Fantasy Football 2014: Week 12 Waiver Wire Update
Taking a Look at the Week 12 Waiver Wire Trends
November 18, 2014
It’s Tuesday, and now that the final horns have sounded on all the NFL’s Week 11 games, it’s time to start looking forward to Week 12. That’s where the waiver wire comes in, as you’ll need to tweak your roster if you want to make that fantasy championship run. Let’s take a look at a few trending waiver-level players out there and see if anyone’s worth an add.
Jonas Gray, RB, New England Patriots: Gray is the prize of the fantasy waiver wire this week, for obvious reasons. The Pats used him repeatedly against the Colts, and the end result was 38 carries for 199 yards and a whopping four touchdowns. That’s 43.9 fantasy points by himself.
The drawback to adding Gray is that you never know who the Pats are going to lean on during any given week. He may very well take a backseat to Shane Vereen once again in Week 12. Still, you can’t ignore that performance, so he’s pretty much a must-add.
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Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Fleener had his most productive game of the season against the Patriots, posting seven grabs on seven targets for 144 yards. Much of that was due to the fact that fellow TE Dwayne Allen went down with an ankle injury.
If Allen can’t go against the Jags, Fleener makes a really nice TE pickup. He’s not the most talented guy in the world, but has great chemistry with his QB and a couple of nice games to his credit recently.
Green Bay Packers Defense: The Cadillac defensive pickup of the week is the Packers, who flat-out destroyed Philadelphia in Week 11. The squad racked up three sacks, two picks, two fumble recoveries and two touchdowns in the rout.
The Pack’s defense has now scored 47 points in the last two weeks combined, and will head into a Week 12 matchup against the lowly Vikings offense. They’re hot right now.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: The Browns backfield is a tricky beast right now, but there’s some value to be had in Crowell. He’s coming off a 14-carry, 61-yard effort against Houston, and the week before that he registered 12 carries, 41 yards and a score.
Here’s the drawback: the Browns backfield seems to be a hot-hand type of situation, so it’s tough telling who will get what on a weekly basis. Still, Crowell is worth rostering in deeper leagues, as he’s probably the biggest upside guy in there.
Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: With Allen Robinson going down for the year due to a foot injury, there’s a hole in the Jags’ production. Shorts may be a good bet to fill that void, and he’s trending because of it.
Coming off a five-catch, 119 yard performance against Dallas, Shorts is poised to become a mid-range fantasy option down the stretch, so he’s worth picking up if you need WR depth.
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