Week 12 Waiver Wire: Vince Young and More Backups You Need To Grab

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 25, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Vince Young #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles rolls out of the pocket as he looks to pass against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 20, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Eagles won 17-10.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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With no more bye weeks remaining, it's now or never to find sleepers and make the final push in your fantasy football league.

Typically, sleepers can be found because of bye weeks. Now, it's going to be harder to pick out guys who nobody else will be looking at to grab off the waiver wire.

The majority of the decisions to be made will come because of injuries.

Here are backups you need to grab that could put up big numbers because of injuries to starters.


QB Vince Young (Philadelphia Eagles)

Vince Young may have already been grabbed off the waiver wire last week in some leagues when he was set to take the start over Mike Vick.

If he hasn't, you need to grab him for this week.

Young will likely be getting the start for Vick yet again, who has been sidelined with broken ribs.

This week the matchup is a little more desirable than last week's against the Giants.

The Eagles take on a Patriots team that is currently ranked last in the league in passing defense.

Young isn't going to put up ridiculous numbers, but he will likely do enough to make him a valuable starter for your fantasy team. Don't be afraid to take the chance on him.


RB Toby Gerhart (Minnesota Vikings)

Adrian Peterson has been officially listed as doubtful for this weekend's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

If you need a running back, which is already a position with few prospects, or have Peterson on your team, then you need to grab Gerhart.

Gerhart won't be facing the easiest competition in the Atlanta Falcons, but he will get enough carries to make the acquisition worthwhile.

The Atlanta Falcons are the No. 2 rushing defense in the league. However, it's likely Gerhart will get roughly 20 touches if he gets the start.

If that is the case, an 80-yard and one-touchdown performance is still very possible. That's a heck of a day for a typical backup.


RB C.J. Spiller (Buffalo Bills)

Fred Jackson has burst onto the scene as one of the top running backs in the NFL this season.

His 934 rushing yards and 5.5 yards per carry ranks amongst the top in the league. This weekend he has been ruled out with his calf and fibula injury.

Jackson has been fantastic, but much of his success has come thanks to the Bills offensive line.

Backup C.J. Spiller has had similar success in the backup role this season. He has also averaged 5.5 yards per carry.

This weekend he will get the start against the Jets. This is a New York team that ranks fifth against the pass. Teams have relied heavily on running the ball when playing the Jets.

C.J. Spiller has the big-play ability that makes him a threat every time he touches the ball. He is one of those guys not getting much attention that could have a huge weekend.