Ravens running back Gus Edwards

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Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 12

Gus Edwards and D.J. Moore are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
November 20, 2018 - 8:29 am

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member leagues as Week 12 in the NFL is upon us. You'll see numerous backup running backs listed below in the "just missed" section who are behind premier RB1s. It's worth adding them in case a major injury strikes.

1. Gus Edwards, (RB, Baltimore Ravens) – All four Ravens running backs played Sunday, but it was the emergence of Edwards alongside Lamar Jackson who helped propel Baltimore to victory. Edwards looked like the best back the Ravens have had all season, playing 62 percent of the snaps and ripping off 115 yards and a score on 17 touches. Alex Collins had the next-closest workload with seven touches and while he scored a touchdown, he had just 18 yards. Edwards "took the bull by the horns" with his performance, coach John Harbaugh said. He needs to be a top waiver add everywhere.

2. D.J. Moore (WR, Carolina Panthers) – Moore has played more than 70 percent of the snaps in each of the last four weeks and has had his two best games of the season in that span. In a breakout game Sunday, he streamrolled his way to 157 yards on seven receptions, taking one to the house. Moore led the team in receptions and was tied for the team lead in targets (eight). He looks to be emerging as one of the Panthers' big-time playmakers alongside Christian McCaffrey and could well be the team's No. 1 receiver.  

3. Tre'Quan Smith, (WR, New Orleans Saints) – These first three players in the waiver rankings are basically interchangeable, depending on your team needs. I only put Smith here at No. 3 because his team has so many weapons. Despite coming off of a zero-target game in Week 10, Smith bounced back in a monstrous way, amassing 10 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets. He led the team in every category this week and is the true No. 2 receiver to Michael Thomas. 

4. Josh Adams, (RB, Philadelphia Eagles) – Adams led the way in the Eagles' backfield this week. He rushes seven times for 53 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 19 yards on six targets. Adams played 55 percent of the snaps while Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood combined for just five touches. It looks like it'll be Adams working as the lead back moving forward. 

5. Josh Reynolds, (WR, Los Angeles Rams) – With Cooper Kupp on injured reserve, you'll want Reynolds, the Rams' No. 3 receiver. He scored two touchdowns in two games the last time Kupp missed time and just added another Monday night, when he tallied six receptions for 80 yards on eight targets. He's going to pick up where Kupp left off. 

6. Lamar Jackson, (QB, Baltimore Ravens) – The rookie Jackson has plenty to work on when it comes to passing, but he did just set an NFL record with most rushing attempts in a game by a quarterback with 27 on Sunday. With that workload, he had 117 rushing yards, which was the most by any quarterback in four years. While he had just 150 yards passing and an interception, this looks like Jackson's floor, which is scary when you think of his ceiling on a decent passing day of 200 yards and a passing touchdown.

7. Theo Riddick/LeGarrette Blount, (RB, Detroit Lions) – Kerryon Johnson is week-to-week after spraining his knee while having a phenomenal performance Sunday. If using a top waiver, I'd be using it on Riddick. I listed Blount here because he's likely to pick up the big-back duty going forward for whatever that's worth. Riddick adds the receiving element and touched the ball six times Sunday, tallying 30 yards. Meanwhile, Blount plodded his way to one rushing yards on seven carries. Riddick is the player I want, and Blount is nothing more than a desperation add. 

8. Anthony Miller, (WR, Chicago Bears) – There was a ton of buzz surrounding Miller in the preseason. His season hasn't lived up to the hype, but he's beginning to ascend within the offense. He's played at least 70 percent of the snaps in the last four weeks and now has five touchdowns in his last eight games. The Bears look good all around, and Miller is part of that success. 

9. Elijah McGuire, (RB, New York Jets) – Prior to the bye, McGuire out-snapped and outplayed Isaiah Crowell. He's only seeing 10 touches per game, but he's also working his way back from being on injured reserve. McGuire is worth adding in PPR formats, as he's taken over Bilal Powell's role. There's hope for more touches too, given the Jets' struggles offensively -- they're often playing from behind.

10. Dontrelle Inman, (WR, Indianapolis Colts) – Quietly, Inman has seen a combined 17 targets over the last three games and has at least four receptions in each matchup. He's not flashy, but if you're in need of a receiver in PPR leagues, Inman is worth a look, given he's solidified his role as the No. 2 receiver in an explosive Andrew Luck-led offense. 

Just missed: Jameis Winston, Malcolm Brown, Spencer Ware, Wayne Gallman, Rod Smith, Giovani Bernard, Chase Edmonds, Rex Burkhead, Keke Coutee, Christian Kirk, John Ross, Mohamed Sanu, Jonnu Smith.

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​