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Week 12: Waivers Can Carry You to the Playoffs

Welcome to Week 12 of the fantasy season. This is the final week of teams being off on a bye. The Eagles, Seahawks, Bengals and Bills are all off. There’s a good amount of fantasy production that won’t be available, but you should have enough on your roster to field a lineup. It’s a good week to start purging your roster of players that are just taking space on your bench. If you still have two kickers but don’t want to drop one because you have Stephen Gostkowski and
Mason Crosby

, you need to decide is it worth holding on to them both. In leagues that have a cut off on waivers after a certain week, I like to use that week to unload on players that I don’t want but know that no one else can pick them up after.

The waiver wire still has plenty of fish at the bottom of the barrel. You have to prepare yourself every week to search through each position line by line in order to find the perfect fit for your team. I like to load up at running back and wide receiver at this point in the season. In 8-12 team leagues I will drop my backup quarterback, tight end and defense to free up roster space.

Some roster decisions are tougher than others. For instance, I have
Trent Richardson

who has given me next to nothing this season and looks as if he is just a bust. However I just can’t bring myself to cut him. There is always a potential he can produce. As bad as he has been he is still averaging more fantasy points over the last four weeks than
Steven Jackson

, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and
Willis McGahee

. Believe it or not, he is just a 1.5 points from running backs such as
C.J. Spiller

DeAngelo Williams

Darren Sproles

. So as much as you would like to cut
Trent Richardson

, you’re better off holding on to him hoping that he will get hot.

Getting back to the topic of players that can carry you into the playoffs that are waiver wire pickups, look at the lineup below from week 11.

Nick Foles

             25 FPTs

Bobby Rainey

        42 FPTs
RB   Rashad Jennings      27 FPTs
WR  Michael Floyd           31 FPTs

Harry Douglas

        25 FPTs

Marquise Goodwin

  21 FPTs

Garrett Graham

      26 FPTs
KR   Rian Lindell               14 FPTs
DEF  Bills DST                 24 FPTs
                 Total Points    235 FPTs.

As you can see, 235 are a lot points to be scored with players that are still sitting on the waiver wire in some leagues or have been picked up recently. Keep working the waiver wire and you could put together a good group of players that were not even considered at the start of the season.

The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who came through for their team.

Bobby Rainey

– 30 carries for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns, 2 receptions for 4 yards 1 touchdown. If you went to the waivers to pick up one of the Tampa Bay running backs, hopefully you got Rainey and not
Brian Leonard

. Rainey took advantage of a soft Falcons defense breaking out for 167 total yards and three scores. He has tough matchups the next two weeks against the Lions and Panthers so lower expectations for those games.

Calvin Johnson

– 6 receptions for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns. Johnson has been playing out of his mind over the past four weeks with 746 yards and seven touchdowns. With the Buccaneers, Packers and Eagles next on the schedule, Johnson can keep pace with his 2011 totals of 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns.

LeSean McCoy

– 20 carries for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns, 4 receptions for 73 yards. McCoy had a monster day even though he left part of the game with an injury. The matchup was great and he took advantage of it. McCoy is off this week but faces tough run opponents in the Cardinals, Lions and Vikings over the next three games.    

The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who you would like to, well you know.

A.J. Green

– 2 receptions for 7 yards. We knew that Green had a tough matchup against
Joe Haden

but didn’t expect an output like this. Green is off this week but has great matchups in Weeks 13 and 14 against the Chargers and Colts. He also has a tough Week 15 matchup against the Steelers on the road.

Cecil Shorts

– 2 receptions for 22 yards. This is two weeks in a row where Shorts caught just two passes in a game. Hopefully his protest following the Arizona game will lead to a ton of targets against the Texans this week. Shorts has a tough matchup here and then will face
Joe Haden

in Week 13.

Mark Ingram

– 6 carries for 25 yards, 1 reception for 4 yards. If you have been hurting at the running back position, you might have grabbed Ingram after his 145-yard and one score effort against the Cowboys. For owners who thought that Ingram was not dead in fantasy, they quickly got a dose of reality. Ingram is a one week wonder even against the Falcons this week.

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