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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 12

Short turnaround and a short list of players this week. Take a moment to remember what the short week is for, which is to say it’s more than a three-game helping of games on a Thursday! Be thankful for what you have and those around you. Reach out to family by phone or by another electronic method. Keeping in touch is more important than ever now. Thank you to those who are in positions where you will be working the entire week. Know that you are appreciated.

On to the wonders!

Solid Pickups

RB Gus Edwards, Baltimore

Baltimore will be without both J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram against Pittsburgh on Thursday night, so Edwards will be the starter. He has been on the outside looking in as far as getting in game touches in the last couple of games, but that will not be an issue this week. Justice Hill will also be in the mix, but all signs are pointing to Edwards getting the majority of work as the starter. 

WR Tim Patrick, Denver

The Denver passing game has not been terrible, with Patrick performing as the second wide receiver opposite Jerry Jeudy. He has been humming along averaging four catches per game, and after going for 61 yards against Las Vegas, he upped the ante this week with 119 yards against Miami. Much of that was in the late going, but those fantasy points count just the same. Denver will continue to be passing a lot, making Patrick a viable option as a WR3 or WR4. 

RB Frank Gore, New York Jets

This is not a misprint, we are recommending Gore as a waiver wire pick up this week. The Jets were hoping to ride the youngster La’mical Perine, but he injured his ankle and looks like he will miss some time. New York will not mess around any further, so look for Gore to have a chance to be the lead and lone back. He is obviously not the player he once was, but based on volume alone he is worth a look in these next few games. 

On the Radar

RB Tony Pollard, Dallas

He has been putting up some moderate stats in relief of Ezekiel Elliott, so he is worth a look for those who own Elliott. He got into the endzone this past week to go along with 60 yards on the ground against Minnesota. Dallas is one of those teams that will turn things over to the backup if something happens to the starter, so he is worth a look in deep leagues and for those in need at the position. 

WR Keke Coutee, Houston

Houston lost both Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb at different points in last week’s game in New England, which gave him an opportunity to at least get onto the field. He made the most of his two touches, finding the endzone with one of those catches. This is a speculative recommendation. Keep an eye on Stills and Cobb and if they miss some time, Coutee is worth a look for those who have an immediate need at wide receiver. 

About Doug Coutts

Doug has been with Fantasysharks.com since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.