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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Football IDP Waiver Wire Week 12

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Need to pick up an IDP for Week 12 action? Looking for an IDP 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 finding an IDP who can contribute to your Week 12 victory.

Week 12 of the 2012 fantasy football season once again features all 32 teams playing in one week once again. With three games on Thursday, setting rosters and making moves need to happen sooner rather than later this week and picking up IDP options that can perform this week will be necessary for success. With the playoffs just a few weeks away, winning these last few matchups of the fantasy football regular season could be the difference between making the cut and missing fantasy playoff action.

In Week 11, players like LB Von Miller, LB Paul Posluszny, S Eric Weddle, S Malcolm Jenkins and DT Geno Atkins all had great individual fantasy performances. As top defensive players, they are likely unavailable in most fantasy leagues. To succeed in IDP format, owners seek the most productive IDP options.

Here’s a look at some IDPs 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 25% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues and player season statistics are accurate as of Wednesday, November 21, 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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LB Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers

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LB Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers (at New Orleans Saints, 24% owned)

Week 11 statistics vs. Chicago Bears: 6 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 5.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

Season statistics: 36 solo tackles, 7 assist tackles, 15 sacks, 3 forced fumbles

After his huge performance against the Bears in Week 11, it’s no surprise to see Smith on this list. Already one of the most-added IDP options this week, his 5.5-sack performance against Jason Campbell and the Bears offense line was a clinic for what he’s accomplished all season long. On the field for nearly all of the defense’s snaps, he has grown as a tackler and become an elite IDP option with no signs of slowing down.

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DE Chris Long, St. Louis Rams


DE Chris Long, St. Louis Rams (at Arizona Cardinals, 10% owned)

Week 11 statistics vs. New York Jets: 3 solo tackles, 2 sacks

Season statistics: 17 solo tackles, 3 assist tackles, 7 sacks

Even though the Rams were unable to secure a victory against the Jets, Long had a productive day with three tackles and two sacks of quarterback Mark Sanchez. Up against the Cardinals in Week 12, he’ll get to go up against inexperienced rookie Ryan Lindley who only recently had his first NFL action of his career. This week could definitely be the day Long has his first forced fumbles or fumble recoveries of the season against a porous Cardinals offensive line.

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S Quintin Mikell, St. Louis Rams


S Quintin Mikell, Rams (at Cardinals, 6% owned)

Week 11 statistics at Jets: 8 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble

Season statistics: 49 solo tackles, 9 assist tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles

Like his teammate Long, Mikell could also capitalize on a great matchup this week. Including his great performance from last week, he has played much better recently and has started to be more reliable in terms of his production, as he’s had at least eight solo tackles and a forced fumble in each of his last two starts. Particularly in deeper leagues, Mikell could serve as a great DB2 in Week 12.

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LB Anthony Spencer, Dallas Cowboys

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LB Anthony Spencer, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Washington Redskins, 5% owned)

Week 11 statistics vs. Cleveland Browns: 5 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

Season statistics: 29 solo tackles, 18 assist tackles, 4.5 sacks, 2 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

Not known for consistent production, Spencer finally appears to be flourishing as the Cowboys’ other outside linebacker with DeMarcus Ware. Injured earlier in the season, he has been a solid tackler since his return and is starting to look like a playmaker by sacking the quarterback and forcing fumbles. Up against the Redskins this week, look for him to have a similar affect on Washington’s offense.

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CB Aqib Talib, New England Patriots


CB Aqib Talib, New England Patriots (at Jets, 4% owned)

Week 11 statistics vs. Indianapolis Colts: 5 solo tackles, 2 assist tackles, 1 interception, 1 defensive touchdown

Season statistics: 25 solo tackles, 3 assist tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 defensive touchdown

In his first game with his new team, Talib played a majority of the team’s defensive snaps and made the most of it with his second interception and first touchdown of the season. A talented but troubled cornerback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he should be a productive player in New England and could be a playmaker when opposing teams try to go downfield through the air.

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DT Ahtyba Rubin, Cleveland Browns

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p>DT Ahtyba Rubin, Browns (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4% owned)

Week 11 statistics at Cowboys: 5 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 1 sack

Season statistics: 19 solo tackles, 8 assist tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble

After missing the past two games with a calf injury, he made a quick impact against the Cowboys with six total tackles and his first sack since Week 4. A very good run stopper and a great tackling interior defensive lineman, he is looking like the player that had more than 80 tackles in each of his last two seasons. Up against a Steelers offense that may now have to start Charlie Batch, Rubin has a great matchup ahead.