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In case you are reading this, there is one bit of information to know before you start reading names. Just like last year’s series, we will be utilizing player rostership percentages, courtesy of real dynasty rosters from 1,700 MFL leagues. While this may not be entirely accurate for every individual league, it is very reflective of how managers view who is worthy or not of a roster spot. Now that that’s covered, let’s dive into the waiver wire after Week 12!
Players to double-check availability and immediately add:
- Taylor Heinicke, QB WAS
- Samaje Perine, RB CIN
- Darrell Henderson, RB JAC
- Chuba Hubbard, RB CAR
- Isaiah McKenzie, WR BUF
- Darius Slayton, WR NYG
- David Bell, WR CLE
- Foster Moreau, TE LV
Plus any other direct handcuffs to running backs right now in general!
Latavius Murray, RB and Marlon Mack, RB DEN
I feel like people didn’t take me seriously last week when I said that Murray is a legitimate flex play moving forward with a really soft schedule, and that was BEFORE Denver cut Melvin Gordon. This is entirely Murray’s backfield as he dominated running back touches on Sunday and nearly totaled 100 yards from scrimmage. He was also vultured out of a touchdown when the Broncos decided to trust Russell Wilson with a pass to whoever Brandon Johnson is on the 1-yard line. I’m really not joking when I say Murray could be on a lot of championship rosters by the end of December, especially when he is still available in so many leagues!
I also included Marlon Mack on here as the handcuff to Murray in case he were to get hurt. Mack is the only other running back on this roster with Chase Edmonds out, and everything I said about Murray would apply to Mack too if he were to become that starter.
JaMycal Hasty, RB JAC
As if I needed any more justification this week for some of my advice lately, Travis Etienne goes down early on Sunday with a foot injury, leaving Hasty as the primary running back for Jacksonville. Hasty proceeded to have 17 touches for nearly 100 total yards and a touchdown in Etienne’s stead. Granted, no one started Hasty to take advantage of those points this week (if you did, congratulations), but this game only emphasizes my point from last week that YOU NEED TO ROSTER HANDCUFFS! An injury can happen to anyone at any time and you need to be prepared when it does.
Unfortunately for Hasty, he may no longer be the main guy with Darrell Henderson being added, but I still believe he’s worth the add since Henderson has also not been a perfectly healthy player in his career either. Hasty could get another shot at a starter role in a game we are actually prepared to start him in this year, so still be prepared and add Hasty.
Zonovan Knight, RB and Ty Johnson, RB NYJ
More running back adds after Michael Carter left the game Sunday with an ankle injury. In his stead, the duo of Knight and Johnson took over as James Robinson was a healthy scratch. Robinson sitting this week is a huge sign to me that the Jets just don’t believe Robinson can get the job done anymore, and either or both Knight and Johnson can handle things well, which they proved this week. Both players rushed for over 60 yards on 19 combined attempts, with Knight adding an additional 50 yards through the air.
If you need to choose between the two, my pick is Knight, who out-touched Johnson 17-6 and had the receiving work as I mentioned above. Johnson’s production mainly came on a 32-yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter. If Carter were to miss again and Robinson continues to sit, Knight could be a huge pickup for playoff teams right now, especially if the Jets are kind of legit now with Mike White at quarterback.
Ronald Jones, RB KC
And my last running back to specifically talk about this week is Ronald Jones (gross, I know). But, sticking with the theme here, Rojo is the only other between-the-tackles running back on the Chiefs right now behind Isiah Pacheco now that Clyde Edwards-Helaire is on the IR. If Pacheco were to get hurt and miss any time, Rojo would step in as the main two-down back for Kansas City, with McKinnon getting the receiving work. Pair that with the Chiefs’ super juicy schedule of Houston and Seattle in the first two weeks of the fantasy playoffs, and we could have another league-winning type of player in Ronald Jones if he were to get that opportunity. It’s cuffing season, and we can’t let any stone go unturned!
Richie James, WR NYG
Lastly, I want to reiterate adding James this week, just like I did last week. Everything that I said last week still applies to James now, especially after a solid performance of 15 PPR points on Thursday night (though basically all of it was on the final drive, but garbage time still counts)!
Here’s what I said last week:
“He is the Robinson replacement in this offense and no, he’s nowhere near as talented, but that’s a role we can’t deny has *some* fantasy value in PPR leagues. He’s scored double-digit fantasy points in three of the four games he’s seen at least three targets this season, and that trend could certainly continue if Robinson is out for the remainder of the year.”
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