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Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
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Heading into Week 12 of the 2019 fantasy football season, things haven't become much more predictable than they were earlier in the year. With trades, injuries and depth chart changes causing huge shifts in fantasy outputs every week, there's always value that can be had off the waiver wire.

Waiver Wire Week 12 Fantasy Football

With that in mind, these five players are owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues and are worth targeting on the waiver wire heading in Week 12.

1. Jonathan Williams, RB, Indianapolis Colts (3% Owned)

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The Indianapolis Colts have run the ball on 47.3 percent of their offensive plays this season, which is the fourth-highest rate in the league. Their run-heavy offense will likely be without Marlon Mack for Week 12 after he broke his hand on Sunday. That leaves a huge void as Mack vacates an average of 19.8 carries per game. Jonathan Williams stepped up with 13 carries for 116 yards after Mack left on Sunday. Jordan Wilkins missed that game with an ankle injury though, and when he was healthy he was firmly ahead of Williams on the depth chart. Wilkins didn't practice at all last week, however, so he'll likely be questionable for Week 12, opening the door for Williams as the top add in the backfield. If we get a positive update on Wilkins' health then he will also be a solid waiver target with Mack out.

2. Bo Scarbrough, RB, Detroit Lions (1% Owned)

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Even with Ty Johnson (concussion) back in action, Bo Scarbrough was the new leader of the Detroit Lions' backfield on Sunday. Scarbrough played 49 percent of the offensive snaps and racked up 14 carries, while no other RB in Detroit hit even 30 percent or had more than three carries. This backfield has been a mess for fantasy purposes, and Scarbrough's lack of receiving work (zero targets) caps his upside, but in Week 12 he has a solid matchup against the Washington Redskins, who have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. Scarbrough's schedule gets much tougher after that (facing the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings), but the potential for an expanded lead back role and at least one week of viability as a starter makes him a solid option for an RB-needy fantasy squad fighting to make the playoffs.

3. Alex Erickson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (11% Owned)

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Auden Tate was carted off the field after taking a hit to the head on Sunday, and it looks likely that he'll miss at least one game. With A.J. Green's status still nebulous at best, that opens the door for Alex Erickson to step up as the Cincinnati Bengals' No. 2 WR. He played 75 percent of the snaps on Sunday even though Tate made it through 76 percent himself, and he looks set to be an every-down player with Tate out. Erickson has already flashed some fantasy value this year, as he racked up 18 receptions and 281 yards on 27 targets from Weeks 6 through 8 before the Bengals benched Andy Dalton. Tate had seen at least six targets in each game since Week 3, and Erickson (five targets in Week 11) should pick up a fair amount of the slack.

4. Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins (47% Owned)

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The Washington Redskins took it easy on Derrius Guice in his return from injury, limiting him to 29 percent of the snaps. That's still more than Adrian Peterson played (25 percent), and he also out-touched Wendell Smallwood (46 percent) eight to one. We can expect his role to expand further as he works his way up to speed, considering he had 13 touches on 23 snaps before going down in Week 1, and Guice offers some workhorse upside. Even with his role still somewhat uncertain in Week 12, he's going to make for a solid option as a fantasy starter against a Lions team that has allowed the most fantasy points per game to the RB position.

5. Nick Foles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (32% Owned)

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Nick Foles looked pretty sharp in his return from IR, dropping 17.8 fantasy points in a shaky matchup against the Indianapolis Colts — ranking 12th among QBs for Week 11, pending Monday's game. He draws a better matchup in Week 12, as the Tennessee Titans give up the 17th-most fantasy points to QBs (vs. 20th for the Colts) and rank 22nd in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA ranking (the Colts rank sixth). After that things should really open up for the Jags' signal-caller, with three of his final four games of the fantasy season coming against teams that concede top-10 fantasy numbers to opposing QBs.

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