Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups: Rusty Smith of Tennessee Titans

Football Maniaxs@@FantasymaniaxsSenior Writer INovember 23, 2010

Can you believe it’s already Week 12 of the Fantasy Football season?

It seems like yesterday we were preparing for the upcoming year, and now we are heading into the Fantasy Playoffs.

In every Fantasy season there will be a few speed bumps along the way, especially when it comes to injuries. Last week my recommended quarterback pickup was QB Shaun Hill (subbing for Matthew Stafford), who threw for 289 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

This week we have an up-and-coming signal caller that is quietly turning heads since becoming the starter; another desperation QB, turned starter; a RB that that was third in the depth chart a few weeks ago; a well-known WR that should have been stashed away in anticipation of his imminent return; and another wideout that is starting because of injuries to starters in what is suddenly one of the most prolific passing attacks in the AFC East.


Colt McCoy, Cleveland Browns

The rookie is making the most of his opportunity to start.  He finished with 241 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also had 39 yards rushing on the ground.

In his previous four games, McCoy had a completion percentage of 64.6 and a quarterback rating of 85.2.

In Week 12, the Cleveland Browns will face the Carolina Panthers, a team that coming into play in Week 11 ranked 17th in passing touchdowns allowed with 14.

Owned in four percent of ESPN leagues and 12 percent of CBS Sportsline leagues, with a great match-up in Week 12, McCoy is a quality No. 2 QB.

Rusty Smith, Tennessee Titans

The former sixth round pick out of Florida Atlantic was named the starter for Tennessee for Week 12.

Smith will get his chance to start his first game against the worst pass defense in the NFL, as he will face the Houston Texans, who give up 301 yards per game.

Opposing quarterbacks have averaged 25.6 points per game against the Texans this year.

The Titans should rely on their potent running game, yet Smith should have plenty of opportunities to exploit the Texans' poor secondary.

In deeper leagues, Fantasy Owners looking for a great match-up for Week 12 should consider starting the rookie.

Running Backs

Keiland Williams, Washington Redskins

With RB Ryan Torain still injured, Williams filled the void and had an all-around good game.

He carried the ball 23 times for 68 yards, and had six receptions for 27 yards.

Last week, he had 16 carries for 89 yards and had two touchdowns.

With the uncertainly of Torain's health, and aging RB Clinton Portis a non-factor, Williams should once again be a viable option.

With Williams owned in 12 percent of ESPN leagues and 66 percent CBS Sportsline leagues, Fantasy Owners should use him as a No. 2 option for Week 12.

Wide Receivers

Sidney Rice, Minnesota Vikings

After missing the first 11 games, Rice returned and led the Vikings in receiving against the Packers. He had three receptions for 56 yards and was targeted a team-high 10 times.

Last year Rice had 83 receptions for 1,312 yards with eight touchdowns. His rapport with QB Brett Favre is evident, and he should continue to get even more opportunities in the weeks to come.

Owned in 50 percent of ESPN leagues, Rice is a quality start and great No. 2 option in Week 12.

Donald Jones, Buffalo Bills

With WRs Roscoe Parrish and Marcus Easley on injured reserve, the Buffalo Bills needed to fill the void of a No. 3 receiver and may have found the answer.

In Week 11 Jones had a career-high five receptions for 70 yards with a touchdown.

The Bills will be playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers next week, and even though this is a tough match-up, Jones should be able to produce with most of the defense locked on to stop this year's surprise WR Steve Johnson.

Owned in less than one percent of ESPN leagues and CBS Sportsline leagues, Jones is an emerging option in deeper leagues for Week 12.

Tight Ends

Bo Scaife, Tennessee Titans

Scaife is having a quiet season in Tennessee but has started to play better of late. On Sunday, he had four receptions for 51 yards and was targeted six times. Over his last two games, Scaife has 13 receptions for 102 yards.

The Tennessee Titans will play the Houston Texans in Week 12. Coming into play this week the Texans were last in NFL in passing yards allowed (307) and passing touchdowns allowed (22).

Owned in four percent of ESPN leagues and 10 percent CBS Sportsline leagues, Scaife is a solid No. 2 option and a valuable pickup for Fantasy Owners for Week 12.

Defense/Special Teams

Cleveland Browns

The Browns' defensive unit had a great game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11, recording four sacks, two forced fumbles and four interceptions. The Browns will play against the Carolina Panthers in Week 12.

In 11 weeks, the Panthers have allowed 27 sacks, which is 30th in the NFL. On the season, the Browns have 16 sacks with 10 interceptions and have forced four fumbles.

With either rookie QB Jimmy Clausen or journeyman Brian St. Pierre starting for Carolina, look for the Browns to have a stellar Fantasy day.

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