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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 12

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Need to pick up a player for Week 12 action? Looking for a player with a favorable Week 12 matchup? If you said yes to either or both of these questions, the waiver wire can be your best asset for improving your roster and contributing to a Week 12 victory.

Week 12 of the 2012 fantasy football season is here and the players on bye no longer affect owners. This means that owners can now access all of the players on their roster from this point forward. With no more bye weeks, depth becomes less important and playing the best players each week is of utmost importance.

Owners who have already clinched a playoff spot can use these last weeks of the regular season to play matchups and prepare for the most crucial finals weeks of the season. Owners who have records that are on the borderline for making the playoffs hope their waiver wire pickups will be good enough to win their last few weeks before the playoffs. Regardless of the standings, waiver wire pickups can be the difference between success and failure in Week 12.

Here’s a look at some players that are likely available on the waiver wire and can be played for Week 12 action. These players have favorable matchups this week, find themselves in an improved situation on their team due to an injury or playing time, or possibly have good long-term potential.

* The following players are all owned in under 50% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues and season statistics are accurate as of Tuesday, November 20, 2012.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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QB Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars

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QB Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Tennessee Titans, 3% owned)

Season statistics: 569 passing yards, 5 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 11 rushing yards, 1 fumble lost

After an incredible showing against the Houston Texans last week, it is no surprise to see coach Mike Mularkey name Henne as the team’s Week 12 starter. With Blaine Gabbert still questionable for action, Henne will get the fortunate opportunity to face a Titans defense that has struggled to defend the pass all season. While it is risky to rely on a repeat performance on offense by the Jaguars, Henne is a good sleeper option to consider in Week 12.

Other waiver wire quarterbacks to consider: San Francisco 49ers’ Alex Smith (vs. New Orleans Saints, 41% owned), Titans’ Jake Locker (at Jaguars, 16% owned), New York Jets’ Mark Sanchez (vs. New England Patriots, 11% owned)

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RB Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos


RB Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos</strong> (at Kansas City Chiefs, 21% owned)

Season statistics: 188 rushing yards, 62 receiving yards, 1 touchdown

Willis McGahee is out for six-to-eight weeks with a torn MCL, making Hillman the new sheriff in town. While Lance Ball will likely have a share of carries as well, the rookie will have a great chance to produce against the Chiefs. Considering Denver’s easier schedule down the stretch against teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, Hillman could be a very valuable back come playoff time.

Other waiver wire running backs to consider: Jaguars’ Jalen Parmele (vs. Titans, 9% owned), Arizona Cardinals’ Beanie Wells (vs. St. Louis Rams, 29% owned), Green Bay Packers’ James Starks (at New York Giants, 23% owned)

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WR Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers

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WR Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers (vs. Baltimore Ravens, 26% owned)

Season statistics: 291 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns

For a second straight week, Alexander is one of the best waiver wire adds out there available in nearly three-fourths of fantasy leagues. While Justin Blackmon certainly impressed in a breakout performance against the Texans, the offense there is still very suspect. In San Diego, Alexander has built excellent chemistry with Philip Rivers and has another favorable matchup this week against a Ravens defense that continues to decline.

Other waiver wire wide receivers to consider: Jaguars’ Justin Blackmon (vs. Titans, 27% owned), Indianapolis Colts’ T.Y. Hilton (vs. Buffalo Bills, 25% owned), Carolina Panthers’ Brandon LaFell (at Philadelphia Eagles, 18% owned)

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TE Dallas Clark, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


TE Dallas Clark, Buccaneers (vs. Atlanta Falcons, 12% owned)

Season statistics: 255 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns

Scoring in back-to-back weeks, Clark’s role in the Buccaneers offense has improved recently. Considering the great bruiser on the ground they have in Doug Martin and the vertical passing game they typically employ, he has been a solid underneath option for Josh Freeman. Look for him to continue seeing many targets in the coming weeks.

Other waiver wire tight ends to consider: Jets’ Dustin Keller (vs. Patriots, 3% owned), Raiders’ Brandon Myers (at Cincinnati Bengals, 43% owned), Colts’ Dwayne Allen (vs. Bills, 16% owned)

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K Alex Henery, Philadelphia Eagles


K Alex Henery, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Carolina Panthers, 18% owned)

Season statistics: 5 20-29 FG, 5 30-39 FG, 7 40-49 FG, 15 PAT made

Henery has been an efficient kicker for the Eagles when he receives opportunities at field goal attempts, so far up to 17-of-18 on field goals this year. With quarterback and running back injury concerns with regards to Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy, he could benefit from the team’s mess on offense against a Panthers teams that been so-so this season.

Other waiver wire kickers to consider: Washington Redskins’ Kai Forbath (at Dallas Cowboys, 5% owned), Bengals’ Mike Nugent (vs. Raiders, 20% owned), Bills’ Rian Lindell (at Colts, 3% owned)

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St. Louis Rams team defense


Rams team defense (at Cardinals, 34% owned)

Season statistics: 225 points allowed, 29.0 sacks, 8 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 1 defensive touchdown, 2 blocked kicks

After a poor performance against the Jets in Week 11, the Rams should rebound against the Cardinals in Week 12, a team they held to just three points in the teams’ earlier meeting. With continued quarterback concerns in Arizona surrounding John Skelton and Ryan Lindley, the Rams could have a field day against the Cardinals’ poor offensive line.

Other waiver wire team defenses to consider: Panthers team defense (at Eagles, 5% owned), Cardinals team defense (vs. Rams, 41% owned), Cleveland Browns team defense (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 14% owned)