breaks out.
DeAndre Carter, WR, Washington
In the last three games, Carter has received 15 targets and caught eight of them, including three for scores. He is someone that is quietly putting up decent numbers, with the potential to have a huge game. Washington is dealing with some RB injuries, so expect more passes this week.
Austin Hooper, TE, Browns
Tight ends have had a lot of success against the Ravens’ defense this year. Hooper is a good streamer in Week 12 because Baltimore allows the third-most points to TEs. Hooper was second on the Browns in targets in week 11 and should have a decent number of targets to put up some reasonable numbers.