2020 NFL Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football waiver wire and injury help is here!

The following teams have BYE WEEKS in week 12 (this week):
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RUNNING BACKS (RB): Salvon Ahmed, Damien Harris, James White, Gus Edwards, Frank Gore

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Corey Davis, Nelson Agholor, Breshad Perriman, Michael Pitman, 

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Dallas Goedert, Dalton Schultz, Kyle Rudolph, Logan Thomas

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Teddy Bridgewater, Jared Goff, Andy Dalton 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks
RUNNING BACKS (RB): 

Salvon Ahmed, RB, Miami Dolphins currently owned in 42.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Even with a fully healthy Matt Breida on the roster, it was Salvon Ahmed who led the backfield with 12 carries, which he converted into 43 yards.  He also added 31 air yards on 5 catches.  The Fins fell behind in the second half, which meant they needed to sling it which limited Ahmed’s chances.  They travel to the Meadowlands the Sunday after thanksgiving for a matchup against a Jets defense that’s allowed 96 yards or more in all but 4 of their games, and 2 touchdowns in 3 of their games.  The floor isn’t too low and the ceiling is pretty high, making Ahmed a good risk-reward play with a good matchup this week.

Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 56.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Harris has looked like the better back since training camp, but he averaged nearly 4 yards a carry on 11 carries and reached paydirt against a soft Texans front.  It’s encouraging to know that he didn’t have to split carries with Michel even though Michel was healthy and active.  He’ll face a Cardinals defense that’s surrendered nearly 4.4 yards a carry, and he might get a lot of carries to try and keep MVP candidate Kyler Murray and a surging Cardinals offense off the field. 

James White, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 36% of all ESPN leagues):
History shows that James White has thrived when Rex Burkhead has been unavailable.  The Patriots’ defense has been reeling with injuries and they got behind early as a result.  White saw lots of screens and checkdowns as the result of an attempt to move the ball quickly and efficiently.  This week could be more of the same if New England’s defense can’t keep Kyler and the Cardinals in check.  White will be a PPR maven with Burkhead doubtful with a knee injury this week.  White is a must add in all PPR leagues if Burkhead is sidelined for the rest of the season and he’s worth rostering and getting in the starting lineup this week.

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 7.3% of all ESPN leagues):
All aboard the Gus Bus this week!  News broke on Monday that both Ingram and Dobbins tested positive for Covid and they may not clear Covid protocol in time for the team’s Thanksgiving showdown.  The Steelers surrendered 200 yards, a touchdown, and an average of nearly 6.5 yards per carry to the Ravens backfield the last time these 2 teams met.  The Steel Curtain hasn’t looked the same since they lost middle linebacker and defensive play caller Devin Bush.  Edwards will lead the Ravens ground game with Justice Hill mixed in.  They’ll try to control the clock and keep an explosive Steelers offense off the field since their defense is still missing pieces. 

Frank Gore, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 8.8% of all ESPN leagues):
For those who are truly desperate, La’Mical Perine’s high ankle sprain could keep him sidelined for weeks which opens up more opportunities for workhorse Frank Gore.  Gore averaged just over 4 yards a carry on 15 carries and got in the endzone against a soft Chargers run defense.  He also caught 2 passes for 10 yards.  He’ll face a Dolphins defense that’s surrendered an average of 4.6 yards per carry to opposing backs, and allowed nearly 150 total yards on 27 touches when these 2 AFC East rivals met in week 6.  Gore is worth a look if teams are desperate for a starter.  He’ll lead the Jets offensive backfield with Ty Johnson getting some work as well. 

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): 

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 47% of all ESPN leagues):
After a dud in Chicago, Davis has posted 10 catches for 180 yards in his last 2 games, with a 5 catch, 113 yard performance coming against a stifling Ravens secondary.  This might be the healthiest Davis has looked during his short career, and he’s looked the part of a first round draft pick as a result.  Next up is tough division matchup against the Colts, but he’ll cruise into the fantasy playoffs with the Browns, Jaguars, and Lions all on the schedule after that.  He’s worth adding in all leagues and formats.  

Nelson Agholor, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (currently owned in 10.4% of all ESPN leagues):
It’s been the Gruden Grinder Nelson Agholor who’s been the Raiders downfield threat, not Henry Ruggs.  He exploded for 6 catches for 88 yards and a score last week in a shootout against the Chiefs.  He seems to be clicking with Carr and he should continue to have a prominent role in the Raiders’ offense especially against a soft Falcons secondary this week. Buyer beware, he really is boom or bust and his stat line will depend on game script, but he does have touchdowns in 3 of his last 5 games.  He could get plenty of deep passes thrown his way if the Raiders defense can’t keep the high flying Falcons offense in check.  

Breshad Perriman, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 14.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Speaking of boom or bust plays, Perriman is finally hitting his stride late in the season like he did last year.  He’s posted 7 catches for 155 yards and three touchdowns in his last 2 games.  He’ll take on a Dolphins coverage unit that’s allowed an average of nearly 14 yards per catch to opposing receiving corps.  Perriman’s speed pairs well with Flacco’s arm cannon.  The Jets signal caller is more seasoned than most, but he’ll let it fly.  If weather permits, Perriman is up for another big game.  

Michael Pitman, WR, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 25.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Colts rookie wideout is finding his role and his place in the NFL.  He brought in 3 of his targets for 66 yards last week and scored his first NFL touchdown against a tough Packers secondary.  Yes, it looks like Indy finally has a consistent number one wideout after a few weeks sidelined with an injury.  He’ll face a Titans secondary who he torched for 7 catches and 101 yards just 2 weeks ago, so he’s worth adding in all leagues.  The schedule stays easy with the Texans, Raiders, Texans again, and a fantasy championship against the Steelers who have struggled to cover opposing wideouts this season.  He should be added in all formats, but especially in dynasty and keeper leagues.

TIGHT ENDS (TE): 

Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 59.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Goedert re-established himself as one of the Eagles top pass catchers by bringing in 5 of his targets for 77 yards and his first touchdown since week 1.  He’ll need to continue his efficient production if the Eagles want to keep up with the Seahawks, Packers, Saints, and Cardinals.  Grab him if he’s available.

Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 25.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Schultz has emerged as a pretty consistent target for a Cowboys team that needs good pass catchers for Andy Dalton to throw to.  While Schultz’s ceiling isn’t too high, he seems to have a pretty decent floor and will be worth more in PPR formats.  He’s averaged 7 targets for nearly 4 catches for 42 yards per game in his last 3 games.  The volume is there so Schultz just needs to convert that volume into production.  He and the Cowboys have one of the easiest remaining schedules with Washington, the Bengals, 49ers, and Eagles all on the docket.  

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings, (currently owned in 5.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Once upon a time, Rudolph was one of the better tight ends in the league before Thielen and Diggs showed up.  Rudolph might get a bump in targets this week with Thielen potentially sidelined for Covid.  They’ll still need to throw the ball and keep defenses honest, even with Cook having a career year running the ball.  When Thielen was sidelined In 2019, Rudolph had a 6 game where he caught touchdowns in all but 1 of those games, and he could reprise his role again this week.  Sure Justin Jefferson might take some targets away, but Rudolph is worth a look at a position starved for depth.  He’ll try to get things going against a soft Panthers secondary.

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team (currently owned in 29.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Since Alex Smith took over for the injured Kyle Allen in week 9, he’s consistently targeted Thomas 5 times or more.  McLaurin might have picked up an ankle injury at some point, but Washington might just be resting him ahead of a quick turnaround on Thursday.  Thomas could get additional looks if McLaurin can’t go.  He caught just 2 passes for 6 yards last week against the Bengals.

QUARTERBACKS (QB): 

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 29.2% of all ESPN leagues):
After a game time decision to sideline Teddy B will try to get back on track against a suspect Vikings secondary this week after a game time decision sidelined him for an easy matchup against the Lions.  He’ll need to push the ball downfield and throw plenty to his full compliment of wideouts to try to keep up with the Vikings’ potent offense.  He’ll also get an additional boost if Christian McCaffery, who is week to week at the moment, can return from injury.  

Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 45.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Goff completed over 75% of his passes for 376 yards and 3 scores last week against a surging Buccaneers defense.  Sure he threw a couple of picks as well, but he gets much softer competition against a 49ers defense that’s lost a lot of pieces to injury.  He’ll also face the Cardinals, Patriots, and Jets who have all struggled against opposing air attacks recently.  As long as his offensive line stays healthy and the Rams can run the ball, McVay should be able to continue to run his play action-based offense and Goff should continue to produce.

Andy Dalton, QB, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 3.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Dalton is a bit of a sleeper this week.  He posted his best stat line of the season last week of 203 passing yards and 3 touchdowns against the Vikings last week.  He finally looks like he’s on the same page as his receivers, and the return of starting tackle Zack Martin seemed to help stabilize offensive line play that’s been mediocre at best in recent weeks which means Dalton actually has time to throw the ball.  The Red Rifle has no shortage of offensive weapons and he’ll try to build on his success as he faces off against a tough Washington front lead by Montez Sweat, Ryan Kerrigan, and Chase Young who just ended Joe Burrow’s season last week.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): 

New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 59.9% of all ESPN leagues):
A lot of managers avoided the Saints defense last week because of their matchup against the Falcons, even though they held the Buccaneers to just a field goal in the 4th quarter and picked off Tom Brady four times just 2 weeks before that.  Although they don’t score many touchdowns on special teams or defense, they’ve allowed just one touchdown and generated 9 takeaways in the last 3 weeks.  Roster and start this unit with confidence. 

Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 34.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The Packers get the Bears, Eagles, and Lions the next several weeks.  All of these teams have struggled on offense, with the Bears and Eagles being two of the worst offensive units in the league.  The Packers defensive unit is worth streaming this week at the very least.

Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 55.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Aaron Donald anchors the Rams’ defensive unit up front and draws plenty of help which allows other players to get to the opposing quarterback.  They successfully shut down DK Metcalf a couple of weeks ago and picked off Russell Wilson twice.  Then Brady was constantly under duress and was picked twice by the Rams.  They’ll face the 49ers and Nick Mullens this week, and they’ll have the Patriots and Jets as part of their schedule these next couple of weeks.  This unit is due for a pick 6.

Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 9.6% of all leagues):
Just a few weeks ago, the Cowboys cleaned house.  They cut Dontari Poe & Daryl Worley, and shipped Everson Griffen to the Lions.  Three games later and this defense looks almost totally different with Demarcus Lawrence and Aldon Smith up front, Vander Esch back to shore things up in the middle, and Randy Gregory wearing number 94 and giving Cowboys fans flashbacks of Demarcus Ware.  Their 46 Bears front has held opposing teams to 9 points or less in the first half of their last 3 games.  There’s  certainly work that needs to be done, but the Cowboys will also face backup quarterbacks in 3 of their next 5 games.  

Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 19.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The addition of Carlos Dunlap has paid dividends so far.  He’s given the Seahawks pass rush some teeth and he sacked Kyler Murray twice last Thursday night.  Even though the Browns were missing Myles Garrett, Wentz and the Eagles struggled to get much of anything going in the soggy slugfest in Cleveland.  Philly’s offensive line has struggled in pass protection all year, which could mean continued offensive struggles against a rejuvenated Seahawks defense.  Damon “Snacks” Harrison was elevated to the 53 man active roster and should help provide additional pressure.  Hopefully that pressure will lead to some mistakes by opposing signal callers and help opportunistic safety Jamal Adams log some turnovers.

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