Waiver Targets: Week 12
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Heinicke is not going to be a serviceable season long-starter, but he can work as a good stream QB, especially looking ahead to Week 12. Heinicke had two top 15 QB finishes before going against some tough QB matchups in Philly and Houston. Heinicke has been a gritty starter for the Commanders, and his play has edged him out over Carson Wentz for the starter job. Heinicke is looking ahead to a great matchup against Atlanta who has allowed the 7th most fantasy points to QBs. Heinicke has been surprisingly good throwing the deep ball this year, which should bode well against an Atlanta defense that has allowed the most passing yards so far this year.
Samaje Perine blew up against the Steelers last week, and could see another high usage day with Joe Mixon leaving the game with a head injury. If Perine gets the starting job in Week 12, he should receive most of the workload on the ground, and already has control of the receiving work. Perine was able to manage 3 touchdowns against the Steelers, and while that will be hard to repeat, he will be given the opportunity as the lead back against the Titans with Mixon out.
Slayton followed a big game against the Texans with a solid performance against the Lions. In that game he managed to real in 5 catches on 10 targets. Slayton was second in targets on his team, but saw Wan'Dale Robinson leave the game and will miss an extended amount of time. Slayton should see a high target share and high air yards share, which should lead to a favorable matchup against the Cowboys. Slayton also faces great matchups in 4 out of the next five weeks (Dallas, Washington x2, Minnesota). Slayton should be an immediate pickup for fantasy managers.
Moreau has dominated the snap share since replacing the injured Darren Waller, and while he has lacked red zone targets, he has been used consistently for a TE. Moreau has been struggling the past couple weeks, seeing less than 5 targets for 3 straight weeks, but has a favorable matchup against the Seahawks in Week 12. TEs are hard to manage outside of Kelce and Andrews, and with injuries to Goedert, Ertz, and now Pitts, there is no safe option for TE streaming.
The Dolphins have not been the best defensively but have a couple of good things going for them heading into Week 12. Their offense, for one, is stellar. This offense is fast and lethal, and could gain an early lead against the Texans who simply cannot compete with the combo of Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill. Second off, Davis Mills has been bad this year, and if the Dolphins get an early lead, it may be over for the 2nd year QB. The Texans want to run the ball with Dameon Pierce, so if the Fins take an early lead and throw a wrench in that, they should have no issue containing Mills. Mills and the offense struggled against the Commanders, and should not see much improvement against Miami.