Welcome to Working the Wire for Week 12 of the 2018 season! We’ll list off the best adds for your waiver period to bolster your fantasy squad, or replace your injured players! With the Chiefs and Rams on bye, there’s quite a few high-end players to replace, as well as bolstering your bench for a playoff run! As always, a couple notes:
– Players will not be listed that have over 50% of ownership in ESPN leagues.
– Players are listed by highest priority to low, not by position.
RB Josh Adams, PHI (28.1% owned in ESPN leagues)
Josh Adams is the preferred back of the Eagles current triumvirate, and handled over half of the running back snaps, carries, and got almost a 20% share of Carson Wentz’ targets in the passing game in last week’s game vs. the Saints. He’s a solid flex right now and could be more down the stretch. He passes the eye test and as a huge (6’2, 225 lbs.) running back, should get the goal line carries when the opportunity arises.
WR Tre’Quan Smith, NO (13.4% owned)
It’s hard to peg last week’s performance against the Eagles (10-157-TD) as a breakout for Tre’Quan Smith, considering in his last 5 games combined previous to this game, he had a total of 11 catches. He’s certainly worth an add on your squad as the WR2 on a New Orleans Saints offense that is clearly on another planet right now. Smith should be on every roster in Fantasy going forward.
RB Gus Edwards, BAL (0.2% owned)
Is it time to climb aboard the “Gus Bus”? Well I’ve got one foot in, but if you’re in need of a running back, you rarely find a running back like Gus Edwards that gets that much work without an injury takes place. The fact that he took the reins in Week 11 (17-115-TD) over Alex Collins is surely an intriguing development, but what leads me to believe that this could be a rest of season move is that this was done after their Week 10 bye. A speculative add but don’t be surprised if the “Gus Bus” gets the engine running for the Ravens the rest of the season. Still, a speculative add though until we see this as more than a one week fluke.
QB Lamar Jackson, BAL (22.4% owned)
Continue to monitor the situation involving Joe Flacco and the Ravens, but if Lamar Jackson can improve his throwing, look out. Jackson flashed his wheels to the tune of 117 rushing yards on TWENTY-SEVEN (not a typo) carries. He chipped in with 150 passing yards and threw and interception, but the rushing yards keep his weekly floor super high and bankable. As a starter, he won’t rush for 117 yards every week, but again, a speculative add is advised until we get some clarity on the QB situation in Baltimore. If Jackson plays on Sunday against Oakland, he’s a QB1 for me.
WR D.J. Moore, CAR (32% owned)
D.J. Moore had a really nice game on Sunday, with a 7-157-1 line, his first touchdown since Week 2. Previous to this past Sunday, the last two games were absolute duds, with 5.8 and 6.5 FPTS respectively. Simply put, Moore’s usage is volatile, and while we hope that this recent performance gets him more consistent usage going forward, it’s hard to tell. Torrey Smith should be returning very soon as well, which shouldn’t throw a wrench into Moore’s usage, but you never know with NFL teams. Moore should be added, and we all hope this is the beginning of Moore being a stud for the Panthers.
WR Josh Reynolds, LAR (26.1% owned)
Josh Reynolds was easily the third wheel in the Los Angeles Rams’ Ferrari passing game now that Cooper Kupp was lost for the season, but Reynolds showed up on Monday in a huge way with an 8-80-1 line on 8 targets. Reynolds should stay involved in the passing game, but expectations should be tempered considering the anomaly of last night’s game. That said, Reynolds could be a usable Week 13 WR3, but stash him on your bench for this week’s bye week.
WR Keke Coutee, HOU (14.3% owned)
Injuries are always a concern, but a relatively healthy Keke Coutee produced on a day that Deshaun Watson only threw the ball 24 times, throwing up a 5-77 line on 9 targets. Clearly the #2 passing game option in Houston, he’s vaulted over Demaryius Thomas, who was catchless and drew only 1 target last Sunday. When healthy, Coutee has produced and as long as health is on his side, Coutee should be a very promising option for a struggling Deshaun Watson, who could use a Snickers right now, because he is not himself.
RB Theo Riddick, DET (33.1% owned)
With Kerryon Johnson injuring his knee on Sunday, it’s very unlikely he’ll play on Thanksgiving vs. Chicago. I’d hard pressed to recommend a replacement back on rushing downs to take his place to come even close to Johnson’s production between LeGarrette Blount and Zach Zenner, but it looks like the main beneficiary could be Theo Riddick out of the backfield in the passing game. With the trade of Golden Tate and injury to Marvin Jones, it’s pretty much been the Kenny Golladay show in the passing game with some other targets mixed in, the main one of the secondary targets being Riddick. He hasn’t scored a TD this season but he has 5 catches in each of his three games since returning from injury, Worth an add in deeper PPR leagues this week.