NFL Week 12 Waiver Wire: Drop Or Cop

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November 19, 2019 by squish

Written by Gerry Leung

As we get closer and closer towards the end of the regular season we need to be careful with our waiver wire adds. Every dollar and every bid counts. Bye weeks are nearly over but this week we have some tough ones with the Chiefs, Vikings, Chargers and Cardinals all out. We also have some injury updates which I will highlight below and some players who could see an increased role.


Matthew Stafford, Ty Johnson, Sterling Shepard, Trey Burton

Matt Stafford

Stafford missed another week and is now surprisingly considered week to week with fractured bones in his back. One hit could ruin his season and potentially his career. It would be smart for the Lions to hold Stafford out and possibly the remainder of the season. Driskel has looked decent in his spot starts and could be an interesting streamer this week against the Redskins who Darnold torched for 4 TDs.

Ty Johnson

Many hoped Johnson would be the primary beneficiary with Kerryon landing on IR but it appears that Patricia prefers to play the hot hand role. Last week it was Bo Scarborough’s week and he finished with 14 carries for 55 yards and 1 TD. There’s just too many questions in this backfield and with Stafford likely out for some time, I don’t plan on rostering any Lions in the foreseeable future.

Sterling Shepard

Shepard has only been able to play in four games so far this year. He’s suffered multiple concussions and has had lingering injury issues all throughout the year. The Giants have plenty of options without Shepard, with guys like Slayton and Tate. It’s likely the Giants could play it safe and place Shepard on IR.

Trey Burton

Over his past two games he’s had only two targets. Now landing on IR it’s safe to say Burton has been one of the biggest fantasy busts since being traded to the Bears. He looked great in Philly but with the injuries and the poor Quarterback play he can be safely dropped in all formats. There are better options to seek on waivers.


Sam Darnold, Jonathan Williams, Deebo Samuel, Ryan Griffin

Sam Darnold

If you didn’t pick up Darnold the first time I mentioned him, now is the time. A 4 TD and near 300 yard game is what we like to see as fantasy owners. His schedule only gets easier as he gets to face the Raiders, Bengals and Dolphins the next three weeks. Darnold looks locked in and he should finish 10 QB over these next few weeks.

Jonathan Williams

Mack left early in week 11 with a hand injury. According to reports he is expected to undergo tests in the coming days. He will likely be ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Texans which should open up the opportunity for Jonathan Williams. Williams rushed for 116 yards on 13 carries and hauled in 31 yards on his only catch. He’s in a great spot and has a great opportunity. He should be a high priority add going into week 12.

Deebo Samuel

His week 10 performance was no fluke as he followed up on Sunday with similar production, 8 catches for 134 yards against the Cardinals. Over his last 2 games he has had 246 yards more than he’s had in his last 7 games. The second round pick is establishing himself as one of the top options on the 49ers. Even with Emmanuel Sanders back, Deebo played on almost all the snaps. Things may change with Kittle returning but I wouldn’t be surprised if Deebo took over as the number one receiver in San Francisco.

Ryan Griffin

With Herndon officially on IR, Griffin will see massive opportunity. In the 2 games before Herndon’s return he hauled in 10 catches for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was also playing on 90% of the snaps. Last week he caught 5 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. His strength of schedule is also the easiest as he gets the face the Raiders, Bengls and Dolphins in the next 3 weeks.

As a reminder, the drop list are the players who are no longer must haves on rosters. The cop list consists of players who are worth a roster spot. Check back next week for the latest edition of cop or drop. Good luck this week and feel free to hit me up on twitter with any questions @GK_Leung.

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