Buying or Selling Caleb Hanie, T.J. Yates and Every Week 12 Injury Replacement

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent INovember 27, 2011

Buying or Selling Caleb Hanie, T.J. Yates and Every Week 12 Injury Replacement

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    Quarterbacks Caleb Hanie and T.J. Yates are two young players who must help lead contending teams to the playoffs after their teams lost their star quarterbacks to injury.

    Hanie will lead the Chicago Bears while Jay Cutler is sidelined, and T.J. Yates will replace Matt Leinart since the Houston Texans now have two quarterbacks hurt.

    These are just two injury replacements who will play a vital role in Week 12 and beyond.

    Should we buy or sell these replacements? Let's find out.

CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills

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    Week 12 Stats: 19 car, 55 yds, 6.8 avg, 0 tds

    With Fred Jackson lost for the season, backup running back CJ Spiller will have the opportunity to prove to the Buffalo Bills that they made the right choice when they selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

    Spiller has big shoes to fill for the rest of the season, as Jackson was the NFL's leading rusher. Spiller, however, is more than capable of being a very good pro running back.

    He has good speed and excellent vision, which allows him to see the field well and hit the right gap. Spiller is also an effective receiving back and can help Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the passing game.

    Spiller carried the ball 19 times for 55 yards on Sunday against the New York Jets, a decent performance in his first start of the season.

    Buy or Sell: Buy

T.J. Yates, Houston Texans

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    Week 12 Stats: 8-15, 70 yds, 0 tds, 0 ints

    The Houston Texans' season got worse on Sunday when Matt Leinart, who was replacing starting quarterback Matt Schaub who is lost for the season, got injured himself.

    T.J. Yates, the Texans' third-string QB, played a bit more than two quarters against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

    Yates showed some nice arm strength and threw downfield well, but he was inconsistent and finished the day 8-of-15 for 70 yards.

    Yates is not capable of leading the Texans deep into the playoffs, and Houston will likely look to sign a veteran quarterback to compete with him for the starting job.

    Buy or Sell: Sell

Toby Gerhart, Minnesota

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    Week 12 Stats: 12 car, 44 yds, 2.6 avg, 1 tds

    Toby Gerhart stepped in for All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson on Sunday, who was inactive with an ankle sprain.

    Gerhart got the Vikings on the board Sunday with a touchdown run at the goal line, and finished with 17 carries for 44 yards. He also had two catches for 19 yards.

    Gerhart is a good strong player but he is not an every-down back. He does not have the speed and elusiveness to beat good NFL defenses. 

    He is best used as a short-yardage and goal-line running back who can use his great size and strength to fight for a few yards.

    He is not a long-term solution if Peterson's injury worsens.

    Buy or Sell: Sell

Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Week 12 Stats: 3 rec, 31 yds, 23.7 avg, 0 tds

    Former Florida Gators wide receiver Riley Cooper made his second straight start of the season Sunday for the Philadelphia Eagles against the New England Patriots.

    Cooper made his first start last week against the New York Giants and played great. He caught five passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in an Eagles win.

    Cooper runs very good routes and has the size (6'3") and strength (233 lbs) to be a dependable fill-in for the injured Jeremy Maclin.

    Buy or Sell: Buy

Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants

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    With New York Giants starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw ruled out of Monday night's game against the New Orleans Saints, Brandon Jacobs will get another shot to prove he should still be a big part of the team's offense.

    Jacobs has played in eight games this season but has just 90 carries for 274 yards with three touchdowns. He's averaging a lackluster three yards per carry, and has not been consistent enough for the Giants' liking.

    Jacobs is averaging about 49 yards per game the last three weeks, and is not the man the Giants want the bulk of the carries to go to.

    Buy or Sell: Sell

Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers

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    Week 12 Stats: 3 rec, 50 yds, 16.7 avg, 0 tds

    With San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcolm Floyd inactive for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, Vincent Brown got a start at wide receiver.

    Brown had his breakout game in Week 9 when he caught four passes for 79 yards, then followed that performance with five receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown the next week.

    Brown is a good young player and has shown he's capable of being a factor in the Chargers passing game led by quarterback Philip Rivers.

    Buy or Sell: Buy

Vince Young, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Week 12 Stats: 26-48, 400 yds, 1 tds, 1 ints

    Vince Young got a second straight start this week against the New England Patriots after Michael Vick was not able to play with a rib injury.

    Young won't light up the stat sheet but he finds ways to win football games. He is 30-17 as a starter in the NFL and played well in the Eagles' crucial win against the New York Giants on the road last week.

    Young is the best backup quarterback in the NFL, and is someone the Eagles can win football games with. 

    Buy or Sell: Buy

Caleb Hanie, Chicago Bears

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    Week 12 Stats: 18-36, 254 yds, 2 tds, 3 ints

    Caleb Hanie started in Week 12 for the Chicago Bears against the Oakland Raiders, replacing quarterback Jay Cutler.

    Hanie replaced Cutler in last year's NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers and threw two fourth-quarter touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions in that game.

    Hanie showed he could handle the pressure of the playoffs when thrown into the fire untested, and with more reps before the playoffs this season, he could perform well for the Bears.

    He isn't as good as Cutler, but Hanie just needs to manage the offense and not make too many mistakes. Letting Matt Forte see plenty of the football wouldn't hurt too.

    Buy or Sell: Buy