The NFL season is entering Week 12 and that means that it is Week 12 in fantasy football as well. Unlike last week, there is a sudden wave of viable players to consider in the group of waiver wire pickups this week.
There are only a couple of weeks remaining for teams to get themselves into a prime position for the fantasy football playoffs. Therefore, every roster move could cost you your season or propel you towards making a run for an imaginary football trophy.
In Week 12, there are four teams on a bye week and you could be searching for a replacement option. With that in mind, here are the best waiver wire pickups for Week 12 in fantasy football.
Note: All players are under 50 percent owned in ESPN leagues
10. Jacob Hollister (TE, Seattle Seahawks, 15.2 percent owned)
Earlier in the season, the Seattle Seahawks lost Will Dissly to a season-ending injury. With his absence, the Seahawks were desperate to find someone who could replace him and Jacob Hollister has seemingly become a go-to option for Russell Wilson.
In his past two games, Hollister has combined for 39.9 fantasy points for the Seahawks. Considering the state of the tight end position, Hollister is a viable player to consider adding to your roster.
9. Tony Pollard (RB, Dallas Cowboys, 11.3 percent owned)
When Ezekiel Elliott signed his lucrative contract extension, the expectation was that Tony Pollard would see his role in the offense disappear. While he wasn’t utilized for some weeks, Pollard is beginning to be given a few opportunities in Dallas’ offense.
8. Sam Darnold (QB, New York Jets, 12.4 percent owned)
For the majority of the season, Sam Darnold was a quarterback that didn’t deserve any consideration in fantasy football. But in the past two weeks, the second-year quarterback of the New York Jets has played very well.
Since Week 10, Darnold has totaled 47.1 fantasy points against the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. His recent numbers and his favorable upcoming schedule make him an intriguing waiver wire addition.
7. Nyheim Hines (RB, Indianapolis Colts, 29.3 percent owned)
Along with Williams, Nyheim Hines figures to have an increased number of snaps in wake of Mack’s injury for the Colts. While Williams led the team in touches, Hines scored a touchdown and touched the ball six times for 35 yards.
Of all of the Colts’ running backs, Hines is the most capable pass-catcher. In light of that, it’s worth considering adding Hines on the waiver wire this week.
6. Bo Scarbrough (RB, Detroit Lions, 0.3 percent owned)
Leading up to Week 11, everyone expected to see Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic share the backfield duties for the Detroit Lions. Instead, it was Bo Scarbrough who received the majority of the touches for the Lions.
The big, bruising back rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown on Sunday versus the Dallas Cowboys. After showing his potential in Week 11, Detroit will likely stick with the hot hand at running back.
5. Jonathan Williams (RB, Indianapolis Colts, 0.3 percent owned)
On Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts witnessed Marlon Mack fracture his hand. Following his exit from the game, Jonathan Williams led the offense with 14 touches for 147 yards.
With Mack expected to miss some time, Williams will likely see an expanded role in Indianapolis’ offense moving forward. As of the writing of this article, Williams is only 0.3 percent owned in ESPN leagues.
4. Deebo Samuel (WR, San Francisco 49ers, 33 percent owned)
The San Francisco 49ers’ offense is predicated on running the ball, but their wide receivers are becoming more involved in recent weeks. Above all, rookie Deebo Samuel has evolved into a reliable option for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Samuel has scored 13 or more fantasy points in three out of his past four games.
3. DeVante Parker (WR, Miami Dolphins, 44.8 percent owned)
As hard as it is to consider a player on the Miami Dolphins, DeVante Parker has been somewhat consistent for them. The Dolphins’ No. 1 wide receiver has eclipsed 11 fantasy points in every single game since Week 4.
2. Derrius Guice (RB, Washington Redskins, 45.8 percent owned)
The Washington Redskins finally were able to get Derrius Guice back in the offense in Week 11. As a result, the young running back had 69 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in his first game back from a knee injury.
Moving forward, Guice should continue to see his role in the offense gradually increase.
1. Baker Mayfield (QB, Cleveland Browns, 45.3 percent owned)
When everyone drafted Baker Mayfield in their fantasy football drafts, they were expecting to get a league-winning quarterback. Unfortunately, Mayfield got off to a severely slow start and actually became a droppable player.
Fast forward to now and the Oklahoma product has pieced together three straight weeks of scoring 17 fantasy points. The rest of his schedule makes him a possible starting quarterback in fantasy football once again.