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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: WR - Week 12 (with video)
If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the year.
Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up. Be aggressive when picking up fantasy football free agents. Even if you do not need a player, you can tuck him away for depth or block others from adding him to their fantasy football team.
Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses
Fantasy football free agents: Priority additions
The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.
The Bolts may be going nowhere fast, but Alexander is making the most of his opportunities, notching seven catches, 96 yards and two touchdowns in the team's Week 11 loss. Coming on the heels of a five-catch, 134-yard showing the previous week, Alexander is worth adding in all leagues.
Garcon returned to the lineup for the first time in over a month last Sunday, and even though his production was microscopic (three receptions for five yards) the fact that he didn't suffer a setback is encouraging. He has upside and could be a nice stash option for the stretch run.
Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire
The following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow fantasy football leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.
We've been looking at Blackmon in this space for a while now. Still, even his most ardent supporters couldn't have seen his Week 11 outburst coming - seven receptions, 236 yards and a touchdown (his second in three weeks). The talent is undisputed; if the light bulb is coming on, now would be a good time to scoop Blackmon up.
There seems to be a perception out there that Andrew Luck has tunnel vision for Reggie Wayne. That's not the case. Hilton caught six passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns in Week 11; the second time he has hit triple digits and scored in three games. The downside is that those performances are sandwiched around a miserable Week 10 performance (zero catches). He's not a safe option at this point, but he is an option.
LaFell has quietly produced over his last four games, averaging 65.8 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. His utilization has also been encouraging with at least seven looks in two of three outings. He's certainly worthy of consideration in larger leagues.
Raise your hand if you thought the 36-year-old had any fantasy relevance left? Please put your hand down, Mrs. Stokley. Anyone? No? Amazingly, Stokley caught his fifth touchdown of the season in Week 11 and has now scored in four of Denver's past six games. Even with underwhelming yardage totals the veteran has some deep-league appeal.
Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays
The following fantasy football pickups are for those who need injury or bye week replacements. They are not players you immediately acquire - unless your team is in dire straits. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.
Gibson's line in Week 11: three receptions, nine yards, two touchdowns - that is what we call maximizing opportunities. This week Gibson's draws an Arizona Cardinals club that has allowed 155.3 receiving yards and an NFL-high two touchdowns per game to wideouts in the last four weeks. If you're seeking upside from a widely available player, Gibson fits the bill.
With Titus Young already being ruled out for Detroit's annual Thanksgiving Day game for disciplinary reasons, Broyles' role should expand. He's done a good job converting his opportunities into production this year with 15 catches, 181 yards and two touchdowns in 19 targeted passes. His matchup isn't ideal, but Johnathan Joseph (hamstring) is a game-time decision, and Houston will do everything they can to limit the damage caused by Calvin Johnson, which means plenty of single coverage for this rookie. Detroit is a pass-first team, and if Young's discipline extends beyond this week Broyles could have added value moving forward.
After leading the Jets in receptions (four) and receiving yards (48) while also scoring their lone aerial touchdown in Week 11, Schilens could have another solid performance in him against the New England Patriots. Since Week 8, the Pats have given up 195.3 yards and 1.33 touchdowns per game to receivers; and don't forget that Mark Sanchez threw for 328 yards against New England back in Week 7.
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