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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 13

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Need to pick up a player for Week 13 action? Looking for a player with a favorable Week 13 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 13 victory.

Week 13 of the 2012 fantasy football season is here and there is just a few weeks left before the start of the playoffs. Byes are no longer in effect, so owners focus on playing their best matchups every week and depth is less of an issue. Even with this being the case, there can always be moves to be made even at this point of the season.

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 13.

Here’s a look at some players that are likely available on the waiver wire and can be played for Week 13 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 27, 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 Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (at St. Louis Rams, 37% owned)

Season statistics: 680 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 214 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns, 1 fumble lost

While there’s still a chance Alex Smith starts this week against the Rams, Kaepernick should get the call once again after his great performance last week against the New Orleans Saints. While coach Jim Harbaugh is still secretive with his starting quarterback announcement, Kaepernick could put up nice numbers again despite facing a Rams defense that gave Smith troubles in their last meet up, the only tie of the season.

Other waiver wire quarterbacks to consider: Miami Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill (vs. New England Patriots, 9% owned), Tennessee Titans’ Jake Locker (vs. Houston Texans, 17% owned), Jacksonville Jaguars’ Chad Henne (at Buffalo Bills, 11% owned)

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RB Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos


RB Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 24% owned)

Season statistics: 100 rushing yards, 38 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 1 fumble lost

Inactive for most of the season, coach John Fox shocked the fantasy world by playing Moreno more than projected starter and rookie Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball. Set atop the team’s depth chart this week, he has become the back to take advantage of Willis McGahee’s injury and could be a valuable waiver wire pickup for the rest of the season. A matchup against the Buccaneers makes Moreno a solid flex option.

Other waiver wire running backs to consider: Jaguars’ Rashad Jennings (at Bills, 40% owned), Philadelphia Eagles’ Bryce Brown (at Dallas Cowboys, 42% owned), Arizona Cardinals’ Beanie Wells (at New York Jets, 48% owned)

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WR Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions


WR Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions (vs. Indianapolis Colts, 23% owned)

Season statistics: 307 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

With Titus Young sitting due to bad behavior, Broyles stepped up in a big way in the Lions’ overtime loss to the Texans. Catching six passes for 126 yards, he is in a good situation, particularly if Young is still in the Lions’ doghouse. Given Detroit’s matchup against Indianapolis this week, Broyles could be a very good WR3 with great upside and potential.

Other waiver wire wide receivers to consider: Dolphins’ Davone Bess (vs. Patriots, 23% owned), Cleveland Browns’ Josh Gordon (at Oakland Raiders, 32% owned), Cincinnati Bengals’ Mohamed Sanu (at San Diego Chargers, 4% owned)

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TE Dustin Keller, New York Jets

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TE Dustin Keller, Jets (vs. Cardinals, 37% owned)

Season statistics: 300 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

In the midst of a disappointing season, Keller had a good outing against the Patriots last week with five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. One of the few somewhat-reliable options in the Jets’ passing game, he has played well since returning from his injury more than a month ago. While this week’s matchup against the Cardinals will be tough, Keller could be an okay play as one of the few usable fantasy options on the Jets.

Other waiver wire tight ends to consider: Colts’ Dwayne Allen (at Lions, 16% owned), Broncos’ Joel Dreessen (vs. Buccaneers, 22% owned), Buccaneers’ Dallas Clark (at Broncos, 16% owned)

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K Connor Barth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


K Connor Barth, Buccaneers (at Broncos, 38% owned)

Season statistics: 5 20-29 FG, 2 30-39 FG, 9 40-49 FG, 4 50+ FG, 32 PAT made

Forgotten among the mix of kickers this season, Barth has quietly been one of the more reliable kickers this season when it comes to providing fantasy points. As Tampa Bay’s offense improves, he has also been in line for more opportunities, whether it be field goal or extra point attempts. He should once again be active against Denver this week.

Other waiver wire kickers to consider: Colts’ Adam Vinatieri (at Lions, 26% owned), Texans’ Shayne Graham (at Titans, 43% owned), Carolina Panthers’ Graham Gano (at Kansas City Chiefs, 1% owned)

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Dallas Cowboys team defense

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Cowboys team defense (vs. Eagles, 33% owned)

Season statistics: 224 points allowed, 24.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 7 fumble recoveries, 2 defensive touchdowns, 1 return touchdown

On Thanksgiving, the Cowboys defense looked bad against a Washington Redskins offense that scored 38 points against them in Week 12. In Week 13, a matchup against the struggling Eagles offense should cure any woes for a Cowboys defense looking for a bounce back performance. With Nick Foles behind center and a poor offensive line, the Cowboys should be a great play this week.

Other waiver wire team defenses to consider: Browns team defense (at Raiders, 21% owned), Jets team defense (vs. Cardinals, 44% owned), Bills team defense (vs. Jaguars, 19% owned)