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Fantasy Football: Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

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.

 

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Fantasy Football: Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

Something like this probably happened to one of the players on your fantasy team

Week 7 of the NFL season was probably one of the most frustrating weeks in recent memory if you were relying on studs like RB Darren McFadden, Beanie Wells, Marshawn Lynch, Earnest Graham, Tim Hightower, and Ryan Mathews amongst others to save your team. All pulled up with injuries and less than ten fantasy points. Some injuries worse than others. Graham and Hightower unfortunately have been lost for the season, while the rest should see time in the upcoming weeks. Here are my pickups of the week:

Alfonso Smith, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Smith, like last week’s waiver wire pickup Jackie Battle, is more of a downhill runner. Starter Beanie Wells left the game with a mysterious knee injury that nobody knows anything about. Wells’ injury could sideline him for at least 1-2 weeks, opening the door for Smith. The bad news is, however, Smith will have to face the tenacious Ravens’ defense in Week 8. The good news is, if Wells isn’t back by Week 9, Smith gets to face the Rams’ defense. Potential Smith suitors hope and pray.

Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins

I guess it’s finally time to bring out old Roy from the depths of the waiver wire. Just don’t come crying to me when coach Shanahan decides to still give RB Ryan Torain 30 carries while Helu gets a modest 7-10.

Keiland Williams, RB, Detroit Lions

The Lions clearly really wanted to split carries between Keiland Williams and Maurice Morris. Both had exactly nine carries. Both should get a few more against a very weak Denver Broncos team. When the Lions score early and often, the Lions will look to both of their backups to run out the clock.

Kregg Lumpkin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lumpkin is the only healthy back right now on the entire Tampa Bay roster. The Bucs have a bye week coming up, and by Week 9 starter LaGarrette Blount will probably be back in the lineup. Lumpkin did not look all that great against the Bears last Sunday, but from a PPR standpoint, he looks like a sure-fire pickup. He’ll do exactly what Earnest Graham was doing before going down with a season-ending achilles injury.

Javon Ringer, RB, Tennessee Titans

No, Chris Johnson did not get hurt last week. I have an eerie feeling though that he might get benched due to his horrendous production. CJ had 10 carries for a measly 18 yards while Ringer enjoyed a nice three carries for 31 yards. Stash Ringer on your bench if you have the room to.

Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings

I’m not going to lie, Ponder impressed in his first career start versus Green Bay. He threw two touchdowns and two interceptions, but he showed great resilience and almost lead the Vikings to a huge upset over undefeated Green Bay. Not worth a start just yet but could be a roster stash for when he faces a weak defense.

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Like last week’s waiver wire winner Demaryius Thomas, Brown looks to capitalize on an injury to second string WR Hines Ward. Brown had his first 100 yard game of his career last week on seven receptions and could easily produce like this when given the opportunity.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Sanders, like Brown, shared second string WR duties and was able to produce. Sanders caught a touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger in addition to his 46 yards. Brown seems to be the more polished receiver of the two so look to him first on the wire.

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Washington Redskins

Starting WR Santana Moss broke his hand and is scheduled to be out five to seven weeks. Gaffney should be relatively productive in the starting spot, competing only with TE Fred Davis. Davis won’t catch everything QB John Beck throws, so Gaffney should garner the rest of his passes.

Jake Ballard, TE, New York Giants

Ballard has been surprisingly productive the last few weeks, averaging a solid 10 fantasy points per game. QB Eli Manning has been looking his way more and more, and hopefully that doesn’t change as defenses start to take notice. Buyer beware.

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