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 fantasy football players to add week 12.
(Note: These are best used for standard scoring leagues. All players are rostered in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Devonta Freeman, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Even with Latavius Murray back from injury, Freeman got most of the work out of the backfield. He finished the game against the Bears with 16 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown. Freeman added six receptions for 31 yards, which helped first-time starter Tyler Huntley who was filling in for the sick Lamar Jackson.
Freeman looks like the back to roster in the Ravens backfield after taking over for Murray. Le’Veon Bell was also released, so Freeman has less competition for carries overall. The Ravens will likely run the ball more down the stretch and Freeman can benefit greatly. Freeman is rostered in 33.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Elijah Moore, WR, New York Jets
Elijah Moore continues to emerge for the Jets, especially in the last three weeks. He has two 20 point performances and one 10-point performance in the last three weeks (standard scoring). Week 11 was his best game yet, as he finished with eight catches for 141 yards and one touchdown. Moore helped Joe Flacco greatly in his first start for the Jets this season.
Not only has Moore ascended, but he is getting more looks than anyone on the offense, including Corey Davis. Moore can continue his production, as most rookies get better as their first season goes on. Right now, Moore is rostered in just 40.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
Teams in need of a quarterback may look for Cam Newton. In his two weeks back with the Carolina Panthers, Newton has scored 37 points. His first game back was against Arizona, where he didn’t play a full game. In week 11, the Panthers started Newton against Washington. He put up 26 fantasy points, showing off his passing and running ability.
Carolina is giving Newton the chance to win the job moving forward into next year. He has already shown he can be productive. As he gets a better grasp on the offense, he could solidify himself as a good quarterback option in fantasy. Newton is available in nearly 60 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Cedrick Wilson, WR, Dallas Cowboys
During the season, the Cowboys have dealt with injuries to their wide receiver room. Michael Gallup just returned, but now Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb are hurt. They may miss time moving forward. He had seven targets against Kansas City in week 11. Wilson had four catches for 36 yards with Lamb leaving the game in the second quarter.
With a short week heading into Thanksgiving, the Cowboys may not have Lamb or Cooper. That would mean Wilson will be the second wide receiver option behind Michael Gallup. The Cowboys should see more success against the Raiders than they did against the Chiefs, even with some players out. Wilson is available in over 98 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. DeeJay Dallas, RB, Seattle Seahawks
With Chris Carson out for the season, the Seahawks have turned to a few running backs. Dallas has played sporadically, but it looks like his role is about to increase. Against the Cardinals in week 11, he had four carries for 25 yards and a touchdown. He also had one catch for two yards.
Rashaad Penny has a hamstring injury, while Dallas saw similar playing time to Alex Collins. Dallas is the better receiving back and could see more time running the football heading forward. He is available in virtually all ESPN leagues.
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