It’s always important to consider volume when targeting wide receivers on the waiver wire, but heading into Week 12 we can target a couple of big spots from last Sunday. It’s rare we see two WRs score over 20 fantasy points and also be readily available in almost 70% of ESPN standard leagues. With the playoffs on the horizon, these could be the pick-ups that make or break your fantasy football season. Let’s take a look at some wideouts to target this week.
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers (32.9 percent)
Samuel was an easy pick-up heading into Week 11 vs. the Arizona Cardinals, but for some reason fantasy owners ignored it. He’s still low-owned and is starting to emerge as QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s favorite target with George Kittle sidelined. Of course, Kittle is expected to return, but Samuel should continue to get looks. He’s got at least 10 targets in back-to-back games with 100+ yards and eight catches. Samuel is a viable play in the FLEX or WR2 spot in Week 12 vs. the Green Bay Packers.
Randall Cobb, Dallas Cowboys (31.6 percent)
Cobb’s situation is very similar to Samuel’s in terms of production. We’ve seen back-to-back big spots for Cobb, though less target volume. Cobb has posted back-to-back games of at least 100 receiving yards and a TD. Dak Prescott has been spreading it out more with the WR corps fully healthy with Michael Gallup back, and Cobb’s place in the slot makes him a great PPR option. Note though, the Cowboys have a brutal schedule upcoming: @ NE, vs. BUF, @ CHI, vs. LAR and @ PHI to finish the season.
Chris Conley, Jacksonville Jaguars (16.5 percent)
With Nick Foles back under center for the Jaguars, I think we can go back to the Chris Conley well. The two had an obvious connection before Foles went down in Week 1 and now that he’s back, the pair got back to work in a loss to the Colts on Sunday. Conley saw eight targets, catching six for 58 yards. The most notable thing for Conley is some of Jacksonville’s upcoming games: Week 13 vs. TB, Week 15 at OAK and Week 16 at ATL.
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (0.1 percent)
I realize the Broncos blew a huge lead in their loss to the Vikings on Sunday, but I really liked what I saw from QB Brandon Allen, particularly on the final drive. He looked Patrick’s way eight times, with the young wideout catching four passes for 77 yards, 19.3 YPC. Patrick should continue to operate as the No. 2 option behind Courtland Sutton after playing well in his season debut. Look for Patrick to be more involved, though Denver doesn’t have many appealing matchups the rest of the season.