Gobble gobble, and welcome to the Week 12 Waiver Wire. Before you eat yourself into a vegetative state on Thursday, remember to set your lineups for the early game as well as the late game. There will be no lineup-setting once gravity gets a hold of you and pins you lifelessly to the couch. Also, more importantly, remember to save room for pie. Pie is the greatest, especially when it’s delivered to a couch-confined football fan. Good luck in your Turkey Day match-ups and thanks, as always, for reading us here at The Fake Football.
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Colin Kaepernick, SF – Alex Smith’s replacement posted a solid 18 standard scoring points against the formidable Bears defense on Monday night. Instead of taking the default “Alex Smith is our QB” stance, Jim Harbaugh said the Niners would play the “hot hand”. Holy Kaep! Get your bids in for Kaepernick because he’ll have a field day against the Saints if he starts.
Chad Henne, JAC – Similarly, Henne had a nice game against a tough defense in relief duty in Week 11. His 354 passing yards were slightly inflated by overtime, but all 4 of his TDs came in regulation. The Jags get the Titans this week, and Henne should be available if you’re desperate for QB help.
Ryan Lindley, ARI – Lindley could have made Week 11 the week of the replacement QB, but with only 64 passing yards and a fumble lost, he couldn’t even post positive points after John Skelton was benched. Lindley is slated to start this week, but don’t use him unless absolutely necessary.
Jalen Parmele, JAC – In his first start of the season, Parmele rushed for 80 yards on 24 carries Sunday. It wasn’t an exceedingly impressive performance, but considering his opposition (Houston) and the type of game it was (an aerial showcase worthy of the Blue Angels), it would be unwise to disregard Parmele going forward. Case in point, he faces the Titans in Week 12, who allow an average of 21 fantasy points per game to running backs – fourth-most in the NFL.
Bryce Brown, PHI – LeSean McCoy left late in Sunday’s game with a concussion, ceding rushing duties to Brown. Shady is listed as questionable for Week 12 as of this writing, but don’t expect the Eagles to take any chances with their franchise back in a lost season like this one. Brown will likely start on Monday against Carolina and is a must-add for McCoy owners.
Ronnie Hillman, Lance Ball, & Knowshon Moreno, DEN – Willis McGahee tore his MCL on Sunday and forced Hillman and Ball into extra duty against the Chargers. Hillman finished with double the carries of Ball, but Ball won the YPC battle and had a small advantage in the passing game (3 catches on 3 targets to Hillman’s 2 on 2). Based purely on usage, Hillman has to be the favorite to start while McGahee is out, but my gut says Ball will be more valuable in the coming weeks. Moreno is the dark horse in this race, but he’s only worth an add in the deepest of leagues.
Beanie Wells, ARI – My regular readers are no doubt relieved that Wells is coming off the IR this week, as they’ve been reading about him as a stash-candidate in this space for over a month. Still, LaRod Stephens-Howling blossomed into a valuable little RB while we were waiting on Wells, so don’t assume Beanie will vault into a feature-back role now that he’s healthy. A timeshare with LSH is a much safer bet.
Lance Dunbar, DAL – Felix Jones must have some sort of rewards system going with the Dallas medical staff, because he’s back on the trainers table this week. Meanwhile, DeMarco Murray is still a huge question mark going forward. Dunbar is in line for a large workload if Jones and Murray can’t play this week.
Bilal Powell, NYJ – Powell continues to challenge Shonn Greene for carries. Late in Sunday’s game against the Rams, Powell was the one toting the football in the red zone, scoring once from 5 yards and again from 11 yards. Shonn Greene’s days as a fake football commodity have been numbered since last season and this shift in New York’s RB usage in high leverage situations seems to confirm a changing of the guard.
James Starks, GB – I don’t necessarily advocate adding James Starks, but let this blurb serve as a wake-up call for anyone holding on to Alex Green. The dream is dead, folks.
Danario Alexander (SD) & Brandon LaFell (CAR) – I hope you bought in on DX and LaFell when I recommended them last week, because the price has undoubtedly gone up after Week 11.
Justin Blackmon, JAC – It wouldn’t be a Waiver Wire without my weekly flip-flop on the Jacksonville wide receiver corps. Blackmon exploded for 236 yards and a TD on 7 receptions Sunday with Chad Henne under center. Cecil Shorts was also productive, grabbing 3 passes for 81 yards and score. All Laurent Robinson performed was a disappearing act (no catches on two targets). It’s important not to be too results-oriented when it comes to the Jacksonville wideouts, but Blackmon’s value has certainly gone up after this game, especially if Henne remains the starter.
T.Y. Hilton, IND – Hilton benefited from a Donnie Avery concussion in Sunday’s contest against New England and posted 100 yards with 2 TDs on 6 catches. The Colts square off against the Bills and their 23rd-ranked defense against fantasy wide receivers this week. If Avery is out, Hilton will make a nice value play for daily fantasy players and managers in normal leagues with WR problems.
Pierre Garcon, WAS – Garcon quietly returned to action on Sunday, catching all three of his targets for a meager 5 yards. Washington was never in any real danger of losing that game, so Garcon’s light usage was likely an effort to avoid any setbacks in his foot injury rehab. Assuming his role expands down the stretch, it’s time to buy back in on Garcon if he was dropped in your league.
Brandon Myers, OAK – Somehow, Myers is still available in 57% of Yahoo Leagues and a whopping 85% of ESPN leagues. What are you waiting for, people? Myers has been a top-5 tight end over the past four weeks.
Dallas Clark, TB – Clark has a touchdown in three of his past five games and has two generous defense-versus-fantasy-tight-ends match-ups on deck (ATL and @DEN). With the Bucs offense firing on all cylinders, Clark should continue to be productive for owners in need of a tight end.
Tony Moeaki, KC – Don’t look now, but the Chiefs are finally starting to use one of my favorite preseason tight end sleepers. Since their Week 7 bye, Moeaki has averaged 4.5 fantasy points per game, including a Week 9 stinker when he did literally nothing (0 points). Excluding that bad week, he’s posted 6 points per game. That’s not particularly great, but Moeaki’s usage is trending upward and he could be a sneaky source of fantasy production for deep-leaguers as the season winds down.