It is time again to try and improve your team, but the stakes are getting pretty high as the playoffs are within reach. That means some of the players you are picking up now could help lead you to championships.
We saw a few players step in for injured players and blow up. We also saw some Lions have big days ahead of a great matchup against Washington next week that you should consider adding.
Week 12 fantasy waiver wire pickups:
Jonathan Williams, RB, Colts: As is often the case in fantasy football, injury creates opportunity. Marlon Mack went down during the day with a hand injury and Williams came in rushing for 147 total yards on 14 touches. Williams could be in line for plenty of work again as Nyheim Hines received less touches than Williams after Mack’s injury. As long as Mack’s tests come back with him missing a few weeks, Williams should be the top pickup this week.
Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers: Samuels now has two games in a row with eight catches and over 100 receiving yards. He has now seemingly developed a connection with Jimmy Garoppolo with the absence of George Kittle at tight end to eat up targets. It may not be fair to expect this output week in and week out, but we are at the point Samuel needs to be rostered in all leagues.
Ryan Griffin, TE, Jets: Another playing seizing their opportunity, Griffin is now the starting tight end for New York. He and Sam Darnold apparently have quite the connection as he totaled 109 yards and a touchdown on five catches. Griffin also has a pretty nice schedule going forward. The Jets play the Dolphins and Bengals still. With how hard it is to find reliable tight ends in fantasy it is worth giving Griffin a chance on your roster.
Bo Scarbrough, RB, Lions: The Lions weirdly gave Scarborough the start at running back even with Ty Johnson healthy. Scarborough had 14 of the team’s 19 rushing attempts for running backs, and more importantly he scored a touchdown. It is hard to say if the recently promoted from practice squad player will remain that involved, but with a tasty matchup against Washington next week,
Jeff Driskel, QB, Lions: Driskel had himself a day in fantasy. He had two passing touchdowns and 209 passing yards while also rushing for 51 yards and another touchdown. His matchup only gets better next week against Washington’s defense who has let pretty much everyone steamroll them. With the Lions allowing Driskel the freedom to be himself.