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For the Week 12 Waiver Wire additions, I could not help but take a Thanksgiving turn.

Thanksgiving is all about the three F’s: Family, Food and Football. Everyone has their own personal food rankings, and no two are exactly the same.

Personally, I’m a meat-enthusiast, so the turkey and ham are definitely priorities. I’m also a sucker for any sort of sweet potato dish, and have long thought that the sweet potato is over-looked the majority of the year.

All in all, my definitive Thanksgiving Food Rankings go like so:

  1. Turkey
  2. Ham
  3. Sweet Potato Dish
  4. Seconds of Ham/Turkey
  5. Green Beans (if bacon is heavily used, the green beans jump to a tie for 3rd)
  6. Pecan Pie
  7. Mashed Potatoes
  8. Stuffing
  9. Corn (if on the cob, pop their rankings up a couple of spots)
  10. Any other desserts
  11. Rolls (This used to be my go-to as a child, but I have broadened my horizons)
  12. Mixed Vegetables
  13. Cranberry Sauce
  14. Cornbread
  15. White Sauces (Anything with mayonnaise, sour cream, or ranch. Those are all gross and have no place at Thanksgiving)

Obviously gravy goes at the top, but since I put it on almost everything, we will just leave it off the rankings.

So for each of the Week 12 Waiver Wire additions, they will be associated with a Thanksgiving food per my rankings. If you have any qualms or if I’m completely leaving out a great food, Tweet me and we can discuss @Tomlin3.

Week 12 Waiver Wire Additions


Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers (ESPN: 17.0%, Yahoo: 18%)

I had Kaepernick in this space last week and was not high on his waiver wire addition status. I have come around a little bit though for the Week 12 Waiver Wire Additions. Kaepernick put up a solid 19.4 Fantasy Points against the Patriots, and now has at least 18.1 points in five of his six games this season. More importantly, in the all-important Fantasy Playoff weeks of Week 14 and Week 15, the 49ers have great match-ups. In Week 14, San Francisco gets the Jets who have given up the fifth most passing yards in the league. In Week 15, Kaepernick will face off with Atlanta, who has given up the most points per game to opposing quarterbacks.

Thanksgiving Dish Level: Seconds of Ham/Turkey

Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams (ESPN: 4.0%, Yahoo: 4%)


Just in case you were wondering about picking up Goff, you don’t need to. Unless you are in a 2-QB league and you are in desperate need, Goff will not provide much value.

Thanksgiving Dish Level: White Sauces


Running Backs

Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN: 2.3%, Yahoo: 4%)

Both Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles exited Sunday’s game with injuries. At the time of this writing, there are no updates on their status going forward. If either or both miss time, Smallwood looks to be the guy to take over. He had a nice day against Seattle with 79 total yards and four catches. He could get a couple of starts in the next couple of weeks that can help you make a playoff push. As of now, I am ranking his status as if Mathews is definitely out, Sproles is questionable.

Thanksgiving Dish Level: Sweet Potato Dish

Rex Burkhead, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN: 0.1%, Yahoo: 0%)

Giovani Bernard is done for the year (and is the fourth of my Top-6 picks in my biggest money league to be placed on IR). Jeremy Hill definitely has more value, but I think the Bengals will stick to the 1-2 punch that they are used to. Burkhead should have some value in deeper, PPR leagues.

Thanksgiving Dish Level: Corn

Alex Collins, RB, Seattle Seahawks (ESPN: 0.2%, Yahoo: 0%)

C.J. Prosise was just coming into his own and now he will be out for a while. Thomas Rawls looked pretty strong in his comeback from his own injury. However, I do not think that Seattle will give too big of a workload to Rawls. They will need him long term. Collins is the only other back left, and should get some work. He is worth a stash in deeper leagues.

Thanksgiving Dish Level: Any Other Desserts


Wide Receivers

Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins (ESPN: 29.9%, Yahoo: 23%)

Garcon had, by far, his best day of the season. He ended up with six catches for 116 yards and touchdown in DeSean Jackson’s absence. Jackson could be back as early as next week, but there are some juicy matchups for the Redskins going forward. In Week 16, Washington gets the Bears who have allowed the most Fantasy Points to opposing wide receivers. In Week 15, the Panthers travel to Washington. The same Panthers that gave up a 500-yard passer and 300-yard receiver earlier this year. There is enough to go around with the Redskins’ offense and Garcon is a great late-season add.

Thanksgiving Dish Level: Ham

Malcolm Mitchell, WR, New England Patriots (ESPN: 0.7%, Yahoo: 1%)

In the absence of Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell out-scored the rest of his season combined. Coming into this week, Mitchell had just 16.5 PPR Fantasy Points. He then put up 19.8 Points against the 49ers. Gronk will come back, and Brady will spread it around. Mitchell has talent and might be worth a flyer in deep-rostered leagues. However, he is not high on my priority list.

Thanksgiving Dish Level: Rolls

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN: 5.1%, Yahoo: 6%)

A.J. Green is likely done for most of the season so there will be a giant chasm in terms of targets and yards for the Bengals’ passing game. Brandon LaFell is technically above Boyd on the depth chart, but I can promise you I am not going down that road again. I am going with the rookie from Pittsburgh, Boyd. I hyped him up in the pre-season and he had been sub-par until Sunday. But with Green going out early, Boyd had his best game as a pro with six catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. I can see him busting out going forward. More importantly, I see the Bengals being sizable underdogs in every game but one going forward, meaning they will probably be playing from behind a ton. In the other game they get the hapless Browns. I’m all in on Boyd as he is at the top of my Week 12 Waiver Wire Additions.

Thanksgiving Dish Level: Turkey, with a sizable amount of gravy

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings (ESPN: 4.6%, Yahoo: 4%)

Thielen now has double-digit PPR Fantasy Points in three straight games after his five-catch, 65-yards and one touchdown outing against Arizona. He is averaging almost four catches and 52 yards per game and has scored in two straight. As defenses focus on Stefon Diggs, Thielen has taken advantage.

Thanksgiving Dish Level: Pecan Pie


Tight Ends

Logan Paulsen and Ben Braunecker, TE, Chicago Bears (ESPN: 0.0%, Yahoo: 0%)

Zach Miller had been a revelation at tight end for Chicago but his season looks to be over as well. Paulsen and Braunecker are the current guys ready to fill the void, but neither has much potential. They have combined for just four catches and 23 yards on the season. These are stay-aways.


Thanksgiving Dish Level: Cornbread

Jared Cook, TE, Green Bay Packers (ESPN: 2.7%, Yahoo: 12%)

Cook has always been seen as a player with a ton of talent, but never lived up to the hype. He arrived in Green Bay with definite sleeper-potential. Sunday he finally delivered with 105 yards and a score. I personally have a thing against a tight end in Aaron Rodgers’ offense. He never seems to stick with just one guy. If you are tight end-needy, then by all means pull the trigger. I just will not be expecting much from the Packer.

Thanksgiving Dish Level: Cranberry Sauce


That’s it for the Week 12 Waiver Wire additions! Make sure to check out our weekly rankings!

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