Monday, November 23, 2020

Week 12 Fantasy Football QB Waiver-Wire Rankings

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

With that said, here are some quarterback waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 12 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by our preference to add.]

1. Daniel Jones, New York Giants (28%)

A popular sleeper pick in the preseason, Jones has failed to live up to the hype. The second-year quarterback has thrown more interceptions (nine) than touchdowns (eight) this season and has zero 300-yard passing games. Through 10 games, he has surpassed the 250-yard mark only twice -- 279 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 and 256 yards vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8.

Looking forward, there is reason for cautious optimism.

From a fantasy perspective, Jones has been more productive recently. In his four games before the team's Week 11 bye, Jones scored at least 18 fantasy points in three games. During that four-game span, he has finished as fantasy's weekly QB11, QB14, QB24 and QB8, respectively.

Much of his fantasy scoring has been derived from his rushing ability as he now has at least 64 rushing yards in three of his past five games. With 384 yards on the ground this season, Kyler Murray (619) and Lamar Jackson (575) are the only quarterbacks with more in 2020.

All four of his upcoming opponents -- Bengals, Seahawks, Cardinals and Browns -- rank amongst the 12th-most generous fantasy defenses to opposing quarterbacks this season.

2. Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (42%)

With Drew Brees placed on IR, it was Hill -- not Jameis Winston -- that drew the Week 11 start, the first of his career. From a fantasy and team (a win) perspective, it was a successful debut as a starter.

Hill threw for only 233 yards and no touchdowns, but he completed 78.3% of his pass attempts (18-of-23) for an average of 10.1 Y/A. If a deep touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders weren't negated by a holding penalty, it would have been an even more productive day for Hill.

That said, the dual-threat quarterback delivered for his fantasy owners by what he did as a rusher -- 10 carries for a team-high 51 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Heading into Monday Night Football, Hill's 24.42 fantasy points ranks third to only Deshaun Watson (31.36) and Justin Herbert (27.74).

With his floor and upside raised by his rushing ability, Hill will be a viable starter in Weeks 12 and 13 against the Denver Broncos and a rematch against the Atlanta Falcons, respectively. Brees is eligible to return in Week 14 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

3. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (36%)

If you're looking for a one-week starter, you could certainly argue that Carr deserves to top this list as the Raiders will face the Falcons, who have allowed the most fantasy points to the position this season. Nearly as good, the Raiders will get to follow that up with another soft matchup against the New York Jets in Week 13.

Against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football, Carr completed 23-of-31 for 275 yards, three touchdowns and an interception to score 22.6 fantasy points (seventh-most so far this week).

In his previous three games (all wins), it was low volume (25 pass attempts or less) and low production (165 yards or less). Before that, Carr threw multiple touchdowns in his previous five games, a span during which he had scored 20-plus fantasy points in four of those games.

Carr was listed as a "start" in our Week 11 Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em and he will likely be listed as a "start" again in Week 12.

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