Week 12 Waiver Wire Top Pickups & Adds: Michael Pittman Jr. Emerging At The Right Time

Week 11 took some players from us with Joe Burrow ending his season and Drew Brees getting the news he is on IR for the next few weeks. Julio Jones also was limited this week with a hamstring injury. Joe Mixon finally hit the IR after weeks of being questionable, meaning Giovani Bernard will be in play for at least the next three weeks, although Burrow being gone really notches that offense down a bit. As we look towards Week 12, there are no bye weeks with Thanksgiving in play. Only the Buccaneers and Panthers have their byes remaining. This is the final stretch before we get into the playoffs and with a chaotic season wrapping up we need to be prepared. Tune into our Week 12 fantasy football rankings & projections to help guide you throughout the week with any decisions.


Daniel Jones – New York Giants

Average % Rostered: 17%, FAAB: 5%

Quarterbacks have been dropping left and right and there are also a lot of underperforming ones. I hate to say it but Daniel Jones has looked a lot better of late, with three 20+ fantasy point games in the last four games. His rushing numbers are also giving him a pretty decent floor. New York is coming out of the bye week and will now face Cincinnati, Seattle, Arizona, and Cleveland over the next four games. That is a very friendly fantasy schedule for quarterbacks. The Seahawks are allowing the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, the Cardinals are allowing the 10th most, the Bengals the 6th most, and the Browns the 14th most. However, the Browns have had some bad weather games that really aid their performance over the past three games to deplete those numbers. Jones is at least a backup for the next few weeks or a streamable starter in deeper leages.

Running Backs

Wayne Gallman – New York Giants

Average % Rostered: 34%, FAAB: 10%

Wayne Gallman has only added in 10% of leagues during the week and the bye had a big reason to do with it. Gallman has scored double-digit fantasy points in four straight games and has Cincinnati, Arizona, and Seattle over the next three weeks which are decent matchups for Gallman. He has certainly been the better back when filling in this season and has had an edge with red zone.

Miami DolphinsSalvon Ahmed – Miami Dolphins

Average % Rostered: 42%, FAAB: 10%

Salvon Ahmed continues to look great and while Myles Gaskin is potentially returning soon, I would still keep Ahmed on the radar because the Gaskin injury is one that is tricky given it is a knee. In the two games starting, Ahmed has 22 and 17 touches. He has gone for 16 and 12 fantasy point games and has a really soft schedule over the next two weeks with the Jets and Bengals. The Chiefs, Patriots, and Raiders are on deck after that but we will see if Gaskin is back.

JK Dobbins – Baltimore Ravens

Average % Rostered: 48%, FAAB: 15%

The Baltimore backfield has been frustrating but it is pretty obvious who the better looking back was this week against the Titans and they rode him. He also had a 100-yard day against a top-three Pittsburgh run defense. Dobbins was dropped quite a bit in leagues as he dipped below the 50% mark. Dobbins had 17 touches and if he can grab ahold of the committee a bit, he will have a strong rest of the way schedule after the Pittsburgh. The Ravens take on Dallas, Cleveland, Jacksonville, and the New York Giants.

Wide Receivers

Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans

Average % Rostered: 47%, FAAB: 10%

Corey Davis put up 16 points in a very tough matchup against the Ravens and now has double-digit PPR points in every game he has played this season, outside of Chicago. Davis has been excellent and is also in a good spot over the next few weeks with some tasty matchups against the Browns, Jaguars, and Lions.

Indianpolis ColtsMichael Pittman Jr. – Indianapolis Colts

Average % Rostered: 24%, FAAB: 10%

Michael Pittman is really coming around in this Colts offense and with the other Colts WRs still struggling, Pittman is taking advantage. He has 9, 19, and 15 fantasy point games in the last three outings and 18 targets in that span. He gets a very soft schedule over the next four weeks with the Titans, Texans, Raiders, and Texans again. These are all secondaries we have targeted all season long and the Colts can put a few of these away and potentially take the division.

Tim Patrick – Denver Broncos

Average % Rostered: 14%, FAAB: 5%

Another 100-yard game for Tim Patrick, which is now his third in nine games this season and he has double-digit fantasy points in all but one game since Week 2 when his role changed after the Courtland Sutton injury. Patrick continues to be consistent and the Broncos continuously find themselves trailing and against the next few opponents that will be the case. Since returning from his one-week injury, he has 9, 6, and 8 targets.

Philadelphia EaglesJalen Reagor – Philadelphia Eagles

Average % Rostered: 22%, FAAB: 7%

For deeper leagues, there are still a few options out there, and Jalen Reagor is someone I am still waiting on that big game with because he is just missing that touchdown to go with these multi-catch games. He has 17.9 fantasy points over the last two games and 13 targets in that span. I like him here over the next few weeks in some games the Eagles will need to put up points in. He is averaging 13.3 yards per reception this season and really should be involved more.

Tight Ends

Jordan Reed – San Francisco 49ers

Average % Rostered: 16%, FAAB: 15%

Just as I figured, Jordan Reed’s ownership really didn’t budge all that much. Reed gets a bump again in the waiver wire article. His last game out was a five-catch game against the Saints, going for 62 yards. He had six targets and that should be the number he hits most weeks moving forward. Reed will have the Rams, Bills, Washington, and Cowboys over the next four weeks. The Bills have allowed the 5th most fantasy points per game to tight ends, Washington the 7th most, and the Cowboys and Rams are middle of the league. Not a bad schedule for Reed.

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