Fantasy Football 2012: Week 12 Waiver Wire
Week 12 Waiver Wire
Don’t you just hate when you lose in fantasy football?
I know I do.
In fact, I lost this week, unless the Chicago Bears defense can post 35 points, dropping my record to 7-4. However, I am a very good player. Why, you ask? Well, because I have already hit the waiver wire, looking ahead towards Week 12. And you should too, especially now that the trade deadline should be passed in majority of leagues. Only way to improve your roster is from free agency.
We are just 2 short weeks away from the start of the fantasy playoffs, so every win is crucial. There were a few surprising performances on Sunday, making the waiver wire an enticing spot to add even more roster depth. With some of the elite teams possibly resting their star players in the near future, it is important to have a loaded bench down the stretch.
Certain players out there hold very high value and need to be added in most fantasy leagues.
For instance, two starting running backs left their games with injuries, making their backups immediately relevant to fantasy owners everywhere.
Or how about two rookie receivers that are beginning to come into their own as of late?
Thanksgiving games are right around the corner, so let’s hit the waiver wire and set those lineups. The time to win is now!
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports
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Bryce Brown, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Unfortunately, the league saw yet another concussion.
This time, it was running back LeSean McCoy who suffered one very late in the team’s loss to the Washington Redskins. It is obviously early in the week, so McCoy’s status is up in the air right now. With this news, backup Bryce Brown must be added by all McCoy owners. He could be worth a shot if you are in desperate need of a running back or flex option, as the Carolina Panthers are up next. However, with a long week for “Shady” to rest, as well as the lack of running plays the Eagles call, Brown may be nothing more than a lottery ticket.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos
Willis McGahee also left Sunday's action with a knee injury. This gave an opportunity to the speedy Hillman. In McGahee's place, Hillman ran for 43 yards on 12 carries, also adding 2 catches for 16 yards. Hillman has shown some signs of promise when getting touches. Prior to Sunday, he had at least seven fantasy points in two of the past three games. Remember, that's as a backup. McGahee (31) certainly has some wear and tear on those legs, so if he is forced to miss any time, Hillman is a good add.
Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Oh, that’s right. I remember this guy. But in all seriousness, Wells is set to return to action in Week 12. Although LaRod Stephens-Howling has played pretty well in his absence, Wells should reclaim his starting job. His matchups down the road are less than favorable, but he is a starting running back and should be owned in leagues. However, temper expectations quite a bit. We know how injury prone Wells is, and he is very difficult to trust.
Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers
A waiver wire target of mine last week, Alexander has really been heating up. After Sunday’s seven catch, 96 yards, 2 touchdown performance, Alexander now has back to back 20 point fantasy games. Quarterback Phillip Rivers is clearly looking his way, being targeted 18 times over the last two contests. It seems that, outside of Antonio Gates, Alexander may be Rivers’ new favorite target. The Chargers may have to throw a lot to stay in games, boosting Alexander’s fantasy value even more.
Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
To say that this year’s fifth overall pick has been frustrating is an understatement. Pretty much up until Sunday’s contest against division rival Houston, Justin Blackmon had been a bust. This was by far Blackmon’s best game as an NFL player, and one of the best from a receiver this season. Blackmon caught seven balls for a whopping 236 yards and a score. Remember, this is against a very good Texans defense, that surprisingly allowed 37 points to the Jags. It seems that with Chad Henne under center, Blackmon receives a lot more looks. Let’s see if the rookie can keep it rolling.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton is another rookie receiver that has been hot as of late. On Sunday, Hilton posted 6 catches for 100 yards and 2 scores. This was Hilton’s second 100-yard game in the last three weeks and he continues to stay involved in the Colts passing attack. Hilton could be in line for some more monster fantasy games, as he still gets to faces the Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs, all of which are vulnerable against the pass. Not to mention with teammate Donnie Avery banged up, Hilton could be the guy outside of Reggie Wayne.
Dallas Clark, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Clark certainly isn’t the fantasy monster he was with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, but he is starting to heat up a bit this season. Over the past two games, Clark has scored twice and the targets are there. He saw 11 targets from Josh Freeman on Sunday and he is clearly a big time red zone option. With the state of the tight end position as bad as it is, Clark may be worth a look for fantasy owners.