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. Bo Scarbrough, RB, Detroit Lions
The Lions needed another running back because of their injuries and signed Bo Scarbrough off of the practice squad. He didn’ disappoint with 14 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown, finishing the week with 11 fantasy points. Scarbrough looks like the running back to own from Detroit moving forward.
Detroit will likely be able to run the ball better if Matthew Stafford returns from injury and can give some juice back to the passing game. Either way, Scarbrough is worth the pickup after his solid debut game. He is available in virtually every ESPN league.
2. Jordan Wilkins/Jonathan Williams, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Marlon Mack is out for a few weeks with a hand injury. The Colts have said that both Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams will take over at running back for the team. Wilkins figures to get most of the carries if healthy, but he sat out last game with an ankle injury. If he can’t go, Williams will get a lot of work. Williams produced 14 fantasy points this past week and ran well for the team against Jacksonville.
The Colts play the Texans this week and will be looking to run the ball well. Wilkins should be added, but if he is not likely to play, then picking up Williams is the move. Both players are available in virtually every ESPN league.
3. Kalen Ballage, RB, Miami Dolphins
Watching Ballage can be frustrating at times, because he often doesn’t produce as much as he should. He still gets plenty of opportunities in the Miami backfield though and one touchdown can swing the tide of a fantasy matchup. He had six points against Buffalo thanks to a touchdown, but didn’t pick up much yardage at all.
In the next few weeks, Ballage will have easier defenses to run on, which should help him be more productive. He is a player worth a roster spot, but is maybe not worth starting unless a team is desperate. Ballage is owned in 34.3 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Randall Cobb, WR, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys haven’t been able to run the ball well this season and Dak Prescott is throwing the ball well. As a result, Randall Cobb has had some good performances this season as his third option. Cobb is on fire right now with 16 and 17-point performances in the last two weeks.
If the Cowboys are smart, they will continue to throw the ball a lot. Cobb will be a beneficiary of that, as he has been the last two weeks. He could be even more productive if he cuts down on his drops. Cobb is available in nearly 70 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos
Fant has played well since Brandon Allen has taken over at quarterback for the Broncos. He had 17 fantasy points in his first start and this week had six, which isn’t bad for a tight end. While he only had four catches for 65 yards, Fant was targeted 11 times against the Vikings this weekend. He’ll start producing more with those targets as he gets more comfortable with Allen.
Allen has taken Fant’s fantasy stock to another level and now he is worth the pickup. If a tight end is on bye or has an unfavorable matchup, Fant could be a quality replacement as fantasy teams gear up for the playoffs. He is owned in 14.2 percent of ESPN leagues.