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Week 12 – Waiver Wire Pickups

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Until Colin Kaepernick’s Monday night performance it had been awhile since we’ve seen a quarterback breakout with promise to provide start-worthy production for fantasy owners. While Kaepernick has a matchup that suggests he should be a top twelve option this week in New Orleans, we still have to findout if Alex Smith will his starting job, upon gaining clearance (if that happens this week at all) from his concussion symptoms, later in the week.

Week 12 Standard Rankings – QB | RB | WR | TE | Flex | K | D | Waivers | Start – Sit |

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QB. Colin Kaepernick –

We may not know if Kaepernick will get the official start against the Saints until the weekend, but I have to imagine the 49ers will stick with Alex Smith, when healthy. With the way concussions are handled today, it could be a few more weeks before Smith gets his job back and that would mean Kaepernick would make for an attractive play against the Saints.

If anything Kaepernick has proven to be worth of stashing on your bench, if he should win a starting job, or Smith goes down with another injury, he could be a weekly play down the stretch. The second-year quarterback gives the 49ers the ability to use all parts of the field and his ability in the running game is attractive for fantasy leagues as well.

QB. Chad Henne -

I have a feeling the Jaguars high flying act won’t be going away anytime soon. Don’t expect the type of production we saw from Henne in Houston on a weekly basis, but Jacksonville has little to lose. The book on Jacksonville is to focus on the running game and short passing game, but with Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts emerging as big-play threats, the Jaguars could have themselves a prosperous second half of the season through the air.

With the bye weeks out of the way Henne is nothing more than a backup on your bench or emergency pickup off the waiver wire. Still, he’s worth paying attention too after his impressive performance week eleven.

RB. Ronnie Hillman –

Both Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno will chip in to the Broncos ground game but expect Ronnie Hillman to see the majority of the work. After a successful conversion inside the five-yard line for a score a few weeks ago, let’s cross our fingers that Hillman takes over as the red zone back.

Not the biggest runner, Hillman may always have an uphill battle winning short yardage duties but he has the skills to take the job over the talent he has around him. His big-play ability makes him a weekly RB2 or at least a solid flex play down the stretch.

RB. Bryce Brown –

There’s a reason LeSean McCoy was losing snaps to Brown over the past three weeks. That reason is because Brown is playing well and has earned more time on the field. The rookie can provide fantasy owners with RB2 fantasy value if McCoy should miss time as he recovers from a concussion.

If I were a betting man, I would bank on McCoy missing time this week as the Eagles are 3 and 7 with little to play for and a coaching staff on the way out. McCoy is a big part of the Eagles future, and this is a perfect time to get a close look at what Brown can do to determine if he should be the No.2 back on the Eagles depth chart in the future.

RB. Jalen Parmele –

With all the talk about the Jaguars high flying act last week, Jalen Parmele’s promotion to the starting lineup may be overlooked by many fantasy owners. With the ineffective play of Rashad Jennings over the past month, Jacksonville made a change to Parmele and the veteran carried the football 24 times for 80 yards against the Texans defense.

That may not seem like a big deal to get excited about, but anytime we have a running back taking on a feature role in the NFL today, we need to pay attention. When you also factor in that Houston is one of the better run defenses in football, totaling 80 yards isn’t all that bad.

Expect bigger numbers from Parmele this week as the Jaguars return home and play against the Titans suspect run defense.

RB. Beanie Wells –

The veteran is expected back this week and he we should anticipate Wells taking on a full load, despite the production of LaRod Stephens-Howling last week. Stephens-Howling will get some work, but the Cardinals need Wells to lead the running game down the stretch.

WR. Justin Blackmon -

Blackmon was active in the Jaguars offense for a few weeks heading up to his explosion against the Texans. An impressive game that put the former first-round pick from last springs draft. As I wrote about above with Chad Henne, don’t be surprised if the Jaguars continue to put the football up throughout the second half.

This team has a few talented young receivers and they desperately need to develop the passing game and allow these receivers to spread their wings. Blackmon should be a WR3 this coming week and is worth roistering the rest of the way.

WR. T.Y. Hilton –

We should expect up and down numbers form Hilton going forward but in deeper leagues he’s probably worth the gamble of putting in your lineup weekly. Veteran Reggie Wayne will remain as the top possession receiver and should lead the team in targets most weeks.

WR. Julian Edelman -

Edelman took over for Brandon Lloyd in two-receiver sets last week but I want to see him hold onto that job on Thursday before I’m sold he’s essentially won a starting job. Because Lloyd has been listed as questionable heading into recent games, the devils advocate in me seems to think Bill Belichick was limiting Lloyd’s snap count on Sunday to get him ready for a normal workload against the Patriots division rivals (Jets) on Thanksgiving.

Time will tell, but Edelman is worth adding to your roster at this point.

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