League Office: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire – Week 12

In honor of the upcoming Turkey Day, the Fantasy Sports Chef is going to treat this fantasy football waiver wire post a little differently than usual.

For starters, I’ll be keeping it short. There’s a lot of us traveling and preparing our homes for quite a few visitors, so I won’t take up too much of your time here.

Secondly, let’s make a Thanksgiving meal out of what’s available on the waiver wire to help fantasy managers over the holiday week.

Lastly, the “food” portion of this post will focus solely on Thanksgiving Day fantasy options. But don’t worry, there always are leftovers that last until the weekend.

So, with that let’s delve into some delicious parts (and some necessary, yet mediocre ones) of holiday feasts.

Turkey Leg

Sometimes you just need to get your hands on one of these oversized drumsticks and channel your inner caveman or cavewoman. While there are several small bones to pick around, ripping into a turkey leg is a favorite tradition for some. However, make sure to stake your claim early as there are only two per bird.

WR Anthony Miller (ownership: 49% ESPN, 42% Yahoo)

WR Tre’Quan Smith (13% ESPN, 25% Yahoo)

  • Perhaps there is no better representation of a pair of sacred Thanksgiving drumsticks as these two rookie receivers who are widely available on the waiver wire. Both have fantastic matchups, as Anthony Miller and the Chicago Bears face a Detroit Lions team that struggles to cover and tackle. In the last two weeks, Miller and fellow rookie D.J. Moore of Carolina Panthers combined for 12 catches, 279 yards, and two touchdowns. New Orleans Saints rookie wideout Tre’Quan Smith also has an extremely tasty matchup on Thanksgiving Day, as the Atlanta Falcons come to town. The Saints’ offense is on fire, and Smith is coming off a breakout Week 11 game in which he had 10 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown. Go ahead and call dibs on the turkey legs and feast on their fantasy points.
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Carved Turkey

The staple of Thanksgiving Dinner, these slices of the bird fill millions of bellies and bring about the bliss of an afternoon nap, or what the Chef likes to call a food coma.

QB Mitchell Trubisky (ownership: 79% ESPN, 79% Yahoo)

  • His ownership rate across the main fantasy platforms means Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is not available in most leagues. But considering his production, he shouldn’t be available in any league. Trubisky burned his Thanksgiving Day date (the Detroit Lions) for more than 30 fantasy points two weeks ago. If available, fill your plate and buck the spirit of Thanksgiving by leaving only scraps for your league-mates.

Tofurky

A vegan option for those who don’t fancy themselves as carnivores. While not as good as the real thing, it serves its purpose for those on the special diet.

QB Dak Prescott (ownership: 45% ESPN, 48% Yahoo)

  • While the Dallas Cowboys’ matchup with Washington doesn’t look too enticing on paper for quarterback Dak Prescott, the visitors from the nation’s capital are on the road on a short week and dealing with the emotions of not only losing a close game and watching their division lead shrink, but also lost their starting quarterback for the season. Prescott and the Cowboys could take advantage and offer a filling option for fantasy managers, even if it doesn’t sound as appetizing as real turkey.

The Fixin’s

No Thanksgiving feast is complete without all the peripherals — potatoes, gravy, rolls, stuffing, green beans, sweet potatoes and maybe even a casserole.

RB Theo Riddick (ownership: 33% ESPN, 32% Yahoo)

TE Benjamin Watson (ownership: 46% ESPN, 60% Yahoo)

K Matt Bryant (ownership: 33% ESPN, 46% Yahoo)

  • Admittedly, some Thanksgiving trimmings are better than others. And depending on which family member prepared them, some are downright unappetizing. But the right thing to do is to put a helping on your plate, smother it in gravy and choke it down. Lions running back Theo Riddick may require some gravy because of his matchup with a Bears defense that made Minnesota Vikings tailback Dalvin Cook look awful. But Riddick’s involvement in the passing game, combined with the expected absence of rookie backfield-mate Kerryon Johnson, should make the receiving threat a solid PPR play on the holiday. Also, a nice play is Saints tight end Ben Watson, who gets to go against a soft Atlanta Falcons secondary. Speaking of the Falcons, kicker Matt Bryant gets a dome matchup, which should make feel at home. The emergence of the Saints’ defense makes Bryant and all the Falcons a bit of risk, sound kickers who are playing indoors are of a limited quantity this week.
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Leftovers

Just because you don’t get to eat all of it in one day doesn’t mean it won’t still be good when you get to it. Turkey sandwiches are fantastic, and getting to mix together those potatoes, stuffing, and gravy when you reheat is a true delight.

QB Lamar Jackson (ownership: 22% ESPN, 18% Yahoo)

QB Baker Mayfield (ownership: 38% ESPN, 41% Yahoo)

RB Josh Adams (ownership: 28% ESPN, 32% Yahoo)

RB Gus Edwards (ownership: 0% ESPN, 3% Yahoo)

WR D.J. Moore (ownership: 32% ESPN, 39% Yahoo)

This section is all rookies. But their lack of expanded NFL experience doesn’t make them bad options.

  • At quarterback, Baltimore Ravens first-rounder Lamar Jackson looked good running the ball in his first start last week. While he didn’t wow with his arms and was rather limited in his passing attempts, a date with the Oakland Raiders this week makes him a solid play. The Raiders don’t get much pressure on quarterbacks and struggle to both tackle and contain plays. Jackson could be in line for a big day. The same big day appears to be on the horizon for Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. It doesn’t get any better than a matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, who are giving up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
  • At running back, Philadelphia Eagles rookie Josh Adams is the top tailback waiver target this week. He’s seen his role grow recently and has outplayed his teammates in the wake of the season-ending injury to starter Jay Ajayi. Ravens rookie Gus Edwards is a hot name on the waiver wire this week as well coming off 115 rushing yards and a score against the Bengals in Week 11. However, Edwards does come with risk. The Ravens benched Alex Collins in the second half of that game to ride the hot hand of Edwards. This approach leaves Edwards susceptible to benching should he cool off. As far as his profile as a running back, he does well to find open holes and excels at gaining blocked yardage. While this skill set doesn’t lend itself to being a star, a friendly schedule and the advantage of having some holes open up in the middle as defenses fan out to contain Jackson could lead to some big games ahead for Edwards.
  • At receiver, Panthers receiver D.J. Moore is back in good graces after torching the Lions. Moore did disappoint in the two games prior, but the talent and opportunity are both there for Moore. Not to mention, he has one of the easiest remaining fantasy schedules among receivers with matchups against the Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, and Atlanta Falcons among the opponents on his upcoming slate.
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