Due to an injury to Joe Mixon in the middle of the game, Samaje Perine found himself as the lead back in a high-powered Cincinnati Bengals offense. Although his rushing stats were lackluster, his impact in the passing game was noticeable and it’s why a Samaje Perine fantasy football waiver wire pickup will be a popular choice in Week 12.

Running backs are always scattered throughout the fantasy football waiver wire, but Perine’s potential role is very enticing and his ownership will rise very fast once waivers are processed. He’s rostered in just 3.8% of ESPN leagues right now and, given Mixon’s concussion, fantasy managers should strongly consider a Samaje Perine fantasy football pickup if they’re in need of an RB3/flex option with pass-catching upside. 

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Samaje Perine Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickup in Week 12 

Injuries usually allow running backs to emerge as starters over time, and that’s the case here with Perine. Whenever Mixon has been injured, Perine has filled in nicely and has always found his fantasy value in the passing game. He caught four balls last week with three of them going for touchdowns on 70% of snaps, so it’s obvious Joe Burrow trusts him enough to throw to him regularly.

If Joe Mixon stays in concussion protocol, there isn’t much competition for Perine, and he should have sole possession of the backfield on all downs moving forward. The Bengals face a stingy Titans run defense in Week 12, but his pass-catching upside is simply too good to pass up. 

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