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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 13 Waiver Wire

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Week 13 Waiver Wire


It seems that every week in the National Football League, fans are provided with plenty of surprises.

Week 12 was no exception.

The biggest surprise came out of San Francisco, as the 49ers named Colin Kaepernick their starting quarterback after an impressive Monday night game against the Bears. While Alex Smith might have suffered a loss, fantasy owners might be gaining something special as they make a playoff run. But don’t worry, we’ll get into him a bit later.

This holiday week, we again saw multiple players step up out of the blue and provide fantasy football relevance for owners everywhere. And boy, is this a crucial time for owners to get a win.

The fantasy playoffs start in just one more week and it’s now or never. Some owners have been fortunate enough to have already clinched a playoff berth, while others are sitting on the fence. Either way, I cannot stress enough how important it is to be active on the waiver wire. Whether you need a certain player or not, it is always smart to add someone an opponent might need, blocking them from acquiring him. Strategy really is a part of fantasy football.

So, as usual, let’s hit the waiver wire. Significant injuries may force owners to look elsewhere for options, especially during this time of the season.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers

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If you have number one waiver priority in your league, it would be wise to use it on Kaepernick. Ever since filling in for a concussed Alex Smith, Kaepernick has been on a tear, throwing for 474 yards and three scores, while also running for a touchdown.

While Kaepernick’s mobile skills are evident, he also possesses an incredible arm. So far, he has been making all of the throws. Although there are just a few weeks left, Kaepernick will be a top ten fantasy quarterback the rest of the way. He is an explosive, dual threat signal caller, who has all of the weapons around him. This second year quarterback out of Nevada is reminding many fantasy players of Tim Tebow’s magical run last season, but Kaepernick is far more talented. If he is somehow available, get him right now.

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Michael Bush, RB, Chicago Bears


On Sunday, we saw yet another significant injury for fantasy owners.

Bears running back Matt Forte left Sunday’s contest against the Vikings with an ankle injury. Forte did not return for the rest of the game. In his place, came backup Michael Bush, who carried the ball 21 times for 60 yards. More importantly, he found the end zone twice, pleasing the very small amount of owners who started him. Whether or not Forte will miss significant time is unsure, but Bush needs to be owned in all leagues, especially by Forte owners. Bush is the goal line back regardless, so if Forte is in fact out, he could become a touchdown-scoring machine.

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Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos


Well, it looks like Mike Shanahan’s former team is providing some Shanahanigans of their own.

After starter Willis McGahee was placed on IR, one assumed that Ronnie Hillman would see the starting job. On Sunday morning, head coach John Fox pulled the wool over fantasy owner’s eyes when he named Knowshon Moreno the starter. It appears that the Broncos favor Hillman as a third down back on passing plays, while Moreno will be the featured back. This bodes well if you can grab him, as Peyton Manning loves the no huddle, insuring that Moreno will stay on the field. In Sunday’s game, he totaled 111 total yards, showcasing value in PPR formats as well.

While this week’s matchup with Tampa Bay and their number one ranked run defense is ugly, Moreno will still get to face Oakland, Baltimore and Cleveland.

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Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons


It is no secret that Michael Turner hasn’t exactly been getting the job done in Atlanta. Sure, he’s been fair at best, but there is another running back on the team that could be on the rise.

Jacquizz Rodgers has slowly been cutting into the workload of Turner. His touches have increased over the past two games, including a 12-touch, 79-yard, one touchdown effort on Sunday. Rodgers clearly fits the Falcons up-tempo offense better than Turner, and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the two split carries from here on out. If you add Rodgers this week, he could be a good flex starter against the New Orleans Saints very generous defensive unit.

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Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

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With Rob Gronkowski suffering from a broken forearm and Brandon Lloyd struggling, slot receiver Julian Edelman has been presented with an opportunity to see more two wide receiver sets.

And so far, he has been taking advantage of it.

Over the past two games, Edelman has 122 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Not to mention a fumble recovery for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown. The guy can really do it all. He may not be a household name in fantasy football, but with his versatility between catching, running and returning the football, Edelman may hold some fantasy value down the stretch. And oh by the way, the guy tossing him the football isn’t too bad either.

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Ryan Broyles, WR, Detroit Lions


How about this rookie out of Oklahoma?

Odds are, if Nate Burleson hadn’t broken his leg, the world may not even know of Broyles. However, it happened and Broyles is proving to be a legitimate wide receiver in this league. Thursday’s Thanksgiving game saw Titus Young suspended by the team. Sproles filled in as the team’s number two wideout, and he excelled, catching six balls for 126 yards. While he didn’t manage to find the end zone, Broyles was targeted 12 times, which is very promising. Broyles is proving that he deserves a big role in the offense, and with the amount quarterback Matthew Stafford throws the football, he could be worth a look in deeper leagues.