Fantasy Football: Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups – Gus Who?

Senior Fantasy Football Expert Adam Ronis takes a look at some early Week 12 waiver wire pickups to help you win your pivotal matchup when the high-scoring Chiefs and Rams take their respective bye weeks!

QB Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Jackson was already added in many competitive leagues, but he’s still available in some. There wasn’t clarity that he was the starter late until Week 11. It was clear the Ravens didn’t have a lot of confidence in his passing, but he had 27 carries for 117 yards. He went 13-for-19 for 150 passing yards. Running quarterbacks provide a high floor and they don’t need to do much in the passing game. Jackson won’t get 27 carries consistently, but he has a great matchup against the Raiders in Week 12. The Raiders just allowed Josh Rosen to throw three touchdowns.


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RB Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens

Where did this come from? In one of the surprising performances of the week, Edwards led the Ravens backfield. Edwards came into Week 11 with 15 carries for 64 yards. Coach John Harbaugh said the team has four running backs with four different styles and said Edwards is the type of back the team didn’t have earlier in the season. Edwards had 17 carries for 115 yards with a touchdown against the Bengals, while Alex Collins had seven catches for 18 yards with a touchdown. The Ravens have a favorable schedule and Edwards is worth adding in case he’s the lead guy.

RB Josh Adams, Philadelphia Eagles

Adams has been mentioned as a waiver add for the last few weeks. Coach Doug Pederson finally said Adams would get more touches going forward last week. The game script against the Saints prevented it, but Adams still came through with seven carries for 53 yards with a touchdown and he caught three passes for 19 yards after entering the game with one reception. Over the last three games, Adams has 23 carries for 161 yards.

WR Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints

Smith might have been dropped in some formats after he didn’t have a target in Week 10 when the Saints scored 51 points. Smith had a great matchup in Week 11 against an Eagles secondary littered with injuries and Smith displayed his talent. Smith had 13 targets and caught 10 passes for 157 yards with a touchdown. He won’t get that volume every week, but he’s on the field often for an explosive offense and has the Falcons, Cowboys and Buccaneers ahead.

WR Trey Quinn, Washington Redskins

Quinn was Mr. Irrelevant in the 2018 draft and he had been for this season until returning from the injured reserve in Week 11. He played in the slot as Jamison Crowder was sidelined again and it doesn’t sound like he’s close to a return, especially with the Redskins playing in Dallas on Thanksgiving. Quinn ran the third-most routes on the team and caught all four targets for 49 yards, putting him in consideration in deeper PPR formats.

WR Bruce Ellington, Detroit Lions

Marvin Jones missed Week 11 with a knee bone bruise and Ellington benefited. He had nine targets and caught six passes for 52 yards. It will be difficult for Jones to return with a short week as the Lions host the Bears on Thursday. Kerryon Johnson also left the game with a knee injury and the Lions will be forced to go pass-heavy against a tough Bears run defense and Ellington could get targets again as an extension of the run game.

TE Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The addition of Brate will depend on the status of O.J. Howard, who left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. Brate has seen a diminished role in the offense, but if Howard misses time and Jameis Winston is the starting quarterback, it’s good for Brate. Winston has a penchant for targeting Brate near the goal line and the Buccaneers will be a team playing from behind and throwing often.


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