Week 12 Waiver Wire Pick-Ups
As we head into Thanksgiving weekend, which officially marks the start of Week 12 of the 2018 NFL regular season, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the there aren’t a lot of players left to pick up off the waiver wire in the majority of fantasy football leagues.
Still, that doesn’t mean there aren’t additions to be made, or that you’re stuck with your roster as is. If you need some recommendations for filling out your roster, here are a few of our recommendations for this week.
Gus Edwards, Running Back, Baltimore Ravens — Prior to Week 11, undrafted rookie running back Gus Edwards was a complete unknown; there was a statistic on ESPN.com that Edwards was on zero of the thousands of fantasy football teams hosted on the site. But against the Cincinnati Bengals last week, not only did Edwards lead all Ravens’ running backs with 17 carries for 115 yards, but he played in 49 offensive snaps, compared to only 17 for previous starter Alex Collins and five for Javorius Allen. Just as how the Ravens might’ve made a change for the future at the quarterback position, there’s a legitimate chance they did the same at the running back spot.
Keke Coutee, Wide Receiver, Houston Texans – There are probably a fair amount of fantasy football GM’s out there who went and scooped up wide receiver Keke Coutee earlier in the season, after his Week 4 outburst against the Indianapolis Colts, only to watch Coutee’s stats subsequently drop and him miss time due to a nagging hamstring injury. If anyone dropped Coutee in your league as a result (or never picked him up in the first place), this might be a good time to pounce. In his return game against the Washington Redskins last Sunday, Coutee had as many catches as DeAndre Hopkins (five), and actually finished with more targets (nine) and receiving yards than Hopkins. While the latter two stats are likely outliers, the main takeaway is that Coutee is probably the 2nd option in the Houston Texans’ passing, ahead of Demaryius Thomas right now.
Colt McCoy, Quarterback, Washington Redskins — If you’re someone with Patrick Mahomes or Jared Goff on your fantasy football team, after thoroughly enjoying the scoring outburst they put up this past Monday night, you might be entering Week 12 of the season with no quarterback to start, as both of those guys are heading to their respective bye weeks. In that case, you could do a lot worse than picking up Washington Redskins’ quarterback Colt McCoy as a flyer. While McCoy isn’t going to get enshrined in Canton anytime soon, he’s someone who’s been in Jay Gruden’s offense for the past four years, and the coaching staff thinks very highly of him. So, it’s not like the Redskins are suddenly going to diminish their already-sputtering passing attack after the gruesome, season-ending injury sustained by Alex Smith. McCoy will be able to run this offense almost as well as Smith (if not better than), so there’s a potential upside in playing him in a critical NFC East game against Dallas.