Fantasy Football Week 12: Add and Drop – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Each week I’ll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football — I define “widely available” as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues — and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster.

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Here’s my best bets off the waiver wire for Week 12:

ADD

QB Cam Newton, Panthers (ESPN: 41%; Yahoo: 52%): Newton is the QB9 in the two weeks since returning to Carolina and he only played nine snaps in the first game (still managed two touchdowns).

WR Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers (ESPN: 68%; Yahoo: 77%): It looks like all systems go after a disappointing start to the season. Since Week 8, Aiyuk is WR16 in standard and WR13 in PPR, while Deebo Samuel and George Kittle have been top-5 options in all formats at their respective position. Run, don’t walk if your league is still sleeping on the preseason favorite.

TE Tyler Conklin, Vikings (ESPN: 42%; Yahoo: 36%): In the four games since Minnesota’s bye week, Conklin is TE6 in all formats with 22 targets and two touchdowns.

WR Elijah Moore, Jets (ESPN: 41%; Yahoo: 58%): Since Week 8, the rookie is WR1 in PPR and only second to Samuel in standard leagues. In the last four games, Moore has 24 receptions (31 targets) for 336 yards and four touchdowns.

RB Devonta Freeman, Ravens (ESPN: 34%; Yahoo: 65%): Freeman was still the most productive back for Baltimore despite the return of Latavius Murray. He has four touchdowns in his last five games and double-digit carries in each of his previous three.

BONUS: WR Van Jefferson, Rams (ESPN: 44%; Yahoo: 46%): This is your opportunity to pounce if Jefferson was dropped during the bye week. Worst-case scenario is he owns the same lucrative role he’s had this entire season, as Los Angeles’ WR3 and primary deep threat. Best-case scenario is Matthew Stafford trusts him more than Odell Beckham Jr. and he sees an increased target share.

BONUS: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers (ESPN: 14%; Yahoo: 33%): Since beating Chicago in a homecoming game, Garoppolo has finished as the QB3, QB8, QB13 and QB15. Considering San Francisco ran 86 times in those last two games, the results were decent. His upcoming schedule features premium matchups against Minnesota, Seattle, Atlanta, Tennessee and Houston.

BONUS: WR Cedrick Wilson, Cowboys (ESPN: 2%; Yahoo: 3%): Wilson should see an enhanced workload against Las Vegas on Thanksgiving with Amari Cooper on the COVID-19 list and CeeDee Lamb in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Check to see if Michael Gallup (ESPN: 67%; Yahoo: 68%) is available as well.

BONUS: RB Alex Collins, Seahawks (ESPN: 51%; Yahoo: 61%): Collins has received double-digit carries in seven straight games and has been a flex-worthy option — RB31 in standard leagues — over that span while Chris Carson has been sidelined. It also wouldn’t surprise me if Seattle featured DeeJay Dallas (ESPN: 1%; Yahoo: 1%) more going forward with Carson done for the year. Dallas is the better receiver of the two.

BONUS: WR Darnell Mooney, Bears (ESPN: 54%; Yahoo: 58%): Mooney was already a WR3/flex play before Allen Robinson hurt his hamstring — he’s been a top-30 option in all formats this season. He has WR2 upside with Robinson sidelined.

BONUS: QB Tyrod Taylor (ESPN: 5%; Yahoo: 6%): Taylor has always been a serviceable streaming option when he’s started. In his four games this season, he’s finished as the QB11, QB22 (he got hurt), QB24 and QB10. His next four games are against the Jets, Indianapolis, Seattle and Jacksonville.

BONUS: WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Titans (ESPN: <1%; Yahoo: <1%): With AJ Brown banged up, Julio Jones on injured reserve and Marcus Johnson dealing with a hamstring injury, it might be time to take a flier on Westbrook-Ikhine. The second-year wide receiver has been productive whenever he’s been given the opportunity.

BONUS: RB Tevin Coleman, Jets (ESPN: 3%; Yahoo: 3%): Talented rookie Michael Carter suffered a high ankle sprain and will miss 2-3 weeks. Coleman took over early-down duties when Carter went down. The veteran will likely see double-digit carries until Carter returns. Ty Johnson (ESPN: 19%; Yahoo: 21%) will continue to be the primary receiving option out of the backfield and should see an expanded role overall.

BONUS: D/ST Eagles (ESPN: 13%; Yahoo: 18%): Only the Patriots have been a more productive defense in fantasy since Halloween. The Giants (twice), Jets and Football Team (twice) round out their rest-of-season schedule.

BONUS: D/ST Texans (ESPN: 1%; Yahoo: 2%): Houston’s defense has finished sixth and second in fantasy scoring its last two games. It’s pass rush is the reason why and the Jets are coming to town this week.

DROP

QB Ryan Tannehill, Titans: Tannehill has finished as the QB17, QB8 and QB16 without Derrick Henry. He has one-or-fewer touchdown passes in nine of 11 games this season. If it wasn’t for his four rushing scores over the last six games, his fantasy standing would be even worse. With all of the injuries piling up on Tennessee’s offense, I’d rather have Newton, Garoppolo or even Taylor going forward.

RB Chris Carson, Seahawks: Carson is out for the season and will have disc-fusion neck surgery soon, putting his football future in jeopardy. He turns 28 in September.

TE Jonnu Smith, Patriots: Smith has exactly two targets in five of his last six games and zero touchdowns.

RB Devontae Booker, Giants: Booker only needs to be rostered as insurance if you’re invested in Saquon Barkley.

Bills running backs: Both Zack Moss and Devin Singletary are decent depth pieces, but the upside is limited despite playing in such a dynamic offense. Since Week 5, Moss is RB46 and Singletary is RB45 in standard leagues — RB45 and RB40 in PPR, respectively.