Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 12: Gus Edwards and Cam Akers among top free agent pick-ups thanks to expanded roles

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Everyone needs to start racing this time of year, so any decent volume RB is sure to be among the top week 12 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent additions. Perhaps surprisingly, there are several that are widely available (Gus Edwards, Cam Akers, Wayne Gallman, Franck Gore), although most do not inspire much enthusiasm. But excitement doesn’t always translate into fantasy points, so don’t let the name value fool you. If a back is going to get more than 12 keys, it’s worth owning. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should use a high waiver request on him, but you should at least take him as a free agent after the waivers cleared around 4-5 a.m. ET Wednesday morning in the Yahoo and ESPN leagues. .

Our full list of free agents features a lot more than just potential flex backs. There are some interesting bypass receivers (Curtis-Samuel, Nelson Agholor, Michael Pitman Jr.), precious tight ends (Jordan Roseau, Logan Thomas, Dalton Schultz), and some interesting quarterbacks (Taysaom Hill, Tua Tagovailoa, Derek Carr). We also have our usual complement of Week 11 streaming recommendations at QB, TE and D/ST, which can be found on the end of this list. If you like kickers, you can check out our Week 12 Kicker Ranking.

WEEK 12 FANTASY:
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Gallman, Edwards, and even Gore are worth at least mid-level waiver requests if you need an RB or play defense against an opponent who needs an RB. You can make similar cases for Akers and even Adrian Peterson and carlos hyde, according to the bylaws of D’Andre Swift (concussion) and Chris Carson (foot). Volume is big in RB at this time of year, and if you’re fighting for a playoff spot, there’s no point in keeping your claim if you’re otherwise going to start a low-cap committee in your RB2 or your flexible space.

You can do the same for some of the top WRs or even a TE such as Reed if you have a glaring hole at WR3 or TE this week. Using high demand on these types of players wouldn’t be recommended in week 6 or 7 (and it’s not recommended now if you don’t need it), but with only two more weeks in the season fantastic regular, you have to do whatever it takes to win.

WEEK 12 STANDARD RANKING:
Strategist | Return | wide receiver | tight end | J/ST | Kicker

Best Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Mics For Week 12

Unless otherwise specified, only players in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues are included.

Gus Edwards, RB, Ravens. With Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins both on the COVID roster, Edwards will operate as Baltimore’s leader and likely see 15-plus touches in Week 12. Pittsburgh’s defense just gave up 94 total yards on 19 touches to James Robinson, so it’s a reasonable result with Edwards – only with more inside-out touchdowns. Dobbins was clearly leading Baltimore in Week 11, so Edwards may not have much value beyond this week, but he will be a volume-based RB2 on Thursday night.

Cam Akers, RB, Rams. Akers took a slight step back in Week 11 after leading the Rams in Week 10 runs, but he notched the first touchdown of his career on a four-yard reception on Monday and generally looked like the most explosive back and the most versatile of the Rams. He’s only passed 19 total yards on six touches, so we’re obviously projecting a bit, but with Darrell Henderson (eight carries, six yards) struggling and Malcolm Brown (three carries, 20 yards) functioning more as a change of pace back, Akers could be poised to lead that backfield down the stretch. With games against San Francisco, Arizona, New England and the Jets over the next four weeks, he could do some real damage.

PPR RANKING WEEK 12:
Strategist | Return | wide receiver | tight end | J/ST | Kicker

Frank Gore, RB, Jets. With news of La’Mical Perine’s sprained ankle, it looks like Gore, 37, will once again be the primary ball carrier for the Jets. He held that role in Weeks 2-4 when Le’Veon Bell was injured, and he averaged 16.3 carries and 50 rushing yards. Obviously, fantasy owners will want more production, but after posting 61 yards and scoring on 15 carries in Week 11, it’s possible Gore still has some value in him. He’ll face Miami’s mediocre running defense in Week 12 and Vegas’ poor running defense in Week 13, so it’s possible Old Man Gore could help you land a fantastic playoff spot.

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Wayne Gallman, RB, Giants. Gallman is in 54% of the Yahoo Leagues, but that’s still far too low for the Giants’ new lead. With Devonta Freeman (ankle) on IR, Gallman gets at least two more games as a starter. He’s averaged 63.3 yards per game in his last four outings and scored five times in that span. Fresh off a bye, he should be ready to take advantage of a Bengals defense that’s been middle of the pack against RBs and can be trusted as RB2 until Freeman is ready to return.

Adrian Peterson/Kerryon Johnson, RB, Lions. Peterson and Johnson are of little value if D’Andre Swift (concussion) returns for Thursday’s game against Houston, but if he’s out, at least one of those two will be worth using as a flex. The Texans are allowing a league-high 159.3 rushing yards per game and 5.1 yards rushing, so there will be yards to go. To be fair, we thought last week had an equally favorable game against Carolina, but Detroit just couldn’t do anything offensively the entire game. Back home at Thanksgiving, the Lions offense will be better and at least one of those fullbacks will benefit. Peterson had seven carries to Johnson’s six in Week 11, but Johnson had five runs to Peterson’s. Peterson is probably a bit more valuable in the standard leagues, while Johnson would be PPR’s favorite play.

For additional waiver/free agent suggestions, including more breakouts and potential streamers, check out our complete list of week 12.

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