It’s crunch time in the fantasy football world. The regular season is winding down and the playoffs are knocking on the door. If your team is in good standing at this point, you could consider adding a couple of players for your potential championship run. Maybe you’re on the outside looking in and need to make something happen now. With no teams on bye in Week 12, there are a bunch more options to fill your needs!
WR Curtis Samuel, Carolina
It seems like each week we look at Curtis Samuel and think, “he won’t be relevant again.” Then week after week, he proves us wrong. Samuel has scored five touchdowns in his last five games while averaging six catches in that time. He is being used in the running game while Christian McCaffrey has been out and it’s likely we’ll see more of Samuel in the backfield in Week 12.
Samuel is in line for another solid fantasy day against Minnesota in Week 12. Minnesota has been very soft against the pass for most of the season and gave up a rushing touchdown to receiver CeeDee Lamb in Week 11.
A lot of fantasy players bailed on Samuel after his 8-yard performance in Week 10. He is unrostered in 35-50 percent of fantasy leagues.
QB Kirk Cousins, Minnesota
With Dalvin Cook running all over opposing defenses, it’s understandable that Kirk Cousins has thrown fewer than 30 passes in six games this season. Even with those lower number of attempts, Cousins has been efficient with eight touchdown passes in his last three games with only one interception. In Week 11, Dallas stacked the box in an attempt to stop Cook and dared Cousins to throw. A majority (209) of his 314 yards and all three of his touchdowns went to Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL.
Minnesota faces Carolina in Week 12 that has given up over 280 passing yards in four consecutive games, before shutting down a wounded Matthew Stafford in Week 11.
Cousins should be a great streaming option again in Week 12. He can be found on the waiver wire in 60-80 percent of fantasy leagues.
RB Salvon Ahmed, Miami
Salvon Ahmed has taken over as the lead running back for Miami, at least until Myles Gaskin returns. With 33 carries and three receptions in two games, he has become the definition of a bellcow running back. Ahmed is also averaging a respectable 4.15 yards per carry. It doesn’t seem like Gaskin will be ready for Week 12, paving the way for another Ahmed led backfield. Miami gets two very good matchups in the next two weeks.
Week 12 is against the New York Jets who let Gaskin run for 91 yards in Week 6. Week 13 brings Cincinnati, who gave up 94 rushing yards to Antonio Gibson in Week 11.
You can still acquire Ahmed in about 33-55 percent of fantasy leagues. This former unknown rusher could be the key to getting your team into the playoffs.
TE Jordan Akins, Houston
Unless you have Travis Kelce on your roster, you’ve probably been scrambling all season for a decent tight end. The best you can usually do is to add a player that’ll get you 50 yards or a score. Jordan Akins, in Week 11, caught five balls for 83 yards. That is a stat-line no one would be unhappy with at tight end.
Outside of the bigger 14- and 16-team fantasy leagues, Akins is available in nearly all of them. He could prove a good day for anyone in dire need of tight end help.
RB Wayne Gallman, New York Giants
If you’re looking for a running back who will score touchdowns, Wayne Gallman might be your guy. In his last four contests, Gallman has scored five rushing touchdowns. He has also been active with at least 10 carries in those games. The Giants have been competitive in those four games, winning two and losing the other two by three combined points. Alfred Morris has been getting some carries but at his age he is more of a fantasy nuisance and not a real threat to take over the backfield duties.
Cincinnati is next in line to battle the Giants. Running backs who have had more than 15 carries against Cincinnati this season are averaging 5.16 yards per carry. Know that Gallman had 18 carries in his previous game.
The Giants are still in the divisional race and have looked pretty decent in recent weeks. Add Gallman to your team as he is still available in 45-65 percent of fantasy leagues.
WR Breshad Perriman, New York Jets
Breshad Perriman is a deep threat receiver. In fantasy terms, he is boom-or-bust. In his last two games, Perriman has scored three times on 155 receiving yards. He only had more than 27 receiving yards in one game prior to Week 9. What’s changed? Joe Flacco has started those two games. The one thing that Flacco can do better than most NFL quarterbacks is throw accurate deep balls and Perriman likely has one more game with Flacco tossing him long bombs.
In Week 12, the Jets host Miami. Miami has been very tough for their opponents’ No. 1 wide receivers but have surrendered over 100 yards to secondary receivers in recent weeks like Tim Patrick, Cooper Kupp and Christian Kirk. Jamison Crowder will be the focus of the Miami passing defense.
Perriman is over 85 percent available for teams looking for a punch of points in Week 12. Any reception he makes has touchdown potential.