“In the Scope” is a unique weekly article that won’t solely focus on giving readers mainstream fantasy football waiver wire pickups. Instead, we aim to recommend the top free agents to acquire after waivers run. These players may be the top pickups next week, saving you Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) and waiver priority. So whether you’re trying to grab the leftover mainstream fantasy football waiver wire Week 12 pickups or the longer-ranged free agents, below are some options to consider.
Rostership percentages are based on ESPN Points Per Reception (PPR) redraft fantasy football leagues as of Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Check Your Waivers: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 12 Pickups
• Rachaad White (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) | 39.3 Percent
• Latavius Murray (RB, Denver Broncos) | 34.3 Percent
• Isiah Pacheco (RB, Kansas City Chiefs) | 51 Percent
• Samaje Perine (RB, Cincinnati Bengals) | 18.7 Percent
• Darius Slayton (WR, New York Giants) | 21.5 Percent
• Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR, Cleveland Browns) | 40.4 Percent
• Treylon Burks (WR, Tennessee Titans) | 32.3 Percent
• Skyy Moore (WR, Kansas City Chiefs) | 16.7 Percent
• Greg Dulcich (TE, Denver Broncos) | 46.9 Percent
• Juwan Johnson (TE, New Orleans Saints) | 29.6 Percent
In the Scope Targets: Top Fantasy Football Free Agent Week 12 Finds
James Cook (RB, Buffalo Bills) | 20.8 Percent
You can never have too many RBs this time in the fantasy season. You never know when you’ll have to look deep into the bench for a desperation RB2 start. James Cook is an added depth piece that I’m targeting following the waiver wire run of Week 12. For the first time this season, Cook looked explosive last week – totaling 86 yards on 11 carries. Though it was for only 16 total snaps, the rookie showed flashes of what he did at the University of Georgia last year when he totaled over 1,000 combined yards and 11 total TDs.
The Bills have been more conservative with Josh Allen since their Week 7 bye. His passing attempts have dropped from 39.8 to 32.5 per game in the four games since. Likewise, his rushing attempts have also slightly dipped from 7.8 to six per game.
Buffalo’s best bet at a Super Bowl run comes with getting a two-headed monster going in the backfield to take some pressure off Allen. They could continue to give Cook the experience needed these next three weeks as the Bills face the Lions, Patriots and Jets. Buffalo should be up in these contests, allowing for more snaps and attempts for their second-round pick. – Seth Woolcock
Marlon Mack (RB, Denver Broncos) | 2.3 Percent
The curious case of the Denver Broncos got even more curious this past Monday. In a surprising move, the team released veteran running back Melvin Gordon, leaving the team with fellow veteran ball carrier Latavius Murray as the heir apparent and elevating recent free agent acquisition Marlon Mack to the defacto RB2 in Denver.
The Broncos backfield now consists of Murray, who hasn’t been a true lead back in an offense since 2017, and Mack, who is just over two years removed from an Achilles’ tendon tear. Murray has been serviceable in his first two games, leading the team in carries in Week 11 with 17. However, he hasn’t carried the ball 15-plus times more than three times in a season since 2017. He’s already eclipsed that total in 2022, and this will likely morph into a backfield-by-committee.
On the other side of the coin is Mack. The veteran back has only logged 28 carries since tearing his Achilles in Week 1 of the 2020 season, all of which came in 2021. Like D’Onta Foreman in Tennessee last season, he is just over two years removed from the devastating injury. He has an opportunity to contribute to a team that needs a spark down the stretch. While this is far from a slam dunk, Mack has potential value as a bench stash that could get rolling around the fantasy playoffs. – Nate Polvogt
Randall Cobb (WR, Green Bay Packers) | 4.2 Percent
He may have rekindled that flame with Randall Cobb. He’s been the most efficient pass catcher that Rodgers has right now. He caught all six of his six targets for 73 total yards in last Thursday’s showdown against the Titans.
Rodgers’ other options at receiver in last week’s game were Allen Lazard (five receptions of 11 targets), Christian Watson (four of six), Robert Tonyan (two of four) and Sammy Watkins (zero of two). That’s not the consistency that Rodgers is looking for. Back from injury, Cobb will again become Rodgers’ primary go-to out of the slot. He’s only rostered in 4.2 percent of ESPN leagues, so he’s ready to join your team. – Jen Polvogt