Week 12 Waiver Wire: 5 Must-Have Pickups for Every Team
With the fantasy football playoffs fast approaching, any fantasy owner who's around the .500 mark needs to make that final playoff push. But with trade deadlines likely passed in most leagues, owners are going to need to look to the waiver wire to find that player who's going to get them into the postseason.
So, here are five players who could help your team navigate its way into the playoffs.
1. Chad Henne
Chad Henne used to be a decent starting QB, but he had faded to obscurity in his new home of Jacksonville. However, on Sunday, Henne had a huge game after starter Blaine Gabbert went down with an injury.
Henne racked up 354 yards with four TDs and no interceptions, and he looked extremely sharp, especially given his limited playing time this season (Per ESPN). And this all came against a top-five Houston Texans defense. Assuming Gabbert misses time, Henne could have some big games ahead of him.
2. Ronnie Hillman
With Willis McGahee's status for next week looking rather uncertain, those who need a flex play in order to get a win next week should look at Hillman. He looked good running the ball on Sunday, and he should get more carries against a bad Kansas City defense next week.
He's even more valuable in PPR leagues. If you're looking for a guy with a lot of upside for a short span, look Hillman's way.
3. Justin Blackmon
After a lackluster year, Justin Blackmon absolutely exploded on Sunday, going for 236 yards and a TD (Per ESPN). It comes with no surprise that the guy throwing to him is also on this list. Jacksonville looks to have two great fantasy players going forward at the moment.
If Blackmon and Henne can keep their rapport going, they could put up some solid fantasy numbers over the last few weeks of the season. And for a team that's 1-9, they're going to be airing it out to try to win games, because they've got nothing to lose.
4. T.Y. Hilton
I've been really high on T.Y. Hilton all year, as he was on my sleepers list going into 2012. Hilton's been a decent fantasy player this year, but in his last three games he's gone for 100+ yards twice and has three TDs in the same span (Per ESPN).
Hilton's getting a ton of targets as well, and he should continue to put up solid numbers as the season progresses.
5. Brandon Myers
While doing research for this article, I'll admit that I'd somehow never heard of Brandon Myers. However, when seeing his stats I decided to attempt to pick him up immediately only to discover he's already owned in my league. Fortunately for everyone else, he's available in over 85 percent of leagues (Per ESPN).
Myers has received a whopping 30 targets over the past three games, and there's no reason to think he won't keep getting a lot of looks as the season comes to a close.
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