Week 11 in the NFL season was marked by a series of high-impact injuries affecting key players like Joe Burrow, Mark Andrews, Kenneth Walker, and others. These unfortunate events, however, open up opportunities for other players to rise to the occasion.
This forms the core of our fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 12, specifically tailored for 10-team leagues, where the focus is on identifying those who are set to step up in the wake of these injuries.
Week 12 Fantasy football waiver wire pickups in 10-team leagues
Zach Charbonnet, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle RB Kenneth Walker III left Sunday’s game with an oblique injury and reportedly will miss some time. Now, we aren’t sure what “some time” actually means, but Charbonnet should step in as the Seahawks RB1 for Thursday’s matchup vs. the San Francisco 49ers with a chance to hold that role for several weeks. The rookie second-round pick from UCLA had 15 carries for 47 yards and 6 receptions for 22 yards in relief of Walker on Sunday, and there’s a good chance his usage stays at that level for as long as he’s the starter.
Isaiah Likely, TE, Baltimore Ravens
Mark Andrews suffered a season-ending ankle injury on Thursday Night Football of Week 11. Likely will step into his place for the next few months in a scheme that places quite a bit of emphasis on the tight end position. Even though Likely only saw one target on Thursday after Andrews left the game, he still ran the second-most routes of any pass-catcher on the team. That’s good news for his fantasy potential, and Likely could realistically be a top-10 fantasy tight end for the rest of the season. If you have been scrambling and streaming at the position, this could be your answer.
Ty Chandler, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Chandler was a popular waiver wire pickup last week after posting 10 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints. However, he’s still available in nearly half of ESPN leagues, and he’s probably on the waiver wire in your 10-team league. Chandler posted another solid performance at the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football, racking up 73 rushing yards on 10 carries with 4 catches for 37 yards as well. He was far more efficient than starting RB Alexander Mattison, who lost yet another fumble in that game. That could open the door for Chandler to see a few more touches on a weekly basis.
Odell Beckham Jr, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Beckham came into Week 11 heating up with a touchdown reception in two straight games. While he failed to extend that streak on Thursday Night Football, he managed to make 4 receptions for 114 yards. You’ll need to monitor OBJ’s status, as he suffered a shoulder injury later in the game, and is listed as questionable. If Beckham ends up playing, there’s a good chance he’ll step into a larger-than-usual role with all of the Ravens’ pass-catcher looking to pick up the slack with Andrews done for the season.