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Week 12 Standard & PPR Waiver Wire Targets

Bobby RaineyThe fantasy playoffs are so close you can almost smell them. I think that’s what that smell is anyway. Maybe it’s just those bad fantasy teams rotting in the basement. Regardless, there are players to be added to help you on your way to the fantasy playoffs and here’s a look at guys to look for on the Week 12 waiver wire.

Bobby Rainey (RB, Bucs)

Last week I mentioned that Rainey had the upside in the Leonard vs. Rainey scenario playing out in Tampa Bay’s backfield after Mike James went to IR. It seems he has both the upside and the blessing from the coaching staff because he saw the lion’s share of carries and had a huge performance in Week 12. Leonard actually got the start, but Rainey ended up with 30 carries for 163 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns to go with 2 receiving TDs. Needless to say, I doubt Leonard gets the start next week. Rainey made his mark. He is still available in 98% of ESPN leagues.

Donald Brown (RB, Colts)

Actions speak louder than words. ¬†While Trent Richardson may be the big named running back in Indy, Brown is the one producing. He has been solid for two weeks in a row, and the Colts will likely be using a “hot hand” approach going forward. Granted, these two backs get used in different ways but the ways in which Brown is being incorporated are certainly giving him the opportunity to flourish. The matchup will be tough against Arizona in Week 12, but Brown is worth the pick up if you’re needing a running back to add.

Montee Ball (RB, Broncos)

There’s been a Montee Ball sighting in Denver, and he was dressed as a TD vulture. Moreno still saw the majority of carries in Week 11, but it was Ball that saw the goal line work. This is not so happy news for Moreno owners. He isn’t a reasonable fantasy start yet, but he’s worth having on your roster going forward.


Hey, McCoy owners. How’s your heart rate doing? Week 11 saw a scare as LeSean McCoy went down with a hamstring injury. He returned to the game, but it’s worth keeping an eye on his status. If you don’t have Brown as a handcuff, you should play it smart and get him asap.

Michael Floyd (WR, Cardinals)

He’s probably already on a roster, but you should grab him if he’s out there. Floyd has been highly touted by fantasy folks for two seasons, and he’s just now starting to show signs of life. He had a big game in Week 11 as he piled up 193 yards and a touchdown on 6 catches. Floyd isn’t going to have these kinds of numbers every week, but he’s worth having on your roster if he’s available and he could be a worthwhile start.

Marquise Goodwin (WR, Bills)

Goodwin had a good game in Week 11 filling in as both Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods were injured for Buffalo. Granted, the majority of his production came on a 43 yard touchdown pass in the 3rd quarter. But, he did catch 6 balls on 9 targets which is positive. The Bills are on a bye in Week 12, so you won’t be able to do anything with him this week. That said, he could be worth the addition to your roster. If you do add him, keep an eye on the injury situation of Woods and Johnson. His role could diminish if either of them return in Week 13.

Delanie WalkerDelanie Walker (TE, Titans)

Walker had a big game against the Colts in Week 11 as he reeled in 10 catches for 91 yards and a TD. He’s had touchdowns in consecutive weeks and is starting to emerge as a viable fantasy option. With this kind of play he’s on the verge of being a reasonable TE1, and he’s certainly a good fill in if you need help at tight end.

Dennis Pitta (TE, Ravens)

Pitta will be returning to practice this week. He likely won’t be playing in Week 12, but he could see action in Week 13 on a Baltimore team that sorely needs receiving help. Pitta was a top target for QB Joe Flacco before getting injured, so he could be a solid option upon return.


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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...