Week 12 of the NFL season just wrapped up (sort of), and if you're a Fantasy Football player that means you're scanning the waiver wire for players to help take your team to the next level. Fortunately, I've already done that for you. Each week I will be listing players owned in less than 50% of Fantasy Football leagues that can help turn your team into a Championship contender. Unfortunately the weather dictated a lot of game-script this past week, so let's hope the forecasts don't change this week.
Cam Akers (30% owned)
Akers seems to finally be getting his chance in the crowded Rams backfield. With two TDs in two weeks, his direction is trending up and the coaching staff is seemingly trusting him with more opportunities as the season goes on. Akers has always been the better runner in space out of the group, and if this was only a two week trend it would be fairly dissapointing. In a big matchup against a division rival, I expect the Rams to lean on Akers just as much this week.
Devontae Booker (10% owned)
Josh Jacobs tweaked his ankle Sunday, and even though all the tests came back negative, Booker is still a great addition; primarily for the matchup this week against the New York Jets. Even if Jacobs is healthy, the Jets have been blown out of so many games, so early, that there's a real chance that the Raiders end up resting Jacobs with plenty of game of left to play. Game-script should favor the Raiders RBs in this one and I expect both to have big games against a terrible Jets' Defense.
Ito Smith (1% owned)
With Todd Gurley out, it was seemingly Ito Smith who catapaulted his way ahead of Brian Hill against the Raiders. The former was the only one who ended up scoring a TD out of that backfield, and he also touched the ball more. Even with the chance that he ends up splitting work with Hill next week against the Saints, if the Falcons plan on playing him more, he's the guy with the better chance to succeed. He isn't the sexiest add, but the opportunity is there for him.
Kerryon Johnson (15% owned)
With Matt Patricia now gone from Detroit, it doesn't seem likely that the next coaching staff with rely as heavily on Peterson as Patricia did. With Swift out, both Peterson and Johnson performed, though the former ended up with the two TDs on the day. Johnson is the better add in PPR formats, and with more opportunity for big-play ability, as Peterson has only had one run for more than 10 yards since Week 3. If Swift can't go again (assuming he won't out of caution) Johnson is a solid FLEX play even against a good Bears defense.
Allen Lazard (39% owned)
It was only a matter of time before Lazard started finding himself as a suitable target for Aaron Rodgers. With MVS seemingly in the dog-house, Lazard stepped up and found the EZ on four targets. With Davante Adams getting Darius Slay in coverage, there's a huge opportunity for Lazard to burn an Eagles secondary that has been incredibly shakey this season. They are only ranked as a 'stiffer' pass defense against WRs in Fantasy formats due to luck this season. Lazard is a must-add.
Keke Coutee (2% owned)
With Will Fuller getting suspended, Randall Cobb headed to the IR, and Kenny Stills being released, Coutee is now the #2 WR in Houston. The Texans had a lot of hope for Coutee when they selected him but frankly he hasn't stepped up to the task. This time, he has no choice and will be force-fed targets by Deshaun Watson on an offense that desperately needs a playmaker now that Fuller is out for the ROS. Coutee, despite being an underwhelming player, is now a must-add in all Fantasy formats unless a dark-horse candidate emerges from that Texans offense. That seems unlikely.
Denzel Mims (7% owned)
The Jets' offense has been, but Denzel Mims has quietly put together a pretty solid three week span; accumulating 10+ points in PPR formats in each of those weeks. Mims has shown himself to be an impressive rookie on a horrible team. It doesn't seem to matter who the QB is, as Mims has been able to put up respectable numbers while the Jets try to figure out what they're trying to do on offense. He's a great speculative add, and a must-add in Dynasty formats.
* Players to keep an eye on going forward: Kyle Rudolph, Jordan Akins, Deandre Washington, Adrian Peterson, Collin Johnson, MVS, Hunter Renfrow, Richard Rodgers, Damiere Byrd, Darnell Mooney, Joshua Kelley *
Each week I'll be here to give you the who's who for waiver wire pickups to help lead your Fantasy team to the ultimate goal: To bring home a championship. Hopefully some of the names on this list find their way onto your team, and may the odds forever be in your favor.