Jameson Williams has played six games this season, with 10 catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. The touchdowns, in Week 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Week 11 against the Chicago Bears, came in clutch moments when the Lions needed a play.
Williams is on a general upswing overall over the last couple games. A touchdown was called back by a penalty in Week 10, and he is clearly earning the trust of the coaching staff and his teammates. After topping a 50 percent snap share for the first time in Week 10, he played 65 percent of the offensive snaps in Week 11.
Josh Reynolds is still playing a lot, with at least a 70 percent snap share in five straight games. But the veteran receiver may not be operating at anywhere close to 100 percent health, and he has posted 15 or less yards in three straight games.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 12: It's time to add Jameson Williams
Williams isn't likely to be a high-volume target in the Lions' passing game, with three or fewer targets in five of six games this season. But the upside is there (if not fairly latent, at least for now). And if the recent trend in playing time holds, better production could easily follow.
Williams is available in 80 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and nearly 86 percent of ESPN leagues as Week 12 waivers get rolling.
Outside of very deep fantasy leagues, Williams is not a starting option in Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers or any other week until further notice. Overall, he will be hard to rely on in any fantasy lineup. The range of outcomes is too wide in the coming critical weeks on the fantasy schedule to comfortably rely on him as a starter.
But for fantasy managers who are looking good to make the playoffs, and/or are looking for sheer upside potential in the coming weeks, Williams is an ideal waiver wire add-and-stash this week.