Week 12 of the NFL season is, well, still going. It has become the Energizer Bunny. The week started on Thanksgiving Day and, as of Monday night, is scheduled to end Wednesday afternoon at 3:40 p.m. ET. That’s the new time slot for Ravens-Steelers, which has been postponed three times because of issues related to COVID-19. We hope that’s the last time the game will be postponed.
If the game does kick off Wednesday as currently scheduled, the scores for any Ravens and Steelers players will count toward Week 12 for your Fantasy leagues on CBS Sports. That’s the easy part — we hope. What also should be easy, but warrants explanation, is what the Wednesday game means for the waivers process in your CBS Sports leagues. Here’s what CBS Sports emailed to all our league members.
“Given the Wednesday game, waivers will not run on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning) for any leagues. The first eligible waiver run will be Wednesday night (Thursday morning) after the Baltimore-Pittsburgh game. Important note — if you do not typically run waivers on Wednesday night and you would like to do so, your commissioner will need to update your league settings prior to Wednesday night.”
Here’s a simple three-step process that my colleague Dave Richard tweeted for Fantasy commissioners on CBS Sports. Please show this to your Fantasy commissioner to make sure he/she is aware.
- Go to your league’s transaction policy page (http://**YOURLEAGUEIDHERE**.football.cbssports.com/setup/league-settings/transaction-policies)
- Make sure “Wed” is clicked
Again, it should be easy, and hopefully there are no issues running waivers this week. We know it’s an important week for many of you since this is the final scoring period in most Fantasy leagues before the playoffs begin.
And there are two prominent storylines we’re following heading into Week 13. The first is Texans receiver Will Fuller being suspended six games for violating the NFL‘s performance-enhancing substance policy. Fantasy managers will have to replace the No. 8 receiver in PPR, and some options off the waiver wire include Deebo Samuel, Tim Patrick and Keke Coutee, among others.
Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is also dealing with an ankle injury. As of Monday, he’s expected to play in Week 13 at the Jets, but if he’s out, Devontae Booker would become a potential starting Fantasy option in all leagues. We’ll talk about Booker and other free agent running backs below.
The one benefit with waivers running Wednesday night is you can see the practice reports for Jacobs and others, so that could determine the moves you make. And if needed, I’ll update this column Wednesday afternoon to help with any of your final waiver wire decisions.
Editor’s note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65% of CBS Sports leagues.
Week 13 Waivers
- Injuries of note: Lamar Jackson (illness), Drew Brees (ribs), Daniel Jones (hamstring), Tua Tagovailoa (thumb), Drew Lock (illness), Nick Foles (leg), Gardner Minsher (thumb), Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle)
- On a bye: Tom Brady and Teddy Bridgewater
- Priority list: Ryan Fitzpatrick (37% rostered), Mitchell Trubisky (10%), Baker Mayfield (45%) and Philip Rivers (54%)
- Check to see if available: Ryan Tannehill (84% rostered) and Kirk Cousins (71%). Tannehill managed to score at least 21 Fantasy points in his past two tough matchups against Baltimore and Indianapolis, and now he gets Cleveland, Jacksonville and Detroit in his next three outings. And Cousins has scored at least 21 Fantasy points in four games in a row and faces Jacksonville this week.
- Potential drop candidates: Jared Goff (90% rostered) and Carson Wentz (69%). Goff could play well in Week 13 at Arizona, but he has one game with more than 12 Fantasy points since Week 7 and is too inconsistent to trust at this point in the season. Wentz is potentially on the verge of being benched for Jalen Hurts, and he faces Green Bay, New Orleans and Arizona in his next three outings.
- Injuries of note: Josh Jacobs (ankle), Joe Mixon (foot), D’Andre Swift (concussion), David Johnson (concussion), Todd Gurley (knee), James Conner (illness), Jonathan Taylor (illness), Myles Gaskin (knee), J.K. Dobbins (illness), Mark Ingram (illness), Phillip Lindsay (knee), Kalen Ballage (ankle), Salvon Ahmed (shoulder), Lamical Perine (ankle), Devonta Freeman (ankle) and Tevin Coleman (knee)
- On a bye: Christian McCaffrey, Mike Davis, Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette
- Priority list: Devontae Booker (34% rostered), Benny Snell (48%), Cam Akers (47%), Frank Gore (41%), DeAndre Washington (1%), Jordan Wilkins (30%), Brian Hill (54%), Kerryon Johnson (26%) and Royce Freeman (7%)
- Check to see if available: J.K. Dobbins (82% rostered), Myles Gaskin (81%), James White (80%), Latavius Murray (77%) and Jamaal Williams (71%). Dobbins and Ingram are eligible to play Wednesday against the Steelers, so keep an eye on how they do, especially Dobbins. Hopefully, he’s the lead back for the Ravens again like he was in Week 11 against Tennessee when he had 17 total touches and scored 18 PPR points. Gaskin could return this week against the Bengals, and he would be a No. 2 Fantasy running back again in all leagues if healthy, especially if Ahmed remains out. I didn’t like that White only had one catch in Week 12 against Arizona, but he can still be a flex option in PPR. And he does have at least 13 PPR points in consecutive games prior to Week 13. Murray has 31 carries in his past two games and can be considered a potential flex option, even while playing in tandem with Alvin Kamara. Williams is a great stash candidate in case something happens to Aaron Jones, and Williams has also scored at least eight PPR points in all but two games this year if you need him as a flex option in deeper leagues.
- Potential drop candidates: Leonard Fournette (91% rostered), Darrell Henderson (77%), Jerick McKinnon (75%) and Kalen Ballage (75%). The Buccaneers are planning to feature Ronald Jones, which is bad news for Fournette, who has 10 total touches or less in four games in a row. Henderson should lose more playing time to Akers, and Henderson now has six games in a row with nine PPR points or less. McKinnon only had five total touches in Week 12 at the Rams with Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson back, and his workload could be in jeopardy moving forward. And Ballage isn’t worth holding onto now that he’s hurt, along with Austin Ekeler back.
- Injuries of note: Julio Jones (hamstring), Adam Thielen (illness), Kenny Golladay (hip), D.J. Chark (ribs), Brandon Aiyuk (illness), John Brown (ankle), Julian Edelman (knee), Preston Williams (foot), Randall Cobb (toe) and Larry Fitzgerald (illness)
- On a bye: D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, Curtis Samuel, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown
- Priority list: Deebo Samuel (59% rostered), Tim Patrick (55%), Keke Coutee (1%), Breshad Perriman (47%), Sterling Shepard (62%), Sammy Watkins (63%), Darnell Mooney (15%), Hunter Renfrow (37%), Collin Johnson (0%) and Gabriel Davis (3%)
- Check to see if available: Brandon Aiyuk (80% rostered), Corey Davis (79%), Cole Beasley (75%), Nelson Agholor (75%), Michael Pittman (73%) and Allen Lazard (68%). Aiyuk will hopefully return in Week 13 after being out for the past two games, and he scored at least 17 PPR points in his past three outings. I’m excited to see how he’ll do working with Samuel. Davis has done well as the No. 2 receiver for the Titans, and he has a great matchup in Week 13 against the Browns before facing Jacksonville in Week 14 and Detroit in Week 15. Beasley should be considered a No. 3 Fantasy receiver as long as John Brown is out, and Brown will miss the next two games against the 49ers and Steelers. Agholor has a great matchup in Week 13 against the Jets, and he has 15 targets in his past two games against the Chiefs and Falcons. Pittman has at least seven targets in three of his past four games, and he has a great matchup in Week 13 at the Texans, who just lost Roby. And Lazard scored in Week 12 against Chicago and has a favorable matchup in Week 13 against the Eagles.
- Potential drop candidates: Will Fuller (100% rostered), Darius Slayton (82%), Travis Fulgham (78%) and Emmanuel Sanders (73%). Fuller’s season is over, and there’s no reason to keep him on your Fantasy roster in redraft leagues. Fulgham has been a disaster since Alshon Jeffery returned to the Eagles in Week 10, and Fulgham has five PPR points in his past three games. Sanders has 12 PPR points and seven combined targets in his past three games.
- Injuries of note: Mark Andrews (illness), George Kittle (foot), Zach Ertz (ankle), Irv Smith (groin) and Greg Olsen (foot)
- On a bye: Rob Gronkowski
- Priority list: Kyle Rudolph (22% rostered), Austin Hooper (62%), Logan Thomas (45%), Trey Burton (38%) and Jordan Akins (17%)
- Check to see if available: Dallas Goedert (80% rostered), Mike Gesicki (73%), Zach Ertz (72%) and Robert Tonyan (72%). We’ll see what happens when Ertz is back, but Goedert has been awesome the past two games against Cleveland and Seattle with at least 18 PPR points in each outing. Hopefully that continues if Ertz plays in Week 13 at Green Bay, but both Philadelphia tight ends should be rostered. Gesicki is a starting option in Week 13 against the Bengals if Fitzpatrick remains the starter in Miami. And Tonyan has come to life the past two weeks with at least 15 PPR points in each of his past two games against the Colts and Bears, but he only has 10 targets over that span.
- Potential drop candidate: Noah Fant (77% rostered), Jared Cook (71%) and Tyler Higbee (55%). Fant is getting Lock back, but I’m not trusting Fant yet against the Chiefs in Week 13. He hasn’t scored since Week 2 and has nine PPR points or less in seven of his past eight games. Cook has five targets in his past three games with one catch for 6 yards. You can’t trust him now with Taysom Hill starting for the Saints. Higbee hasn’t scored since Week 2 and has nine PPR points or less in eight games in a row.
- Bears (52%) vs. DET
- Raiders (14%) at NYJ
- Vikings (58%) vs. JAC
- Nick Folk (7%) at LAC
- Matt Gay (3%) at ARI
- Greg Zuerlein (30%) at BAL