Week 12 Waiver Wire: Breakout Performers You Need to Pick Up

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Week 12 Waiver Wire: Breakout Performers You Need to Pick Up
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Week 11 of the 2013 NFL regular season is all but complete with just Monday Night Football remaining. This has fantasy football owners across the country searching for answers as the push for the postseason commences.

The question is, where should you look along the waiver wire to bolster your roster?

Owned percentages and statistics provided by ESPN.

 

Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers

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Position: Wide Receiver

Owned: 55.8 percent

Week 12: vs. Minnesota Vikings

2013 Season Statistics: 29 REC, 453 YDS, 1 TD 

The Green Bay Packers are a team with questions at quarterback and two stars at wide receiver in James Jones and Jordy Nelson. Without Aaron Rodgers, that has many questioning whether or not the Packers offense has any value in fantasy play.

During his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPN Wisconsin, Rodgers stated that he's aiming for a Week 12 return. What that means is that you need to take a chance by signing his available wide receivers.

Jarrett Boykin is the player who's mostly likely to be available, and that's a potential gold mine for your fantasy team.

The 24-year-old has already begun to break out, catching 29 passes for 453 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers have all been accumulated over the past six games, which is especially impressive considering Rodgers has missed three of them.

The only game in which he's truly struggled was Week 9, when Rodgers first went down with the injury.

Since Rodgers went down, Boykin has 15 catches on 22 targets for 218 yards in three games. He has good size at 6'2" and 218 pounds, and he has learned how to use his body while running routes.

There's risk without Rodgers, but with his goal of returning during Week 12 established, picking Boykin up is a must.

 

Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts

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Position: Running Back

Owned: 7.8 percent

Week 12: at Arizona Cardinals

2013 Season Statistics: 55 ATT, 323 YDS, 3 TD; 15 REC, 153 YDS, 1 TD

At this point of the season, it's becoming increasingly more difficult to find consistency at running back. Injuries have struck big-name players and top-10 fantasy football draft picks are underwhelming.

If you're looking for an upside signing, Donald Brown of the Indianapolis Colts is your guy.

Trent Richardson hasn't received more than 10 rushing attempts in any of his past three games. Brown, meanwhile, put up 14 carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns during Week 11, and he had five receptions for 64 yards and a score in Week 10.

There's risk here, but it's worth it at a position with limited depth.

According to Michael Fabiano of NFL.com, Brown has put up more fantasy points during his past two outings than Richardson had in his previous six games. More importantly, he's playing better football, and that will earn him touches.

There's always risk with Brown, but Indianapolis has lost its top receiver and will rely on the run. For that reason, Brown should receive opportunities as a runner and receiver.

 

Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins

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Position: Tight End

Owned: 69.8 percent

Week 12: vs. San Francisco 49ers

2013 Season Statistics: 45 REC, 59 TGTS, 499 YDS, 3 TD

It's tough to find a good tight end in fantasy football due to the unpredictability of how he'll be utilized. There are only so many Rob Gronkowski's and Jimmy Graham's, and that puts many owners in a position of weekly evaluation.

One of the players who has emerged as a consistent option is Jordan Reed of the Washington Redskins.

In point-per-reception leagues, Reed has eight games with at least eight fantasy football points. He has seven outings with at least four receptions, and during the course of the season, he has become one of Robert Griffin III's most trusted targets.

You should begin to trust him, too.

Reed currently has 45 receptions on 59 targets for 499 yards and three touchdowns. He has at least five targets in all but two games, and that's exactly why he should be added to your fantasy football team.

Week 12 will be a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, but after the Redskins were dominated in Week 11, the offense is bound to come to life in some form.

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