Searching for help on the waiver wire in Fantasy Football Week 12 is tough. The waiver wire droppings will be inconsistent going forward. Most of the best options will have an asterisk next to them because quite frankly, the only decent pickups you’ll find going forward will be reaches. But if you have the room and you like to gamble, there are some interesting options on the waiver wire that could potentially help you when it counts most in a couple of weeks.
Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions – I had to look twice when I saw him on the waiver wire. I further checked in two of my other leagues and he was available in two of three. Burleson is fantastic pickup and one of the best WR2 options in the league. Defenses are keying in on Calvin Johnson leaving Burleson open and allowing him to rack up some nice fantasy points. Burleson has scored a touchdown or gone over 100 yards receiving in four of his last five games. Enough said.
[adinserter block=”2″]Maurice Morris, Detroit Lions – Maurice Morris may be the best waiver wire option out there this week that you probably haven’t considered. The Detroit Lions running back situation is a mess. Kevin Smith is on IR again and Jahvid Best is plagued by nagging injuries. Morris is starting to see more time and looked decent this past week against the Cowboys. With Best’s drop in production, Morris could turn into the starting back going forward. Morris has great hands which makes him a preferred weapon in such a pass-happy offense. The schedule does him no favors, but Morris could turn into a sneaky option in the upcoming weeks. It is looking more and more that Morris will start Thursday.
Mike Tolbert, San Diego Chargers – It absolutely amazes me that this guy is still on the waiver wire. Yes, the Chargers have a lot of running backs. However, Tolbert has emerged as the feature back and after his Monday Night performance should hold on to that spot whether Ryan Matthews is healthy or not. With the way the Chargers throw the ball, the team gets a ton of goal line opportunities. Tolbert is the goal line back and rarely doesn’t deliver. I picked him up last week, plugged him in, and got 20 pts from him this past week. He is a scoring machine and could help your RB troubles instantly.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys – There is reason to be positive if you are a Dallas Cowboys fan. The Cowboys have rolled off two in a row and are still theoretically alive for the post season. Jerry Jones insists that Romo’s return will not be determined by win/loss record. Romo is expected back at the end of the season and could return as early as Week 16. Imagine having an elite fantasy quarterback in your back pocket for the playoffs. The Cowboys have games against the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles will likely sit their starters in Week 17 and the Cardinals have a subpar passing defense. You could do a lot worse if you need a reliable QB when it matters.
Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions – Yes another Lion! I mentioned Pettigrew a few weeks ago and followed my own advice. I picked him up when I lost Dallas Clark. While he isn’t giving me Clark numbers, he is probably one of the most reliable fantasy tight ends in football. He has turned into Shaun Hill’s go-to guy. He had nine targets this past week and continues to produce adequate numbers. He is still out there on some waiver wires and if you need a TE, Pettigrew is a great pickup.
[adinserter block=”1″]Justin Forsett, Seattle Seahawks – The Marshawn Lynch experiment is all but over. Lynch was acquired by the Seahawks to be the man and replace Forsett. Since arriving in Seattle, Lynch has underachieved and has seemingly lost the confidence of the coaching staff. Forsett’s role continues to expand slowly every week and wind up as the starter by Week 13 at this rate. The Seahawks have a few favorable matchups for running backs down the way. Forsett could be a suitable RB2 down the stretch if you are in need of some help.
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