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Fantasy Football: Week 12 Waiver Wire

11.22.11 at 9:57 am ET

Welcome to the Weeik 12 waiver wire. We’€™re here to give our top choices for Week 12  pickups. If you play in a large league, feel free to join us at, where we’€™ll be adding more free agent options throughout the day.

Carson Palmer, QB, Raiders

He is still available in 36% of Yahoo leagues and he shouldn’€™t be. Palmer has settled in and can be your weekly starter in any format. Get him if he is available and if you have a need.

Christian Ponder, QB, Vikings

He’€™s more of a QB2 in large leagues, but he can post solid numbers and they are getting Percy Harvin more involved, which helps. If he can stay healthy, Ponder looks like a long term solution for Minny.

Jake Locker, QB, Titans

Depending on Matt Hasselbeck‘€™s health, he could start this week and that makes him intriguing in the short term. The other angle is that the Titan could and should allow Locker to start once they are eliminated from the playoff chase.  Locker is a good add in deeper leagues if you have some space. He is another young guy who can give points with his feet as well as his arm. He has a very solid future for fantasy. He should be owned in most long term formats.

Ricky Stanzi, QB, Chiefs

Ok, we’€™ve seen Tyler Palko.  Stanzi is a gamer and we expect to see him soon.  For those of you who play in long term formats or dynasty leagues, we strongly suggest picking up Stanzi.  We are big believers in this kid.  He makes very quick decisions and could thrive in KC’€™s system if given the reins.  He’€™s not a redraft option until he gets in there, but he should get a chance at some point.

Kevin Smith, RB, Lions

You don’€™t need us to tell you about the number one back from week eleven, but Smith is available in nearly all leagues and he is a potentially huge asset for you going forward. Smith has always been a talented player and he showed a lot of his old form last week. He should added in all leagues.

Toby Gerhart, RB, Vikings

With Adrian Peterson looking unlikely for week twelve, we strongly recommend adding Gerhart for at least a week if you can get him. He is a big strong back and he has a good chance to post RB2 numbers. He can take the sting off of losing Peterson.  He’€™s a viable play in all formats as long as he is starting.

CJ Spiller, RB, Bills

There are two competing realities here. One, CJ Spiller has looked pretty pedestrian with the ball in his hands as a running back. The second is that he is the next man up if Fred Jackson is out for a spell and it looks like he will be. Spiller has immense talent and perhaps with a bigger workload, he can gain some momentum or make the big play. He is worth an add though we do doubt that he can replace Fred Davis‘€™ effectiveness. He’€™s worth a look in all leagues if you have the roster space.

Roy Helu, RB, Redskins

HC Mike Shanahan has really been a mad scientist as far as his running backs go, but we feel that he is slowly being forced to accept that Helu is outplaying all his other backs. The former Cornhusker has great long speed and is a fine fit for the Redskins’€™ offense. We like him as a stash or flex option in most leagues.

Laurent Robinson, WR, Cowboys

How he’€™s still available in 25% of Yahoo leagues is beyond me, but he is. Robinson is a great week twelve play as long as Miles Austin stays on the pine and we expect that he will. Get him in all formats.

Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders

Yes, the little dude disappointed many people last week, yours truly included, but his upside is very high and Oakland got ahead and ran the ball for much of the day. Moore is a very solid WR3 if you need one. Pick him up if he’€™s dropped.

Kellen Winslow, TE, Buccaneers

He busted out a bit last week and he is a solid pick up if you need help at the position in a medium to large league. His QB is picking up steam, so a few more good weeks are very possible.

Brent Celek, TE, Eagles

He’€™s reached a level of consistency that we never would have expected two months ago. Celek has reemerged as a strong fantasy option and he is worth a pickup in all but the smallest of leagues.



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