Another week, another whole batch of injuries. It is a trend we unfortunately have to deal with the world of fantasy football. Luckily, all 32 teams will play from here on in, and you have me to help you figure out who to add from the waiver wire onto your teams for this Thanksgiving week 12 with loads of games on Thursday and Sunday as well. Let’s get to it!
Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Winston had a terrific game on Sunday against the suddenly underperforming Eagles, throwing for 245 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions and only one sack. He had Vincent Jackson back and it proved to be helpful as it took some of the pressure off of Mike Evans and Winston made the most of Cameron Brate (who?) with Austin Seferian-Jenkins out. He has a great matchup this Sunday indoors against the Colts and their underwhelming pass defense. The Bucs are suddenly surging and Winston is also trending upwards. He could be a solid low-end QB1 play, especially if ASJ were suddenly to play as well.
Quarterback, Denver Broncos (17% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Brock who? Brock Osweiler, duh! Against a Chicago Bears team that had been playing well recently and also without Emmanuel Sanders, Osweiler had a terrific game. He threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He used Vernon Davis heavily and found Demaryius Thomas a good amount early in the game. Ronnie Hillman had a 100 yard game performance behind Osweiler and Brock appeared to have be comfortable in there on Sunday. He faces the Patriots and a suspect secondary, and Peyton may still be out considering the severity of his “injury” and how Brock played. Osweiler would be a low-end QB1 if he starts again.
Running Back, Seattle Seahawks (31% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Rawls had a career day yesterday stepping in for Marshawn Lynch, running for over 200 yards and having 250+ yards from scrimmage. He had over 30 touches and Lynch has been all but ruled out for week 12 if not longer. Rawls is a legitimate low-end RB1 for the rest of the season based on just how well he has run for Seattle in Lynch’s absence and considering Lynch is probably going for surgery soon to repair a sports hernia. Go grab him if you still can.
Running Back, Kansas City Chiefs (5% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Ware took over for Charcandrick West in the beginning of the third quarter and still accumulated over 100 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. It seems that no matter who is the running back for Kansas City (besides Knile Davis, duh), they put up great numbers. West is dealing with a hamstring injury that has the makings of a multi-week injury. And considering how Ware played, the team may not try to rush back West. Ware has immediate RB2 appeal anytime he is the starter.
Running Back, Indianapolis Colts (5% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Bradshaw was strong in the pass game for Matt Hasselback, catching all four of his targets for 20 yards and two touchdowns. Also, Frank Gore seemed very hobbled at the end of the game on Sunday and considering his age & how much they value Gore, the Colts could choose to sit him out this week, opening up a solid match-up against the Buccaneers for Bradshaw potentially. He was the main ball carrier and & receiving back when Gore was out and Bradshaw could be in line for 20+ touches this week if Gore sits. Would be a solid RB2 in PPR leagues.
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Running Back, Baltimore Ravens (11% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Justin Forsett broke his forearm on Sunday and is forced to miss the rest of the season. In his place, Buck Allen came in and had a pretty decent game considering the circumstances. He had 27 touches and over 100 yards from scrimmage against a tough St. Louis team and will be the feature back going forward. New Ravens QB Matt Schaub will most likely try to use Allen like he did Arian Foster back in his Houston days as his main-check down target. Allen could be in line for 15-20 touches every week and has serious high-end RB2 upside.
Running Back, San Francisco 49ers (17% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Draughn did not have a good day in the run game (12 rushes for 37 yards) but had eight receptions on 11 targets for 40 yards and was used a ton in the passing game by Blaine Gabbert. Carlos Hyde does not appear close to returning, which means Draughn will continue to be used as the lead back. Draughn has some serious PPR appeal as he looks to be a guy who continue to get looks in the pass game along with the bulk of the carries in the run game. Treat him as a low-end RB2 for Week 12 assuming Hyde is out again.
Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers (34% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Funchess appears to be featured more in the pass game as he has caught at least 40 yards and/or a touchdown in the past three games, with two touchdowns during that stretch. He saw eight targets on Sunday in the blowout win by Carolina and especially on a short week, Funchess could continue to be used as the #1 wide receiver with Corey Brown out again potentially. Funchess has some high-end WR3 appeal to him with his role only seeming to increase from here and Cam Newton trusting him more as well.
Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears (8% owned in Yahoo! leagues): With both Eddie Royal and Alshon Jeffery inactive on Sunday, Wilson stepped in as the number one wide receiver. He did not disappoint for those who plugged him into their lineups as he went for over 100 yards on four receptions. He also saw a team high seven targets and also had a near-chance to score a touchdown as well. Going on a short week, both Royal and Jeffery could sit again as Wilson will have an easier match-up against Green Bay. If he is the go-to wide receiver again, he has easy mid-tier WR2 appeal to him.
Tight End, Baltimore Ravens (21% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Gilmore had a terrific game on Sunday, leading the team in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. He had over 100 yards receiving and is becoming more and more of a receiving option in Baltimore. Considering the lack of pass-catchers in Baltimore, Gilmore is no less than the number three target on a Ravens team who will be forced to throw a lot because of their lackluster defense. New quarterback Schaub will look to trust Gilmore as his main red-zone threat (if they ever actually reach it again) and safety valve. Gilmore is a solid TE1 for the rest of the season.
Tight End, Philadelphia Eagles (1% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Over the past two weeks, Celek has 213 receiving yards and 11 receptions with one touchdown. That is almost six receptions a game and over 100 yards in that span as well. With Zach Ertz getting crushed on Sunday and suffering a concussion, Celek could be in for a bigger role again if Ertz isn’t cleared by Thursday. No matter the quarterback, Celek is part of the game plan for the Eagles and would be a top eight tight end anytime Ertz is inactive right now.
Tight End, Denver Broncos (55% owned in Yahoo! leagues): With Sanders out and Osweiler in at quarterback, Davis caught all six of his targets for 68 yards, not bad for a washed-up tight end. Davis looks to have an increased role going forward and with his best performance coming from the quarterback just named the starter for Week 12, Davis could have another low-end TE1 week and should be owned as he will most likely be a bigger part of the game plan as the weeks progress.