Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: WR - Week 12

by Cory J. Bonini and Tim Heaney on November 23, 2011 @ 14:26:04 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: Priority additions

The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.

Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions (60 percent)

Denver Broncos WR Eddie Royal
Royal play for Week 12

In his last three games, Detroit's No. 2 wideout has averaged 6.33 receptions on 7.67 targets per game. Burleson has turned that into 56.3 yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game in this time. He is seeing single coverage opposite Calvin Johnson, and Detroit's defense has forced the offense to get into catch-up mode often.

He should be a great play this week against the Green Bay Packers, but looking forward, the Lions play the New Orleans Saints (Week 13), Minnesota Vikings (Week 14), Oakland Raiders (Week 15) and San Diego Chargers (Week 16). They could not ask for a much friendlier schedule for the wide receiver position.

Jerome Simpson, Cincinnati Bengals (59 percent)

Simpson has built a nice rapport with quarterback Andy Dalton this year, and he has been a factor in games regardless of the status of A.J. Green (knee). Simpson has averaged 3.00 receptions, on 7.3 targets, 52.3 yards and 0.50 touchdowns per game in the last four weeks. He is averaging a healthy 17.4 yards per reception; Simpson is coming off an eight-catch, 152-yard effort in Week 11.

The Bengals face the Cleveland Browns this week, followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 13), Houston Texans (Week 14), St. Louis Rams (Week 15) and Arizona Cardinals (Week 16). Be cautious in playing him against the Steelers, as he laid an egg the last time the two teams fought.

NEW - Santana Moss, Washington Redskins (46 percent)

Moss (hand) is in line to return this week for Washington. The Redskins' top wideout probably would share big-dog duties with Fred Davis, but Moss would bring another stable option for Rex Grossman and fantasy owners. The vet averaged 7.2 targets per game in his six contests this season.

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.

Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos (96 percent)

Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins
Heeeeee's back!

Denver's passing game will be erratic because of their new spread offense and Tim Tebow's deficiencies as a slinger, but Royal's profile is quite similar to that of Earl Bennett, who enjoyed moderate success against the San Diego Chargers in Week 11. Royal has averaged a half-dozen targets per game in the past month.

The Broncos and the Bolts do battle in Week 12. San Diego has surrendered the second most average standard fantasy points (26.5) per game in the last month to the position. That comes from 9.75 receptions, 188.5 yards and 1.50 aerial touchdowns allowed, on average, in this span.

Royal is a risky play - practically the definition of it. Consider him if you are desperate for help at the position, but he is no better than a low-end No. 3 play in non-PPR setups.

NEW - Austin Collie, Indianapolis Colts (84 percent)

The Colts are sticking with Curtis Painter ahead of Dan Orlovsky as starting QB. That's good for Collie - well, as good as it could be. Indy has used fewer three-wide sets than in years past, and that has limited his production and field time and has caught at least 71.4 percent of his looks in each of the last three weeks.

He has logged at least five looks in each of his last five outings, and he faces a Carolina Panthers secondary that has yielded 11.0 catches, 150.3 receiving yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game over the last month. That's enough for PPR intrigue.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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