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Players to Drop For Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

Max Staley
Matthew Stafford fantasy outlook makes him worth a drop in Week 12.
Matthew Stafford fantasy outlook makes him worth a drop in Week 12. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images
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As usual, there are a ton of intriguing options available on the waiver wire this week. But to make room for the big names and the sleepers, you'll probably need to make some cuts.

That can be infuriating, as fantasy managers are often forced to admit defeat on some once-promising options. And it's rarely as simple as just cutting guys who haven't produced, as you'll only want to part ways with players that don't have much long-term upside.

With that in mind, here are three players you can drop to make room for additions on the waiver wire in Week 12.

3. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions (62% Rostered)

Matthew Stafford was one of our favorite breakout picks of the season, but it just isn't happening. The Detroit Lions' gunslinger is the QB19 on the year and he's only QB23 on a per-game basis. He hasn't really been worth starting in fantasy for a while now, but he's shown just enough to entice fantasy managers to keep him around. Unfortunately, that thumb injury looks like the straw that broke the camel's back. In his first game playing through it, he put up his worst outing of the season against a very beatable Carolina Panthers' defense. Stafford has been limited by Matt Patricia's conservative style all year long, but now that he's likely playing at less than 100% the rest of the way, there's no reason to believe he'll finally turn it around.

2. Jared Cook, TE, New Orleans Saints (84% Rostered)

Jared Cook isn't even a top-18 TE in PPR formats this year, but for whatever reason, he's still rostered in 84% of Yahoo! leagues. Making matters worse, his role appeared to shrink significantly in Taysom Hill's first start. Cook only drew 1 target in Week 11, his lowest total of the season. And when Drew Brees was healthy, Cook wasn't really a lock for volume either, seeing 3 targets or fewer in five of his nine games. Even with tight end being as bad as it is, Cook is not someone you want to be rostering right now. There are better streaming options available on the waiver wire in Week 12.

1. Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills (73% Rostered)

Devin Singletary has pretty much become the unofficial mascot for this list. Since Zack Moss returned in Week 6, Singletary actually ranks outside of the top-50 RBs in PPR formats, sitting at RB54. He's failed to reach even 7.0 PPR points – an extremely low bar – in five of his last six starts. There's no reason he should be rostered in 73% of Yahoo! leagues. His only fantasy value comes from being a handcuff to Moss at this point, and if that's what you're looking for there are plenty of better options available on the waiver wire.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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