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Through The Wire - Week 12

By Antonio D'Arcangelis | 11/23/21 |

Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs, and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league. I’ll also provide a brief update on the players I covered the previous week.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.


Taylor Heinicke, WAS – Heinicke keeps getting wins and had one of his best fantasy outings of the season in Week 11, throwing for 206-3-0 and rushing for 29 yards on six carries in the win over Carolina. With Patrick Mahomes and Kyler Murray (who say out Week 11) on bye, he’s one of the more interesting fringe options available, as he’s only rostered in about 13-15% of leagues and faces the beatable Seahawks, who Colt McCoy just ripped up for 328-2-0.

Jimmy Garoppolo, SF – Jimmy G (176-2-0 in the win over Jacksonville in Week 11) is another option, owned in 10-15% of leagues and facing the Vikings and their swiss cheese secondary, a unit that gave up 385 passing yards to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Week 11.

Other QBs to consider: Carson Wentz, (50%), Tua Tagovailoa (35-40%), Trevor Siemian (5%), Tyrod Taylor (5%), Taysom Hill (2-3%)


Mac Jones, NE – Jones (still about 25% owned) had another efficient outing, completing 22 of 26 passes for 207-1-1 and adding 6 rushing yards in the Patriots’ 25-0 win over the Falcons on Thursday night. It’s still a run-first team and the next couple of matchups portend more of the running attack than passing, but I could see teams really stacking against the run in the hopes that Jones will be forced to throw it more.

Cam Newton, CAR – Newton (up to 35-40% ownership) looked decent in his first start of 2021 – completing 21 of 27 passes for 189-2-0 and rushing 10 times for 46 yards and another score – even if he came up short in the loss to Washington. His dual-threat ability should be on display again in the Week 12 matchup versus the Dolphins, a favorable matchup overall.

Dontrell Hilliard

Running Backs

Devonta Freeman, BAL – Freeman (35% owned) rushed 16 times for 49 yards and a touchdown and hauled in all six of his targets for 31 yards in the Ravens’ 16-13 win over the Bears on Sunday. Given his overall production Sunday and the secondary role played by Latavius Murray in his return from an ankle injury, Freeman should remain atop the depth chart during the team’s Week 12 matchup versus the Browns.

Dontrell Hilliard, TEN – Hilliard was elevated from the Titans' practice squad ahead of Sunday's game against the Texans, responding with 35 rushing yards on seven carries and a big PPR day with 8-47-0 on 10 targets. He’s worth adding in 12-team leagues.

Ty Johnson, NYJ – UPDATE: Michael Carter has an injury which could keep hm out a couple of weeks, and that means Johnson will likely assume the bulk of touches in the Jets backfield. He’s a fine replacement with a similar skill set to Carter (though not as nimble a runner) and could rack up a bunch of receptions in PPR leagues. Tevin Coleman is also an option, but it’s hard to get inside the head of anyone in the Jets organization.

Other RBs to consider: Rhamondre Stevenson (50%), David Johnson (25-30%), Trey Sermon (15%), Tevin Coleman (3%), DeeJay Dallas (0-1%), Rex Burkhead (0-1%)


Mark Ingram, NO – Ingram rushed 16 times for 88 yards and once again did well as a receiver with 6-25-0 on eight targets. He also lost a fumble and could lose relevancy once Alvin Kamara returns.

AJ Dillon, GB – Dillon rushed 11 times for 53 yards and caught all six targets for 44 more yards in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Vikings. The injury to Aaron Jones isn’t as bad as expected but Dillon could make one or two more starts.

Alexander Mattison, MIN – Three carries for 5 rushing yards. He’s a glorified handcuff for now.

Jeff Wilson SF – Wilson failed to capitalize on a big opportunity, and Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle did all the scoring again this week. Wilson ran for 50 yards on 19 carries against Jacksonville. Elijah Mitchell (finger) is the more explosive and productive back, but he could mis more time and give Wilson another chance to start in Week 12 against Minnesota.

UPDATE: Mitchell is being called “day-to-day” and that could mean he’s back for Week 12, which greatly diminishes Wilson’s usefulness in fantasy.

Matt Breida, BUF – Breida did well again in garbage time, rushing five times for 51 yards and catching one of two targets for 16 yards in the loss to Indy.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Elijah Moore, NYJ – Moore (still just about 40% rostered) caught eight of 11 targets for 141 yards and a TD in the 24-17 loss to the Dolphins. He added 15 yards on one rushing attempt, is one of the hottest receivers in football, and should be owned in all formats.

TE Adam Trautman, NO – Trautman (5-10% owned) brought in five of eight targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 40-29 loss to the Eagles on Sunday. He’s a popular target and should see plenty of looks in Week 12 facing the Bills in a Thanksgiving night tilt.

TE Pat Freiermuth, PIT – UPDATE: I didn’t notice he was only about 60% owned in ESPN leagues still because he’s taken in all my leagues, large and small. But as a special shout-out to eagle-eyed reader “Jason” (who looks an awful lot like Bill Murray). Freiermuth had 4-11-1 on seven targets in Week 11 and made some enormous mistakes, but Eric Ebron is injured and the Penn St. product could see more looks in Week 12 and beyond – as long as he doesn’t keep flubbing away opportunities. He’s probably not available in your league, but if he is he’s worth adding.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB – Valdes-Scantling (3-5% owned) finally had the breakthrough game we all anticipated in a great matchup – with 4-123-1 on 10 targets. He’s not a the most efficient WR, but he’s relevant in deeper leagues and could have some more big games down the stretch as teams focus on stopping Davante Adams.

Nelson Agholor, NE – Agholor (about 15% owned) had a productive day on TNF, hauling in all five targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Falcons. Agholor’s week-to-week numbers are tough to count on, but he’s got the speed to make a big impact in the Pats’ Week 12 home matchup against the Titans on Sunday.

Other WRs/TEs to consider: TE Hunter Henry (50-55%), TE Tyler Conklin (40%), T.Y. Hilton (20-25%), Jamison Crowder (20-25%), Cedrick Wilson (2%), DeAndre Carter (1-2%), Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (0-1%)


Darnell Mooney, CHI – Mooney (a little over 50% owned now) caught five passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Ravens on Sunday. He led the team with 15 targets, and while he seemed to have good rapport with Andy Dalton after Justin Fields left the game, a couple missed connections prevented him from having an even bigger day. A solid weekly fantasy starter, Mooney should be owned in all formats after this week.

Kendrick Bourne, NE – Bourne secured all four of his targets for 42 yards in the Patriots' 25-0 win over the Falcons on Thursday night. He also rushed once for seven yards and remains a big pat of the game plan for New England – he’s just a better option in deeper leagues.

TE Dan Arnold, JAC – Ouch. No catches for the Jags TE, despite being one of the most targeted tight ends in the league in the five games prior to Sunday – a span in which he saw 38 looks as we detailed in this column.

Bryan Edwards, LV – Also held without a catch. We started out hot but are REALLY cooling off here!

Van Jefferson, LAR – He was on a bye in Week 11, and could be a big part of the game plan against the Packers in Week 12 if they don’t throw much at OBJ.

Tre’Quan Smith, NO – Okay. Smith caught 5-64-0 on eight targets in loss to the Eagles on Sunday, but may have a difficult time producing solid numbers in Week 12 against the Bills on Thanksgiving.