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Happy Tuesday Fantasy Footballers. Wow, what a game last night was. We got to witness 14 touchdowns, three defensive touchdowns, two Aaron Donald strip sacks, seven total turnovers, 107 total points, two missed extra points, a 73-yard Tyreek Hill peace sign, and a game for the ages. We can only hope that we will see this again in the Super Bowl…however, no-one will be mad if we see the Saints in there as well. Aside from the great game, I had a really really bad beat this week. I came into the night projected to win big. I was up about 30 and I had Todd Gurley left to play and my opponent had Jared Goff. Easy win, right? Wrong. Gurley went on to be a non-factor in a game with 107 points scored, a complete anomaly, and Goff went bananas for 43 points in my league. The last touchdown by Gerald Everett from Goff stunned me with a 123.75-123.10 loss. This was to the team in my league that was starting Alex Erickson and had only two wins. Now I am in the midst of a 4-way playoff battle, but can I be that mad that Sean McVay had Goff throw it three straight times to try and get a first down instead of giving Gurley the ball to run out the clock and get me the win? Well a little…but life goes on. And so does the need to talk about waiver wire adds.
We have a lighter bye week coming up with only Kansas City and the Rams on bye this week, but this one may be the hardest hitting one yet with those of us that have shares in these offenses. So, let’s hop in and see who our Week 12 priority adds are this week.
QB – Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (20% Owned)
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson got his first start of his young career against the Bengals and put up a Michael Vick-lite performance. His final stat line was 13/19 for 150 yards and one interception passing, but added a robust 117 yards on 27 attempts on the ground. That is great news for those of us that already grabbed him and even better news that he is getting the Oakland Raiders this week if given the reigns again, which we all expect him to. Joe Flacco is nursing a hip injury, which Jackson owners are hoping keeps him out until the end of the year as Jackson is a potential fantasy darling that could be a league winner if in the right situation. Oakland is decent against the pass, but abysmal versus the run. Grab him with confidence and empty out the coffers.
RB – Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (7% Owned)
The second best rusher for the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11 was none other than…Gus Edwards? Sounding like the guy that bags your groceries at the store, Edwards “took the bull by the horns” and blasted his way to 115 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. If it sounds like I am bipolar with how many times I’ve suggested a different Baltimore running back, it is because the Ravens are bipolar in their attack. But this looks like a running team with Lamar Jackson at the helm and Gus Edwards is the hot hand and picking up steam as the team has presumably grown weary of the little engine that could, Alex Collins.
Also consider: Josh Adams – PHI (33% Owned)
WR – Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints (27% Owned)
Haters gonna hate. I told you last week to grab Josh Reynolds last week and he went off on Monday night. Don’t get cute this week. Tre’Quan Smith is your guy. Coming off a monster game against Philly (10/157/1) he now gets the chance to fry up a FAT turkey on Thanksgiving Day on the fast track of Mercedes Benz Stadium against the Atlanta Falcons. Grab him. Put him in your flex and pull a Jameis Winston and eat some dubs this Thanksgiving. This one will be finger licking good.
Also consider: Keke Coutee – HOU (32% Owned)
TE – Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22% Owned)
Every once and a while something happens that perks our ears up to the tight end market this season. Something just happened. OJ Howard just hit the IR, leaving Cameron Brate as the beacon of hope out of Tampa Bay as the top tight end on the roster of a pass happy team. Yeah, this one is a no brainer if you have been looking for help at the TE position, which we all have at some point. Gobble him up, people.