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Fantasy Football Week 12 Pickups

Its that time of the Fantasy season, when every add counts. These past two weeks have been painful with injuries, to both the players and teams. Take a look at the Week 12 Fantasy Football pickups put together by some of our writers!


Chad Henne: Mike Mularkey named Henne Jacksonville’s starter in Week 12, and the matchup is mouthwatering. No one expected Henne to have the kind of success he had in Week 11 against such a stiff Houston defense, but Henne silenced his critics. He threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns, despite completing just 48.5 percent of his passes.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Despite Fitzpatrick’s inconsistency, he’s still having a pretty solid season for fantasy purposes. It just depends on which weeks you started him. Fitzpatrick has thrown three or more touchdowns in four contests this season, but he has also gone without one in four games. Fitzpatrick is a matchup play, though he has a pretty good one this week.

Alex Smith: Smith is owned in just 41 percent of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, but he’s still the starter in San Francisco, despite Colin Kaepernick’s strong performance last Monday night against the Bears. Monitor Smith’s injury status this week, but if he’s healthy enough to go against the Saints in Week 12, you should pick him up.


Bilal Powell: Sorry, Shonn Greene owners. Week 11 wasn’t fun for you. Powell vulture a couple of touchdowns from Greene against the Rams last week, and rewarded owners who had enough brass to start him.

Marcel Reece: Reece had himself a day against the Saints in Week 11, and will continue to produce for the Raiders until Darren McFadden returns to action. Reece rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries and added 90 receiving yards against New Orleans. He’s one of Carson Palmer’s favorite check-down targets, and seems well-suited for an all-purpose role in Oakland.

Beanie Wells: Wells is expected to return to the starting role in Week 12, and he says it will be the “real deal.” Wells has had his issues with injury since being drafted in the first round in 2009. His latest turf toe injury sidelined him for nearly eight weeks, and he wasn’t playing particularly well prior to his time on the shelf.

Ronnie Hillman: Willis McGahee suffered a torn MCL and fractured lower leg in Week 11, and stands to miss six to eight weeks as a result. Hillman is the guy to get. Hillman has seen limited action this season, but he offers plenty of upside with McGahee on the sidelines. Denver’s remaining schedule is one of the softest in the league, and it faces a porous Kansas City defense in Week 12.

Wide Receivers

Justin Blackmon: Blackmon is finally playing like a first round pick, though it took a new quarterback to get him going. Chad Henne entered Jacksonville’s Week 11 contest against the Texans due to an elbow injury to Blaine Gabbert.

T.Y. Hilton: Hilton is a true boom or bust player at wide receiver. In three games this season Hilton has caught a touchdown, he has also eclipsed the 100-yard mark. In his other six games, Hilton hasn’t surpassed 37 yards and has not recorded a touchdown.

Danario Alexander: The Rams probably wish they’d given Alexander a little more time. Alexander signed with the Chargers in October after the Rams allowed him to walk in free agency, and he’s developing into one of San Diego’s best receiving options.

Tight Ends

Brandon Myers: Myers appears on this list nearly every week, and there’s no reason to take him off now. Myers has been one of the most consistent tight ends in the league this year. He hasn’t put up flashy statistics, but has yet to go a game without at least one catch. Last week against the Saints, Myers caught six passes for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Dwayne Allen: Allen has come on strong since Coby Fleener’s injury, though he did drop a couple passes last week against the Patriots. Allen was a highly-regarded tight end prospect coming out of Clemson, but it will take some time for Allen to reach his potential. He has a terrific quarterback throwing to him, though, and faces a pass-friendly defense in the Buffalo Bills this week.

Dustin Keller: Keller hasn’t been producing, and the skepticism about adding him is understandable. Still, Keller offers a lot of upside for fantasy owners in need of a tight end. He’s arguably the best receiving threat Mark Sanchez has, and is especially valuable as a check-down option for a team without a running back adept at catching the ball out of the backfield.


Matt Prater: Prater has had seven field-goal attempts in the last two weeks. The better news: Denver plays Kansas City in Week 12. Prater should get plenty of work this week, and should be a top-five scorer at the kicker position.

Shaun Suisham: With third-stringer Charlie Batch at quarterback, the Steelers are going to have a hard time finding the end zone in Week 12. Cleveland’s rushing defense is back at full strength with Phil Taylor healthy, and this game could end up coming down to Suisham and Phil Dawson. Prediction: Suishams 16, Dawsons 6.

Alex Henery: It’s no secret the Eagles are struggling in every facet of the game right now, but that’s good news for Henery owners. Philadelphia can’t score, especially with injuries at the quarterback and running back positions. Don’t count on too may PAT attempts, but bank on at least one field goal of 45-plus.


St. Louis Rams: Arizona’s Ryan Lindley managed just 64 passing yards against the Falcons in Week 11, and the Cardinals face an even tougher defense in Week 12.

Carolina Panthers: Nick Foles may start for Philadelphia again in Week 12, but whether it’s Foles or Micheal Vick, Carolina should win the turnover battle.

Arizona Cardinals: Arizona is ranked ninth in total defense this year, yet it is only owned in 39 percent of Yahoo! leagues. This is a good week to pick up the Cardinals’ defense.