Fantasy Football Waiver Wire 2013: Top 10 Week 12 pickups

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Nov 17, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

With time in the fantasy football regular season quickly running out, it’s time to make your last moves for the playoff push. Matchups become even more important now since waiver wire pickups need to contribute right away in order to be valuable. There’s also less reason to hold onto injured or ineffective players are who are cluttering your roster. Id you’re looking to make a move, here are the top options to target on the wire.

Each Tuesday right here on Fansided.com you can find the top 10 waiver wire pickups for the coming week. In each top 10, you’ll find at least one quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end as well as a team defense with a favorable matchup in case you are streaming defenses or looking for a one-week fill in.

Throughout the rest of the week, keep coming back to Fansided’s fantasy page where you’ll find continuing coverage and analysis to help you get the win you need in week 12 to get you a better seed in the playoffs or make that last second playoff push.

All players on this list or in the “best of the rest” on the final page are available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues as of Monday and their ownership percentages are included in parentheses. That means that some of the players on the list in the past (last week’s post available here) like Nick Foles (pictured above), Coby Fleener, Riley Cooper, Jarrett Boykin, Keenan Allen, Zac Stacy, Harry Douglas, Jordan Reed, Danny Woodhead, Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas, Chris Ivory, and Julian Edelman are no longer eligible to appear even though they still make good pickups if they’re available.

If you’re not sure about your waiver claim or want some personalized advice, feel free to ask me on twitter @ZT_Sports or include the question in a comment at the bottom of the page. I’ll do my best to answer all your questions as quickly as possible.

All scoring references are from NFL.com’s default scoring which simply is used to give a common baseline to work from. Adjust appropriately your team and league scoring system.

Here are my top ten additions headed into week 12:

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Topics: Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Fantasy Football, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, NFL Week 12, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Waiver Wire Pickups

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  • LoveYouForEver

    I have Bengals Defense on bye this week, I have Titans in my bench, Should I start them or go for waiver (Avaialble are Steelers,Dolphins, Giants, Colts)
    Also I have Hauschka on bye, please suggest me good kicker for this week.

    • Zach Thompson

      Of the options listed, I’d go with the Titans… as far as kickers go, who’s available? leagues differ widely on availability, but some names to look for would include Garrett Hartley, Ryan Succop, and Dan Bailey.

      • LoveYouForEver

        In the waiver the following are available, Nick Folk, Shaun Suisham, Dan Carpenter, Jay Feely, Blair Walsh, Billy Cundiff, Greg Zuerlin, Josh Brown, Rob Bironas, Rian Lindell, Josh Scobee, Janikoswki, Kai Forbath. and I need kicker only for this week.

        One more suggestion, I have Philp Rivers, Josh McClown, Matty Ice as QB for this week, whom should I start..I would love to start Matty Ice as he is playing saints but please advice.

        • Zach Thompson

          I’d go Greg the leg

          • LoveYouForEver

            Thanks ZT. So no Joshn McClown as QB

        • Zach Thompson

          QB is tricky, but I’d go Rivera. Ryan has been dreadful lately

  • John

    8 Man standard scoring league 2 WR, 2 RB, 1 Flex
    Just a few questions thanks in advance
    1. I had picked up Phllip Rivers when all of Matt Ryan’s WR injuries. This week should I keep with Rivers, pick back up Matt Ryan with the potential divisional shoot out this week, or pick up your suggested Palmer?

    2. WR I am having a tough time deciding between Cruz, Jordy Nelson, and Josh Gordan again. Gordan did the best last week playing in my flex but both the other guys still broke 100 yards. Did Gordan earn a WR spot over one of the other guys? And is he worthy of a flex start over my extra RB’s because I usually like to start RB’s in the flex?

    3. RB’s I was thinking Demarco Murray and Zac Stacy with Rashad Jennings as flex. But I do have Ridley and MJD who have both been doing ok of late but Vereen is back and MJD only gets double digits if he gets in the end zone. Who do I start and who is flexiest including WRs?

    4. Jordan Cameron hasn’t been close to putting up the numbers he did at the beginning of the year. I don’t know if Campbell just doesn’t like him or defenses are focusing on him more but is he still my starter? Or is time to bench him and pick up Walker? Also Clay is open for pick up and looked good this past week do I go his route?

    5. Lastly my Bills Defense on Bye do I pick up Dalllas D, Saints D, Colts D?

    • Zach Thompson

      Here you go John… this is what I’d do…
      1. I’d stick with Rivers but Palmer’s not a bad patch for a couple weeks if you need. He’s not a long-term solution, though, and I’d stay far away from Matty Ice.
      2. Cruz and Nelson are definitely your top options at WR. Gordon is tricky since I like Rashad Jennings in your flex spot. If Darren McFadden plays, I’d go with Gordon as flex.
      3. Murray and Stacy are clearly 1-2 with Jennings at flex if McFadden is sidelined again this week (my best guess is that he won’t play).
      4. I’d give Cameron one more week since Clay is taking on the Panthers. If Cameron struggles again, make the move next week.
      5. Saints D… and it’s not close. The Falcons offense has been horrible and turning the ball over in bunches.

      Lastly, good luck!

      • John

        Thanks ZT

  • Renee

    Rivers vs. KC, Kaepernick vs. Redskins or Glennon vs. Lions? Also, Saints or Cardinals D?
    Thanks!

    • Zach Thompson

      Kap and carolina

      • Renee

        I am assuming you mean Kap and Cardinals?

        • Zach Thompson

          Ha! Yes sorry. I’m not able to get to my CPU and was responding on my phone… Autocorrect ppens

  • Malik Jones

    Do u think that Randall Cobb is a good pick up for week 14 since he returns in week 15..

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