Top Waiver Wire Pickups
Welcome to Waiver Wire Week 12. This week is straight-up crazy. I mean did you see that catch from Ceedee Lamb! Then Adam Thielen tried to match it with his own end zone grab. I love football and all its glory. Of course, we are now down to week 12 where playoff seeds come into focus. Some teams have already clinched the top seed. Others however are fighting tooth and nail for the last playoff spot. Wherever you are in the race for playoffs may dictate how you handle the waiver wire this week. Make your choice wisely.
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QUARTERBACK WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Derek Carr | Las Vegas Raiders | Rostered 38%
Playing against the Kansas City Chiefs forces quarterbacks such as Derek Carr to throw the ball. Putting up 275 yards and three touchdowns, Derek Carr held his own against a tough defensive secondary. The Raiders’ quarterback consistently puts up solid numbers and can start against the Atlanta Falcons next week.
RUNNING BACK WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
J.K. Dobbins | Baltimore Ravens | Rostered 49%
J.K. Dobbins can do it all. Well maybe except dancing. However, it is not his fault. He needs more practice getting into the end zone. What are the Ravens doing? It is beyond clear that Dobbins is the superior back. Yet they keep pulling him from the game in lieu of Edwards, Ingram, and Hill. Nearly even run I witness went for 10 yards. I can’t wait for Dobbins to take over. His time is coming making him the perfect waiver wire week 12 pickup.
Salvon Ahmed | LA Chargers | Rostered 42%
Salvon Ahmed’s second outing as the lead back fell short compared to a week ago, but his involvement in the passing game improved. I’m sure having your quarterback benched halfway through also messes up the game plan as well. With that said Salvon Ahmed only ran for 43 yards but caught five passes for 31 yards too. The Dolphins play the Jets and the Bengals the next two weeks.
Latavius Murray | New Orleans Saints | Rostered 48%
Latavius Murray stepped up due to Kamara’s lingering ankle injury. Twelve rushes for 49 yards and two receptions is nothing to praise but it does go to show you the value of a solid handcuff. If you are an Alvin Kamara owner, I suggest getting Murray. The same goes for all handcuffs. Now is the time.
Wayne Gallman | New York Giants | Rostered 35%
Before the bye week, Wayne Gallman successfully put up solid RB2 numbers with the last four weeks in the double digits. Last week, Gallman ran 18 times for 53 yards and 2 touchdowns. I expected him to continue with these types of numbers against the Bengals, Seahawks, and Cardinals.
WIDE RECEIVERS WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Michael Pittman | Indianapolis Colts | Rostered 24%
Though Michael Pittman failed to replicate his previous performance, he still managed to catch all three targets for 66 yards and a touchdown. Of course, this came mostly due to a blown coverage that allowed Pittman to waltz into the end zone but hey, a beautiful play is still a beautiful play.
Jalen Reagor | Philidelphia Eagles | Rostered 22%
I am not entirely sure if it will happen for Jalen Reagor this year or not. The playmaker is very talented and athletic but I feel like I’ve been waiting for a while now and nothing has come of it. This week he collected only four receptions for 52 yards, against a Cleveland Browns defense that has allowed the sixth-most points to wide receivers. I hope that this week against the Seattle Seahawks (32nd against WR), Reagor will prove me wrong.
Tim Patrick | Denver Broncos | Rostered 14%
Well, Tre’Quan Smith never panned out, but Tim Patrick continues to roll with solid numbers. This week he collected five receptions for 119, which is the third occurrence of him going over the century mark. Now, let’s hope he garners the respect deserves and gets off the waiver wire list once and for all.
TIGHT END WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Logan Thomas | Washington Football Team | Rostered 19%
I am not entirely concerned with Logan Thomas’ quiet performance, but then again it’s mostly because there aren’t that many tight ends to consider off the waiver wire. So if you’re streaming the position look at Thomas or Robert Tonyan who is 44% rostered in ESPN leagues.
Waiver Wire Week 12 lists both solid running backs and other players primed for pickup. The question becomes which type of pickup does your roster need. Are you fighting for a playoff spot where the next two weeks are must-wins? Or are you set and ready to secure your playoff roster? Depending on the savviness of your league mates, you should get ahead by looking at players with solid matchups during the playoffs and that includes team D/STs.
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