Pass the turkey!!
Most fantasy league trading deadlines are rapidly approaching or have already passed, so if you need to remedy an issue with your fantasy roster, all you have left is the wonder that is the Waiver Wire! Now don’t fret, this is football, guys get hurt and that is why teams have 60-man rosters!
Yes indeed, the “unknown” get thrust in to the “known” and coveted category, seemingly overnight and new names instantly become part of the fantasy conscience. Granted it may be for only a short while, but realize that their contributions can make all the difference.
So let’s take a look and see what is awaiting you as we take a walk on the Waiver Wire for Week 12!
QB Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars – So I understand that the future, whatever that is, would be with QB Blaine Gabbert. But it is hard to ignore what Henne did against a pretty solid Houston Texans defense. The guy throws for 354 yards and four touchdowns in a spectacular performance. Should Gabbert miss time, Henne would be a guy to consider..
QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers – They have been looking for a reason to kick QB Alex Smith to the curb for years, and Kaepernick made quite a case for himself this past Monday night. Making his first start, on Monday night, against the heralded Chicago Bears defense, he turned some heads with his poise and efficiency, with 243 yards and two touchdowns. It will be interesting to see who is behind center against the New Orleans Saints in Week 12.
QB Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh Steelers – Yes folks, with QB Ben Roethlisberger already out and now reports that QB Byron Leftwich will miss this week due to broken ribs, enter QB Tommy Maddox? Kordell Stewart?? Mark Malone??? Nope, one Charlie Batch. I for one like the savvy veteran, and he may very well be a nice surprise. The mention of Charlie makes me feel 10 years younger – let’s hope Batch does too!
RB Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos – You will want to keep an eye on the status of starting RB Willis McGahee – if he misses any time, Hillman will get a lot more work. Given the respect that MUST be paid to QB Peyton Manning and the passing attack, the running game always benefits. He should already be on the roster of the McGahee owner, but if he’s asleep at the wheel, make a play for him. *UPDATE* Reports are McGahee could be out 6-8 weeks.
RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles – While the Eagles inexplicably continued to run RB LeSean McCoy despite a 20+ point deficit, he got his bell rung and will likely be out with a concussion, pending tests this week. If he misses any time due to the injury, look for Bryce Brown to get the majority of the work out of the Eagles backfield. Of course, he’ll have to sidestep his own quarterback and opposing defenders, but I digress. Seriously, he is a solid talent and could perform admirably if called upon.
RB Cedric Peerman, Cincinnati Bengals – Most folks outside Mr. and Mrs. Peerman will have no idea who this guy is. However, if you have RB BenJarvis Green-Ellis, Peerman made a strong handcuff case for himself this past Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
RB Jalen Parmele, Jacksonville Jaguars – Another one of those “WHO??” candidates for your review. Actually, he not only had a better overall day than teammate RB Rashad Jennings, but also Texans RB Arian Foster! Now don’t get carried away, but on a team definitely in rebuilding mode, a guy like Parmele is worth monitoring.
WR Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers – Well, I asked you all to give me a week that we’d revisit to see if he stepped up and followed through with consistency regarding his health and overall play. He did, really emerging as a top weapon for QB Phillip Rivers, with six more receptions for 96 yards and another two touchdowns.. He is looking like the 2012 version of WR Laurent Robinson with Dallas last season.
WR T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts – Like we are seeing with TE Dwayne Allen, QB Andrew Luck is starting to build a solid rapport with his young receivers, notably Hilton. Despite a losing effort, Hilton was quite a force with 100 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
WR Julian Edelman, New England Patriots – Before you knock down every one else in your league to get to him, realize that despite an awesome game, Edelman is too much of a wild card to depend on. That said, he is shifty, and quite valued in the Patriots offensive game plan, so if you find yourself in a pickle in a deep league, he might be worth a shot.
WR Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles – Even though rookie QB Nick Foles will spend much of the game running for his life, he does seem to look Cooper’s way quite frequently when he has the time. There are a few things that are reliant on Cooper’s success though and you’ll want to be aware. One is Foles behind center, as he seems to look his way more than QB Michael Vick did. Also, as long as WR Jason Avant misses time, Cooper will be pressed into action and will get more looks.
WR Plaxico Burress, Free Agent (Pittsburgh Steelers?) – Wow, it would be neat to see things come full circle for Burress, who started his career in the Steel City. I am surprised it took until Week 12 for someone to express interest in Burress, but news is Pittsburgh is bringing him in for a physical. It makes sense, as he is a big physical target who could greatly compliment their corps of smallish speedy receivers. Batch looking deep… to Burress.. Touchdown!!
TE Ben Watson, Cleveland Browns – It was nice to see rookie QB Brandon Weeden rely on his big tight end early and often in this past week’s contest against the Dallas Cowboys. Even more exciting was to seem him utilized in red zone and end zone situations.
TE Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars – Wow, three Jaguars on the list this week. Am I losing my mind? Not really, as QB Chad Henne was exceptional, RB Jalen Parmele was solid, and Lewis gets plenty of looks from Henne when he’s behind center. The TE position is uber hard to pinpoint, but there is no secret that there is some nice chemistry between Henne and Lewis.
TE Daniel Fels, New England Patriots – With TE Rob Gronkowski out with a broken forearm, and TE Aaron Hernandez the weekly question-mark, look for the former Denver Bronco to jump back into fantasy relevance. He left town before the Broncos signed QB Peyton Manning, but his patience since coming to New England just might pay off. As we are all aware, the tight end position plays a prominent role in the New England offense, so Fels may very well surprise even if Hernandez plays.
TE Garrett Graham, Houston Texans – I wouldn’t look for this type of performance from Graham every week, as there is some other tight end on the Texans roster named Owen Daniels that gets a little attention, but Graham is worth keeping on the fantasy radar. Injuries happen, and Daniels is no stranger there.
TE Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs – Granted the Chiefs are a mess, but Moeaki is a solid target who gets his looks and hauls in receptions. If WR Dwayne Bowe is out for an extended period of time, look for Moeaki to be leaned on even more in the passing game.
Enjoy the games, and all my best to you and yours for a Happy Thanksgiving!!
THANKSGIVING DAY FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!
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