Week 12 Waiver Wire

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QUARTERBACK

Week 11 Thoughts: There is a bunch of QB news this week. Most notable is that Andrew Luck will miss the Colts game vs the Steelers on Thanksgiving night due to a concussion... Browns rookie signal caller, Cody Kessler, also suffered a concussion this past Sunday and will miss this weeks game. That his second of the season..Robert Griffin III has returned to practice!...Jay Cutler is believed to have a torn labrum which will sideline him for the remainder of the season. If Cutler has indeed started his last game in a Bears uniform it'll be fitting as he'll finish with a 51-51 record as a starter. Think what you will about Jay Cutler but he did re-write the Bears record books. Now that says a lot about the Bears as well...Tom Brady missed practice on Wednesday with a knee injury. It doesn't appear to be a major concern and he should play this week.

Colin Kaepernick - San Francisco 49ers

Ah, yeah guys we're going with Kaepernick again. He's now had over 18 points in 4 of his 5 starts this year. The Miami defense has come on as of late but I think their overall numbers are deceiving given they've gone up against: Goff/Garoppolo, Brissett, Kessler, Fitzpatrick/Petty. As always we can't forget about Kapernick's leg. He's averaged 52 yards rushing per start. Think of that as an extra 25-yard TD pass in most traditional formats.

RUNNING BACK

Week 11 Thoughts: The Packers indicated on Wednesday that Eddie Lacy will be shut down for the season and likely has played his last snap in a Packers uniform...Tevin Coleman is expected to return from a hamstring injury that sidelined him the past 3 games...LeSean McCoy missed the 2nd half of Sunday's game due to a dislocated thumb. He had surgery on Monday to relocate the joint and it sounds like the Bills are expecting him to play this week. Whether or not he'll be able to go likely depends on his grip strength and how he feels about ball security.. Mike Gillislee is back that should be added in case he's not able to go. He's been terrific the past two years when called upon...Jordan Howard caught 1 of 8 targets on Sunday. I'm not sure how that's possible but with that low of efficiency I wouldn't be surprised if we saw Jeremy Langford get a bigger opportunity in the passing game...With trade deadlines coming up I'll recommend trying to buy low on Spencer Ware.

Wendell Smallwood - Philadelphia Eagles

The rookie out of West Virginia may get the start on Monday Night vs the Packers if Darren Sproles (rib) and Ryan Mathews (knee) can't go. Smallwood has done well in limited action this season amassing 253 yards on 57 carries god for 4.4 YPC. Smallwood has nice burst but doesn't have much functional power. He is an asset in the receiving game. 

Rex Burkhead - Cincinnati Bengals

The Nebraska product should take over Gio Bernard's role as the third down receiving specialist. Despite not seeing much work his first 4 years in the league Burkhead is a nice player. I think Burkhead could see upward of 10 touches per game and is more valuable in PPR formats.

Sleeper Running Back

Alex Collins - Seattle Seahawks

Things can change so quickly. Last week Prosise was the add of the week and now he's sidelined until the playoffs at the earliest with a scapula fracture (the same injury Donte Moncrief missed 6 weeks with earlier in the year). With Thomas Rawls showing an inability to stay healthy in recent games Collins is now a top handcuff. The rookie out of Arkansas has nimble feet and runs with power. His playing style is similar to that of Chris Ivory. If he were to be thrust into a bigger role I think you could expected RB2 numbers.

WIDE RECEIVER

Week 11 Thoughts: Donte Moncrief was added to the injury report on Wednesday with a hamstring issue. He is a game-time decision...Stefon Diggs sounds doubtful to play on Thanksgiving vs the Lions with a knee injury...Sammy Watkins declared himself 100% healthy after Wednesday's practice. Right now he's working to get back into playing shape and it's uncertain if he'll give it a go this week. But it's at least promising that he'll be a huge fantasy factor down the stretch. If you recall a couple weeks ago I highlighted Watkins as a preemptive pickup and a big reason for that was because of the rest of season schedule that includes Jacksonville, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Cleveland & Miami...With Matt Barkley under center there is no reason to hold onto Eddie Royal & Cam Meredith...Robert Woods suffered what appears to be a mid-grade MCL injury. He's yet to practice this week and likely will be out some time...AJ Green went down on the 2nd offensive play of the game with what looked like gruesome hamstring injury. The Bengals are saying there was just a minor tear and that he will return this season. While that's great to hear there really isn't any reason to rush Green back if the Bengals aren't in playoff contention. Green might be back for the fantasy playoffs but I'm not getting my hopes up.

Tyler Boyd - Cincinnati Bengals

Tyler Boyd and Brandon Lafell are sure to be popular waiver wire pickups this week with AJ Green sidelined for the foreseeable future. Lafell will likely take over Green's role as the deep threat in the offense with Boyd's role not changing much. The rookie out of Pitt makes his living in the short passing game out of the slot. Lafell has more of the boom/bust upside while Boyd has the safe floor. I'm thinking Boyd should be good for 6 rec, 50 yard games while Green is sidelined.

Marqise Lee - Jacksonville Jaguars

For my money Lee has been one of the most improved players in the league this year. After being overshadowed by the Allen's (Hurns & Robinson) his first two years in Jacksonville, Lee has finally stepped up his game and been the one making spectacular plays this year. Although his ceiling isn't very high, only over 100 yards once, Lee has been targeted at least 6 times in 8 of his last 9 games. Lee is on of things that consistently is working this year so I expect his volume and production to continue the rest of the season.

Sleeper Wide Receiver

Adam Thielen - Mineesota Vikings

With Stefon Diggs questionable for this weeks game Thielen might take on the WR1 duties in the Vikings offense. Thielen has really come on this year and it's not a fluke. Thielen wins with route running and ball skills and has built a strong rapport with Sam Bradford because of this. Thielen's 37 receptions, 518 yards and 3 TDs might not stand out to you but they're impressive when you factor in that he's only been targeted 50 times this season and is in a low volume passing attack. If Diggs is out Thielen becomes a legit WR3.

TIGHT END

Week 11 Thoughts: Bears TE Zach Miller is out for the season with a broken foot. Logan Paulsen is presumed to be the starter. Paulsen has 6 TD in six seasons in the NFL...It stilll seems like it's a 50/50 proposition that Rob Gronkowski will play this week. What a dud by Martellus Bennett last week (1 catch, 14 yards)...With Jacob Tamme out for the rest of the season Austin Hooper will take over the main TE duties. The TE position for Atlanta has been boom or bust this season...Zach Ertz has been on a roll lately. He's caught 6 passes or more the past 3 week. He faces a Green Bay defense that been horrific the past week. I think he's a TE1 this week...Eric Ebron now has three straight games with 70+ yards since returning from injury.

Jared Cook - Green Bay Packers

Jared Cook led the Packers in targets (11), receptions (6) and yards (105) in his first game back from a high ankle injury he suffered in Week 3. Cook had a crucial fumble late in the game but Packer fans saw the deep element that Cook brings to the offense. The Packers finally gave up on the Justin Perillo experiment so it's just Cook and Rodgers at the position. Cook saw twice as many snaps as Rich-Rod last game and that's what I expect going forward. If you're struggling at TE Cook should is a high-upside play the rest of the way.