The Week 12 Waiver Wire has players that can help you this week and down the stretch. The playoffs start this week in some leagues and very soon for most, adding the right piece can lock up the top seed or a playoff spot as you try to take home the ‘Ship.
Who should you add this week?
Bye Weeks: LA Rams and Kansas City
Josh Adams | RB | Philadelphia Eagles
Yahoo – 32%
ESPN – 28%
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While the volume wasn’t what some of us had hoped, mainly thanks to the game getting sideways in a hurry, one thing was apparent, Josh Adams is the Eagles RB to own.
He carried the ball 7 times to Clement and Smallwood only getting 3 carries combines. Adams produced 53 yards and a TD on his work.
Going forward, he should see more volume assuming the Eagles remain competitive of get large leads, which should happen with their upcoming schedule.
Gus Edwards | RB | Baltimore Ravens
Yahoo – 4%
ESPN – 0%
While many of us fantasy owners were excited by the stretch run for Alex Collins starting this week, it was Gus Edwards who stole the show against Cincinnati. He carried the ball 17 times for 115 yards and 1 TD.
Edwards was the more effective runner on Sunday and was rewarded with more work. Collins only produced 18 yards on 7 carries (2.6 YPC) while Edwards averaged an incredible 6.8 YPC.
Maybe it was just a one week thing but he is absolutely worth an add to try and find out.
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LeGarrette Blount | RB | Detroit Lions
Yahoo – 9%
ESPN – 10%
While the Lions won their game on Sunday, they lost their stud rookie RB Kerryon Johnson. It seems like the knee injury that caused him to leave their game is only a sprain and not an ACL tear that some feared.
While LeGarrette Blount hasn’t been great this season, the chance to add a RB than can get serious volume and potential goal line carries is well worth waiver claim.
Theo Riddick | RB | Detroit Lions
Yahoo – 32%
ESPN – 33%
Looking for RB help in PPR leagues? Theo Riddick should be your target. While the yardage totals are not earth shattering, he has caught 18 passes over the last three weeks. He could see even more volume with Kerryon Johnson out of the picture. He could even see a few carries or work round the goal line.
Other RBs: Jalen Richard, Elijah McGuire
Tre’Quan Smith | WR | New Orleans Saints
Yahoo – 26%
ESPN – 13%
While the Saints keep bringing in veterans like Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall to solidify their WR core, Tre’Quan Smith reminded them what he can do. He caught 10 balls on 13 targets for 157 yards and a TD.
Obviously in an offense built around Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara you can’t expect this kind of volume but big performances like this are very much in his range of outcomes. He has show the ability to a big play threat, red zone weapon or target hog.
Grabbing pieces of the juggernaut that is the New Orleans offense has been a great option all season and Smith is one that still be had for stretch run.
D.J. Moore | WR | Carolina Panthers
Yahoo – 39%
ESPN – 32%
While we have seen flashes throughout the season from the Panthers D.J. Moore, he played far and away his best game of the season. He caught 7 of his 8 targets for 157 yards and a TD. This was the 2nd straight and the 5th of last 6 game to see 5 plus targets.
Going forward he should be in the flex conversation most weeks. While I would avoid him this week against Seattle, the schedule gets easier for Carolina as they face Tampa Bay, Cleveland and New Orleans.
Josh Reynold | WR | Los Angeles Rams
Yahoo – 45%
ESPN – 26%
Owners who picked up and played the Rams Josh Reynolds in Week 11 know how impactful he was, catching 6 of 8 targets for 80 yards and a TD. He had a legit shot at a second TD as well.
While the odds of the Rams getting in another shootout where both teams produce 50 plus points is low, Reynolds is still worth an add. No Cooper Kupp makes him a viable weekly option. Brandin Cooks got banged up in this game as well. Though he returned to the game, if the injury flares up Reynolds could see even more volume.
Other WRs: Christian Kirk, Anthony Miller
Jeff Heuerman | TE | Denver Broncos
Yahoo – 24%
ESPN – 22%
This week he faces a Steelers defense that has really bad against opposing TEs allowing the 2 TDs to the position in 3 of their last 5 games. Denver is at home which should help their offense be more productive.
Jameis Winston | QB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yahoo – 10%
ESPN – 9%
The QB shuffle that has been going on in Tampa Bay all season made another rotation this week. Jameis Winston is back under center and should be in consideration this week for your fantasy team.
He threw 16 passes on Sunday completing 12 for 199 yards and 2 TDs. Winston will continue to be turnover prone and he did throw one to the wrong team this week but the potential for solid stats is very much in the cards.
This week the Buccaneers are home and face the 49ers. San Francisco has allowed multiple TD passes in 4 of their last 5 games.
Lamar Jackson | QB | Baltimore Ravens
Yahoo – 19%
ESPN – 22%
It was an interesting start to the Lamar Jackson era in Baltimore. He on completed 13 passes for 150 yards. Where his value came in his run game carrying the ball 27 times for 117 yards.
Going forward, no QB can survive running that much. Jackson will need to throw more to be effective. There is also a chance Joe Flacco could return as early as this week.
If you are looking for a QB to stash and see what happens, Jackson is a great waiver wire target. If you need someone to play this week or next, Winston or Baker Mayfield makes much more sense.