2018 NFL Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

2018 NFL Fantasy Football Free Agent Finds, Waiver Wire Pickups, and Bye Week Subs

The following teams have BYE WEEKS and DO NOT PLAY this week:
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Rams

RUNNING BACKS: Gus Edwards, LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, DeAndre Washington, Kapri Bibbs

WIDE RECEIVERS: Josh Reynolds, Anthony Miller, Tre'quan Smith, D.J. Moore, Willie Snead, Marquise Goodwin, Keke Coutee

TIGHT ENDS: Jeff Heuerman, Vance McDonald, Cameron Brate

QUARTERBACKS: Dak Prescott, Baker Mayfield, Nick Mullens

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS: Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots



RUNNING BACKS:

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Edwards seemed to come out of nowhere and Sunday's game I got just the Bengals.  He posted 117 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. This has been the most efficient performance out of any Ravens running back all season. With such an impressive output, he could take over the lead back duties for the Ravens backfield for the foreseeable future.  The 6'1", 238lb rookie our of Rutgers isn't spectacular, but he's worth an add in deeper leagues.

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 9.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Blount's performance is directly correlated with Kerryon Johnson's absence.  Johnson is listed as week to week with with knee sprain he suffered last week against the Panthers.  The Lions have a short turnaround against the Bears, leaving little time for Johnson to recover.  Blount will presumably take over the ground work while Theo Riddick handles receiving duties.

Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 33.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The case to roster Riddick is similar to Blount's.  The Lions have a short turnaround and play the Bears in Detroit on Thanksgiving.  This leaves very little time for Kerryon Johnson to recover from a sprained knee he suffered against the Panthers.  Riddick's role doesn't change much, though he could get more targets if the Lions try to generate more offense with the short passing game.

DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Washington is more of a deep league add as a Doug Martin handcuff.  Therefore, his productivity will depend largely on Martin's health.  Martin was held out of the entire second half of Sunday's game against Arizona, though that may have just been for precautionary reasons.  It seems like Martin may have just tweaked his ankle.  Otherwise, head coach John Gruden isn't worried about a serious injury.  If Doug Martin misses Sunday's game, Washington will take the handoffs while Jalen Richard catches the passes.

Kapri Bibbs, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 7% of all ESPN leagues):
Bibbs is more of a speculative add at this point.  Chris Thompson has played in just 1 of his last 6 games, and hasn't seen the field since week 8 against the Giants.  Alex Smith is lost for the season to a gruesome, Joe Theismann-like leg injury.  With Smith out and multiple injuries in the Redskins offense, it will be tough for them to make a playoff run.  If they go into full tank mode, Bibbs would assume receiving back duties to allow Chris Thompson to rest up.  The Redskins can't do much now with so many losses to their offense.

WIDE RECEIVERS:

Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 26% of all ESPN leagues):
*****Josh Reynolds and the Los Angeles Rams have a BYE WEEK this week and DO NOT PLAY*****
Reynolds needed to step up after the Rams lost Cooper Kupp for the year.  Reynolds did just that by snagging 6 of his targets for 80 yards and a touchdown.  Although he has a bye week this week, he's certainly worth a stash in injury-riddled deep leagues where pickings are slim.  He figures to get as many targets as Kupp, so he's a critical part of one of the hottest offenses in the league.

Tre'Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 13.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Dez Bryant was a Saint for all of 6 days before he tore his Achilles tendon, ending his season prematurely.  This forced rookie Tre'quan Smith to step up.  Smith answered the call, posting 10 catches for 157 yards and a score.  He's catching the ball in one of the hottest offenses in the league, and deserves flex consideration at the very least.  Buyer beware: he did sustain a foot injury in Sunday's showdown with the Eagles, so he may not be available against the Falcons on Thanksgiving with just 3 days to recover.

Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 49.1% of all ESPN leagues):
When the Chicago Bears played the Detroit Lions in week 10, Miller gashed them for five catches, 122 yards, and a touchdown.  He's been an emerging threat and one of the hottest offenses in the league and should continue to draw targets in this high-flying system.  Potential owner should be warned that Miller is a bit of a boom or bust prospects as posted just 25 yards on 2 receptions. A touchdown catch in the endzone was the only thing that saved his fantasy outing.  He still available and plenty of leagues and is worth an add.

Willie Snead, WR, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 21.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Snead's production didn't dip even with Lamar Jackson under center.  He's had at least 5 catches in his last 3 games, and is clearly the wideout to own in the Ravens' receiving corps.  The volume is there, so at least the opportunity for him to produce is there.  He could take owners to the end of the season and beyond with matchups against the Raiders, Falcons, and Buccaneers.

D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 32% of all ESPN leagues):
After a couple of down weeks, Moore exploded for 7 catches and 157 yards and a touchdown against a soft Lions secondary.  As long as Torrey Smith remains out of the lineup, Moore should get consistent usage.  He's gotten 5 or more targets in 5 of his last 6 games, and has been able to produce when he's had the opportunity.  He's a dart throw at the very least.

Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 14.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Coutee stepped up in his return, snagging 5 targets for 77 yards in his return to action.  It bodes well for his owners that his production hasn't dipped even with the addition of Demaryius Thomas.  The Texans should continue to target their possession receiver, providing the volume necessary for him to produce on a flex or WR3 level.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 47.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Goodwin has been one of the bright spots on a 49ers team that was knocked out of playoffs a while back. He comes off a bye week, rested, and ready to take on one of the worst receiving defenses in the league.  He's worth streaming this week for his big play potential, especially if Pierre Garcon is unable to go. It really only takes one catch for him to make a fantasy contribution.

TIGHT ENDS:

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 21.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Heuerman could remain one of the Broncos' better receiving options for the rest of the year.  He's averaged over 7 targets per game in his last 3 games, so the Broncos are clearly trying to get him the ball.  He's caught 15 of his 22 targets during that that time for a completion rate of over 68%.  The targets are there, the opportunity is there, hopefully his production should be there as well.  He'll face off against the Steelers this week, who have struggled at times against quality tight ends.

Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 52.2% of all ESPN leagues):
McDonald has caught just 7 passes for 71 yards in his last 2 games.  However, he's had 6 targets in 2 of of his last 3 games, and he's caught 2 touchdowns in 2 of his last 3 as well.  The Broncos have given up touchdowns in their last 3 games and have struggled at times against good tight ends this year.  McDonald might get more targets than usual if the Steelers try to dump it off to him to negate the pass rush of Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Derek Wolfe.  The possible absence of Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall could help open up the middle of the field as well.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 8.9% of all ESPN leagues):
O.J. Howard left the game in the 4th quarter with an ankle injury, and could miss Sunday's game.  Jameis Winston is now the starting quarterback for the Buccaneers and prefers Brate over Howard.  Brate could have a big day thanks to these 2 factors.  He's not a lock to start in fantasy lineups.  Howard's health should be monitored ahead of Sunday's kickoff.  If Howard can't go, then Brate gets the nod.

QUARTERBACKS:

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 44.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Prescott isn't a must-start, but he's a decent substitute for Alex Smith.  He has some decent matchups coming up in which he'll need to push the ball down the field in order to win.  4 out of the Cowboy's next 5 games are at home, and he'll face Philly, Indy, and Tampa Bay through the championship weeks.  He should get plenty of easy yards and completions with Zeke on the field, and he can get fantasy production using his legs.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 37.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Mayfield has had decent success in Freddie Kitchens' new offense, and the arrow has been trending upward.  He completed 85% of his passes for 216 yards, 3 scores and no turnovers to defeat the Falcons in week 10.  He'll take on a Bengals defense that can be thrown on.  He does have a ground game in Nick Chubb to compliment the passing game.  This year's first overall pick is worth an add.

STREAMING OPTIONS:

Nick Mullens, QB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 6% of all ESPN leagues):
Mullens is available in the past majority of all ESPN leagues.  He'll face one of the worst passing defenses in the league and is worth a spot start after he completed 16 of 22 attempts for 262 yards and 3 scores in his first NFL start.  The soft matchup combined with Kyle Shanahan's creative play calling make Mullens a solid streamer this week.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS:

Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 26.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The Cowboys defense looks like they're for real.  This week's matchup is certainly a favorable one for them when they take on the Redskins at home in a Thanksgiving showdown.  Washington was still reeling from the loss of their starting offensive linemen when Alex Smith went down for the season last week.  Colt McCoy gets the start and won't have much protection up front.  This is a situation the Dallas defense should be able to take advantage of.

New England Patriots (currently owned in 53.2% of all ESPN leagues):
A Bill Belichick-led defense takes on an offense that leads the league in turnovers, making the Patriots defense worth a spot start this week.

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