2011 Fantasy Football: NFL Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Waiver Wire is our weekly look at players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. We’ll be here all season to let you know which players to watch, who to ignore, and most importantly, who to pick up. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

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Kevin Smith DET | RB

When the Lions signed Smith a couple weeks ago I don’t think anyone expected him having this big of an impact. Smith took over week 11 and ending up having over 200 total yards, and 3 touchdowns. With Best still not having a clear timeline for his return, this makes Smith a great short term add. (about 15% owned)

Toby Gerhart MIN | RB

A lot of players are too optimistic right after an injury, and that seems to be the case with AP this week. He announced that he promised to play week 12, and then it came out that he has a high ankle sprain. I expect Peterson to miss at least 2 weeks, which will give Gerhart a chance to show what he can do. (about 10% owned)

Daniel Thomas MIA | RB

Thomas continues to get a lot of work on the Miami offense, but he can’t seem to get much going. His schedule down the stretch is not that tough, and I think he will have value when it counts the most. He should be back to 100% with his hamstring, and I expect at least a couple more performances this year like he had back in week 2. (about 60% owned)

Roy Helu WAS | RB

Once again Helu doesn’t get the start, and once again he is the most productive Redskin running back. There were some reports that Helu has been inconsistent in pass protection, but the Skins have to find a way to get Helu more touches. The Redskins don’t have that tough of a playoff schedule, so if Helu does take over he could be big during the fantasy playoffs. (about 50% owned)

Michael Crabtree SF | WR

After a slow start this year Crabtree is starting to get things going. He has over 50 yards receiving in 4 of his last 5 games, and he is coming off of a 7 catch 120 yard performance week 11. Crabtree has a decent schedule in the second half of the season, and he should continue to put up decent numbers. (about 50% owned)

C.J. Spiller BUF | RB

With Fred Jackson a little banged up, this could open the door for C.J. Spiller to get a start or two. With Jackson playing like a beast this year, Spiller hasn’t had a chance to get many touches. That will all change against the Jets in week 12 if Jackson is forced to stay on the sideline. (about 20% owned)

Santana Moss WAS | WR

Moss looks like he is going to be back from injury within in the next two weeks, and he needs to be picked back up in all the leagues he was dropped. His playoff schedule doesn’t look that bad, and he could have some big games down the stretch. The Redskins will probably be playing from behind pretty much for the rest of the season, so look for Moss to get a lot of junk yards once he comes back. (about 40% owned)

Torrey Smith BAL | WR

Smith has been consistently involved in the offense since taking over for Lee Evans. It is still yet to be seen what role Evans will have when he comes back, but I would be shocked if Smith losses his job. The Ravens have a very favorable schedule moving forward, and if you need a wide receiver then you need to get Smith on your team if he is available. (about 60% owned)

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Dexter McCluster KC | WR/RB

McCluster gets a lot of action on the Chiefs offense when they are playing from behind, and that should happen a lot with Cassel now out for the year. McCluster is a must add in all PPR leagues, and I think he will get enough touches in standard leagues to have some value as well. McCluster is a playmaker, and the Chiefs are going to try to find ways to get the ball in his hands. (about 40% owned)

Jerome Simpson CIN | WR

Simpson took full advantage of Green being out, catching 8 passes for 152 yards. There is a chance the Green may not be ready for week 12, which would give Simpson one more chance to be the #1 guy. The only problem is they are playing the Browns and their stingy pass defense. Simpson is very inconsistent but if you are looking for a guy with blowup potential you could do a lot worse. (about 30% owned)

Atlanta ATL | DEF

The Falcons have been just ok on defense this year, but I really like their chances against the Vikings in week 12. The Vikings are 29th in the league with passing yards per game, and 5th in the league with rushing yards per game. With Peterson out at least one week, the Vikings are going to have a hard time moving the ball on offense. (about 30% owned)

Cincinnati CIN | DEF

The Bengals D didn’t look that great against the Ravens, but they should have an easier time week 12 at home against the Browns. The Browns are averaging under 15 points per game, they should have a hard time finding the end zone against the Bengals. (about 65% owned)

Von Miller DEN | LB

The rookie out of Texas A&M has really started to get things going lately. His tackle totals have been ok, but the real story is the amount of sacks he is getting. He has 4 sacks in the last 3 weeks, and he is starting to show us why he was the second overall pick in this years draft. (about 25% owned)

Keep an Eye on

Jake Locker TEN | QB

Hasselbeck had somewhat of a nasty looking elbow injury, which might force the rookie Locker into the starting lineup. They are saying that the injury to Hasselbeck isn’t serious, but I would be surprised if he is able to play week 12. The Titans play the Bucs and their weak pass D, so if Locker does get the start he could be a decent pickup and play in deeper leagues. (about 5% owned)

Caleb Hanie CHI | QB

Cutler has a broken thumb and he will most likely miss the rest of the fantasy season. This is going to open the door for Hanie to take over as the starting QB. The schedule for the Bears down the stretch has some favorable passing match-ups, but I don’t think you can trust Hanie unless you are really desperate. (about 5% owned)

Tyler Palko KC | QB

Palko didn’t look that great against the Pats in his first NFL start, but at this point he is all the Chiefs got. I am not expecting a lot out of Palko the rest of this year, but he should be able to rack up some junk yards as they will be playing from behind a lot. The Chiefs still have a lot of weapons on offense, but the match-ups for Palko are looking pretty tough down the stretch. (about 10% owned)