Mining The 2QB Waiver Wire For Gold: Week 12

Mining The 2QB Waiver Wire For Gold: Week 12

Every week I break down the 2QB waiver wire landscape with updated information and developments from the previous weeks. All starting quarterbacks need to be rostered in 2QB/Superflex fantasy football leagues, especially this time of year with owners fighting for playoff spots. Let’s take a look at some players to pick up immediately and one more to monitor moving forward…

*No Teams on Bye This Week

Immediate Pickups

Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets

There’s a chance Ryan Fitzpatrick was dropped and is available in your league. If so, he’s worth an add as he has been named the starter for Week 12. His matchup is favorable for three reasons: He’s at home, the Patriots are average against the pass (18th-most passing yards per game given up), and game flow should be in his favor since we know Tom Brady and company are going to put up points.

Josh McCown – Cleveland Browns

If Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t available, go ahead and look for Josh McCown. It sounds like he will be the Week 12 starter with Cody Kessler dealing with a concussion. In McCown’s last start, back in Week 8, he threw for 341 yards, two TDs, and two INTs. That’s not bad for someone readily available on your waiver wire this late into the season. Plus, McCown will be at home and will face a Giants defense giving up the 13th-most passing yards per game.

Scott Tolzien – Indianapolis Colts

If you’re looking for a wild and wacky finish to your Thanksgiving that doesn’t include listening to your inebriated family members talk politics, can I interest you in Scott Tolzien? He’ll likely start the primetime Thanksgiving game against the Steelers with Andrew Luck currently in the concussion protocol. Tolzien has only thrown one TD pass in his entire career but hey, Black Friday is coming one way or another, amirite?

Matt Barkley – Chicago Bears

With Brian Hoyer already on Injured Reserve and now Jay Cutler dealing with his second significant injury of the season, Matt Barkley will start Week 12 for the Bears. His matchup isn’t a terrible one as he will be at home against a Titans defense giving up the ninth-most passing yards per game. However, he will be without playmakers Alshon Jeffery and Zach Miller. I’d look to add Fitzpatrick, McCown, and Tolzien first, but if they’re all gone, Barkley’s your guy.

High Upside Backup To Monitor

Paxton Lynch – Denver Broncos

Trevor Siemian has struggled at times this season and was reportedly dealing with “serious discomfort” in his shoulder before the Broncos’ bye week. Siemian does not appear to be in jeopardy of missing Week 12. Still, Paxton Lynch is a name to keep on your radar moving forward. One more big shot to that shoulder and Siemian could miss more time like he did earlier in the season. There’s also an outside chance Siemian could be benched in favor of Lynch if his play on the field does not improve. Lynch, the Broncos’ first round pick this offseason, would be very intriguing as the starter as he possesses excellent physical tools, has rushing upside, and would be throwing to one of the best WR duos in the NFL.

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7 thoughts on “Mining The 2QB Waiver Wire For Gold: Week 12”

    • Hi Michael,

      Thanks for the question! I can see why you’re in a dilemma. Both QBs have posted similar fantasy points per game this season, both are on the road, and both don’t have particularly favorable matchups. It feels weird to type, but I think I would go with Colin Kaepernick because of his rushing production. Kaepernick has ran for at least 55 yards in three of his five starts this season and most fantasy league scoring formats greatly benefit rushing QBs. I would lean this way especially if your league is only 4 points per pass TD since there’s always a chance Kaepernick could get you a rushing TD or two as well. I hope that helps and good luck with your decision!

      • I have the same question for this week! I went Kap last week and he generated about 9-10 more than Rivers! Still lost but was happy with that decision. Thanks again in advance for your help, Ben. Mike

        • Hey Michael!

          It continues to sound crazy but I’m leaning rolling with Kaepernick again. Tyrell Williams has been Philip Rivers’ number one WR this season and he is reportedly dealing with a labrum issue in his shoulder that has already been surgically repaired in the past. We don’t yet know if Williams is going to play or not but I think Rivers can be slightly downgraded because of this regardless. Although Kaepernick is on the road this week, he finished as THE QB1 on the road just a week ago. His matchup against the Bears doesn’t scare me, especially with all of the injuries Chicago is dealing with on both sides of the ball right now. Plus, just like I said last week, the rushing upside with Kaepernick is pretty enticing. We saw that play out last week with Kaepernick rushing for 113 yards. I’d continue to ride the hot hand. Hope this helps!

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