Waiver Wire Week 12: Top Available Offensive Weapons Set for Big Performances

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 21, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 23:  Cecil Shorts III #84 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates after scoring the game winning touchdown pass during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Jaguars won 22-17.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Second-year NFL wide receiver Cecil Shorts has become a stud in just 10 games this season for the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars, scoring more fantasy points than Larry Fitzgerald, Jordy Nelson, DeSean Jackson and Mike Wallace this fall.

In Week 12, Shorts, along with some other waiver-wire pickups, are set to feast on favorable matchups—and when they do, fantasy owners will want to reap the benefits.

Here we take a look at three of the top available offensive weapons set to explode in Week 12.


Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars, WR

Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville's emerging wideout, is set for another huge day in Week 12 as the Jaguars get set to host division rival Tennessee.

The Titans will field a wretched pass defense—one that is giving up more than 260 yards and two touchdowns through the air per game this season. Meanwhile, Shorts has nine receptions for 186 yards and two scores over the last two weeks and is the team's leading receiver in terms of yardage and touchdowns.

It's almost shocking that Shorts is still available in more than 60 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues this November, considering that he has produced quality numbers since Week 1 and has some favorable matchups coming up.


Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers, WR

While the San Diego Chargers' playoff hopes are dimming, relatively unknown wide receiver Danario Alexander has been shining, catching 12 balls for 230 yards and three touchdowns over the past two weeks.

Fantasy owners are beginning to catch on to Alexander now, though. He went from being owned in fewer than two percent of all ESPN leagues to being owned in more than 15 percent. But the good news is that he's still available as Week 12 approaches.

The Bolts will host the Baltimore Ravens this weekend, who rank just 23rd defending the pass in 2012.

Look for Alexander to continue to have the ball thrown his way this weekend as Philip Rivers attempts to pass San Diego out of its losing streak.


Santana Moss, Washington Redskins, WR

Robert Griffin III is becoming increasingly more comfortable throwing to veteran wideout Santana Moss. 

Moss, who's owned in fewer than one-third of all ESPN fantasy leagues this fall, has caught four touchdowns in the last four games, including a 61-yard score last weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles. Although Washington's Week 12 opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, rank in the top 10 in the league defending the pass, Moss is the Redskins' leading receiver by yardage and touchdowns, making him a top target regardless.

He's caught a combined three touchdowns in his last two away games, as well, which suggests he'll be one of Thanksgiving Day's top playmakers.


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