Waiver Favors™: 2022 Week 12 Fantasy Football Pickups

By Ha Kung Wong  Week 12 Fantasy Football Pickups

Twitter: @FBGarbageTime

As I do every year over the last 10 years, I’m here to help with waiver wire adds via my weekly Waiver Favors™ article!  And I’m assuming if you’re reader right now, you’re in your fantasy football playoffs, so congratulations!

I’ll make a couple suggestions for after Week 12 of the 2022 fantasy football season that hopefully will keep your team running.  You’re welcome.  Again.

As usual, all pickups are available in at least 50% of Yahoo standard fantasy football leagues (with some minor exceptions) as of Sunday evening.

Mike White

QB – New York Jets – 4% Owned

Looks like Zach Wilson is going the way of Sam Darnold as the Jets strike out again on a 1st round QB draft pick.  But on the flip side, they may have found their new starter in Mike White, who completed 22 of 28 passes for a ridiculous 315 yards and 3 TDs in Week 12, finishing with an impressive 149.3 QB rating.  If you’re looking for a QB for the stretch run in 12-team leagues or deeper due to injuries or if you’re in a 2 x QB league, go pick him up.

Cam Akers

RB – Los Angeles Rams – 56% Owned

With Darrell Henderson waived, Cam Akers and Kyren Williams (whom I recommended picking up a month ago) have the entirety of the Rams backfield to themselves.  Akers wasn’t great in the first week post-Henderson, but the Rams were playing 3rd string QB Bryce Perkins, who likes running the ball himself and wasn’t terribly efficient.  There should be better days so feel free to stash Akers (and Williams if you didn’t already) in all 12-team leagues or deeper.

JaMycal Hasty

RB – Jacksonville Jaguars – 2% Owned

Travis Etienne went out early with an ankle injury, leaving the Jags backfield in the hands of JaMycal Hasty.  Hasty wasn’t efficient on the ground with 12 carries for just 28 rush yards, but he blew the doors off the pass game catching all 5 targets for 67 receiving yards and a TD.  If Etienne remains out, Hasty could be really helpful in all 12-team leagues or deeper (and definitely for all Etienne owners).

JaMycal Hasty Rushing & Receiving Stats
Game Rush Rush Rush Rece Rece Rece Rece
Year Tm G Rush Yds TD Tgt Rec Yds Ctch%
2020 SFO 8 39 148 1 8 7 33 87.5%
2021 SFO 11 16 68 1 29 23 157 79.3%
2022 JAX 10 13 92 1 10 7 23 70.0%
Care 29 68 308 3 47 37 213 78.7%
2 yr SFO 19 55 216 2 37 30 190 81.1%
1 yr JAX 10 13 92 1 10 7 23 70.0%

Ty Johnson & Zonovan Knight

RB – New York Jets – 1% Owned & 0% Owned

Michael Carter went out early with an ankle injury which left all the carries for Ty Johnson and Zonovan Knight (who was just elevated from the practice squad).  Turns out, both did well when the Jets were cooking on offense with Johnson rushing 5 times for 62 yards and a TD and a reception for 16 receiving yards, and Knight rushing 14 times for 69 yards and catching all 3 targets for 34 receiving yards.  Knight clearly out touched Johnson 17 to 6, but Johnson got the TD and was more efficient.  It’s unclear what will happen with Carter remains out since James Robinson was a healthy scratch this week, but I’m leaning on Knight as the preferred pick up since he had the most opportunity.  That being said, both are worth a speculative grab in 14-team leagues or deeper.

Treylon Burks

WR – Tennessee Titans – 51% Owned

This is the Treylon Burks that the Titans was hoping for when they drafted him in the 1st round.  After catching 7 of 8 targets for 111 yards, Burks followed that up in Week 12 catching 4 of 6 targets for 70 yards.  He’s averaged almost 7 targets per game since coming back from injured reserve.  He’s clearly the WR1 in the Titans run-first offense, so it’ll be tough to get any consistency, but he’s still worth a pickup in all 12-team leagues and deeper.

Zay Jones

WR – Jacksonville Jaguars – 25% Owned

Zay Jones went bonkers in Week 12 catching 11 of 14 targets for 145 receiving yards, and now is averaging 8.4 targets per game over his last 5 games.  Jones is seeing a huge target share and is getting plenty of opportunity in Jacksonville, and it’s time to pick him up in all 12-team leagues or deeper, and definitely in all PPR leagues, particularly with the Detroit Lions on tap.

Skyy Moore

WR – Kansas City Chiefs – 10% Owned

Moore isn’t setting the world afire, and he did have a fumble in Week 12, but he’s quietly gotten 5 receptions from 6 targets in back-to-back games with Mecole Hardman on IR and Kadarius Toney now out.  If you’re in need of a WR lottery ticket, Moore might be worth a speculative stash in all 16-team leagues or deeper, as it looks like Patrick Mahomes is starting to trust the rookie.

UPDATE for Monday Night Football

Benny Snell Jr.

RB – Pittsburgh Steelers – 1% Owned

Najee Harris looked healthy enough to muscle in a TD early in the game, but then left with an undisclosed abdominal injury for the rest of the game without any further details.  That’s pretty ominous.  Benny Snell stepped in with the bulk of the backfield touches carrying the ball 12 times for 62 yards and a TD, catching his only target for 6 receiving yards.  If Harris misses time, Snell could be a worthy RB2/Flex in all 12-team and deeper leagues.

Here our previous week’s waiver picks that we still think are worth a pickup:

10-Team Leagues

QBJustin Fields (Bears)

RBKenneth Walker (Seahawks)

12-Team Leagues

QBJimmy Garoppolo (49ers), Geno Smith (Seahawks)

RBGus Edwards (Ravens), D’Onta Foreman (Panthers), Isiah Pacheco (Chiefs), Kyren Williams (Rams), Jeff Wilson Jr. (Dolphins)

WRJoshua Palmer (Chargers), George Pickens (Steelers)

TEGreg Dulcich (Broncos), Gerald Everett (Chargers), Hayden Hurst (Bengals)

14-Team Leagues

QBMarcus Mariota (Falcons)

RBTyler Allgeier (Falcons), Michael Carter (subject to ankle injury) (Jets), Chuba Hubbard (Panthers), Latavius Murray (Broncos), Alexander Mattison (Vikings)

WRParris Campbell (Colts), Devin Duvernay (Ravens), Rondale Moore (Cardinals), Darius Slayton (Giants), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Chiefs)

16-Team Leagues

WRDeAndre Carter (Chargers), Jahan Dotson (Commanders), Marquise Goodwin (Seahawks), Terrace Marshall (Panthers), Alec Pierce (Colts), Demarcus Robinson (Ravens)

TETyler Conklin (Jets), Will Dissly (Seahawks), Evan Engram (Jaguars)

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