By: Courtney (Twitter: @luvtractor3)
Week 11 is in the books and what a week it was. From upsets like the Broncos over the Dolphins to Joe Burrow getting hurt and out for the remainder of the year, it was a doozy.
We should be thankful that thus far we have not had to many Covid related cancelations except on our beloved Thanksgiving where we expect to eat, drink, be merry, and watch football…we are now one less game as the Steelers and Ravens have been postponed.
Nonetheless, gather with your loved ones and be thankful for each other and hopefully a Week 12 win with these last-minute waiver wire picks!
Week 12 (Based on .5ppr scoring)
Philip Rivers QB Indianapolis
Okay, so I have talked about him all week on various platforms as Rivers is flying high coming off a win over Aaron Rodgers and The Packers. In the last five games, Rivers has posted over 27 points in three of them. Rivers is only rostered in 12 percent of ESPN leagues, and the waiver wire is thin especially with recent injuries to Brees and Burrows.
Against the Packers, Rivers threw for 288 yards, three touchdowns, and only one interception. Week 12’s matchup versus the Titans could be a shootout considering how in Week 10, Rivers scored 18 points. I expect that number to be 25 or plus in this game. I like Rivers as a Top 12 QB going forward into the playoffs. Rivers is resting this week but expect him to play.
(Week 10 I mentioned Derek Carr, and I hope you grabbed him!)
Taysom Hill QB New Orleans
Unfortunately, Hill might not be available after last week’s TE vs QB debate and now rostered in 78 percent of ESPN leagues. Regardless of the debate, Hill proved himself worthy. Hill started off slow Week 11 but then exploded posting 233 yards plus 51 rushing with two touchdowns.
Hill’s ability to run and pass makes him an intriguing play with Top-10 QB potential. Even Better– The Saints upcoming schedule of Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Kansas City and the unknown of Brees return make Hill an even juicier play. Hill gives the Saints an edge and one I like with Peyton calling the plays!
Tim Patrick WR Denver
We have seen ups and downs by Lock all season, but when he is healthy and slinging it, Patrick seems to be on the receiving end of many balls.
In the last five of seven games, he has either surpassed 100 yards receiving or scored and with Jeudy battling injuries, it’s time to grab Patrick. Rostered in only 16 percent of ESPN leagues, Patrick is worth a look as the Broncos have a favorable schedule of potential shootouts in Weeks 13, 14, and 15.
Week 12 will be more of a test facing the Saints defense, but Jeudy has lingering ankle issues and a new Achilles injury, which might project Patrick into the WR1 slot in Denver.
James White RB New England
Rex Burkhead suffered a knee injury on Sunday and is not expected back, which opens the door for another playmaker in New England to step up. I believe that to be White.
White has great hands and has a great dual-threat as a pass catcher and runner, and the rapport he has with Belichick means he will be called upon against Arizona.
After Burkhead went down, White caught six targets for 64 yards, and that is a number I expect White to meet and exceed in Week 12. Rostered in 43 percent of ESPN leagues, White could be a game-changer down the stretch.
Jordan Akins TE Houston
Well, well, well Watson and the Houston Texans sure did look alive in Week 11, and Akins was a huge part of that. Akins was second on the team in targets and with injuries lingering on the team and the short week, Akins could remain a top receiver for Watson.
Rostered in only 3.4 percent of ESPN leagues, he could be a sneaky stash, though temper expectations as the Texans have to play the Colts twice in the coming weeks. The Texans most likely will be playing from behind and Watson has to throw it somewhere…why not to Akins!