Nease’s Insights—Week 12: Major Injuries & Waiver Wire Pickups

Just as I am falling in love with games like the Rams BIG win over the Chiefs on MNF, as well as my overall 45-21 record for my six fantasy football teams, alas, our fantasy season is almost over. For many of us, our playoffs begin in Week 14, with some a week later. I have three 10-1 teams that gave clinched playoff slots and one in the battle at 6-5. Fortunately, the main tiebreaker there is points and I have the #2 scoring team.

As happy as I am to have four great teams, I realize that bad things happen very often in our game. I will be working the waiver wire hard thus week, looking for that one more gem that can put my teams over the top.

For those of you in the same boat as I am, congratulations. For the rest of you out of the hunt, please give a 100% effort the rest of the way. Nothing is worse than a jerk who quits, giving his opponent a game against a lame lineup with injured, or bye week players in it. That really makes me very angry. I would say freaking pissed off, but how does that sound! LOL

Now, let’s get into the early week planning. To check current injury statuses, here is a comprehensive, up to date list from Rotoworld of injury statuses by team. I would suggest bookmarking this link and placing it in your fantasy football resources folder.

Here are some major injuries that occurred in Week 11:

  • QB Alex Smith, WAS Broken Leg—Status: Out for season
  • QB Marcus Mariota, TEN Stinger in Elbow—Status: Week to Week
  • RB Kerryon Johnson, DET Sprained Knee—Status: Week to Week
  • TE Jimmy Graham, GB Broken Thumb—Status: To be determined
  • WR Brandon LaFell, OAK Status: Out for season

With the injury list climbing and players on bye each week, maintaining a strong lineup is imperative in your journey to winning your championship. Here is a list of free agent possibilities for you. There are 22 names on this list, but be aware—not all players are available in all leagues. Some of your competitors may have snapped some of these guys up already.

  • QB Jameis Winston, TB (Back as the QB1 again as Fitz fizzles)
  • QB Lamar Jackson, BAL (His star is rising as Flacco’s is setting for the Ravens)
  • QB Colt McCoy, WAS (With Smith gone, QB job is McCoy’s to lose)
  • RB Josh Adams, PHI (New starter in RBBC)
  • RB Elijah McGuire, NYJ (Back in the Mix for touches)
  • RB Gus Edwards, BAL (Unsure who is who in Ravens backfield)
  • WR Zay Jones, BUF (Big week 10—now their WR1)
  • WR Josh Reynolds, LAR (Had big MNF game vs, Chiefs)
  • WR Rashard Higgins, CLE (Healthy again—good WR5 choice)
  • WR John Ross, CIN (With Green out, Ross is a good pickup)
  • WR Dontrelle Inman, IND (Decent WR4 or 5)
  • WR Kendrick Bourne, SF (Getting some targets)
  • WR Maurice Harris, WAS (Getting targets with so many teammates hurt)
  • WR D.J. Moore, CAR (Newton and young WRs starting to gel)
  • WR Curtis Samuels, CAR (Newton and young WRs starting to gel)
  • WR Keke Coutee, HOU (Great potential when healthy)
  • WR Taylor Gabriel, CHI (Not consistent, but has big game potential)
  • WR Tre’Quan Smith, NO (Starting to show signs of stardom)
  • TE Jeff Heuerman, DEN (Getting more touches now than earlier)
  • TE Jonnu Smith, TEN (Led team in Week 11 targets)
  • TE Robert Tonyan, GB (Caught a 54-yard TD in Week 11-watch Graham status)
  • TE Gerald Everett, LAR (Starting to get some touches)

We are now moving rapidly towards the 2018 playoffs. All of us at Big Guy Fantasy Sports are intent on helping you become the champions you want to be. With our poignant articles and being the home base for the consistency theory, a sound, mathematically-based alternative to ADP, we will be with you for the 2018 season in its entirety. What happens then? That my friends, is easy. We start over and do it all again in 2019!

Over the years many readers have contacted me personally for fantasy football questions throughout the year. I look forward to helping you in your quest to win championships this year. You can contact me by email with any questions you may have on fantasy football generally, or on consistency specifically, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow me on Twitter @mikeinsights, or join me as a member of Couch Tomatoes, my fantasy football discussion group on Facebook.

Good luck! Have fun!


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