Looking for help with 6 teams in Bye
The bye is back in force this week, with six teams on the break, but we have waiver recommendations to meet any fantasy football needs and accommodate any budget. Each week we identify a set of prioritized fantasy picks that are available in at least 50% of the leagues and approved for immediate use. These amazing Cyber Monday deals won’t last, so please act fast, folks.
Wide receivers and tight ends
Jayden Reed, Green Bay Packers (48% rostered)
In a game that featured the long-awaited return of Christian Watson, Reid actually led all Green Bay receivers in targets (eight) and reached the end zone for the sixth time this season.
Reed simply doesn’t take a week off. The fact that it remains widely available is, frankly, a huge fictional scandal. Reed is probably the Packers’ most prolific receiver on the roster, but here we are, re-promoting him. He currently leads his team in receiving yards (497) and is second in catches (36) and touchdowns (six). He’s good at football, people.
If Reid is still not associated with your league, please address this situation immediately. He has several attractive matchups on the schedule, including games against the Giants, Bucs, and Panthers in Weeks 14-16.
Recommended FAB, assuming a budget of $100: $20
Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers (48%)
Just as we all expected, the OC change in Pittsburgh immediately resulted in a significant increase in workload
Jaylen Warren George Pickens Freiermuth. After seeing only a modest workload in his first game back from IR a week ago, Freiermuth became the focal point of the Steelers’ passing game against the Bengals. He scored nine of 11 for 120 yards, all team-highs in a game that was (predictably) light on fantasy production. Pittsburgh doesn’t have a game remaining on the schedule, so Freiermuth is back in the top 10 for the rest of the season at his position.
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WRs and TEs are other priorities
Curtis Samuel He set season highs in all things important Thursday, as he had nine receptions for 100 yards on 12 targets against the Cowboys. It was the fifth time he’d seen at least six goals in his last eight games, so volume isn’t usually a concern.
Another week, six more catches in a scoreless afternoon Demario Douglas. He’s playing solid in full PPR leagues, despite his team’s poor situation at the QB position.
Gerald Everett He has struggled with injuries this season, but when healthy, he has certainly been helpful. Everett notched all four of his goals Sunday night and scored the team’s lone goal. Pats is next.
Jalin Hyatt He’s heading into his farewell so he won’t be able to help you anytime soon, but we should definitely take note of his first 100-yard performance as a pro. Hyatt was an electric receiver at the collegiate level, and the 2022 Biletnikoff Award winner. If targets finally start flowing his way, he will create a fair amount of fantasy noise.
If you’re chasing a touchdown at tight end, please take note Tyler Higbee He made house calls on Sunday. His upcoming matchups against Cleveland and Baltimore are pretty brutal, however, and we’re not ready to hype any of LA’s secondary weapons at the moment.
All Saints forward recipients In Perry The Saints are currently on the roster dealing with an injury, so the 6-foot-5 Wake Forest rookie will see some targets against the Lions. Do what feels best with this information. Please proceed with caution.
Joan Johnson He just saw a season-high seven targets and is in for a bigger workload next week, given the state of New Orleans’ receiving corps at the moment.
Zach Moss, Indianapolis Colts (49%)
We’re not about to guess anyone has dropped Moss recently, because a) he was coming off the meet and b) he barely saw the field in his previous two games. Moss played just nine snaps in Week 10 and just 13 the week before. Guys like this are usually candidates.
However, Moss unexpectedly resurfaced in Sunday’s win over the Bucs, playing 41% of the offensive snaps and producing 70 yards on 10 touches. He was still ahead of Jonathan Taylor, but the playing time was surprisingly similar. With six teams in Week 13, Moss is back on the flex radar. He’s been fantastically efficient this season, averaging 4.8 YPC and 7.7 yards per catch.
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Dirnest Johnson, Jacksonville Jaguars (1%)
It has been pretty clear for several weeks that Johnson has jumped on rookie Tank Bigsby as the replacement in Jacksonville’s backfield. We received additional confirmation of his status on Sunday, when Travis Etienne briefly exited the Houston game with a chest issue (he eventually returned). Johnson finished the game with eight touches for 61 total yards, doing most of his damage on a 42-yard reception. He averaged 5.0 YPC over his career and had a few nice moments in his days in Cleveland when injuries created a path to important touches. If you’ve pinned your fantasy hopes on Etienne this season, look for a spot for Johnson on the bench.
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Additional RBs on the wire
Ty Chandler He entered Monday night’s game with Chicago coming off back-to-back productive games in which he saw double-digit touches. While Chandler only had five catches for 11 yards in the loss to the Bears, four picks from Josh Dobbs certainly affected the flow of the game. This is still an elusive runner with 4.3 speed and has earned a big rotation role in Minnesota’s offense. His team will have a bye in Week 13, but will return with friendlies on the road against the Raiders and Bengals. Interestingly, it remains available in 52% of Yahoo leagues.
Antonio Gibson He deserves a look in deeper leagues after returning from a one-game absence due to injury. He has caught 18 passes over his past four games and his receiving services will likely be needed in Miami’s next game. Gibson matched Brian Robinson’s snaps on Thanksgiving, playing in nearly every third.
Roshawn Johnson He’s heading into his bye, so he’s out of the mix for Week 13. But he split backfield touches with Khalil Herbert on Monday night and looked like his usual versatile, destructive self. He should retain an important role in recent weeks.
Rico Doodle He made the most of his light workload Thursday, gaining 26 yards on four touches against Washington and scoring the game’s first touchdown. He remains the priority replacement RB behind Tony Pollard.
Ezekiel Elliott He had 11 touches on Sunday, giving him 26 touches over New England’s last two games. The Pats have a pair of positive matchups on deck (LAC, in PIT), so if Zeke sees a respectable workload, he’s worth a look.
Samaji Beren He was rather active on Sunday, rushing for an early score from three yards out and finishing with 66 scrimmage yards on eight touches. He’s in a neutral spot against Houston in Week 13. Perine is quietly progressing to a 60-game season, so he has a certain degree of PPR appeal.
Gardner Minshew, Indianapolis Colts (16%)
You better believe we’ll be bringing things back with Mincio, a player we promoted last week. This guy is a (expletive) party. When Minshew eventually retires, he will go straight to the fantasy Hall of Fame for his bye week. There is no waiting period.
Minshew gave us 251 yards and his third rushing score of the season on Sunday in a friendly game against the Bucs. He has another attractive matchup ahead of him against Tennessee in Week 13. There’s no need to overthink things if you have a short-term need at QB. Minshew is the guy to throw to Michael Pittman Jr. And Josh Downs, which is a decent way to make a living.
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Approved for additional QB use
Matthew Stafford He is coming off a four-touchdown game against the Cardinals in which he completed 25 of 33 attempts for 229 yards. His matchup against Cleveland is kind of terrifying, but please note that game-breaking Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is out in Week 12 with a shoulder injury. Stafford is capable of producing a multi-score game at any time when his receiving corps is at or near full strength.
Kenny Pickett He’s only thrown two passes since September, so it’s fair to view him as something less than a high-ceiling fantasy option. The most likely output for Pickett on any given week is around 165 scoreless yards. However, we must admit that Pittsburgh did manage to put up 421 total yards in the first game of the post-Matt Canada era, including 268 yards through the air. Pickett will face Arizona’s user-friendly defense next week, so maybe he can, um… (shrugs sheepishly)… do something Of a positive nature.
Jake Browning He has Ja’Marr Chase on his side and faces a good matchup with Jacksonville, which has the 29th-ranked pass defense in the league. It’s a fair pilot for the truly desperate. Here’s hoping this isn’t you.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31%)
Sure, Tampa Bay’s defense actually has its flaws, but this group has already forced a respectable number of takeaways this season (16) while also producing 29 sacks. For fantasy purposes, the Bucs D was situationally advantageous. Over the next two weeks, this unit gets two divisional friendlies against inconspicuous midfielders, hosts Carolina and then travels to Atlanta. Keep the Bucs in your streaming/DFS plans.
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The Rams are coming off a four-sack win and are preparing to face whatever sketchy quarterback the Browns roll out in Week 13. It’s clearly a setup that screams multiple takeaways and 3-5 more sacks. However, there’s no need to hold onto that D-level after the next game, because they travel to Baltimore in Week 14.
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