Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Pickups: Lamar Jackson, Gus Edwards, Josh Adams among breakout 'adds'


Lamar Jackson (about time!), Josh Adams (it was only a matter of time), Gus Edwards (who?), and Tre'Quan Smith and D.J. Moore (again) headline this week's top Week 12 fantasy waiver wire pickups. Yes, after a few slow weeks for waiver wonders and free agent adds, the breakouts are heating up just in time for the fantasy playoffs -- and most of them (save for Jackson) aren't even because of an injury.

Of course, our full free agent list does have some injury replacements on it, including DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard (Doug Martin), LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick (Kerryon Johnson) and John Ross (A.J. Green). As always, among the breakouts and injury replacements, we also have plenty streamers at QB, TE, and D/ST for next week. The pickings are fairly slim (which is fine during a two-team bye), but there are a few decent options, particularly at defense. You can find the streaming options at the end of this listIf you're looking for a new kicker -- or are just a big fan of wasting time -- you can consult our Week 12 kicker rankings.

MORE: Full Week 12 waiver wire list | RB handcuff chart

This will be a fairly busy week on the wire. With the bye weeks almost over and stretch runs/fantasy playoffs coming up, it's all about planning ahead and getting reinforcements. Whether that's in the form of handcuffs for your backs or one-offs with favorable matchups two or three weeks down the road, grab them now and beat your leaguemates to the punch.

Week 12 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 12

Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens. Jackson more than held his own in his first career NFL start, as the Ravens clearly crafted a game plan to take advantage of his unique abilities. Jackson ran a whopping 27 times for 117 yards, and he added another 150 through the air (13 for 19). He threw one bad INT and wasn't responsible for any touchdowns, but it's clear Jackson has a path to fantasy points given his running ability. His ceiling is capped by his limited passing potential, but against the Raiders in Week 12, Jackson has similar upside if he starts in place of Joe Flacco (hip).

WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiverTight end

Gus Edwards, RB, Ravens. Alex Collins was on the field in the second half against the Bengals, but Edwards still received the majority of the carries, running 17 times for 115 yards and a TD. The undrafted rookie out of Rutgers had 10 more carries than Collins and looked like a feature back despite his fullback size (6-1, 238 pounds). Obviously, a run-heavy game plan in Lamar Jackson's first start and a highly favorable matchup helped his cause, so it's tough to know what to expect next week and beyond, but with Joe Flacco (hip) once again questionable and the Raiders nearly as bad against the run as Cincinnati, it's possible Edwards has another solid performance in Week 12.

MORE WEEK 12: Full waiver list 

D.J. Moore, WR, Panthers. Moore is no stranger to breakout games (and disappointing follow-ups), but he seems to be emerging as Carolina's No. 1 receiver after a seven-catch, 157-yard outing against Detroit (eight targets). All those totals led the team. He showed his big-play potential on an 82-yard catch that he almost broke for a TD and also reliable possession ability on his other targets. As long as he keeps getting looks, he should be a solid WR3. And with more favorable matchups on deck against Tampa Bay, Atlanta, and New Orleans, Moore is a potential WR2 candidate for some weeks. Scoop him now and hope that he can make an impact for you in the fantasy playoffs.

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Josh Adams, RB, Eagles. It seemed like only a matter of time before Adams broke out, as he had been the Eagles leader in carries for each of the previous two games. That has only netted him 16 carries and 108 yards, but the arrow was still pointing up. Once again, Adams had a modest amount of carries for a team leader (7), but he made the most of them, producing 53 yards and a TD (plus another 19 receiving yards on three catches). Philadelphia has been finding itself facing big deficits lately, but if it can even keep a game close (or get out to a lead), Adams could do major damage.

Tre'Quan Smith, WR, Saints. Smith has been here before, but he failed to really take advantage of his opportunities. With New Orleans signing veteran wideouts in consecutive weeks (Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall), perhaps Smith felt the heat. Either way, he responded in a big way in Week 11, catching 10 of 13 targets for 157 yards and a TD. With upcoming matchups against the Falcons in Week 12 and Tampa in Week 14, Smith could be a huge fantasy factor down the stretch.

For additional free agent/waiver possibilities, including streamers at QB, WR, TE, and D/ST streamers, check out our full Week 12 list.

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