Best wire-free fantasy football pickups for week 12

After the 11th full roster of regular season action, the NFL and Fantasy Football are heading into the latter part of the season.

If you suffered a serious injury in week 11 or a player comes into their bye week at an inconvenient time, we will scan the waiver. For potential pickups, we consider players who are available in at least 50% of ESPN fantasy leagues.

Let’s take a look at some of the potential waiver wire pickups that could help your teams get started in Week 12 of the NFL campaign.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Cleveland Browns (43.1%)

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Watson is returning to his first assignment since January 3, 2021. That’s a long way from not playing football. There will likely be some rust, but there’s a chance he’ll come back and play like the quarterback he was before his off-field issues came to light.

Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams (14.7%)

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The Los Angeles Rams haven’t had nearly the success they hoped for after winning the Super Bowl. Now Allen Robinson will miss the rest of the season and Cooper Kupp won’t be back until the Fantasy Playoffs.

Meanwhile, Jefferson should be Los Angeles’ number one target. There is value in that.

Zonovan Knight, RB, New York Jets (0%)

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With Michael Carter down last week with an ankle injury, it would have been expected that James Robinson, who New York traded for this season, would step up as lead back. Robinson only rushed for 10 yards on seven rushes.

It was Knight, the undrafted rookie, who filled that role as he rushed for 103 yards on 17 touches. If Carter falls out again, White could be an interesting one-week flyer.

Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots (24.7%)

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Mac Jones and New England’s offense looked better on Thanksgiving against the Minnesota Vikings as Henry scored once (twice if you Patriots fans believe). If they want to take on Buffalo in Week 13, they need to use Henry like they did last year – as a touchdown scoring machine.

Cleveland Browns, D/ST (9.3%)

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There’s a chance there could be more approvals in Cleveland now that Watson is back. However, the real reason for their mention on this list is that they play a Texan offense that didn’t do much against Miami’s defense last week. This unit should be able to track down Kyle Allen and force him to make some mistakes.

Story originally appeared on Dolphins Wire

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