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Fantasy Football: Josh Adams, Lamar Jackson Highlight Week 12 Waiver Wire Pick-Ups

Matt Citak
November 20, 2018 - 2:37 pm
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There are only two weeks remaining until the start of the fantasy postseason, which means you must now be smart with your waiver wire claims.

If you are sitting pretty in first place, or have already secured your spot in the playoffs, then you can roll the dice on some speculative adds that could prove to be valuable come playoff time. However, if you are still fighting just to make the postseason, then your moves on the waiver wire should be focused solely on helping you win the next two games.

This week's list of top waiver wire adds includes an interesting mix of young and veteran players, some of which should help in the short-term, while others would be wiser to keep on your bench until they prove to be more consistent.

Nevertheless, all should provide some sort of fantasy value over the next few weeks.

Here are the top waiver wire adds for Week 11 of the NFL season. 

RB Josh Adams, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles' season appears to be spiraling out of control, but Adams has remained one of the lone bright spots for the struggling Philly squad. Adams has carried the ball 23 times for 161 yards over the last three games, averaging an impressive 7.0 yards per carry. While game script called for the Eagles to abandon the run game early in Week 11, it is important to note that the rookie touched the ball 10 times while no other Philly running back received more than four touches. Adams looks to be separating himself from the rest of the pack in the Eagles' crowded backfield, and if their offense can get themselves back on track, that can offer quite a lot of fantasy value for the rest of the season. 

RB Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens

Raise your hand if you heard of Edwards prior to his breakout performance in Week 11? If you are raising your hand, you are most likely lying. Edwards came out of absolutely nowhere to rush for 115 yards on 17 carries, good for an average of 6.8 yards per carry, with a touchdown. The Ravens have struggled to find any consistency in the team's running game this season, as both Alex Collins and Javorius Allen have severely underperformed. Enter Edwards, who in his first game seeing extended action finished with more rushing yards in a game than any other Ravens back this season. There seems to have been a changing of the guard in Baltimore, with Edwards looking like the RB to own.

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QB Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Speaking of a changing of the guard, how about Jackson in his first NFL start? The rookie quarterback ran the ball an incredible 27 times for 117 yards in Baltimore's win over the Bengals, which represented the most rush attempts by a quarterback since 1999. Jackson's passing stats were far less inspiring. He completed 13-of-19 passes for just 150 yards and an interception. However, his abilities as a runner offer fantasy owners a high fantasy floor that not many quarterbacks can claim. He isn't going to put up numbers like Patrick Mahomes, but Jackson will firmly remain in the QB1 discussion for as long as he is starting for the injured Joe Flacco.

WR Tre'Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints

Dez Bryant? Brandon Marshall? Who needs them when you have Tre'Quan Smith! After failing to receive even a target in New Orleans' Week 10 victory over the Bengals, Smith exploded for 10 receptions (on 13 targets) for 157 yards and a touchdown. While this performance was certainly more than enough to put the rookie back onto the fantasy radar, the numbers alone don't tell the whole story. Seven different receivers caught passes from Drew Brees in the lopsided win over the Eagles, but no other pass-catcher saw more than 5 targets. Even with Marshall nearing a return to the field, Smith seems to have done enough to secure his spot in the starting lineup. In the high-octane Saints offense, Smith could be a huge fantasy asset for the final stretch of the season.

WR Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears

Miller has been mentioned in this piece before, so I hope you listened and snagged him on waivers already. If not, there is still time. The rookie receiver continued his recent hot streak with another touchdown Sunday night against the Vikings, making it four consecutive games with at least five receptions or a touchdown. Miller was able to find the end zone despite Chicago leading for most of this game. His performances over the last month and a half have been rather touchdown dependent, but Miller continues to see targets in the red zone. Even as Mitchell Trubisky's third option in the passing game, Miller has proven to have more than enough volume to remain fantasy relevant. 

RB Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions

Despite carrying the ball just once over the last three games, Riddick's usage in the passing game has allowed him to remain on the fantasy radar. The sixth-year back has 18 catches for 126 yards during that span, but could be looking at an increase in touches when the Lions take the field in Week 12. Kerryon Johnson is week-to-week with a sprained knee, and considering LeGarrette Blount gained just one yard on seven carries against the Panthers in Week 11, Riddick is the RB that should see more volume moving forward. Riddick is a solid add in PPR leagues, and could even rise into flex consideration while Johnson is sidelined.

QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Let's be honest, I think we all expected the Buccaneers to turn back to Winston as the team's starting quarterback sooner rather than later. There is no denying the potential of the Bucs' offense. Even with Tampa Bay's inconsistent quarterback play all season, the team still ranks eighth in points per game (26.7). Winston looked good in mop-up duty against the Giants, completing 75.0 percent of his passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. The potential for turnovers is always going to be there, but Winston should stay a matchup-dependent QB1 for as long as he is under center, which begins again in Week 12 against a poor San Francisco pass defense.

WR Willie Snead IV, Baltimore Ravens

It was no secret that Baltimore's top priority in Week 11 was to establish the run game. The team carried the ball a whopping 54 times in the win over Cincinnati. Even with the team running the ball at an insane rate, Snead was able to finish with five receptions for 51 yards, making it the sixth time in the last seven games that he registered at least five receptions. More importantly, Jackson targeted Snead eight times in the win, while no one else saw more than four targets. Snead has proven to have a solid floor in PPR leagues this season, but seems to benefit even more with the rookie QB under center. Considering Baltimore's easy rest of season schedule, Snead could be a sneaky good pickup. 

TE Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans

I had to include a tight end in the piece, and given how he has played over the last three weeks, Smith is the top streaming option. Smith finished with a career-high in targets (eight) and receptions (six) in Week 11, although he was only able to gain 44 yards. The second-year tight end was able to find the end zone in each of the two games leading up to Sunday, and should continue to produce regardless of who's starting at QB for Tennessee in Week 12 (Marcus Mariota and Blaine Gabbert each targeted Smith four times in Week 11). Smith is an up-and-coming player that could make a name for himself in the final few weeks of the season. 

WR Marcell Ateman, Oakland Raiders

It's hard for me to recommend picking up any member of the Raiders, but given the circumstances in Oakland; Ateman is the final player to make the waiver wire list for Week 12. The Raiders have dealt with a myriad of injuries at WR this year, with Brandon LaFell being the latest player to go down. Week 11 was Ateman's NFL debut, and the rookie impressed with four catches for 50 yards. More importantly, Ateman played a vital role in Oakland's game-winning drive, catching three passes to set the Raiders up for the field goal to win the game. Jon Gruden has been talking Ateman up for weeks now, and it looks like the rookie will finally get his chance to shine in Week 12. 

Matt Citak is a Web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewCitak.