July 24, 2021

Week 12 waiver wire: Michael Pittman Jr. is a star in the making

Entering Week 12, the waiver wire is slim on high-end options. As the fantasy football regular season nears its end, the players in your starting lineup are likely the ones you’ll be stuck with for the remainder of the season. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to look for ways to improve your bench.

With that in mind, here are the top-10 waiver wire adds for this week.

Last week, I wrote about Jameis Winston and how he was a great player to target on the waiver wire due to Drew Brees’ injury. Little did I know, Saints head coach Sean Payton was going to sneak one by me by electing to start Hill. The move worked out for both the Saints and fantasy managers, however.

Hill finished Week 11 as QB4 in fantasy football thanks to his ability to accumulate fantasy points on the ground. He rushed 10 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns, while also going 18-for-23 and racking up 233 yards through the air. The rushing upside alone is enough to make Hill a viable low-end QB1 in fantasy football. He matches up on the road with the Denver Broncos in Week 12, who are tied for allowing the 16th-most fantasy points per game to QB, but are surrendering the 10th-most rushing yards to the position.

WR Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts (44% rostered on Yahoo)

I first recommended Pittman Jr. prior to the start of Week 10 when he was just 7% rostered, and since then, he has been one of the best fantasy wide receivers. He’s tied for the 11th-most fantasy points at the position since and his 167 receiving yards are the 12th-most of any WR during that stretch. The Colts are an offense that likes to have many people involved as just this past week, 11 players had a reception, but it’s becoming clear that Pittman Jr. may be the most talented of the bunch. He should be viewed as a high-end WR3 in a juicy matchup against the Titans, who are conceding the sixth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

WR Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers (50% rostered on Yahoo)

A lot of people were quick to cut Samuel after his poor performance against the Buccaneers in Week 10, but those same fantasy managers will be rushing to scoop him back up this week.

With P.J. Walker under centre, Samuel hauled in eight of his 10 targets for 70 receiving yards and a touchdown. Since Week 7, he has the fifth-most fantasy points among wide receivers and leads all WRs with four red-zone carries. The Panthers, under head coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady clearly want to get Samuel the football, and I don’t see that changing. Samuel is a WR2 moving forward in fantasy football.

RB Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (28% rostered on Yahoo)

By default, Edwards should have a solid fantasy football performance this American Thanksgiving against the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Monday, it was announced that Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins both tested positive for COVID-19, which leaves Edwards and Justice Hill as the only two running backs eligible for the contest.

Edwards has been a fine RB this season, ranking third amongst RBs in rushing percentage over expected. The workload he’ll likely see is enough to make him a RB2 in fantasy football this week despite a tough matchup against the Steelers, who are conceding the second-fewest fantasy points per game to the position.


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