We are entering Week 12 of the fantasy football season. The playoffs are just around the corner and this is the time for owners to make a serious push to secure their postseason spot. It's also Thanksgiving week with six teams playing on Thursday, so be sure to set your lineups early this week.
The bye weeks are just about done, which has to be a relief. No teams are off this week, but there is yet another serious injury fantasy owners have to account for. A.J. Green tore his hamstring and is most likely done for the season, leaving a massive hole in fantasy starting lineups. Which wide receivers should you look for on the waiver wire to fill his spot? We take a look with the top five options owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! standard leagues.
Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills (42 percent)
We don't quite know when Watkins will be practicing again, but he's eligible to come off the injured reserve list this week and there seems some optimism that Watkins can return. Robert Woods' knee injury gives Rex Ryan some extra incentive to get Watkins back soon. Either way, he's worth stashing on fantasy benches, especially if you have an IR spot. Watkins could be a fantasy league winner if he comes back in time for the playoffs.
Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (40 percent)
With Jeremy Maclin out once again, Hill had four catches for 53 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He saw just five targets, a steep decline from the previous week's 13, and probably should've had a bigger game against the Bucs' poor pass defense. Things won't get easier when the Chiefs take on the Denver Broncos, who are expected to get back Aqib Talib following the bye. Hill is an intriguing enough talent to add in 12-team leagues, but his fantasy value looks like a week-to-week proposition.
Eli Rogers, Pittsburgh Steelers (23 percent)
Rogers is seeing more targets with Markus Wheaton injured and Sammie Coates falling out of favor. He didn't have much to do on Sunday with just four catches for 20 yards, although that had mitigating circumstances. The Steelers were playing in a windstorm against a Cleveland Browns team that offered no resistance, so they simply sat on the ball for long stretches of the game. Rogers is facing an easy bounce-back spot against the Indianapolis Colts on Thanksgiving, in a game with high shootout potential.
Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee Titans (12 percent)
Perhaps we were too early on Sharpe? The preseason darling failed to produce in the early part of the season, but he seems to have found his footing with 68 yards and a touchdown in two straight games. We'll see if he can do enough to get back in the fantasy conversation when the Titans play the Chicago Bears, but that's as good a matchup as Sharpe will see all year. Treat him as a WR4 with upside.
Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals (11 percent)
Well, someone still has to catch passes from Andy Dalton. Might as well be the cagey veteran, LaFell. After Green went down on the second play of the game, LaFell saw nine targets, but had just four catches for 32 yards. It's likely he'll still play second fiddle to Tyler Eifert in the passing game, but Dalton still prefers LaFell to Tyler Boyd. That said, the Bengals' season is going down the tubes and LaFell is only worth a pickup if you exhausted all other options.