Monday, November 23, 2020

Week 12 Fantasy Football WR 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 wide receiver 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. Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers (50%)

In Week 11 against the Detroit Lions, Samuel converted a season-high 10 targets into eight catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in addition to his four-yard carry. Heading into Monday Night Football, Samuel is the WR8 on the week with 17.4 fantasy points.

This performance was his third big game in the past four weeks. While there is still one more game to be played this week, Samuel has finished as a top-eight receiver in three of his past four games. During that four-game span, he has a total of 24 receptions for 214 yards and three touchdowns and 10 carries for 44 yards and another score.

While it would be unrealistic to continue to expect weekly top-10 performances from Samuel, he's certainly a viable WR3/flex option with upside the rest of the way.

2. Michael Pittman, Indianapolis Colts (44%)

Pittman Jr. caught all three of his targets for 66 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Green Bay Packers. While the outcome (14.1 half-PPR fantasy points) was similar in terms of fantasy production to last week (15.7 points), the low volume is a small concern.

Pittman had a total of 15 targets over the previous two weeks, which corresponded to 17.5% and 22.22% target shares in Weeks 9 and 10, respectively. In Week 11, Pittman saw only 8.82% of the team's targets. Pittman was tied with two others for fifth on the team in targets as Philip Rivers spread the ball around.

In Week 12, the Colts will face the Tennessee Titans, which have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to the position this season. And in the first matchup against the Titans (Week 10), Pittman had 7/101 on eight targets and a 21-yard run.

3. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (45%)

Before New York's Week 11 bye, Shepard had a minimum of six receptions in his previous four games. The volume of targets (32) and receptions (26) over that stretch are a major positive, but he hasn't parlayed that volume into as much production as fantasy owners would have liked. Shepard has 219 receiving yards (8.42 Y/R) over that span.

Even so, it's difficult to ignore that volume and there a streak of favorable matchups on deck against the Bengals, Seahawks, Cardinals and Browns -- all top-12 matchups -- over the next four weeks.

4. Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (21%)

Patrick had five catches for 119 yards on eight targets in Week 11. Over his past seven games, Patrick has either 100-plus yards and/or a touchdown in five games. During that seven-game stretch, Patrick has finished as a top-36 fantasy wide receiver (WR3) or better in all but one game.

5. Jalen Regaor, Philadelphia Eagles (28%)

It was another solid, but not spectacular, performance for Reagor in Week 11 with four catches for 52 yards on five targets against the Cleveland Browns. Since returning in Week 8, Reagor has 11 catches for 115 yards and a touchdown on 18 targets. While we'd like to see more volume, something that may not happen with Zach Ertz possibly returning soon, but Reagor and the Eagles have a dream matchup in Week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks for fantasy owners feeling lucky.

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