2022 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Best Pickups for Week 12
The Week 12 fantasy football waiver wire is decent — we have had better weeks and we have had far worse. This week, we have some players that can help your team for the remainder of the season, a high-upside flyer, and a streamer. At least one of these players should be able to help your team, regardless of your situation. If you do not see a player you expected to see, make sure you check out previous posts (Week 11 and Week 10) because we may have previously discussed them.
Latavius Murray — 34.2%
Denver Broncos running back Latavius Murray looks to be a solid running back option for the remainder of the 2022 fantasy football season.
In Week 1, Murray was not even on the Broncos’ roster. Now, in Week 12, it looks like he will get the brunt of the carries in Denver. Last week, Murray had 17 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown. He added four catches for 23 yards in the passing game.
Murray should be the lead back in Denver after the Broncos cut Melvin Gordon. Plus, Chase Edmonds, who was acquired in the Bradley Chubb trade, is supposed to miss a couple of weeks with a high ankle sprain. This means the backfield belongs to Murray.
The situation in Denver is not great and I would not expect Murray to be amazing. He will get enough opportunities to put up points, though. I will gladly pick up a starting running back on waivers. I suggest you do the same.
Darius Slayton — 21.5%
New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton is the top waiver wire option at receiver this week. Slayton had a productive Week 11 game hauling in five catches for 86 yards on ten targets. That production came as the second option for a large portion of the game with Wan’Dale Robinson the lead target. However, Robinson tore his ACL in the fourth quarter. As a result, Slayton becomes a more appealing fantasy option.
Slayton has been solid in 2022, but he’s been hot lately, scoring more than 10 points in each of the Giants’ last four games. If the Giants want to keep winning, they will need Slayton to maintain that level of production.
I would say that I am late with Slayton, but he is only owned in 21% of leagues. That is fortunate as Slayton will be a solid waiver wire addition heading into Week 12.
Jameson Williams — 17.3%
Detroit Lions receiver Jameson Williams has yet to play an NFL snap, but he is worth a flyer.
Williams has been sidelined for the entire 2022 season after tearing his ACL in college. It seems like Williams is getting close to making his NFL debut as he has begun to practice. The Lions play on Thursday, so it is highly unlikely that Williams plays in Week 12, but he should return soon.
Williams was drafted 12th overall by the Lions because of his elite speed and big-play capability. With that in mind, Williams should seamlessly ease into the Lions’ offense. Right now, Detroit is desperately lacking a deep threat. Williams will be given the opportunity to play that role.
The earliest we will see Williams will be Week 13. If you want a home run hitter to stash for the playoffs, Williams is the guy to claim on waivers. If you desperately need wins to make the playoffs, you may want to look elsewhere.
Samaje Perine — 3.8%
Cincinnati Bengals running back Samaje Perine is this week’s streamer option. Perine had a great game in week 11 after taking over for Joe Mixon who left the game with a concussion. Perine’s production mainly came from touchdowns. He ended the day with 11 carries for 30 yards. In the air, he added four receptions for 52 yards and three touchdowns.
If Mixon misses Week 12, Perine will be a solid option. Otherwise, Perine is merely a handcuff. Monitor Mixon’s injury situation and capitalize if he is ruled out. If Mixon does play, there are plenty of more appealing options on waivers.
Treylon Burks — 22.7%
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks is an intriguing waiver wire option. I think he may be worth the risk. Burks now has two games under his belt since returning from waivers. His best performance came in Week 11 as he had seven catches for 111 yards. Needless to say, things are looking up for Burks.
It is not all pretty with Burks, though. The Titans do not have the best passing game in the world. The run game is their bread and butter. Along with the limited volume, Burks will compete for targets with Robert Woods and Austin Hooper. Neither of those guys are elite, but they will get looks.
I would not hate waiting a week to claim Burks from waivers. If you are in a competitive league you may need to act fast and pick Burks up. If you are not, I think waiting is the right decision. In that case, you can use your waiver wire elsewhere.