BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 18: Running Back Gus Edwards #35 of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the ball as he is tackled by cornerback William Jackson #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Waiver Wire Pickups for NFL Week 12 in Fantasy Football

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Week 11 was not kind to many as we saw a ton of injuries to some players who are owned in nearly all fantasy formats. Luckily, multiple players emerged as ownable options in a loaded waiver wire week.


Here are the top fantasy football options for your waiver picks this week. 

10. DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders

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Another week, another Raiders running back down. With Doug Martin injuring his ankle, the Raiders turned to Washington, who was active for just the fourth time all season. Jalen Richard, who is already owned in the majority of leagues, may have racked up more total yards, but it was Washington who received more carries out of the backfield. He's more of a prototypical runner, which is what the Raiders will turn to if Martin is expected to miss time.

9. Colt McCoy, QB, Washington Redskins

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Week 12 might be a tough week quarterback wise for those in two QB settings. Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff are heading into their bye week while Alex Smith and Marcus Mariota are expected to be shelved with injury. McCoy proved to be solid when he entered in the wake of Smith with 54 yards and a touchdown. He should only be added in two QB leagues when teams are thin, but he's not a bad streaming option this week. 

8. Seth Roberts, WR, Oakland Raiders

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Once upon a time, Roberts was the fourth or fifth wideout option for the Raiders. Fast forward to Week 12. Amari Cooper is in Dallas while Brandon Lafell, Jordy Nelson, and Martavis Bryant are all hurt. It might not be appealing to own a wideout for one of the bottom passing attacks in the league, but you can't ignore the upside here as Roberts has surprisingly become the No. 1 option in Oakland. 

7. Lance Kendricks, TE, Green Bay Packers

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Kendricks is not a flashy target or a big name by any means, but the opportunity is here. The Packers fear that Jimmy Graham's thumb injury could be serious, but he is insisting he will play through it. If he can't or is limited, Kendricks will move from the second option to the first out of the tight end slot for Green Bay and might stumble into some big games thanks to his quarterback. Rookie Robert Tonyan is another player to watch as head coach Mike McCarthy said he could see some extra targets if Graham is absent. 

6. Danny Amendola, WR, Miami Dolphins

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It's surprising that Danny Amendola is available in nearly 60 percent of leagues. In his last five games, Amendola has finished with no fewer than nine points in PPR formats. Those numbers can only go up as Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant are out for the season and DeVante Parker also still dealing with injury. The Dolphins have to throw to somebody, and that somebody will be Amendola.  

5. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Detroit Lions

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It's been a while since Blount was ownable in fantasy but an old friend could greet your roster this week. Kerryon Johnson has proved to be the running back Detroit has been waiting for but an ankle injury will likely sideline him for a few weeks. Detroit will likely turn to a running-back-by-committee solution, but Blount has the highest upside due to him being the top goal-line option.

4. Tre'Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints

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Smith has been playing hot and cold with fantasy owners lately. He found himself back on the waiver wire after a goose egg performance in Week 10 but responded in a big way. Smith caught 10 balls for 157 yards and a touchdown during a blowout win by the Saints. This wasn't about him being in during garbage time. It was about him being a solid option in a fantastic passing offense. 

3. D.J. Moore, WR, Panthers

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Moore is a talented wide receiver on a team that has been desperate for it at his position. He exploded in a big way against the Lions with seven catches for 157 yards and a touchdown. Not only is Moore a big-play threat but is a red-zone target. He's been getting more and more targets. As his workload increases, he should be owned in all formats. 


2. Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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The Baltimore backfield has been a nightmare for fantasy owners. Who would've thought Edwards would be the guy getting the most touches at this point in the season? Only once this season did Alex Collins receive more than 17 carries, and Buck Allen hasn't done it once. Edwards is the man in zone-read packages, which worked for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. His 17 carries for 115 yards and a score shouldn't just put him on your radar. It should put him on your roster. As long as Jackson is the QB, Edwards is his running back. 

1. Josh Adams, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

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Adams is one impressive running back who simply isn't getting the workload he deserves. He did get 10 total touches compared to Clement's four and Smallwood's one. Still, he's averaging seven yards a carry, proving he's the most talented player in this backfield. He didn't have the luxury of playing in a close game as the Eagles were blown out, limiting his touches. That won't happen as often, meaning Adams is a must-own player.  

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