Having a good fantasy draft sets a team up really well, but most of the time to win a fantasy football league, acquisitions need to be made during the season. Each week there are several players worth exploring on the waiver wire. Here are five players to add in fantasy football week 12.
(Note: These are best used for standard scoring leagues. All players are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens
This week both Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins have tested positive for COVID. That means the backfield will be turned over to Gus Edwards. Edwards is the 41st-ranked running back in standard scoring leagues and has largely excelled at picking up yards late in games when the defense is worn down. He has rushed for 376 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
Edwards will be the lead back at least for the Ravens’ game against the Steelers. This may extend for a longer period of time, while the other running backs are recovering. He is owned in just over seven percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Michael Pittman, WR, Indianapolis Colts
In the last few games, Pittman has started to come to life in the Colts’ offense. He has two 12-point performances against the Titans and Packers and looks to be getting more comfortable with quarterback Philip Rivers. He could help the Colts open up more on offense.
The Colts specialize in running the ball, but Pittman is still capable of making an impact on this offense for the long haul because of his run after the catch ability. That is something he probably learned from his father, who was an NFL running back. Pittman is owned in 25.7 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants
Even though the Giants picked up Devonta Freeman, Wayne Gallman is the best running back out of their backfield. He has had four straight double-digit scoring performances in standard scoring leagues. Those were highlighted by his week 10 performance against Philadelphia, when he scored 17 points.
His week 12 matchup is also very favorable, as the Giants play the Cincinnati Bengals. With that, Gallman is worth picking up and possibly starting this week. Fantasy managers will be happy to know that Gallman is available in over 65 percent of leagues.
4. Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Every week the Seahawks’ running back situation is worth watching. With Chris Carson out, Carlos Hyde rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals. He also had 68 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals in week 7, the last time he was active before this past week.
If Chris Carson is good to go, then Hyde isn’t worth adding unless a manager has room on their bench. After all is said and done, if Hyde plays, he could be worth starting against the Eagles. Hyde is owned in 32.6 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers
Lazard was one of Aaron Rodgers‘ favorite targets earlier in the season. He had a 13-point game against the Vikings and a 20-point performance against the Saints. He played his first game since week 3 against the Colts and only had two catches for 18 yards, but he is still getting his feet back under him.
If Lazard can capture what he did earlier in the season, he will be a valuable player to have on a fantasy roster for the playoffs. This week specifically, he may be able to find some openings against the Bears’ defense, as their focus will be on Davante Adams. Lazard is owned in just 32.3 percent of ESPN leagues.
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