Week 12 Waiver Wire: Players You Absolutely Must Avoid

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst INovember 22, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 16: Quarterbacks Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens and Matt Leinart #11 of the Houston Texans greet each other after the Ravens 29-14 win at M&T Bank Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 29-14.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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On the Week 12 fantasy football waiver wire, the following players should be avoided:


QB Caleb Hanie, Bears

With Jay Cutler out for most of the regular season, Hanie is set to take over as the Bears' starting quarterback. While Hanie looked competent against the Packers in the NFC Championship Game last year, I'd avoid him as a waiver-wire pickup. Wait until you see more than a half of football before you make that decision.


QB Matt Leinart, Texans

Same thing applies to Leinart in Houston. We've seen more than enough of him in his younger days to suggest that he's not worth any kind of look in fantasy football. Let's see how he fares against a pretty good Jacksonville pass defense before picking him up off the waiver wire.


RB Delone Carter, Colts

Carter had plenty of chances to grab hold of the Colts' starting running back job, but the numbers simply didn't follow. It's Donald Brown's job now. And even with one of the NFL's worst rush defenses in Carolina coming to Indy this week, don't bother with Carter. 


WR Donte' Stallworth, Redskins

His impressive catch in the corner of the end zone at the end of regulation last week was a good sign, but remember that Santana Moss is due back soon, and the Redskins passing game is still one of the worst in the NFL. Limited opportunities in a bad offense equals an avoidable waiver-wire pickup.


WR Jericho Cotchery, Steelers

Cotchery caught a touchdown pass in the Steelers' win over the Bengals two weeks ago, but Pittsburgh has too many receiving options now to consider Cotchery as a guy you might want to add. Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Hines Ward and Heath Miller are all guys who will see targets before Cotchery. 


WR Arrelious Benn, Buccaneers

Benn has steadily increased his production as the year has dragged on, but the simple fact remains that Benn struggles to get into the end zone. He hasn't caught a touchdown pass in five weeks, and the Tennessee Titans are one of the better fantasy pass defenses in the NFL. 


WR Riley Cooper, Eagles

Cooper certainly made the most of his opportunities last week in New York, as he caught a touchdown and had 75 yards receiving filling in for Jeremy Maclin. Unfortunately for Cooper, Maclin should be back this week. With more limited target possibilities, Cooper isn't worth a pickup.