As you get into your fantasy football drafts for 2012, the difference between teams is going to come down to making smart draft decisions then working the waiver wire throughout the year.
The mid-rounds are quite tough but here is a short list of players you should add to your watch list in rounds six through nine:
Carson Palmer (QB, OAK)
Go ahead and take a look at Palmer's numbers in the second half of the year last season. Did you do it? Palmer continues to put up solid numbers in 2012 and is mid-round gold due to his upside.
Palmer is the QB to target in the mid-rounds, but if the top-12 QBs are gone, or you are looking for a backup QB, then you could go with Ben Roethlisberger or Joe Flacco.
Ben Roethlisberger (QB, PIT)
I tend to shy away from knuckleheads due to their ability for off-the-field antics to affect their on-field performance. The fact is that Roethlisberger has some solid WR targets and has put up good numbers through the air. His issue is that he doesn't find the end zone as much as I like in fantasy.
Joe Flacco (QB, BAL)
Flacco puts up less yards than Big Ben but tends to find the end zone a bit more and has less off-the-field antics. Personally, Flacco goes later in the draft and is just as reliable as Big Ben. Flacco's downfall is that his upside is limited. He will give you 3,600 yards and 20 TDs, which really won't light your world on fire.
Donald Brown (RB, IND)
Donald Brown is the lead back in Indy and will be picked in the mid-rounds of drafts this year. By the mid-rounds it is hard to find any full-time RBs that could start weekly. This is his make or break it year, but I am hoping for some upside with Brown.
Ben Tate (RB, HOU)
Foster is obviously the man in Houston, but he has been injured before. Even if he doesn't get injured, Tate finds a way to put up fantasy numbers. Last year he found a way to put up 1,000 total yards, but only two TDs. So if you are in a yardage heavy league, or you are a Foster owner, then Tate is a fine mid-round selection.
Jonathan Stewart (RB, CAR)
There are so many RBs in Carolina, but Stewart finds a way to get in the end zone and pile up yards on the ground. If you are in a PPR league you also receive a nice bonus from Stewart's receiving ability as well.
RBs tend to offer the least amount of upside in the mid-rounds, so try to draft them early on.
Antonio Brown (WR, PIT)
I have written about this young man many times, but he is going to put up the numbers in 2012. He's a solid mid-round target and one of my favorites for 2012.
Eric Decker (WR, DEN)
Are you tired of me writing about Decker? Well he is going to put up nearly 1,000 yards and near double-digit TDs. He does the Broncos' punt and kick returns, too.
Pierre Garcon (WR, WAS)
Garcon is going to be RGIII's top target and, with Santana Moss keeping his double teams down, he should get nearly 1,000 yards and near double-digit TDs in 2012.
WRs are some of the BEST mid-round targets in fantasy football.
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