Ok, first off, make sure Rob Kelley isn’t on waivers. He shouldn’t be, he was not only on our Bold Prediction list in August, he has been on our waiver wire free agency list multiple times this year. Check to be certain, but most SleeperU owners likely already have him, right? Here are your Week 12 top Free Agent Waiver Wire Pick-ups:
Sammy Watkins (WR/BUF)
We have been saying to grab Watkins for weeks now, but he is still available in a grip of leagues. Will he be back in Week 12? Maybe. Regardless, he should be grabbed, as he has low-end WR1 appeal (or at least high-end WR2 appeal) for any games he can start this year.
Thomas Rawls / Alex Collins (RB/SEA)
He shouldn’t be available, but according to both ESPN and Yahoo, he is still available in a large number of leagues. If you didn’t know, CJ Prosise is done for the year (scapula), so it’s time for Rawls to prove he can stay healthy, but folks, he already got banned up in Week 11. He is expected to play Week 12, but guess what, it’s time to look down the line, and my sleeper/stash pickup this week is Seattle RB Alex Collins. This is a Marshawn Lynch style rusher, and he has a nose for the end zone no RB on that Seattle roster has. My long-shot prediction is that within a couple weeks, he climbs into the driver’s seat, by way of injury or just flat-out production.
Tim Hightower (RB/NO)
Mark Ingram is currently in the concussion protocol, but he has more games to get cleared than normal given the longer week he has had. However, Hightower was awesome in Week 11 on his 12 carries, rushing for 69 yards, and he pulled in 8 passes for 57 yards. If starting, he is a huge threat to produce RB2 numbers. Grab him.
Wendell Smallwood (RB/PHI)
Both Ryan Mathews (knee) and Darren Sproles (fractured rib) left Week 11, so Smallwood was looking like the top pick-up of the week for a second. But, it looks like Mathews is only day-to-day, and Sproles could play through the injury. Still, there is still a shot both Mathews and Sproles sit, or are limited, and that means a window might be open for Smallwood, our favorite runner on that PHI roster. Grab him.
Christine Michael (RB/GB)
He was cut by SEA then grabbed by GB. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday that he intends to get Michael ready for Week 12. What does this mean? Well, we witnessed them actually trade value for Knile Davis and fail to use him, so curb expectations… however, if in a position where you can grab and stash Michael, he’s worth a grab. He is more proven than Davis was, so it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see him start some games for GB this year in order to revive offensive balance.
Mike Gillislee (RB/BUF)
LeSean McCoy (finger surgery) is said to be targeting no missed time, and the only reason he couldn’t come back into the game in Week 11 is because they could not pop his finger back in place. Still, the thumb requires surgery and you never know how BUF might walk this back and start Gillislee for a week. When starting, Gillislee is a solid RB2, so he must be grabbed (and should already be owned by all McCoy owners, as we’ve talked Gillislee up all off-season.
Kirk Cousins (QB/WAS)
His monster Week 11 games warrants pick-up consideraton.
Kenneth Dixon (RB/BAL)
That Ravens coaching staff continues to suggest they will run Dixon more, yet they don’t. However, he did have 6.7 yards-per-carry last week on his 6 rushes for 40 yards. If ever starting in BAL, watch out. We just can’t guarantee that BAL knows what they have in Dixon. Hey BAL, you have a star in waiting, wake up!
Eli Rogers (WR/PIT)
He didn’t have a great Week 11, but neither did Big Ben. He is still a fine WR3/4 in larger leagues.
Tyler Boyd (WR/CIN)
With AJ Green likely out for a bit (if not longer), Boyd sees a nice little bump in value. Now, he is still no more than a WR3 (in larger leagues), but he should be grabbed if you need a WR.