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Waiver Wire Week 12 Pick-ups: Offense

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We’re racing to the fantasy playoffs and your roster construction right now is pivotal to success. Your FAAB is likely on life support. This may be the last chance to add some of these players. Check out the waiver wire Week 12 offensive additions!


A few reflections from last week prior to the waiver wire Week 12 suggestions:

Rhamondre Stevenson – didn’t reproduce his Week 10 breakout due to Damien Harris returning. He needs to be rostered with league-winning upside. Even if he just hogs a bench spot the rest of the year.

Rashod Bateman – should have been a smash week, but then Lamar Jackson was surprisingly ruled out. Same as Stevenson, don’t cut bait on Bateman.

Marcus Johnson – nailed him as a trap

The Obvious

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Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton makes his second consecutive appearance as an obvious pickup. In case you missed it last week, Cam went out and smashed, so he’s even more obvious this week. The Panthers take on the Miami Dolphins this week, a potential fantasy QB1 matchup for Cam. Yes, you’ll have to survive the Panthers’ Week 13 bye, but you’ll likely see him rostered on a bunch of championship teams this year.

Elijah Moore, WR, New York Jets

We’ve found him folks, the second-half breakout rookie wide receiver for this fantasy season. Somehow, he’s only rostered in 58% of Yahoo leagues. If that number doesn’t skyrocket into the 90’s after this week, I’ll be shocked.

Moore has a very fantasy-friendly schedule down the stretch. So, not only is he a top pick up this week but should be a solidified starter on even 10-man league rosters from this point forward.

Other obvious candidates:

Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears – Ridiculous 48.5% target share with Allen Robinson out. Even if Robinson returns, Mooney is the WR1 in Chicago

Devonta Freeman, RB, Baltimore Ravens – Latavius Murray got the first shot, but may still be dealing with injuries as he was inefficient. Freeman took the reigns in this game and should be the primary back moving forward. He’s an RB peaking this late in the season. We still have to worry about John Harbaugh, though

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers – if he’s somehow available, grab him

DeAndre Carter, WR, Washington Football Team – Call me a believer!

Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys – Amari Cooper banged up, CeeDee Lamb, banged up

Adam Trautman, TE, New Orleans Saints – I called him out on Twitter. No clue why/how I forgot him here last week

*Trautman ding-dong! I must have gotten auto-corrected, only possible explanation.

The Bold

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers

MVS is back from IR and returned with a BANG this week. He always has been and always will be inconsistent. No one was starting him this week, so of course, he smashed. Now, people will be enticed by the MVS siren song, and he’ll go 3/43/0. Regardless, he’s worthy of a pickup in deeper leagues. Just pray to the fantasy gods you’ll pick the right time to start him.

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Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Moore was the target hog this past week. However, he only had 51 yards on those 11 targets and catches. Impressive to sport a 100% catch rate. This is only Moore’s really second or third fantasy-relevant game so far this season. It’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish they say. Moore has a bye this week, so you can possibly leave him to snag next week.

Other Stash candidates (Deep Rosters Only):

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, WR, Tennessee Titans – I actually like him more than Marcus Johnson, but only by a slim margin

Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets – Always has a solid PPR floor

Nelson Agholor, WR, New England Patriots – Hail Mary pickup

A.J. Green, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Tre’Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals – Yuck, I know

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons – He can’t keep putting up 0’s. He just can’t

Cedrick Wilson, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns

Adrian Peterson, RB, Tennessee Titans – Good luck

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Tennessee Titans – Good luck

DeeJay Dallas, RB, Seattle Seahawks – The most talented, healthy, RB left on the roster. Now somebody go tell Pete Carroll

The Traps

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These guys I just simply don’t believe in. They are going to be even more inconsistent than the above stash players. Let someone else in your league take the bait.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, Chicago Bears

Dontrell Hilliard, RB, Tennessee Titans – He pulled a Jeremy McNichols. Tons of targets/catches in a bad game script. Look how that turned out for McNichols (who yes also got injured).

Mack Hollins, WR, Miami Dolphins

Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Tennessee Titans – Game script production. Stop betting on these types of players

Cam Sims, WR, Washington Football Team

Best of luck with your waiver wire Week 12 claims!


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Steve Tomasin

After being introduced to fantasy football in 1999 as a wee lad still in middle school, I was hooked. I then began commishing my own keeper league 2 years later as a sophomore in high school, which has been running since. I used a computer program that required me to manually input weekly stats and had to print out summary packets each week to deliver to league owners at the bowling alley. I loved it. Stats and numbers and the competitiveness of being "right" about players was just an incredible high that not many other activities or hobbies have ever provided me. Around 2005 we migrated to the CBS sports site. I found a new love then, writing about our league. Each year after the draft I would "grade" each owner's team. It became almost as anticipated as the draft itself. Also, most weeks I'd recap the league's games and criticize start/sits while boasting my own accolades as long as I won that week. Dynasty, IDP & Superflex are the next evolutions in my fantasy football journey. I'm a Philly suburbs guy, GO BIRDS. Follow me on Twitter @dynastysanta

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