Fantasy Football Week 12: 5 Waiver-Wire Options to Target for the Playoffs
It's Week 12 for fantasy football, and some of you have already clinched a playoff spot. Some of you are in the thick of a tight race, while others are barely hanging on. The rest of you are done and dusted for the season, but are hanging around to wreak havoc on your league.
Whatever your motivation going into Week 12, utilizing the waiver wire at this crucial stage in the season is invaluable.
Here are five pickups that could save your season or simply keep it going.
Ronnie Hillman is likely the pickup everyone has in mind this week. He is the reason you try and save your waiver priority until you really need it.
With Willis McGahee out until the playoffs or perhaps the season, Hillman will step right in and fill the void.
If you can get your hands on this guy, it could save your season single-handedly. Assuming Hillman will get the same or similar workload as McGahee, he has the potential to put up some monster games, especially in a division with weak run defense.
Excluding his last game, where he was injured, McGahee was averaging more than 20 touches a game as one of the most consistent running backs in the league.
Look for Hillman to try to impress in the next couple of weeks. The better he does, the more Peyton Manning will trust him.
Chad Henne had a huge days against a very good Houston Texans defense last week. He stepped in for Blaine Gabbert and simply had a ball game.
It wasn't quite the 500-plus yard, five-touchdown effort that Matt Schaub had, but for a guy off the bench, it was sensational.
Henne put up 354 yards and four touchdowns to get 31 fantasy points last week. He's already been named the starter for Week 12, despite a questionable status for Blaine Gabbert.
Henne could steal the job from Gabbert, who's simply looked anaemic in the passing game.
Talk about first-round busts. Until last week Justin Blackmon looked like one of the biggest busts of the season.
It turns out, at least after one game, that the problem wasn't so much Blackmon as it was his quarterback.
Blaine Gabbert has not been the most efficient passer through his second season in the NFL so far.
Enter Chad Henne. You don't accidentally catch seven balls for 236 yards, including an 81-yard score against arguably the league's best defense. Henne made it a point to target Blackmon, throwing at him 13 times in the game.
With Henne named the starter in Week 12, you can expect him to target Blackmon often. We're just starting to see what this kid can do, and it looks damn good.
Three Jacksonville Jaguar players, seriously?
Yeah, seriously. The weak link in the Jaguars offense has been Blaine Gabbert. He's not starting Week 12, and the Jags have a very favorable match up against a woeful Tennessee Titans defense.
Marcedes Lewis had 40 yards and two touchdowns against the Texans last week, and newly-named starter Chad Henne knows how to use him.
Lewis is a big physical target in the end zone and down deep in enemy territory. Henne utilized him perfectly against a tough defense.
The Titans are giving up the third-most points to tight ends this year. It could be too good to pass up if you're having trouble at the tight end position.
Colin Kaepernick had a pretty efficient game against the Chicago Bears.
He threw for 246 yards and two scores and managed not to throw an interception in his first NFL start.
Surprisingly, his number was only called on four rushing plays, as opposed to eight against the St. Louis Rams the week prior.
Kaepernick has blistering speed and can make tacklers miss in tight spaces. If he's able to pass the ball efficiently against tough defenses and have that kind of pace on the ground, it could be a potent combination.
His potential to score on the ground gives him instant fantasy consideration, and he's proven he can do it the traditional way as well.
A quarterback controversy seems to be brewing in San Francisco, where Alex Smith didn't go out of his way to wow anybody this season. His concussion in Week 11 might have some lasting repercussions for his starting role.
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