As the Redskins lose their running backs to injury, Samaje Perine is the top waiver add
Fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief now that the bye weeks are officially over. At this point, the waiver wire should be used to increase depth on your team. Handcuffs should be grabbed for running backs, and players that can fill in if needed should be added. Fantasy owners can look ahead to the playoffs and add players that may be coming off injury (Aaron Rodgers, David Johnson) or players that have good matchups. At this point of the season, if you're not going to start the guy or you're still waiting for him to have a breakout game, drop him.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills (40 percent owned)
Some fantasy owners may have dropped Taylor after he was benched for Nathan Peterman before Week 11. The Peterman experiment appears to be over (5 INTs in one half will do that), so Taylor will be back under center. The benching was surprising, given that Taylor is in the top 15 for fantasy points among quarterbacks on the year. His real-life value was just as solid. Regardless, he makes plays with his legs, which amount to fantasy points as well as his ability to score. He faces Kansas City in Week 12.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9 percent owned)
Without bye weeks, Fitzpatrick may not be an option in most one-quarterback leagues. However, Jameis Winston has already been ruled out for Week 12 as Jameis Winston’s shoulder is still an issue. Fitzpatrick has thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of the past three games (when he filled in for Winston mid-game in Week 9 and starting the next two games). The Buccaneers face the Falcons in Week 12, and they have allowed a rushing touchdown to opposing quarterbacks in each of the past three weeks. Can Fitzpatrick run one in?
Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins (35 percent owned)
With Rob Kelley already on injured reserve and Chris Thompson likely heading there, the Redskins backfield consists of Perine and undrafted RB Byron Marshall, who was signed from the Eagles’ practice squad last week. The bottom line is that this is going to be Perine's job, even with his ball security issues. He's the top waiver priority this week and a RB2 for the rest of the season.
Damien Williams, RB, Miami Dolphins (35 percent owned)
In Week 11, Williams started the game with a 69-yard run, which led to more carries. Unfortunately he only managed nine more rushing yards for the rest of the game, but it did eat into Kenyan Drake's workload. Neither has really stood out to be the RB to own, and picking which one to start each week is going to be a dart throw. Both are semi-involved in the passing game, and the hot hand each week will likely see the most carries.
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos (8 percent owned)
The C.J. Anderson era in Denver appears to be over. While Jamaal Charles is in the mix, Booker was on the field for more snaps than Anderson in Week 11. He's not a recommended fantasy start at this point, but a player to keep on a deep bench just in case. He had 44 rushing yards and caught five passes for 54 yards in Week 11. In PPR formats, he's worth adding for depth.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins (38 percent owned)
When Matt Moore is in the game, he looks for Stills. His stat line with Moore in Week 11 was six receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown. Since Moore only threw for 180 yards, that only leaves 26 yards for the rest of the team. Jay Cutler suffered a concussion in Week 11, and his Week 12 status won't be known until the end of the week. However, if Moore is the starting quarterback, Stills jumps to WR2 territory.
Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns (32 percent owned)
Against the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of the best defenses in football this year (they allow the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and opposing wide receivers), Coleman caught six passes for 80 yards on 11 targets. The only other player to have more than 75 receiving yards against the Jaguars? Antonio Brown. Back from injury and clearly healthy, Coleman is going to be the focal point of the Browns’ offense. He faces the Bengals in Week 12, and is a WR3 with upside.
Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills (7 percent owned)
With Jordan Matthews and Kelvin Benjamin both dealing with knee injuries, Zay Jones becomes the No. 1 receiver by default. He's dealt with drops all season, but the Bills are going to need someone to step up. He had four receptions for 68 yards in Week 11, and that was with Nathan Peterman and an offense that looked awful. He's worth an add in deeper leagues for Week 12 with Tyrod Taylor back under center.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills (33 percent owned)
Fantasy owners just looking at the stat line (3/27/0) aren't going to be impressed with Clay after Week 11. However, keep in mind that half of that game was with Nathan Peterman struggling mightily. There’s a good chance Tyrod Taylor will get the start in Week 12. Additionally, Clay’s line could have been much better but there were two touchdowns (on the same drive) that weren't (one was a drop, the other one was offensive pass interference). Had he added a touchdown, he'd be more appealing, but he is still a TE1.
O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22 percent owned)
Howard has been up and down all season, however, he had three receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown this past Sunday. (He didn't have any catches in Week 10). The Bucs face the Falcons in Week 11, who just allowed Jimmy Graham to score a touchdown. Howard is more of a stash or a desperation add, but with injuries, he may be worth adding for depth in deeper leagues.
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Cincinnati Bengals (41 percent owned)
Unfortunately there aren't a lot of great streaming options for Week 12. The Washington Redskins (7 percent owned) play the New York Giants on Thanksgiving night, but the Redskins are pretty banged up and it's a short week. The Bengals face the Cleveland Browns, who despite getting Corey Coleman back, still aren't very good. They are quite turnover-prone and this game is in Cincinnati, which does help the Bengals.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.