Week 12 RB Waiver Pickups & Adds: Salvon Ahmed Ready To Roll Again If Gaskin’s Out

Running back has dwindled to only a few usable names to pick up off the waiver wire, and even them, you can’t get too excited. Only four names this week that are viable, and potentially a couple of names are still floating around. Damien Harris is 56% rostered on average, and Phillip Lindsay is rostered around 52%. I won’t highlight these names because they are over that 50% mark, but if they are out there, I will look their way. If Myles Gaskin is floating around out there, he is eligible to return off IR, which I will discuss below with Salvon Ahmed. Otherwise, unless a major injury occurs to a big name down the stretch, we will have to deal with limited options.

Week 12 RB Waiver Wire Pickups


JK Dobbins – Baltimore Ravens

J.K. Dobbins played 41 snaps this week, and Gus Edwards was next with 13. Mark Ingram was active, but maybe not as healthy as we thought with six snaps. Dobbins looked great with 70 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 rushing attempts. He also caught his two targets for 15 yards. If Dobbins can find himself in this 15 touch range each week moving forward, as he should, given he has been produced 5.3 yards per carry on 72 attempts this season, he will be fantasy relevant. He has a tough matchup against the Steelers but did rush for 100 yards on them just the other week. But then he faces Dallas, Cleveland, Jacksonville, New York Giants, and Cincinnati to wrap up the season. This is a tremendous schedule and one reason why I believe the Ravens will turn this around after a rough stretch and get into the postseason. Dobbins can be a big part of that. His rostered percentage has dropped over the last week with Mark Ingram coming back, and those fantasy managers will be disappointed if they don’t get it.

Wayne Gallman – New York Giants

The Giants are off their bye week, and Wayne Gallman produced strong RB2 numbers before the break. He had four straight double-digit performances and has a pretty soft schedule over the next four weeks with Cincinnati, Seattle, Arizona, and Cleveland. Devonta Freeman could come off IR and get some touches, but the Giants should ride the hot hand here. Gallman has done it against some tougher run defenses with the Eagles twice, Washington, and Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers rank second against the run, Washington ranks 14th, and the Eagles rank 13th. It will get a bit easier moving forward, and if he can get that 15 touch workload against that schedule, Gallman will be viable into the fantasy football playoffs.

Miami DolphinsSalvon Ahmed – Miami Dolphins

As mentioned above, we need to chat about this backfield with Myles Gaskin returning. Now he had a knee injury with an MCL sprain, and that can be tricky. He hit the IR and is eligible to return this week, but MCL injuries can take 4-6 weeks for some. Miami shouldn’t rush this back either, with Salvon Ahmed doing well in a featured role. The injury report and practices will tell Gaskin as far as his status for Sunday against the Jets. This is easily the biggest situation to monitor this week for waiver wire purposes. The Jets are allowing the 7th most fantasy points per game to running backs on the season. In the last two games since taking over, he has 22 and 17 touches. He showed a bit more versatility in the passing game against Denver and five catches, and the Jets have allowed a lot of receiving production to running backs. If Gaskin is not ready even for the next few weeks, as we really haven’t heard much, he faces Kansas City, Cincinnati, and England.

Latavius Murray – New Orleans Saints

Latavius Murray generally finds himself with double-digit rushing attempts most weeks and had 14 touches against the Falcons. He has been very efficient in this offense, and the touchdown is definitely needed for him crossing into fantasy relevance. Still, the Saints will be favorites in the next few weeks against some defenses they should do well against, and Murray will continue to get rushing attempts with Kamara being utilized more as a receiver. It is a two-horse system, even though Kamara still gets quality touches. Murray is also a stash just for the rest of the season if anything was to happen. We are at the point where there isn’t much out there on the waiver wire, and adding handcuffs can be a viable strategy.

Jason Guilbault is the Brand Content Manager for Lineups.com, powered by Catena Media. He has worked 10+ in the sports betting & iGaming space as a writer and content manager. Jason has also written for DailyFantasyCafe, NBAMockDraft, & FantasyPros. He aims to bring the best sports data & insight to the industry for both novice & advanced users.

Hot Fantasy Football Waiver Wire – NFL Pickups & Adds Stories