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Week 12 Waiver Wire Targets

RB Corey Clement

Each week throughout the 2017 season PDW will be posting a list of those players worth targeting on your weekly waiver wire. These lists will be made up from PDW contributors as well as fantasy partner content. Please check back weekly for the hot pickups. 

This week’s Waiver Wire Targets courtesy of our friends at numberFire.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills

Yahoo Ownership Percentage: 40%

There is a reason the panic button is saved only for the most dire of situations. However, a plethora of owners (40%!) pushed it after the news that Tyrod Taylor would be benched in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman against the Los Angeles Chargers. After Peterman proceeded to throw fiveinterceptions against LA, something tells me the owners who dropped Tyrod might be kicking themselves.

After Peterman was pulled, Taylor came in and ended up with over 16 points, throwing for a score and rushing for another while adding 38 yards on the ground. There is no guarantee he starts this week, but can you really see him being benched again? I can’t. Should he get the nod, he’ll get a solid matchup against a Kansas City Chiefs defense that is giving up the 10th-most points per game to opposing quarterbacks.

Not only is this week’s matchup ideal, but so too is the rest of his season — Buffalo has the most favorable quarterback schedule the rest of the way. After the deluge of drops, Taylor is now available in 60% of leagues on Yahoo. It’s not often a player of his caliber becomes available this late in the season, but here we are.

If you are in need of quarterback or want to block another owner from picking him up, he’s amazingly available for the taking and could be a season changer.

Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Yahoo Ownership Percentage: 10%

The Philadelphia Eagles are, without a doubt, the hottest team in the NFL right now. While quarterback Carson Wentz has been incredible and will certainly be in MVP contention, the Eagles’ run game has been just as important. The addition of Jay Ajayi has been a bright spot, but so too has the play of Corey Clement.

Clement only had seven touches this week, but he made the most of them. He reached 50 yards for the third week in a row, found the end zone for the second week in a row, and added a two-point conversion to top it all off. Philadelphia has two tough matchups on the horizon, but they face three straight bottom-12 run defenses starting in Week 14.

His lack of touches are a clear reminder that he should not be slotted into one of your starting running back slots, but Clement warrants addition as a potential flex play, especially in deeper standard leagues with 14-plus teams. At only 10% ownership in Yahoo leagues, he’s probably sitting on your waiver wire right now, so be ready to snatch him up.

Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos

Yahoo Ownership Percentage: 7%

Watch out, C.J. Anderson. The former University of California player was leapfrogged this week, as Devontae Booker led the Denver Broncos‘ rushing attack. Booker out-touched Anderson 19-15 and saw six targets to Anderson’s three.

It’s usually tough to advocate picking a player up after an anomalous game like this; I am not, for instance, advocating for the addition of tight end Ricky Seals-Jones after his two-touchdown game despite his awesome name. However, Booker has shown promise before; from Week 7 to the end of last season, he scored 8.8 standard points or more on six occasions.

While nobody can predict how touches will play out for the rest of the season, it wouldn’t be a shock to see head coach Vance Joseph make a change at running back to try and spark the offense after six straight losses. At the very least, Booker looks like he could be sharing the lead role with Anderson.

His role may be a bit murky, but he’s likely to be seeing more touches than the just-mentioned Corey Clement. He’s worth an add if you are in need of an RB3 or Flex player.

Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins

Yahoo Ownership Percentage: 37%

While many had their eye on DeVante Parker breaking out against Tampa Bay this week, it was Kenny Stills who was the biggest fantasy winner of the day for the Miami Dolphins‘ receiving corps. Stills finished with a ridiculous 180 yards and a touchdown on only 7 receptions. Barring any fireworks Monday night, Stills will finish as the WR3 for the week behind only Antonio Brown and Keenan Allen.

While the gaudy numbers were not predictable, the target share should have been for eagle-eyed players. Heading into this week, Stills had seen at least 8 targets, 5 receptions, and 65-plus yards in thee out of his past four games. Over the past five weeks, he’s the WR10 in standard. Frankly, there is no reason that he should be in a waiver wire article this late in the season, yet here he is, sitting at less than 40% ownership.

His recent production speaks for itself. Miami should continue to play from behind, so there will be plenty of targets to go around. He’s easily startable on a weekly basis as a WR3 or flex, and he deserves consideration as a WR2 depending on the matchup and how deep your roster and league are.

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Yahoo Ownership Percentage 43%

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won two games in a row without quarterback Jameis Winston. With Ryan Fitzpatrick healthy and playing to a decent standard, it might be tempting for coaches to start him again this week against the Atlanta Falcons. This would be a mistake.

If Winston has recovered from his injury and the coaches aren’t swayed by an aura of Fitzmagic, then he is in a good spot moving forward. He has traditionally excelled against Atlanta. In four career starts against the Falcons, Winston has scored at least 19.5 fantasy points and has led his team to a 3-1 record.

While a potential fantasy championship matchup against the Carolina Panthers is not an exciting proposition, the Bucs still have matchups against a beaten-down Green Bay Packers, and another date with the Falcons in what would be fantasy semifinals week.

Winston works as an addition for players in a range of positions. For those with a stud under center, he’s excellent insurance should an injury occur. For those with a mediocre option at quarterback, you can use Winston to help stream in his favorable matches. Either way, he’s an add and should not have an ownership in the 43% range.

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