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Dynasty Waiver Wire: Week 12

by Ryan McDowell

In this weekly series, I will highlight players that are speculative adds in deeper dynasty leagues, since the majority of players often covered in typical waiver wire columns have long been rostered.


No matter how deep your league is or how large the rosters, you should always keep a watch list of players you are considering adding, should the opportunity present itself. The group of names below will help you form that list. 


I will note that the data presented is based on all Yahoo leagues, not just those designated as keeper or dynasty. 


First, let’s look back at last week’s waiver wire suggestions that gained value, with current Yahoo ownership percentages and percentage change in parentheses.


Josh Reynolds, LAR (44%/+43%)

Rashaad Penny, SEA (50%/+36%)

Theo Riddick, DET (32%/+20%)

Josh Adams, PHI (32%/+19%)

Jeff Heuerman, DEN (24%/+19%)

Lamar Jackson, BAL (18%/+11%)

Keke Coutee, HOU (30%/+11%)

Donte Moncrief, JAX (22%/+11%)

Brandon Marshall, NO (17%/+10%)

Jonnu Smith, TEN (7%/+6%)

Josh Rosen, ARI (6%/+2%)

Malcolm Brown, LAR (7%/+2%)

Gerald Everett, LAR (2%/+1%)



Not all recommended players gain dynasty value from week to week. Here are some players mentioned in last week’s article whose ownership percentage took a hit over the past week.


Chris Herndon, NYJ (7%/-6%)

Elijah McGuire, NYJ (14%/-4%)

John Ross, CIN (13%/-4%)






1)        Lamar Jackson, BAL (18%)

2)        Jameis Winston, TB (10%)

3)        Josh Rosen, ARI (6%)

4)        Josh Allen, BUF (2%)

5)        Colt McCoy, WAS (0%)


In the words of Ravens HC John Harbaugh, rookie QB Lamar Jackson was “spectacular” in his starting debut on Sunday. Jackson led his team to a win, became the first QB ever to rush for 100+ yards in his starting debut and set the Super Bowl era record for rushing attempts by a quarterback. He’s likely to start again in Week 12, too. We might be witnessing the end of the Joe Flacco era in Baltimore…The Bucs continue the flip-flopping, keeping dynasty owners’ heads spinning. After veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled, he was benched in favor of QB Jameis Winston, who played well and nearly led Tampa Bay to a comeback victory. Winston has already been named the starter for Week 12…Cardinals rookie QB Josh Rosen posted his first career three-touchdown game in a losing effort as the Cardinals Offense continues to improve under OC Byron Leftwich…The Bills expect rookie QB Josh Allen soon, possibly as early as Week 12. Make sure he’s rostered in 2QB leagues…If you’re really, and I mean REALLY desperate for help at the quarterback position, check your waiver wire for new Redskins starter Colt McCoy. Veteran QB Alex Smith’s season is over after breaking multiple bones in his leg and McCoy is expected to start for the remainder of the season.


Running Backs


1)        Gus Edwards, BAL (3%)

2)        Elijah McGuire, NYJ (14%)

3)        LeGarrette Blount, DET (9%)

4)        Malcolm Brown, LAR (7%)


Lost in the debut of QB Lamar Jackson was the emergence of undrafted rookie RB Gus Edwards, who carried 17 times for 115 yards, making him the first Baltimore RB to hit the 10—yard rushing mark all season. At this point in the year, if Edwards is on your waiver wire, and he probably is, spend all remaining FAAB money to acquire him…The Jets were on bye, so you might have forgotten that RB Elijah McGuire was in the process of supplanting RB Isaiah Crowell as the primary back. Take a look at him, especially in PPR leagues…Lions rookie RB Kerryon Johnson suffered a knee injury that has him labeled as week to week and he will miss this week’s Thanksgiving Day game. Detroit is likely to use a committee attack but it will be RB LeGarrette Blount who sees the short-yardage carries…We saw a bit of an injury scare for Rams RB Todd Gurley against the Chiefs, which is just a reminder that his backup RB Malcolm Brown should be owned in all dynasty leagues as the season winds down.


Wide Receivers


1)        Curtis Samuel, CAR (2%)

2)        Trey Quinn, WAS (1%)

3)        Zay Jones, BUF (1%)

4)        Marcell Ateman, OAK (0%)

5)        John Ross, CIN (13%)

6)        Keith Kirkwood, NO (0%)

7)        Bruce Ellington, DET (0%)


Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is quietly putting together a nice season. After a WR10 game in Week Nine, Samuel posted another big game in Week 11. His role and opportunity has been growing by the week…Redskins rookie WR Trey Quinn made his debut in Week 11, earning the start and catching all four targets for 49 yards. Considering the struggles of Washington wide receiver corps, Quinn could quickly ascend the depth chart…Another forgotten player due to the bye week is Bills WR Zay Jones. Jones has at least five targets in five straight games and was the WR7 in Week 10…The Raiders are not necessarily a team fantasy players should target but rookie WR Marcell Ateman is suddenly looking like their top receiver due to injuries to multiple veterans. Ateman led the team with a 4/50 line last week…The Bengals desperately miss superstar WR A.J. Green but second-year WR John Ross has scored in back to back games and three of his last four…The Saints activated WR Keith Kirkwood from the practice squad two weeks ago and he has caught five of his eight targets for 78 yards in his first two games. He’s worth a stash in deep dynasty leagues, as are most pass-catchers playing with QB Drew Brees…Fantasy players have been searching for the player that would take WR Golden Tate’s spot in Detroit following his trade to the Eagles. Based on Week 11, that player might be WR Bruce Ellington, who caught six passes for 52 yards. He’s a desperation play in PPR leagues but worth a look as WR Marvin Jones continues to deal with a leg injury.


Tight Ends


1)        Gerald Everett, LAR (2%)

2)        Chris Herndon, NYJ (7%)

3)        Jonnu Smith, TEN (7%)

4)        Cameron Brate, TB (19%)

5)        Adam Shaheen, CHI (0%)


You saw the game last night, right? Our own Evan Silva told everyone to add Rams TE Gerald Everett in your dynasty leagues a couple weeks ago and he’s scored three touchdowns since then. Get as many pieces of this Rams Offense as possible…Many fantasy players seem to have forgotten about Jets rookie TE Chris Herndon while he was on bye last week. The Miami product has a five-gram streak as the TE21 or better. He’s a solid dynasty TE2…Another young TE who has really shown up in recent games is Titans second-year man Jonnu Smith. He’s been the TE9 or better in each of the past three games…Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard suffered an ankle injury in Week 11 and could miss some time. Until we know more about the injury, veteran TE Cameron Brate becomes a must-own player…The Bears activated sophomore TE Adam Shaheen from the IR last week. He didn’t play much in his first game back but did catch a two-point conversion. He will have a chance to eat into the playing time and targets of TE Trey Burton over the next few weeks, especially in the red zone.


Players on Injured Reserve worth stashing for 2019 (under 20%) Hunter Henry, D’Onta Foreman, Marqise Lee, Derrius Guice, Deon Cain, Delanie Walker, Tyler Eifert, Jerick McKinnon, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jake Butt, Rex Burkhead, Jay Ajayi, Bilal Powell, Will Fuller