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Week 12 Waiver Wire Targets

We’re in the last week or two of most fantasy football leagues, and the battle for the much coveted playoff spots is in full swing. Week 11 saw some unexpected gems put up big numbers, so that means it’s time to scavenge what we can from the waiver wire for the long haul. There are very likely some really good options out there. Here’s a look at players to target on the Week 12 waiver wire. Good luck!

Josh McCown (QB, Tampa Bay Bucs)

McCown had a nice week in Week 11 as he was 15 of 23 for 288 yards and two touchdowns. He looked good and he seems to have something good going with rookie wide receiver Mike Evans. He’s had two solid performances in a row and for the most part his numbers as a starter aren’t too bad this season. He’s available in most leagues, and could be good QB addition to close out the season.

Jonas Gray (RB, New England Patriots)

Gray had a monster game in Week 11 versus the Colts. Running back production for the Patriots is typically very difficult to predict because their touches are 100% game plan determined and can vary widely. Gray certainly isn’t likely to see 38 carries again going forward, but he’s shown that he can provide production as the Pats’ big back. Shane Vereen is going to continue in his role and take some touches, but Gray could be a nice addition at the end of the season.

Isaiah Crowell (RB, Cleveland Browns)

The Cleveland backfield continues to be a whirlwind, but at this point the back with the most upside certainly seems to be Crowell. He saw a slight majority of carries in Week 11 as he had 14 carries for 61 yards. The RB situation is still in flux, but the Cleveland running backs have some nice matchups coming up. Crowell is the back with most upside. (Note: Cleveland waived RB Ben Tate today. Huge for Crowell)

Trent Richardson (RB, Indianapolis Colts)

Richardson has continue to put up disappointing numbers and a low YPC, but the pressure is on now that Ahmad Bradshaw is likely lost for the season with a broken ankle. The Colts made an investment in Richardson and they’re certainly hoping the production will come around. He’s available in many leagues and is worth the addition. Backup Dan Herron could also be a sneaky add as well.

Tre Mason (RB, St. Louis Rams)

It looks like the Rams are going to give Mason the freedom to show what he can do here in the last part of the season. In Week 11 he had 29 carries for 113 yards. The run game isn’t very good in St. Louis, but with Mason seeming to emerge as the preferred back he could be a nice add at the tail end of the season.

Josh Gordon (WR, Cleveland Browns)

He’s back. Gordon has served his suspension and is returning to work with his team this week. It will be worth watching to see if he’s ready to jump right onto the field, but he’s a must play if he does. His 1,646 receiving yards in 14 games last season was ridiculous production and Cleveland could really use a big receiving threat. Many owners have stashed him awaiting his return and others probably picked him up in the last few weeks, but he’s worth grabbing immediately if he’s still out there for some reason.

Kenny Britt (WR, St. Louis Rams)

Hey. Remember Kenny Britt? Injury and issues have relegated him to the fantasy background, but could he be showing signs of life? In Week 11 he had 4 catches on 7 targets for 128 yards and a touchdown. He seems to be seeing increased targets and has shown he could work well with QB Shaun Hill. He’s available in most leagues, and definitely is worth adding at this point.

Wes Welker (WR, Denver Broncos)

With Emmanuel Sanders likely to miss time with a concussion Wes Welker should step back into the picture as Peyton Mannings safety valve. Others such as Andre Caldwell and Cody Latimer will likely be involved, but Welker is the known commodity and the receiver worth adding.

John Brown (WR, Arizona Cardinals)

With Palmer out and Drew Stanton in it appears John Browns production could be on the rise. The diminutive receiver has shown good chemistry with Standon and his targets are up. He’s available in many leagues and could be worth an add going into the fantasy playoffs.

Jordan Matthews (WR, Philadelphia Eagles)

Matthews is finally starting to emerge in Philly. It looks like Mark Sanchez was the QB that he needed. Over the last two games he has caught 12 passes on 17 targets for 245 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is still available in many leagues and is definitely worth the late season add.

Malcom Floyd (WR, San Diego Chargers)

Floyd plays side fiddle to Keenan Allen in the Chargers’ receiving corps, but he’s shown that he can still be a deep threat averaging nearly 19 yards per reception. He’s seen 18 targets over the last three games and can still break a big touchdown run from time to time. He’s available in most leagues and is worth considering if you need WR help.



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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...