Relief is in sight as we enter the final week of teams on bye with the Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs and Vikings taking their well deserved time off. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should rest on your current roster – anything can happen in the NFL.
TE Noah Fant – Denver Broncos
The 1st round rookie led Denver in targets with 11 – which is also a season high – earning his second consecutive with at least 60 yards. Over the last three games, Fant has tallied 12 catches for 201 receiving yards on 23 targets – in his first seven games, he had 15 catches for 159 yards on 24 targets – that makes him a very intriguing target from here on out. The upcoming schedule is tough with the Bills, Chargers and Texans – all top 10 toughest against tight ends – but the opportunity is there.
There’s a quite a few fantasy relevant tight ends that teams will have to temporarily replace this week and Noah Fant makes for a good option. He’s roughly 70-85% available depending on your fantasy platform.
WR Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles
In games where DeSean Jackson was either out or limited and Agholor received at least 7 targets he has averaged 5.4 catches and 54 yards and has scored three times – those are solid numbers in a points per reception system. While he did drop a game-tying touchdown he was there and that shows us that the team has faith in him. His Week 12 opponent, Seattle, has surrendered well over 100-receiving yards and at least 8 receptions to a single receiver in each of their last three contests.
The former Trojan is over 85% unrostered all over the place. If you’re missing one of your top wide outs this week, Agholor is lined up for a game that could make you opponent wince in fear.
WR Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers
This rookie receiver has exploded in the last two weeks by turning 21 targets into 16 catches for 246 yards. That alone makes him worth an add in any league format. Samuel’s young, raw talent is becoming more fine tuned – something that Jimmy Garoppolo has clearly noticed. His Week 12 opponent, the Packers, seem pretty stout on paper but they have given up over 100 receiving yards to Mike Williams and D.J. Moore in each of the last two games.
Some fantasy players have already noticed Samuel, as he is between 45% and 75% across varying platforms. If you can find him on your league’s waiver wire, nab him quick.
QB Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings
You’re probably saying, “Hey! This guy is on bye in Week 12? What gives?” And you’re right, he is on bye. The fact is, he’s been one of the most, if not THE most consistent quarterback in fantasy over the last 6 weeks with multiple touchdown passes in five of those games and three or more in four of those weeks. At this point in the fantasy season, you have to start looking to the future and grabbing another passer is a solid strategy. His upcoming schedule (after the Week 12 bye) features the Seahawks and Lions who have both given up multiple passing scores and 300+ yard games to multiple quarterbacks in the last few weeks.
While Cousins will be a little harder to find on waiver wires – only between 18% and 40% available – he could be attainable on the cheaper side because of the bye week if your trade deadline hasn’t passed and someone else in your league needs to win now.