Fantasy Football: Week 12 Free-Agent Pickups
Every week, we compile a list of players that may be worth targeting off the waiver wire.
For players to appear on our list, they need to satisfy two factors: (1) they are owned in less than half of Yahoo! leagues and (2) they did not appear on our previous week's list of potential additions.
Of course, the other criteria is that we believe they could be useful to fantasy teams based on the depth of the league. So I guess there are three factors.
As an example, Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson is an especially good waiver-wire target if you're in a point-per-reception (PPR) league. For the third time in four games, Burleson finished with exactly seven receptions.
Since returning from injury six games ago, Burleson has 35 receptions for 410 yards and four touchdowns. Even though he is owned in only 19 percent of Yahoo! leagues, he is not listed below due to his appearance on last week's list.
Here are some players potentially worth adding this week:
QB: Shaun Hill, Lions (owned in 23 percent of Yahoo! leagues)
Since returning to the starting lineup as Matthew Stafford's injury replacement, Hill has thrown for 612 yards and three touchdowns in two games.
No team has thrown the ball more than Detroit (43.8 attempts per game), and Hill has thrown 97 passes in the past two weeks. This week, Hill has a favorable matchup against the Patriots, who have allowed the second-most passing yards (289.6 per game) and the third-most passing touchdowns (20) this season.
RB: Mike Goodson, Panthers (31 percent)
For a second week in a row, Goodson started at running back for the Panthers.
For a second week in a row, Goodson rushed for 100-plus yards.
It's unclear whether Jonathan Stewart will return in Week 12 after missing the last two games due to concussion. However, The Daily Show has been ineffective this season when he has played.
In other words, Goodson has had more in the past two games (220 yards) than Stewart has had in eight games (208 yards). The Panthers don't have a great matchup this week against the Browns, who have allowed a league-low three rushing touchdowns.
But the Browns allowed Maurice Jones-Drew to gain more than 200 yards from scrimmage in Week 11.
RB: Keiland Williams, Redskins (37 percent)
Guessing the allocation of touches in a Mike Shanahan-coached backfield is tricky.
However, it helps when a few of the backs are unhealthy. As Shanahan said Monday, “I knew things were going bad when one of our trainers got a serious injury at halftime.”
Clinton Portis, who returned from a five-game hiatus, reaggravated his groin injury. Ryan Torain is unlikely to play against the Vikings this week.
In his past two games, Williams has 39 carries for 157 yards and two touchdowns in addition to 13 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown.
RB: Maurice Morris, Lions (two percent)
Lions rookie running back Jahvid Best is struggling with turf toe and had only three carries in Week 11.
Best, who did not participate in practice on Monday, expects to play on Thursday. But his availability is far from certain.
Morris, who led the Lions in rushing (10 carries for 31 yards) against the Cowboys Sunday, has nine receptions for 76 yards in his past two games. Depending on Best's status, Morris could be a guy worthy of consideration in deeper leagues.
WR: Derek Hagan, Giants (two percent)
Speaking of opportunity due to injury, Hagan falls into that category.
With injuries to Steve Smith, Ramses Barden and now Hakeem Nicks (who will miss three weeks), Hagan becomes one of the team's three healthy receivers. This week, Hagan faces the Jaguars, who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.
WR: Ben Obomanu, Seahawks (one percent)
In his past three games, Obomanu has seen his receptions and receiving yards increase each week, as his role has increased.
Last week, he finished with five receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown. During that three-game stretch, Obomanu has 10 receptions for 183 yards and two touchdowns.
WR: Blair White, Colts (six percent)
Colts receiver Austin Collie left Sunday's game with another concussion, which puts his status for Week 12 in jeopardy.
If Collie is unable to play, White will be the team's No. 3 receiver. Last week, White had five receptions for 42 yards and two touchdowns.
Both the Colts and Lions lead the NFL in passing attempts (43.8 per game). If Collie doesn't play, White should get enough targets to be a flex play in a league that starts three wide receivers.
TE: Kevin Boss, Giants (16 percent)
With the limited number of healthy options at wide receiver for the Giants, the tight ends—Boss and Travis Beckum—should be more heavily involved in their passing game.
Boss has scored twice in his past three games, but he has only two games with more than 40 receiving yards this season. Last year, he had more than 40 yards in seven games.
Check back later in the week for my Week 12 rankings by position at TheTipDrill.com. At any point, however, feel free to submit your specific questions (waiver wire, trade proposals, start/sit questions, etc.) to us via our Fantasy Football Forum or Twitter @EDSFootball.
Good luck in your Week 12 matchup(s) and in our free fantasy football contest for Week 12. (New entries welcome and encouraged.)
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