Early fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 12

Yahoo Sports’ Andy Behrens explains why fantasy managers should look to add Jayden Reed, Odell Beckham Jr., and Zach Charbonnet heading into Week 12.

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ANDY BEHRENS: It's Andy Behrens with a look at some early pickups ahead of week 12 of your fantasy season. I've got to start with Jayden Reed of the Packers. Look, he entered the week leading Green Bay in receiving yards on the season.

The rookie slot receiver has been fantastic. All he did on Sunday was deliver 92 total yards, another touchdown, that's five on the year. That guy needs to be rostered in way more leagues.

He's available in about 2/3 of Yahoo leagues at the moment. That should clearly be over 50% at this point. He's probably the most playable Green Bay receiver in fantasy right now.

Elsewhere, I've got to talk about Odell Beckham. Yes. He walked away from the Thursday nighter with a shoulder injury. It's a concern. They downplayed it a bit after the game.

Doesn't seem like it's going to hold him back. He finished with over 100 yards in that one against Cincinnati. Looked excellent. Looked friskier than we've seen him in a while.

And of course, Mark Andrews went down to injury. And that is beneficial not only fantasy wise to Isaiah Likely, who's going to replace him at tight end, but it probably means a redistribution of the six, seven targets per game that Andrews was seeing. Odell is going to be a part of that for sure. Again, he looked great in week 11.

One final name to tack on, Zach Charbonnet. He replaced the injured Kenneth Walker on Sunday. Walker, going out with an oblique injury, quickly ruled out of the game against the Rams. Charbonnet, somewhat quietly, has actually been playing over 50% of the snaps in each of his last three games. Dynamic player, gifted as a receiver, very talented runner, averaging about 5 and 1/2 yards per carry entering week 11. He's going to see a lot more work with Walker presumably slated to miss time.