The 2019 NFL season is now 11 weeks old and the time is now to start picking up people from their fantasy football waiver wire and hoping they can help you secure a playoff spot. Every year a no name blows up in Week 1 and ends up being a top-20 fantasy football player over the remainder of the season. So, instead of letting your competition beat you to the punch, use your fantasy football waiver wire to find the next big thing.
Let’s get things started by taking a look at some fantasy football waiver wire running backs for Week 12.
Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
James Conner aggravated a shoulder injury against the Cleveland Browns last Thursday night, and Samuels finished the game with 45 total yards on 10 touches (five catches) and a receiving touchdown. He has double-digit touches in three straight games, with 21 receptions on 26 targets over that span.
Conner’s availability can’t be counted on, so Samuels has a potential big opportunity ahead of him in Week 12. The Cincinnati Bengals entered Week 11 allowing either the third or fourth-most fantasy points to running backs (PPR scoring, ESPN and Yahoo! respectively). They also entered the week dead-last in the league against the run.
Samuels naturally had his ownership rates drop by a fair chunk, as Conner was set to return in Week 11. If only as a possible plug-and-play with incredible upside for Week 12 if Conner is out or at all limited, Samuels is worth checking on in all leagues.
ESPN Ownership: 62.1%
Yahoo! Ownership: 66%