While there are a plethora of games that already took place on this extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the fantasy waiver wire is still stocked with enough talent to save your Week 12 if you need a spot start or a long-term replacement.
As great as Thursday’s action was, Sunday’s games will be filled with stellar play across the board. But the injury bug has started to ravage the NFL and fantasy teams across the country; that’s where the waiver wire comes in.
If you have a star who is injured or you just forgot to set your lineup and one of the biggest stars on your team was left on the bench, all of the following players are viable options to save your week from the waiver wire.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos
With the serious injury to starting running back Willis McGahee, the Denver Broncos will now try to find the replacement for their veteran in the young group of backs they currently boast; the leading candidate to take the No. 1 job is rookie Ronnie Hillman.
McGahee was clearly the team’s top RB, but Hillman has slid into the role of change-of-pace back and continued to take more and more snaps each week. With Peyton Manning comfortable having the young star in the backfield protecting him, Hillman should see plenty of work.
While another young star in Lance Ball will get some of the carries as well, the Broncos will give the chance to succeed to Hillman this week, and fantasy owners must ride the hot hand. If he stinks this week, drop him and grab the Denver back who did succeed.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
With every passing week, star rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are improving on the offensive side of the ball. One of the biggest reasons for that success is young wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.
The rookie wideout has been learning on the fly but has turned into one of the more reliable players on the team. With the injury to Donnie Avery last week, Hilton stepped up and had six catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
While Avery will likely return to the lineup in Week 12, fantasy owners should snag Hilton and make sure he is in the lineup. Now that Luck knows how reliable Hilton can be and what kind of threat he poses, the rookie should see five receptions per game.
Marcel Reece, RB, Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders miss star running back Darren McFadden as much as any team could miss its starting running back, but the emergence of Marcel Reece as a serious dual-threat weapon has eased the trouble.
After getting his first start of 2012 in Week 11, Reece ran the ball 19 times for 103 yards and added another 90 yards receiving on five receptions. Combine those stats, and Reese is a fantasy goldmine.
With a mediocre matchup against a floundering Cincinnati Bengals team in Week 12, Reece is the kind of Sunday pickup you can slide into your fantasy lineup and watch lead your team to the Promised Land.
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