Even though Week 11 isn’t fully in the books, it’s time to cast an eye over your Week 12 waiver wire pickups for the 2021 season. A couple of upsets on Sunday opened up some divisions, while there were plenty of great fantasy performances. I hope you were on the right side of Jonathan Taylor!! This week we have a thanksgiving slate to look forward to, so if you are taking time for the holidays, enjoy!
We continue having to deal with bye weeks, but only two teams on bye this week:
- Arizona Cardinals
- Kansas City Chiefs
All of these pickups are written in percentage, not priority. For a player to be eligible they have to be owned in less than 50% of leagues. The rostered percentage is taken from ESPN. Now, let’s get into them!
Matt Ryan (ATL) @JAX 43.9% rostered
Ryan will have been dropped in alot of leagues after disappointing against the Patriots, but he is facing the Jaguars this week. That defense just made Carson Wentz and Jimmy Garoppolo look great. This should be a bounce back, but I get it if you don’t want to pick him up.
Cam Newton (CAR) @MIA 37.9% rostered
Newton has really kick-started this Panthers offense. In the past two weeks, he has shown his rushing ability and moved the ball through the air. There’s not alot of reason to doubt him for fantasy. Pick him up if you can- with byes taking out Kyler Murray and Patrick Mahomes Newton is your ready-made dual-threat replacement
Taylor Heinicke (WAS) v SEA 13.1% rostered
Heinicke stood tall in the pocket for Washington last week, which is something that not all QBs have managed this season. He threw for 206 yards and 3 TDs and looked comfortable. This week, he faces a Seattle defense that has given up plenty of big plays on the road.
Others to Consider
- Teddy Bridgewater (DEN) v LAC 23.4% rostered
- Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) v MIN 11.7% rostered
- Tyrod Taylor (HOU) v NYJ 4.9% rostered
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