Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: DT - Week 12

by Tim Heaney on November 23, 2011 @ 14:32:06 PDT


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: 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 straights. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.

St. Louis Rams (79 percent)

St. Louis Rams LB James Laurinaitis
Rams D ready to soar

Don't take their Week 11 loss as an excuse to write off this defense. They've been one of the top sack units in the NFL over the last month, netting 3.75 QB takedowns per game while also averaging 1.25 takeaways and knocking around the likes of John Skelton, Tarvaris Jackson, Colt McCoy ... and Drew Brees (six times).

The Rams will continue their soft fantasy schedule as they face Skelton's team, the Arizona Cardinals, once again in Week 12, this time in the Gateway City. Kevin Kolb (toe, foot) is a long shot for Week 12, but his replacement slinger is on shaky ground after a horrific Week 11; Skelton has been sacked eight times in the last three weeks, including three versus the Rams in Week 9. He has thrown five picks over his last two outings, as well.

St. Louis should control the line of scrimmage in this contest. And if Richard Bartel has to step in again under center, Arizona's offense should lose even more punch.

Seattle Seahawks (82 percent)

Before a five-sack, three-takeaway Week 11 versus the St. Louis Rams, Seattle had proven to be a middling D. But at least they averaged two induced turnovers per game in the three weeks before that, and their Sunday gem reminded us they can be a useful matchup play. They recently limited the passing games of the Baltimore Ravens and Rams.

The Washington Redskins' is just as vulnerable to a solid defensive fantasy play. Rex Grossman proved potent in Week 11, but this line is hardly a safe barrier. He has been sacked thrice in each of his last two outings while also throwing a combined three picks in that time.

Washington will travel to CenturyLink field. Redskins left tackle Trent Williams (knee) is in jeopardy for Week 12; it's the latest in a multitude of Washington injuries on the offensive side.

NEW - Carolina Panthers (92 percent)

The Panthers have had middling sack success (2.33 per game) over the last month, but at least they've contributed 1.67 takeaways per contest in that time. Curtis Painter hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in his last four games but has taken eight sacks in that window. This Colts offense has been an easy matchup for defenses this year.

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