Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Rankings & Top Pickups (Week 12)

Our analysts combine to provide rankings for Week 12 waiver wire targets. We’ll help you prioritize your bids for the week ahead. And here’s a look at our comprehensive Week 12 waiver wire advice article.

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Week 12 Waiver Wire Rankings

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Top Pickups for Week 12

Cam Akers (LAR): 27% rostered

  • Next opponents: @KC, SEA, LV
  • True value: $11
  • Desperate need: $23
  • Budget-minded: $4

Analysis: This one really flew under the radar. Akers was the predominant running back for the Rams on Sunday, handling 14 carries to Kyren Williams’ seven and Darrell Henderson’s two. I won’t lie: Akers didn’t look half bad either. Henderson has been ineffective and has yet to carry the ball more than 13 times in a game this season. Williams is more of a third-down presence, as he is a great receiver and is much better in pass protection than Akers. Don’t get too fired up about a guy who was recently in the dog house and was a poison pill in trade negotiations. Akers still has to trudge behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. The silver lining is that the Rams have one of the easiest remaining schedules for RBs in the league.

James Cook (BUF): 17% rostered

  • Next opponents: @DET, @NE, NYJ
  • True value: $7
  • Desperate need: $14
  • Budget-minded: $3

Analysis: The Bills have made one thing clear since they acquired Nyheim Hines a couple of weeks ago: Cook is still their RB2. The rookie from Georgia tied a season-high with 11 rushing attempts on Sunday and established a new season high with 86 rushing yards – the same number Devin Singletary hit on seven more carries. The passing volume will follow Cook in neutral and negative game scripts, but it was encouraging to see his number called to ice the game away with Buffalo ahead on the scoreboard. Cook is so talented that he can do great things for fantasy just by achieving a 50% split with Singletary. He is on his way.

Treylon Burks (TEN): 20% rostered

  • Next opponents: CIN, @PHI, JAC
  • True value: $12
  • Desperate need: $17
  • Budget-minded: $6

Analysis: Burks finally had his big breakout game, earning a 29.6% target share with seven grabs and 111 receiving yards. Burks is 49th in PFF receiving grade and 15th in yards per route run this season (minimum 25 targets). Ryan Tannehill is playing extremely well right now. If Burks emerges as Tannehill’s weekly WR1, he could be a stretch-run hero in fantasy.

Parris Campbell (IND): 40% rostered

  • Next opponents: PIT, @DAL, BYE
  • True value: $7
  • Desperate need: $11
  • Budget-minded: $4

Analysis: Campbell has been the WR9, WR5 and WR11 in the last three games with Matt Ryan under center. In those games, Campbell has averaged 9.6 targets, 8.0 receptions, and 67.6 receiving yards. He didn’t get into the end zone this week, but he drew an 18.7% target share, hauling in five passes for 67 yards. Over the next three weeks, Campbell has juicy matchups with PIT and MIN, who are first and fifth, respectively, in fantasy points per game allowed to slot wide receivers.

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