Fantasy Football: Week 12’s Top Waiver Wire Options

Every time I begin writing this waiver column or our Startability Index, I am somehow reminded of all those lame commissioners who neglect to send regular trash-talk inducing updates to their league, or any updates at all.  I’m reminded because I’m one of them, a loser who relies on the computer to tell our league’s story.  I assume you, Mr. or Mrs. Good reader, are not. Which is why you deserve spectacular fantasy karma in the form of the best roster an owner can field.

Here are the best options currently available in less than 50% of leagues.


Rashad Jennings, Raiders RB (47% owned): Jennings has thrived in the absence of Darren McFadden, who continues to sit with a hamstring injury and may or may not return Sunday against Tennessee. Jennings has been a beast, averaging 113 rushing yards per game over the last three weeks and figures to play a role even if McFadden returns. And if he doesn’t return, Jennings is a slam-dunk start.

Bobby Rainey, Bucs RB (17% owned): 30 carries, 163 yards rushing, two rushing touchdowns, a cherry on top in the form of a receiving touchdown and Doug Martin is having surgery. Yes, I’m convinced Rainey will be a workhouse for the rest of he season, and an effective one at that.

Jerricho Cotchery, Steelers WR (34% owned): Antonio Brown is clearly Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite target but he’s drawing coverage accordingly. Enter Cotchery. All he’s done is score five times over the last three games.

Brandon LaFell, Panthers WR (23% owned): LaFell shined Monday night with 7 catches, 59 yards and a score. With at least three catches in every game, he’s no one hit wonder, especially as Cam Newton has matured his checkdowns.

Jarrett Boykin, Packers WR (38% owned): Boykin has been productive in the Scott Tolzien Era, amassing 14 receptions and over 200 yards the past two weeks. Did someone say Aaron Rodgers is on his way back?

Santonio Holmes, Jets WR (17% owned): OK, so Holmes only had two catches in his return from the hamstring injury. But the targets were there – eight of them to be exact. Geno Smith isn’t the most reliable fantasy assist man in the world, nor is Holmes still in his prime, but if you’re receiver deficient this deep threat could pay dividends.

Delanie Walker, Titans TE (28% owned): Walker has scored in consecutive games and has 14 receptions over that period. That’s the kind of dreamy production you want from your tight end.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Titans QB (13% owned): I type this very sheepishly because we are, after all, speaking of Fitzpatrick. But following back-to-back solid performances, and with decent upcoming matchups against Oakland and Indianapolis on the horizon, Fitzpatrick may not be a terrible bet in deep and multi-QB leagues.

Good luck. I’m off to write my league an overdue email.