There wasn’t a better storyline in Week 12 than Detroit RB Kevin Smith’s emphatic return from obscurity, gaining a total of 201 yards and three touchdowns against Carolina. There were also a few injuries to take note of that will sure have the waiver wire buzzing. Here are my picks:
Vince Young, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Michael Vick might be able to play this week, but if he’s not, Young looks to have a decent day against a struggling Patriots defense. He’s a good spot starter if you’re having QB issues.
Kevin Smith, RB, Detroit Lions
As stated before, Smith had one of the best days in all of fantasy last weekend. He’ll surely see the majority of the carries from here on out until starter Jahvid Best returns. He should be picked up in all leagues.
Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson went down with a high ankle sprain, opening the door for Gerhart to get the start. Gerhart will have to face a tough Falcons’ defense who doesn’t give up more than four yards per carry to opposing running backs, so Gerhart is worth a roster stash in case Peterson can’t go in Week 13.
C.J. Spiller, RB/WR, Buffalo Bills
RB Fred Jackson’s calf is reportedly very sore, so don’t be surprised if Spiller is the feature back this Sunday for Buffalo. Spiller hasn’t been impressive as a starter thus far in his career, but he has the talent to put up numbers. He’s a risky start.
Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Cooper was highly effective in his first start, catching five passes for 75 yards and a score. Cooper got a lot more snaps than WR Steve Smith, and should be pretty solid until Jeremy Maclin returns from injury.
Jared Cook, TE, Tennessee Titans
Cook got targeted a total of five times in one half once rookie QB Jake Locker took over after a Matt Hasselbeck shoulder injury. If Locker gets any more time this season, Cook looks like a good option at TE.
Tony Scheffler, TE, Detroit Lions
The Scheff doesn’t get many receptions or yards, but he is fifth in the league in touchdowns at his position. Scheffler looks like another good start this week against the Packers, who give up a fair share of points against opposing TEs.