Top 10 waiver-wire pickups for Week 12 in your fantasy football league

With Week 11 of the NFL season nearly in the books, it’s time for another exciting waiver cycle in the world of fantasy football.

As all fantasy owners know, a Thursday night game can be a big reason to stay away from an otherwise trendy player. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there are three such matchups this week, which could lead to several brutal game-time decisions.

While the players included below are a diverse group, you’ll notice that only one of them is from a team with a Thanksgiving game.

Get set for Week 12 by reading up on these 10 potential pickups.


Samaje Perine, RB

Team: Washington Redskins

Week 11 stats: 117 rushing yards, 9 receiving yards, one reception, one touchdown

One thing to know: Perine became trendy when the Redskins moved the starter Rob Kelley to the injured reserve last week, and his stock just about exploded when Chris Thompson went down with a fractured fibula during Sunday’s game. Even if he’s too tired to do much of anything against the New York Giants on Thursday, he’s a great pickup for the rest of the way.


Corey Coleman, WR

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Team: Cleveland Browns

Week 11 stats: 80 receiving yards, six receptions

One thing to know: After missing most of the season because of a hand injury, Coleman picked up right where he left off: as the Browns’ No. 1 receiver. With a catch rate of 54.5%, he was hampered by DeShone Kizer’s inaccuracy, but he’s still an interesting waiver candidate because of volume alone. The Jacksonville Jaguars defense was on its game on Sunday, but Cleveland’s opponents for this week, the Cincinnati Bengals, won’t pose nearly as much of a challenge.


Devontae Booker, RB

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Team: Denver Broncos

Week 11 stats: 44 rushing yards, 54 receiving yards, five receptions

One thing to know: Despite getting a comparable number of touches, this Utah product vastly outproduced the former Pro Bowler C.J. Anderson on Sunday. At 3-7, the Broncos should be much more interested in next season than this one, so expect the 25-year-old Booker to see plenty of action going forward.


Kenny Stills, WR

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Team: Miami Dolphins

Week 11 stats: 180 receiving yards, seven receptions, one touchdown

One thing to know: Stills was having a quiet November before Sunday’s game, when he rode his chemistry with the backup quarterback Matt Moore to one of the best receiving lines of Week 11. With the New England Patriots on deck twice in the next three weeks, Stills looks like a good bet to stay productive in the games ahead.


Damien Williams, RB

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Team: Miami Dolphins

Week 11 stats: 78 rushing yards, 24 receiving yards, one reception

One thing to know: Kenyan Drake was the more popular play out of the Dolphins’ backfield by committee, but it looks as if Williams could end up being their primary weapon on the ground. With Jay Cutler in concussion protocol, Miami may need to rely on its running backs more than usual in Week 12.


Tyrod Taylor, QB

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Team: Buffalo Bills

Week 11 stats: 158 passing yards, 38 rushing yards, two touchdowns

One thing to know: NFL fans were shocked when the Bills announced last week that they were benching Taylor in favor of the rookie Nathan Peterman, and sure enough, Taylor was back in the game for the second half. He made the most of his limited opportunities, compiling just over 18 fantasy points. While Sean McDermott says he’s “still evaluating” the situation, the Bills would be crazy to try Peterman again.


Charles Clay, TE

Team: Buffalo Bills

Week 11 stats: 27 receiving yards, three receptions

One thing to know: Clay hasn’t been very impressive since returning from his injury, but the tight end waiver wire is fairly thin these days. At least he has an undeniable chemistry with Tyrod Taylor, who should get a chance to play in all four quarters in Week 12. If nothing else, bank on the Bills’ highly favorable schedule over the next three weeks, when they’ll face the Kansas City Chiefs, Patriots, and Indianapolis Colts.


Mike Wallace, WR

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Team: Baltimore Ravens

Week 11 stats: 56 receiving yards, four receptions, one touchdown

One thing to know: Wallace is on pace for some of the worst numbers of his nine-year career, but don’t blame that on his recent performance. The Ole Miss product has caught two touchdown passes in his past two games, including a one-handed, 21-yard grab against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. With Joe Flacco playing a bit better of late, it’s a great time to snag this veteran.


Stephen Hauschka, K

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Team: Buffalo Bills

Week 11 stats: 1/1 field goals, 3/3 extra points

One thing to know: This Massachusetts native has missed just one field goal since Week 2, so with him, the concern is more about volume than skill. Fortunately, the Bills are set to play three of the NFL’s six-worst defenses on a per-play basis over the next three weeks. Invest in Hauschka with confidence.


Bengals, DEF

Week 11 stats: 17 points against, three sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery

One thing to know: The Bengals aren’t great at preventing their opponents from scoring, but they add value in other ways, ranking fifth in the league in sacks. With the Browns on tap for Week 12, all they need is a little bit of luck to pull off a big-time performance.


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