2021 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds


2021 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds

Week 12 brings in our last week with two teams on byes this year, as Weeks 13 and 14 each have four teams on bye. Needless to say, as we get down to the wire there will still be teams that need to find quick replacements each week, and the stakes only get higher.

We are back as always with nine players (six at each base position group) that we think we will help you out this week. As always, your league positions set-up and scoring will matter a lot.

Bye Week Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs

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Remember to always check your lineups before games start for late-breaking injuries and unexpected starters, and you can find the RotoHeat IDP scoring here.

2021 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds: Linebackers

2021 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds: Linebackers
2021 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds: Linebackers – Kyle Van Noy

Zach Cunningham, Linebacker, Houston Texans
Ownership: Sleeper 2%, Yahoo 7%

Back from the realm of lost fantasy football value, Zach Cunningham came into this year projected to be a top 24 linebacker by most but fell out of favor with the coaching staff. He only played between 21% and 52% of snaps from Weeks 5 through Week 8. Once Christian Kirksey went on IR with a finger injury Cunningham became a starter again, and in the past two weeks Houston has played (Week 10 they were on bye) he has had 8 solos, 11 assists, 1 TFL, 1PD, and 1 forced fumble.

Week 12 brings the Jets who give up the 12th most points to opposing linebackers, and Cunningham should continue to start at least while Kirksey is out. There have been no real updates on Kirksey as of late, which means we are likely a ways out from his return, if he returns this year at all.

Quincy Williams, Linebacker, New York Jets
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 2%

Quincy had a great start to the year once he got a shot to play coming over from the Jaguars after being cut, but nagging injuries and the rotating door of linebackers for the Jets relegated him to a backup level snaps in Week 7 through 10 (24 – 66%). This past week he did not start, but quickly took over for the ineffective Jarrad Davis and did not look back, amassing 10 solos, 5 assists, and 2 TFL on an 89% snap share.

The Jets would be smart to keep giving him looks as their lost season continues on. The Jets play the Texans this week, who give up the 4th most points to opposing linebackers. Quincy was dropped in most leagues the past few weeks and is largely available. I would pay attention to what you hear in the days leading up to their game though to see if he will get the start or not (which he should).

Kyle Van Noy, Linebacker, New England Patriots
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 2%

Sitting at a 77% snap share in games he has played, Kyle is a top 35 linebacker on the season. The Patriots have their bye in Week 14 and Kyle is on a hot streak with at least 5 solos and 1 sack in the past two games going against teams that give up loads of points to opposing linebackers. The good news is the Patriots have another such matchup this week, as the Titans give up the 5th most points to opposing linebackers on the year. He makes a great injury or bye week fill in this week.

2021 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds: Defensive Backs

2021 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds: Defensive Backs
2021 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds: Defensive Backs – Kamren Curl

Darnell Savage, Safety, Green Bay Packers
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 4%

An offseason darling of many, Darnell has not lived up to the hype this year (but then again, many IDP players have not). He is safety #52 on the year right now, despite a 94% snap share. The Rams are their Week 12 opponent, however, and they give up the 5th most points to opposing safeties. It is not a surprise to me that he played more snaps closer to this line in their last game against the Vikings and had his best fantasy season of the year; he is better suited to me as a strong safety playing closer to the line. With the linebacker woes the Packers continue to have, I see this continuing this next week and a great chance of another good game for Savage.

Kamren Curl, Safety, Washington Football Team
Ownership: Sleeper 2%, Yahoo 4%

Our safety #39 on the year, Curl is in a historically unique situation in that the Football Team has had three safeties who have all had at least a 79% snap share in six out of 10 games so far this year; the other two are Landon Collins and Bobby McCain. Curl, himself, has not missed out on at least an 89% snap share since Week 5. In that same time frame (Week 6 on), he has not had fewer than 4 solo tackles, and not fewer than 6 combined tackles.

Clearly he has a very safe floor with how he is being used (all over the defensive field, literally). Week 12 brings the Seahawks, and while they are not a great matchup (27th in points allowed to opposing safetiess) he remains a nice floor play with how he has been consistently used. I also feel he has great rest of the season value.

Terrance Mitchell, Cornerback, Houston Texans
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 0%

Terrance has failed to have at least three combined tackles only once this year, and he is coming off his best game of the year against Tennesee, who was in the bottom third of points allowed to opposing cornerbacks. Houston faces off against the Jets in Week 12, and the Jets give up the 3rd most points to opposing cornerbacks this year. He is my free cornerback waiver play of the week.

2021 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds: Defensive Linemen

2021 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds: Defensive Linemen
2021 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds: Defensive Linemen – Malik McDowell

Zach Allen, Defensive End, Arizona Cardinals
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 1%

Yes, Arizona is on bye this week, but count this as getting ready for the end of the season and (hopefully) the playoffs. The 2019 3rd round pick leads Cardinals defensive linemen with a 54% snap share on the year, but from Week 8 on (which the week after JJ Watt’s season ended) he has a 78% snap share. In those four games, he has 11 solos, 6 assists, 2 PD, 1 TFL, 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery.

In Weeks 13, 14 and 15 he has the Bears (3rd in points allowed to opposing defensive ends), Rams (23rd) and Lions (5th), so he should be able to fill in nicely if needed in at least two of those games.

Emmanuel Ogbah, Defensive End, Miami Dolphins
Ownership: Sleeper 1%, Yahoo 9%

Ogbah is our #12 defensive end on the year, but that is in large part due to a Week 9 game against the Texans where he had 2 solos, 2 assists, 2 TFL, 2.5 sacks, and 1 PD. He does lead Miami defensive linemen with a 67% snap share on the year though, and Week 12 brings the Panthers, who give up the most points to opposing defensive ends on the year. He needs to get a big play (TFL, sack, etc) or two for you to have a week as he does not get many tackles, but he has had at least one big play in seven of 11 games this year.

Malik McDowell, Defensive Tackle, Cleveland Browns
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 0%

Once again we have your defensive tackle streaming option of the week. Malik is leading the team’s defensive tackles with a 66% snap share and 14 solos, 8 assists, 6 TFL, 3 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery on the year. Clearly he is a guy that you are more likely to get a big play from than a bunch of tackles, but he has gotten you a big play (TFL, sack, etc) in five of his last seven games.

Week 12 has the Browns playing the Ravens, who give up the 3rd most points to opposing defensive tackles on the year. Please note that the Browns are on bye in Week 13, but if you are streaming defensive tackles, this likely doesn’t matter much.

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