Fantasy Football: Top 30 Waiver-Wire Pickups Heading into Week 12

Jay Clemons@ATL_JayClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterNovember 20, 2012

In the wake of Willis McGahee's knee injury, rookie tailback Ronnie Hillman (250 total yards, 1 TD) could emerge as the Broncos' new go-to rusher. (US PRESSWIRE)
In the wake of Willis McGahee's knee injury, rookie tailback Ronnie Hillman (250 total yards, 1 TD) could emerge as the Broncos' new go-to rusher. (US PRESSWIRE)

Here's my listing of the top-30 free agents (12-team, standard-scoring leagues) heading into Week 12—a countdown that ideally values multi-week viability over one Sunday of superb stats.

Obviously, free-agent quarterbacks like Chad Henne, Colin Kaepernick, Alex Smith, Sam Bradford, Nick Foles and Kevin Kolb (hopefully back from injury) are the likeliest candidates for most points from week to week.

But I would also place an equal or higher priority on landing possible dynamos at receiver, running back and tight end ahead of a quarterback who may not draw one more start from this point forward.


Top 30 Free Agents

1. RB Ronnie Hillman, Broncos
2. WR Justin Blackmon, Jaguars
3. WR T.Y. Hilton, Colts
4. RB Marcel Reece, Raiders
5. RB LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals
6. QB Chad Henne, Jaguars
7. RB Beanie Wells, Cardinals
8. QB Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
9. TE Brandon Myers, Raiders
10. RB James Starks, Packers
11. QB Alex Smith, 49ers
12. RB Donald Brown, Colts
13. WR Brandon LaFell, Panthers
14. RB Jalen Parmele, Jaguars
15. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders
16. RB Christopher Ivory, Saints
16a. RB Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers
17. TE Jermichael Finley, Packers
18. QB Sam Bradford, Rams
19. RB Shane Vereen, Patriots
20. WR Josh Gordon, Browns
21. QB Nick Foles, Eagles
22. WR Cecil Shorts, Jaguars
23. RB Bryce Brown, Eagles
23a. RB Andre Brown, Giants
24. WR Donnie Avery, Colts
25. QB Kevin Kolb, Cardinals
26. WR Mohamed Sanu, Bengals
27. QB Brandon Weeden, Browns
28. TE Benjamin Watson, Browns
29. WR Golden Tate, Seahawks
30. RB Lance Ball, Broncos


Jay Clemons
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