As the season winds down, the Week 12 Waiver Wire Wide Receivers article is shrinking mightily. There just aren't enough good pickups like there were in the beginning of the season. I will give credit where credit is due, however. I wasn't high on Week 11 wonder Rishard Matthews going into the Dolphins' game against the Chargers. No way he was going to match that 11/120/2 statline, but he did catch 4 passes for 52 yards. Good for 9 PPR points. This shows that he could be someone worth looking at, at the very least, for depth purposes.
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Michael Floyd - Cardinals (Owned Percentage – ESPN 63.3%/Yahoo 62%)
Floyd's owned numbers aren't surprising. He was never the best receiver to stash on your bench, but this week he's shown he isn't the worst either. This game against the Jaguars showed there is plenty of talent when it comes to Floyd. Floyd's 6 receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown are a bit skewed since one of those passes was for a 91-yard score. However, when the Cardinals passing game clicked on all cylinders, Floyd is a clear bi-product of that. If he's still on your waiver wire, pick him up. He's still a WR3 with high risk/high reward attached to him. Floyd might not be your idea of a true waiver wire pickup, but he should since he's only owned in a little over 60% of all leagues.
Marquise Goodwin - Bills (Owned Percentage – ESPN .1%/Yahoo 2%)
With the receiving duo of Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods out, Goodwin showed he deserves more time on the field. The dude is a speed demon who made Antonio Cromartie look like an aging veteran. Goodwin caught 6 passes for 81 yards and a score against the Jets, and deserves more time on the field. This is the 4th time this year that he's average double-digits in the yards-per-catch category. The Bills have a bye this week, but Goodwin is worth a stash. It's doubtful he will gain the starting job over Woods, but he's simply too good to keep off the field.
Rod Streater - Raiders (Owned Percentage – ESPN 5.8%/Yahoo 8%)
Sometimes a quarterback change is all a receiver needs to put a big step forward. I had always been a Streater fan since training camp, but the presence of Terrelle Pryor squashed that. With Matt McGloin, Streater found new life again against the Texans. Streater racked up season highs with 6 catches for 84 yards. He also finally found pay dirt in the endzone, which he hadn't found since Week 1. Streater is worth a low-end flex option going into Week 12 against the Titans.
Rishard Matthews - Dolphins (Owned Percentage – ESPN 10.2%/Yahoo 22%)
I pretty much let everything out of the bag in regards to Matthews in the intro, but I still had to list him regardless. Ryan Tannehill clearly has trust in the No. 3 wideout after targeting him 6 times against the Chargers. Defensive attention is always going to be towards Mike Wallace. Brian Hartline is the epitome of inconsistency, which means we should see Matthews get a steady amount of targets going forward. As the slot guy, Matthews isn't afraid to take a hit and has shown willingness to work in tight spaces on the field. He's a WR4 with upside.