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Fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 12

Here are this week’s waiver wire suggestions...

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With just a couple weeks left before the fantasy playoffs begin (in most leagues they start in Week 14), time is running out to fill out your roster. Have you spent all your free agent money or are you saving it up or a big purchase? While there are no big waiver pick up suggestions this week, there are still some players out there that may improve our fantasy rosters. Here are some low-rostered players who could make nice additions to your team in this week’s waiver wire suggestions.

QUARTERBACK

Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (43% owned)

Last week we suggested Jameis Winston as a quarterback to target on the waiver wire, but oopsie woopsie, we got the wrong Saints quarterback. While Winston was Sean Payton’s choice to fill in for the injured Drew Brees mid-game, it turned out that Hill would get the backup QB gig with a full week of preparation. The gadget back didn’t disappoint as he was 18/23 for 233 yards, and added 51 rushing yards that included two touchdowns against the Falcons. Hill will see the Falcons again in Week 13, who surrender the most fantasy points to opposing defenses. With his built in rushing and playing for the sixth-highest scoring offense in the league, Hill should be a viable start during the games Brees misses.

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (36% owned)

Carr has been a middling fantasy quarterback at best, finishing outside the top 20 quarterbacks in the three previous games leading up to Sunday night’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. Prior to those games, he did have three straight top 16 finishes, and this past week he landed as QB no. 7, so he’s proven he’s capable of quality fantasy games. When you combine that with his matchup next week that features a Falcons defense that has given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks, he makes for a strong play.

RUNNING BACK

James White, New England Patriots (40% owned)

The running back situation in New England is a giant mess with the only reliable fantasy player being Damien Harris as he’s now supplanted himself as the team’s featured back. But that doesn’t mean that receiving back James White doesn’t have a meaningful role in the offense. On Sunday, he caught six passes for 64 yards, and added another 19 yards on five rushing attempts. With Rex Burkhead suffering what looks like a season-ending injury, White could serve as a solid flex play going forward.

Frank Gore, New York Jets (10% owned)

It’s risky business starting any Jets players as you really never know how an 0-11 team will approach their games. If you thought it meant that the rookie La’Mical Perine was going to get the bulk of the work, you were wrong, at least as it pertained to Sunday. The veteran Frank Gore out-touched the youngster 17 to 8, as he rushed for 61 yards, including a touchdown, giving him the no. 11 RB finish for the week. And with the rookie potentially missing some time with an ankle injury, Gore should take on a larger workload. If you’re desperate at running back, Gore’s Week 13 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders fifth-worst fantasy points to running backs might be a help to some.

WIDE RECEIVER

Nelson Agholor, Las Vegas Raiders (20% owned)

The inconsistency may drive you crazy as he’s had a couple flops in the month of November, but outside of that, he’s been a serviceable fantasy receiver. He has five touchdown catches over the pass seven games, and that’s helped him finish with 12+ fantasy points in each of those weeks (in half-PPR formats). With the Raiders scoring the eighth-most points this season, and quarterback Derek Carr having a strong season, Agholor’s potential to show up on any given week is there.

Michael Pittman, Indianapolis Colts (44% owned)

The Colts rookie receiver made our list last week, but we’re throwing him out again because fantasy owners weren’t quite sold on him after just one good performance. Well, he’s now had two in a row, and he’s proving himself to be a playmaker in this offense. Against a good Packers defense against opposing wide receivers, Pittman targets were few, but he really made them count as he scored 14.1 points thanks to a 45-yard run after the catch touchdown. With a matchup looming against a Titans defense that allows the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses, the table is set for the rookie to keep rolling.

TIGHT END

Dalton Schutz, Dallas Cowboys (21% owned)

We’ve mentioned the Cowboys tight end before, but he’s gets another nod this week as he continues to get looks from whatever quarterback they throw out there. Schultz is coming of a top 11 finish thanks to finding the end zone, but it’s important to note that he’s had at least six targets in three straight games. On Thanksgiving, he faces a Washington team that allows the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. If you need help this week, Schultz could make a nice spot start.

Jordan Akins, Houston Texans (2% owned)

It’s just one game, so it’s hard to get too excited, but the Texans tight end caught five of six targets for 83 yards on Sunday. It was his best fantasy performance since Week 1 when he caught two passes for 39 yards, but one of them was for a touchdown. There are a lot of mouths to feed in Houston, but with Deshaun Watson putting up top nine performances in five of the last six weeks, Akins always has a chance of getting lucky and being fantasy viable.

DEFENSE

Green Bay Packers (33% owned)

The Packers defense has been solid this season as they rank 17th in points allowed and 12th in yardage given up. From a fantasy perspective, they’ve haven’t been playable on most weeks. They do have a couple top 13 finishes in the month of November, but that is thanks to playing some poor offenses. Luckily for them, that’s exactly what they’ll face this week as the Bears offense is 31st in the league in points scored and give up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses.