WEEKLY WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS – WEEK 12

Bill Seng November 22, 2011 0

 

Toby Gerhart | handcuff | Adrian Peterson

Toby Gerhart is a solid backup to Adrian Peterson. He can catch and work the goal line. (Photo by Monica's Dad)

 

Touchdown vultures and fill-in players are the theme of this week’s pick ups. Bona fide vulture John Kuhn has a nice match-up against the Lions and Marion Barber takes his 5 rushing scores to Oakland, which ranks 25th against the run and has given up 10 rushing TDs. While fill-in extraordinaire Kevin Smith scored 3 TDs on Sunday to make him the hot waiver wire add, we wonder is Jahvid Best coming back? Not in week 12. Also unlikely to suit up for week 12 are Adrian Peterson and Fred Jackson meaning more reps for Toby Gerhart and CJ Spiller. This could be the waiver claim week that pushes you in the playoffs or the championship game.

 
 

RUNNING BACKS

 

Kevin Smith, Lions– Remember when Kevin Jones came back every year for the Lions to fill-in for injured RBs and you were like, “Man, this guy is still around?” Kevin Smith is doing the same. Interestingly enough Smith could be the freshest at any point in his career. Heading into his rookie year Smith was coming off a 450-carry season at Central Florida (you read that right: 450 carries!) and while he was a decent rookie he’s struggled ever since. Perhaps a little time away from football was exactly what Smith needed. When/if Jahvid Best eventually returns it could make a mess of the Lions’ backfield or Smith could be that gold nugget they (and you) were looking for.
 
Toby Gerhart, Vikings – Gerhart is similar to Spiller. A questionable high draft pick, Gerhart was taken in the 2nd round by a team that already had Adrian Peterson. You figured the Vikings would take a more traditional third down back, a blaze-down-the-field Darren Sproles type, instead they opted for a bruiser. Gerhart brings new meaning to “change of pace” back as he is significantly slower than Peterson. Still, Frazier is a believer in power run football and Musgrave presided over the Falcons offense when fullback/tailback hybrid Jason Snelling filled in admirably for Michael Turner. Gerhart warrants consideration as a top pickup since the 2-8 Vikings have no reason to rush Peterson back.
 
CJ Spiller, Bills – A few weeks ago we discussed Spiller as a top handcuff. At that time the Bills were a good offensive team but after three consecutive stinkers (averaging 9 points per game) they aren’t clicking at all. When Fred Jackson went down with a calf injury Spiller did not impress. The second-year running back is in a tough situation filling in for the Bills’ top performer whil the team spirals downward back into irrelevance. Spiller would not be our top waiver priority unless you own Jackson.
 
Marion Barber, Bears – We mentioned the Barbarian in this space a few weeks ago and he keeps scoring touchdowns. Barber is neck-and-neck with John Kuhn as our ultimate touchdown vulture. With Jay Cutler out for the year the fresher looking Barber could see an uptick in carries. Barber’s still only owned in the 20% range in Yahoo! leagues. That’s a shame.

 

John Kuhn, Packers– Turning into the ultimate touchdown vulture, Kuhn already has 5 rushing/receiving. He’s not getting you points in the performance (yards) departments, but his goal line work have become somewhat regular now. With James Starks out (only 1 touchdown on the year) and Mike McCarthy saying he likes to play running back by committee, Kuhn is not a bad add especially in touchdown heavy formats.
 
Donald Brown, Colts – Love his match-up against Carolina this week. Plagued by injuries in previous years, Brown has stayed on the field and produced this season. Brown figured out how to run behind the Colts blocking schemes while rookie Delone Carter hasn’t quite yet. Check back late in the week and if Joseph Addai is an “emergency” back again Brown might be worth a pickup if you are in a bind.

 


 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 
Jerome Simpson, Bengals – Again, we’ve mentioned him and yet his ownership is only 30% in Yahoo! leagues. Coming off an 8 catch, 152 yard effort and staring at week 15 and 16 match-ups against the Cardinals and the Rams, Simpson is a bench player with sleeper upside during the fantasy playoffs.

 

Jabar Gaffney, Redskins – The good thing about the Redskins is they don’t play musical chairs with their receivers, like they do with their running backs. Then again, another move back to John Beck (yuck) is not entirely out of the question. Gaffney is a possession receiver with some size (6’1), which means he will get goal line looks. He’s only owned in 42% of Yahoo! Leagues, so you should have a good chance of picking him up.
 

Santana Moss, Redskins – Like Gaffney, if Grossman is the starter for the rest of the year, Moss should be on rosters during the playoffs. Has a nice sleeper match-up in week 16 against Minnesota at home. Remember, this guy had virtually the same receiving stats as DeSean Jackson in 2010. Look it up. Very underrated.

 

Nate Burleson, Lions – Personifies streaky receiver and is a good complimentary receiver. He had 6 touchdowns in 2010 and received his second of the year last week. The rest of the Lions schedule is very pass favorable: Green Bay, New Orleans, Minnesota, Oakland, and San Diego. The highest ranking against the pass in that bunch is New Orleans at 19th.

 
 

 TIGHT ENDS

 

Anthony Fasano, Dolphins – The guy catches touchdowns and Moore is connecting with him. There is something to be said about chemistry and Fasano is turning into a touchdown vulture.

 

Kellen Winslow, Buccaneers – Broke out in a big way last week by catching 9 passes for 132 yards. He is still very athletic and known to put up better fantasy numbers in the second half. He has two match-ups with Carolina still on the schedule and the Colts this weekend. Winslow is only owned in 46% of leagues. A great add for playoff contenders.

 

Jermaine Gresham, Bengals – Like Winslow, he’s athletic and has a great remaining schedule. Had a touchdown called back last week against the Ravens because of the “control” rule. Turning into Dalton’s underneath security blanket.
 
 

QUARTERBACKS

 

Andy Dalton, Bengals – Speaking of Dalton, he passed for 373 yards and a score against the Ravens in a big road game. The kid’s got poise and as mentioned when talking about the other Bengals, has a nice playoff schedule lined up. If you owned Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jay Cutler as your number two quarterback, pick this kid up.

 

Matt Moore, Dolphins – Mentioned him last week. All we can add is: he is looking very comfortable and efficient right now. Not really a yardage guy, but the Dolphins run game is not built to punch it in at the goal line, nor do they have the personnel, so they are passing more in the scoring area. And it’s showing. Moore has now passed for 3 touchdowns in 2 out of his last 3 weeks. Another solid pickup if you are looking for QB2 depth.

 

 

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