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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 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

Week 10 of the NFL season saw a multitude of injuries at prime positions for fantasy. Matt Schaub and Michael Vick owners can’t be pleased with their injury status, so QBs are the flavor of the week in addition to RBs. The entire Broncos’ backfield nearly went down Sunday as well, opening the door for Lance Ball.

Vince Young, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

We won’t know exactly who is starting for the Eagles until closer to Sunday, but if it’s not Vick, it’ll likely be Young. Young has the skill to do a lot of damage to any defense if he has his head on straight.

Kendall Hunter, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Hunter may have to split time with starter Frank Gore this week, but I can assure you that he’ll get the same if not the majority due to Gore’s injury. The Niners won’t want to risk anything with Gore, so I’m sure Hunter will see extended time.

Lance Ball, RB, Denver Broncos

Ball is now the only runner in Denver’s backfield that isn’t injured. Although starter Willis McGahee’s injury isn’t severe, you can expect Ball to get the majority of the carries against the Jets. With Denver’s run-heavy offense, Ball is sure to get at least 70-80 yards.

Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego Chargers

I’m sure you didn’t know who he was either, but Brown has been the Chargers’ best WR over the past two weeks. Brown has nine catches for 186 yards and a score over the past two weeks and will start against Chicago on Sunday opposite of Vincent Jackson.

Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Douglas exploded last week in wake of WR Julio Jones’ hamstring injury, catching eight balls for 133 yards. Douglas should see more time on the field due to Jones’ injury, but he’s an erratic player. Start him only if you absolutely need to.

Ed Dickson, TE, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens finally found some use for their talented tight-end last week. Dickson hauled in a whopping 10 receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Dickson is still wildly inconsistent, but keep an eye out on his progress from here on out.

Jacob Tamme, TE, Indianapolis Colts

Tamme was pretty efficient for a Colts player (six catches, 75 yards) but just can’t be trusted simply because he’s on the Colts. If this were a Peyton Manning led offense on the other hand…

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Video: LeSean McCoy punches coach Andy Reid in the stomach

McCoy was just demonstrating what Rex Grossman was doing to the Redskins that day.

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Video: Michael Vick kicks ball into cheerleader’s face

I haven’t seen a cheerleader take balls to the face this hard since… well, nevermind.

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