Scott Engel, in his twelfth year as the official Fantasy Football writer and analyst for Seahawks.com, is a distinguished member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s Hall of Fame. With four FSWA awards and thirteen nominations, his expertise is recognized in the fantasy football community. Further insights into fantasy football can be found at The Game Day, and his fantasy football rankings are available at RotoBaller.com.
As we enter Week 12, the bye weeks are on hiatus, but preparation for the fantasy football playoffs remains crucial. In this column, additional waiver wire recommendations are provided to bolster team depth, considering upcoming byes and potential playoff qualifications. Given the persistent threat of injuries, maintaining a robust bench becomes imperative for timely starter replacements.
This week’s focus is on running backs and wide receivers, with analysis leaning towards Points Per Reception (PPR) formats.
Jerome Ford: The rookie QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s solid performance has boosted the Browns, setting the stage for a challenging matchup against the Broncos. Despite Denver’s defensive prowess, particularly in turnovers, their vulnerability against the run makes Ford a viable choice. With 107 rushing yards in Week 10 and a rushing TD in Week 11, Ford is poised for continued impact.
Keaton Mitchell: Undrafted Baltimore rookie Mitchell showcases explosive potential with an impressive 10.3 yards per carry and notable long runs. Baltimore’s strong offensive line further enhances Mitchell’s prospects, especially against the Chargers, who rank 28th in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to RBs in the past four weeks. Consider Mitchell as a high-upside flex player.
Zach Charbonnet: With uncertainty surrounding Kenneth Walker III’s status, Charbonnet emerges as a top waiver wire add. Carroll’s insights hint at Charbonnet maintaining a significant workload, as observed in Week 11. Charbonnet’s dual-threat abilities and reliable pass-blocking make him a valuable depth player, even with Walker in the mix. Despite a tough matchup against San Francisco, Charbonnet’s projected volume warrants consideration as a fantasy RB3.
Other RBs to Consider Starting in Week 12: Tony Pollard, Rachaad White, Jaylen Warren, Rhamondre Stevenson, Alexander Mattison.
Michael Pittman Jr.: The Colts’ primary WR, Pittman, boasts consistent performance with eight catches in three consecutive games. Facing Tampa Bay, Pittman is positioned for success against a defense allowing the most receiving yards to WRs in the past four weeks. Pro Football Focus projects an excellent matchup grade for Pittman, making him a strong start.
Zay Flowers: Capitalizing on Baltimore’s advantageous matchup against the NFL’s lowest-ranked pass defense, Flowers presents a compelling option. With double-figure PPR totals in seven of 11 games, Flowers is primed to step up, especially with Mark Andrews sidelined. Considering the favorable matchup, Flowers and even Odell Beckham Jr. are quality starts against the Chargers’ defense.
Jayden Reed: Demonstrating the payoff of patience with rookies, Reed has become a viable flex play and WR3 streamer. With five total TDs and consistent targets, Reed offers stability and upside for the fantasy playoff push.
Jameson Williams: Williams showcased his potential with a TD reception in Week 11 and stands to secure the No. 2 WR role in the Detroit offense. As an upside player, Williams could make a difference in the fantasy playoffs.
Other WRs to Consider Starting in Week 12: Nico Collins, Diontae Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, Brandin Cooks, Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
Quarterbacks and Tight Ends
Justin Fields: Returning from a thumb injury, Fields demonstrated dual-threat capability with 104 rushing yards in Week 11. Against a favorable pass-blocking advantage, Fields can deliver both quality passing and rushing totals.
Joshua Dobbs: An intriguing story of the season, Dobbs has excelled as a fantasy starter, rushing for TDs in five consecutive games. With strong performances in his three starts, Dobbs remains a reliable streaming option, especially against the Bears’ defense.
Isaiah Likely: With Andrews possibly out for the season, Likely emerges as a top fantasy football pickup. Displaying potential in previous outings, Likely has the promise to contribute as a back-end fantasy TE1 in the coming weeks.
David Njoku: Despite QB changes in Cleveland, Njoku’s consistent involvement in the passing game makes him a valuable option, especially against the Broncos, who have allowed the most FFPG to TEs this season.
For additional fantasy football analysis from Scott Engel, stay tuned to The Game Day throughout the 2023 fantasy football season.