Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 12
Colin Kaepernick (SF): Not only did Kaepernick tear apart the Bears' vicious defense with beautiful throws and impressive mobility, but Jim Harbaugh declined an easy chance to squash any quarterback controversy after the game. When asked if Kaepernick was the starting quarterback, Harbaugh said, "We'll see. I usually tend to go with the guy who has the hot hand." Kaepernick's play on Monday night was incredible, and the young quarterback didn't turn the ball over once against a Bears defense that had forced more than three turnovers per game. Alex Smith has still not been cleared to practice, and reports have come out that all signs point towards Kaepernick starting as of now.
Ronnie Hillman (DEN): The running back section is loaded this week on the waiver wire. Willis McGahee tore his MCL on Sunday, and Hillman - a kid that the Broncos' coaching staff is very high on - will be the lead man in the backfield while McGahee is sidelined. McGahee's best case scenario is to return for the fantasy championship round (Week 16), so you could ride Hillman through the playoffs as a low-end RB2/flex play.
Bryce Brown (PHI): LeSean McCoy was carted off the field with a concussion during Sunday's game, and was still experiencing headaches on Monday. With the NFL's strict concussion protocol, McCoy seems quite unlikely to suit up against the Panthers on Monday night. Bryce Brown will be the featured back for the Eagles if McCoy does miss time. Brown, the top ranked high school player in 2008, allegedly ran circles around last year's backup Dion Lewis, and is trusted as a runner, receiver, and pass blocker. For what it's worth, Brown looks to be the better short term option as a fantasy running back, while Hillman is likely the better long term pickup.
Jalen Parmele (JAX): With Maurice Jones-Drew still sidelined with a foot injury, and Rashad Jennings completely ineffective as his backup, head coach Mike Mularkey has stated that he'll stick with Jalen Parmele as his starting running back going forward. Parmele ran the ball 24 times for 80 yards against the Texans' 2nd ranked run defense on Sunday, and has juicy matchups against the Titans and Bills the next two weeks (28th and 31st ranked run defenses). Pick up Parmele as a solid flex play if you can't get a hold of the two guys above.