Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fantasy Football Week 12 - Waiver Wire Pickups

Must Haves

Ronnie Hillman (18%) RB Broncos - The Broncos offense if rolling with Peyton Manning leading the way.  Willis McGahee will be out 6-8 weeks, which means Ronnie Hillman takes over as the Broncos starting RB. If you have McGahee or have other injuries or lack of production at RB then go out and pick Hillman up.

Marcel Reece (66%) RB Raiders - If Reece is still available in your league, go get him!  Reece had 103 rushing yards against the Saints and added 4 catches for 90 yards.  Over the past 3 weeks Reece has 19 catches for 241 yards and a TD. He is a PPR owner's dream.  Reece played WR in college which explains why he's such a great receiver out of the backfield.  Rumors are that McFadden has a chance to return but being that he's had a history of injury problems and the Raiders are not in the playoff hunt, I think it's a safe bet that Reece will be the starting RB for the Raiders for the upcoming weeks.

Cecil Shorts (43%) WR Jaguars - Since the Week 6 BYE, Shorts had 24 catches for 437 yards and 3 scores.  The Jaguars WRs have greaet matchups with the Titans & Bills the next 2 weeks.

Solid Pickups

Chad Henne (3%) QB Jaguars-  After going 16/33 for 354 yards and 4 TDs, Chad Henne has been named the Jaguars starting QB for the remainder of the year.  It's very clear Henne is a better QB then Gabbert and if I'm being brutaly honest, Gabbert is begining to look like a huge bust and may never win a starting QB job in the NFL again.  If Henne can continue to build chemistry with Justin Blackmon then he will be in line for some big fantasy games being that the Jags are still without Jones-Drew and they will be trailing most of the time which means he'll be airing it out.

Justin Blackmon (25%) WR Jaguars - Blackmon was very limited with Blaine Gabbert as the QB for Jacksonville.  Chad Henne has taken over as the starter for the Jaguars and Blackmon took advantage of having a talented QB.  Blackmon had his first big NFL game hauling in 7 catches for 236 yards and a TD.  With Henne the starter for the rest of the year, expect a brighter future for this future star.

T.Y. Hilton (24%) WR Colts - Donnie Avery left Sunday's game against the Patriots with a concussion and Hilton stepped up in a big way.  Hilton saw 9 targets and finished the game with 6 catches 100 yards and 2 TDs.  As long as Avery is out or limited due to injury, Hilton will be very much involved in Andrew Luck's pass heavy offense.

Brandon Myers (41%) TE Raiders - There are plenty of TEs this year who you simply just cannot trust. Myers is a turning into a very good fantasy TE.  Over the last 3 weeks Myers has seen 30 targets and has 19 catches for 171 yards and 3 TDs.  At 6'3 256lbs Myers is a big strong TE and Palmer loves looking his way when the Raiders are in the red zone.

Danario Alexander (25%) WR Chargers - In the last 3 weeks Alexander has 15 catches for 291 yards and 3 scores.  Alexander has now passed Robert Meachem on the team WR depth chart.

Players to Watch

Colin Kaepernick (4%) QB 49ers - With Alex Smith out with a concussion, Kaepernick got his first start on Monday Night Football against the amazing Bears defense for the whole nation to see.  Kaepernick who many causal NFL fans probably don't know much about made a name for himself and I'm sure plenty of fans as well.  Kaepernick picked apart the Bears defense finishing the night 16/23 for 243 yards and 2 TDs.  It would be crazy for the 49ers to rush Alex Smith back and if Kaepernick continues to play at such a high level he might find himself the new starting QB for the San Francisco 49ers. With his ability to run and as we all saw his ability to throw, Kaepernick might be a reason why some people win their 2012 Fantasy Football League.

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