Five Week 12 fantasy football waiver wire pickups

Over the past few weeks, there has been a severe lack of talent on the waiver wire. That's going to change in week 12.

The fantasy football season is drawing to a close as the playoff bracket in leagues is solidifying. Teams that are looking to improve should still be looking to the waiver wire to improve, as injuries (Melvin Gordon last year) can derail a team's chances at winning the championship. Let's take a look at five difference makers that should be added to fantasy teams from the waiver wire in Week 12.

1

New Orleans WR Tre'Quan Smith (13.3 Percent Ownership)

The Saints signed Dez Bryant so that he could be a secondary target for Drew Brees. That title now belongs to Smith, who racked up 10 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. Smith is worth the waiver wire add, especially because he plays in the prolific Saints offense.

2

Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards (0.0 Percent Ownership)

Nobody saw this coming. With Lamar Jackson at quarterback, the Ravens inexplicably turned to Gus Edwards as their lead back. Edwards rewarded the Ravens with 17 carries for 115 rushing yards and a touchdown. It was the best performance by a Ravens running back all year, and Edwards could be line for even more work after his performance on November 18 against the Bengals.

3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (9.2 Percent Ownership)

Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched mid-game against the New York Giants, after a disastrous performance in which he threw three interceptions. Jameis Winston came into the game and nearly led Tampa Bay to a comeback victory. This isn't a good football team, but the Buccaneers throw the ball so often that Winston is worth owning, especially for favorable matchups.

4

Philadelphia Eagles RB Josh Adams (27.9 Percent Ownership)

Even in a blowout, Adams salvaged a respectable fantasy game against the Saints by scoring a touchdown and rushing for more than 50 yards on just seven carries. He appears to be the lead back for Philadelphia now, which is a valuable role when your team isn't playing against one of the league's best offenses. Adams should have a much easier time against a Giants defense that isn't very good at stopping the run. Adams is worth the add, especially as the fantasy playoffs draw closer.

5

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (22.4 Percent Ownership)

Without Joe Flacco, the Ravens were forced to turn to first round rookie Lamar Jackson. He managed to pick up the win, and showed off his legs in the process. Jackson ended his day with 27 carries for 117 yards, picking up 11 fantasy points as a pure runner. Any quarterback who can do that (like Cam Newton and Mitch Trubisky) has added value, because he can add points in the passing game as well. If Joe Flacco is out again next week, Jackson is an intriguing fantasy start against the Raiders.

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