Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups: 2011 NFL Fantasy Football Roster Help

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 21, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Toby Gerhart #32 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball 31 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter on September 18, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Toby Gerhart

The former Standford standout didn’t get much done on the ground after Adrian Peterson left the game, but he should have better success against the Falcons this week. A reasonable flex play start, Gerhart is a must-add as Peterson is likely to miss more than just this week's game with an ankle sprain.

With so many injuries and poor play from the running back position this year, it never hurts to have another running back that can give you helpful points down the stretch.

Kevin Smith

What a great game it was for Kevin Smith. For the fantasy owners who paid attention to him coming back to the Lions and picked him up, you were rewarded. Smith should be the first player to target off the waiver wire this week, as his fresh legs clearly made an impact for the Lions with over 200 total yards and three touchdowns last week.

You might think his upcoming matchups against the Packers and Saints would be bad starts, but both teams have struggled against the run all year.

C.J. Spiller

With the Bills getting blown out by the Dolphins, C.J. Spiller failed to get much done when Fred Jackson went down with a calf injury. Jackson has already been listed out for Wednesday’s practice, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s out this week. At this time Spiller should be viewed as nothing more than a desperate start in standard leagues, but if he should get the nod as a starter this week, he’s a worthy flex play in PPR leagues.

Bottom line: the Bills have been running the football well this year, and if Spiller should get a chance to run for a stretch, he could start running better, so at least put him on your depth chart.


Vince Young

After a slow start, Vince Young got things going down the stretch as he led the Eagles down the field for a game-winning drive that was finished off with a touchdown pass to Riley Cooper. Young threw for 258 yards on the game with a couple touchdown passes, but he did throw three interceptions.

If Vick can’t go this week, Young should be a respectable play against the Patriots at home, but it would be nice to see Young use his feet more as he only totaled five rushing yards last week.

Wide Receivers

Jerome Simpson

A knee injury kept A.J. Green out of last week's game against the Ravens, and he will likely be out again this week. With Green out, rookie quarterback Andy Dalton clearly favored Jerome Simpson in the passing game as he was the third-highest targeted (13) pass catcher in the NFL last week.

Simpson went on to roll up 152 yards on eight receptions against the Ravens, and he should continue to be the Bengals top receiver until Green proves he’s recovered from his knee injury. Consider Simpson a solid WR-3 play against the Browns this week.

Nate Burleson

A disappointing start from Nate Burleson made him a trendy drop in many leagues throughout October. In recent weeks Burleson’s targets have been one of the top on the team, and he is outplaying rookie Titus Young lately. Last week Burleson posted seven receptions for 63 yards and a score and should help you in the coming weeks, when the Lions square off against the Packers and Saints.

Riley Cooper

Targeted over 10 times by Vince Young, Riley Cooper posted five receptions for 75 yards and a score. With Jeremy Maclin out, Cooper filled in well as a possession receiver opposite DeSean Jackson, and while it’s unknown if Maclin will be back this week, Cooper should be owned off the waiver wire, especially in PPR leagues.

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