Fantasy Football: Week 12 Best Waiver-wire Pickups

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Anthony Miller #17 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 14 in Miami, Florida. Marc Serota/Getty Images

The season has entered its final quarter, while Thanksgiving and the fantasy football deadline are both only days away. This week there will be, quite literally, a lot to digest when it comes to the NFL.

Here's who you should be looking for on the waiver wires this week to ensure you don't miss out on that coveted playoff spot.

Wide Receiver

DJ Moore—Carolina Panthers (9.8 fantasy points on average, owned by 32 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Moore led the Panthers with seven catches for 157 yards and a touchdown on Sunday and now has at least four receptions in five of his past seven games. Aside from two games against the Saints, Carolina faces the Browns, Bucs and Falcons in the next five weeks, so Moore could again rack up big figures.

Anthony MillerChicago Bears (9.3 fantasy points on average, owned by 49.1 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Miller had two receptions and a touchdown despite getting just three targets in the Bears' win over the Vikings in Week 11. On Thursday, Chicago faces a Detroit defense that has given up the fourth-most yards per play, making him a good flex option.

Tre'Quan Smith—New Orleans Saints (8.3 fantasy points on average, owned by 13.3 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Smith made this list ahead of Week 10 and is developing into one of the Saints' main attacking weapons. Last week he set a career-high in catches, targets and yards with 10, 13 and 157 respectively. New Orleans' offense continues to roll, so expect him to reap the benefits.

Quarterback

Lamar JacksonBaltimore Ravens (4.3 fantasy points on average, owned by 22.4 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

A hip injury to Joe Flacco meant Jackson started last week and he did not disappoint, completing 13 of 19 passes for 150 yards and adding 117 rushing yards over 27 attempts—the most of any quarterbacks since 1999. Flacco could start this weekend but Jackson remains a valuable addition.

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Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens rushes against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on November 18 in Baltimore, Maryland. Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Jameis Winston—Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8.2 fantasy points on average, owned by 9.2 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

The quarterback situation remains fluid in Tampa. Winston came off the bench in place of Ryan Fitzpatrick last week and still threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns. He is set to start in Week 12. With the 49ers next up for the Bucs, he could do some real damage.

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Baker Mayfield—Cleveland Browns (12.8 fantasy points on average, owned by 37.6 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

A divisional matchup against the Bengals awaits the Browns after their bye and is a good opportunity for Mayfield to pick up where he left off in Week 10, when he had a quarterback rating of 151.3 after completing 17 of 20 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns.

Running Back

Josh AdamsPhiladelphia Eagles (3.3 fantasy points on average, owned by 27.9 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Adams appeared in this column last week and was the only bright note in Week 11, as the Eagles were thrashed by New Orleans. Adams rushed seven times for 53 yards and a score and added three receptions. With easier games coming up, he is a must-have.

Theo Riddick—Detroit Lions (6.9 fantasy points on average, owned by 33.1 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Named in this list ahead of Week 10, Riddick's multi-dimensional game is a great asset for fantasy football players. He has 18 receptions in the last three games and with Kerryon Johnson sidelined, he's likely to see a lot of action going forward.

Gus Edwards—Baltimore Ravens (5.5 fantasy points on average, owned by 0.1 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

The Ravens had a breakout performance in Week 11, playing 49 snaps, 32 more than Alex Collins and 44 more than Javorius Allen, who had previously handled the bulk of the Ravens' rushing game. Edwards had 115 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown and is a worth adding to your roster.

Tight End

Jonnu SmithTennessee Titans (3.8 fantasy points on average, owned by 2.4 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Smith has scored at least 10 fantasy points in the last three games and has reasonable potential for teams lacking depth at tight end.

Jeff Heuerman—Denver Broncos (6.5 fantasy points on average, owned by 21.7 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Heuerman hauled in four of his five targets in Week 11 and has a total of 16 targets over the last two games. Tight end is a difficult position to fill and he's a good option.

Cameron Brate—Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4.9 fantasy points on average, owned by 9 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

With O.J. Howard out with an ankle injury, Brate could see a lot more of the ball in the remaining five weeks of the season and is a good flex option.