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Week 12 Waiver Wire Targets

Here's my top recommended waiver wire and streaming targets ahead of the coming week. Waiver Wire targets are designed to be multi-week roster-worthy options while streaming options are designed to be one-week lineup options based on matchup, injuries, and/or situation. To be eligible as a waiver wire or streaming option, the player must be available in over 50% of Yahoo leagues.

Top Waiver Wire Targets of the Week:
  1. Zach Charbonnet (RB - Seattle Seahawks) - Charbonnet had already been gaining an increased role in the Seahawks offense prior to Week 11, seeing at least a third of the backfield touches in each of the three prior games, but he becomes a must-own option with the injury of Walker that was an "oblique strain that was legit," per HC Pete Carroll. That implies Walker will miss time, likely beyond the short week of Week 12 (Seahawks play San Francisco on TNF). Charbonnet is a short-term RB2 until Walker returns with the potential to capture the lead duties for even beyond that.

  2. Josh Downs (WR - Indianapolis Colts) - I genuinely don't understand why Downs is available in over 50% of leagues. After two games of injury (left in Week 9, limited snap count in Week 10) and a bye week in Week 11, Downs has somehow made his way onto waiver wires. He must be owned given his prior production and workload (4 straight games of 5+ catches, 6+ targets, 13+ points) leading up to his injury.

  3. Odell Beckham Jr. (WR - Baltimore Ravens) - OBJ had already been getting steam heading into TNF last week, drawing 7+ targets and 5+ catches in two of his prior four games while also tallying double-digit points in 3 of those 4 games, but his value takes a notable surge with the loss of Mark Andrews, now elevating Beckham to the potential top dog in the Ravens' receiving room. It was on full display in a 4-catch, 116-yard (15.6-point) performance (on 7 targets) in Andrews' absence.

  4. Jayden Reed (WR - Green Bay Packers) - The rookie WR simply keeps getting involved and being productive. Week 11 (4 catches on 6 targets for 46 yards; 3 for 46 and a TD on the ground) now makes it five consecutive games of 4+ touches for the WR with four 11+ point performances in that time span. The versatility in the rushing game is a new addition and one that could prove additionally valuable with RB Aaron Jones likely to miss time with a knee injury.

  5. Ezekiel Elliott (RB - New England Patriots) - Need a volume back? There are not many out there and while the offense isn't ideal, Ezekiel Elliott is one of the VERY few RBs available on waivers that can offer any resemblance of security. He had been pushing for work leading up to the bye (38+ percent snap share and/or double-digit touches in each of the four games leading up to the Week 11 bye) and that likely should continue going forward. With one of the more favorable schedules coming up (2nd-easiest remaining SOS, 4th-easiest playoff SOS), Elliott can offer some RB depth on the bench, even as the "RB2" in New England, while offering some potential as a handcuff should Stevenson go down.

  6. Elijah Moore (WR - Cleveland Browns)

  7. Demario Douglas (WR - New England Patriots)

  8. Ty Chandler (RB - Minnesota Vikings)

  9. Jeff Wilson Jr. (RB - Miami Dolphins)

  10. Michael Mayer (TE - Las Vegas Raiders)

Top Streaming Options of the Week:


  1. Jordan Love (at Detroit Lions)

  2. Baker Mayfield (at Indianapolis Colts)

  3. Matthew Stafford (at Arizona Cardinals)


  1. Zach Charbonnet (vs San Francisco 49ers)

  2. Ezekiel Elliott (at New York Giants)

  3. Rico Dowdle (vs Washington Commanders)

Wide Receivers:

  1. Josh Downs (vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

  2. Odell Beckham Jr. (at Los Angeles Chargers)

  3. Demario Douglas (at New York Giants)

Tight Ends:

  1. Michael Mayer (vs Kansas City Chiefs)

  2. Luke Musgrave (at Detroit Lions)

  3. Isaiah Likely (at Los Angeles Chargers)

Defense/Special Teams:

  1. Cincinnati Bengals (vs Pittsburgh Steelers)

  2. Denver Broncos (vs Cleveland Browns)

  3. New England Patriots (at New York Giants)


  1. Greg Joseph (vs Chicago Bears)

  2. Matt Gay (vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

  3. Matt Prater (at Los Angeles Rams)


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