Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 12
Danario Alexander (SD): Head coach Norv Turner said he'd give Alexander a chance to play regularly at receiver, and Alexander has made Turner look like a smart man. Alexander has now supplanted Robert Meachem as the starting receiver, and has put up huge numbers in two straight games - six catches, 115 yards, 1.5 touchdowns on average. If you need help at wide receiver, Alexander should be at the top of your priority list.
Justin Blackmon (JAX): The Jaguars have finally benched Blaine Gabbert, and Blackmon is finally free to produce. Blackmon was drafted in most leagues, but subsequently dropped in most of those leagues due to a terrible start to the season. Once Henne replaced an injured Gabbert in Sunday's game against the Texans, Blackmon went off for 236 yards on seven catches with a touchdown. He nearly doubled the yards he had amassed over the previous nine games. With Henne under center for the foreseeable future, Blackmon should be in for more consistent solid games, but don't expect many more 200 yard performances.
Ryan Broyles (DET): Broyles burst on the scene after Nate Burleson got hurt for the Lions, putting together three straight solid fantasy games as the No. 3 receiver. The past two games, however, Broyles has been quite disappointing. He'll have another chance to reestablish himself as a viable fantasy option thanks to the suspension of No. 2 receiver Titus Young, who finds himself in the doghouse due to laziness, lining up incorrectly, and sulking when he doesn't get the ball. Broyles becomes a solid WR3 option in Young's absence.
Brandon Myers (OAK): This is the last time I'm going to put him on this list. He's been on the list plenty of times before, but is still only owned in 43% of Yahoo leagues. With 50 receptions for 554 yards and three touchdowns on the season, Myers has actually become a low-end TE1. The only difference between the numbers of Myers and Jimmy Graham are the touchdowns, but Myers has been finding the end zone much more as of late (three times in the past three weeks). I know a lot of you out there are digging for ways to replace Rob Gronkowski in your lineups - look no further than Myers.
Cleveland Browns: The Browns are coming off of a game against the Cowboys in which they sacked Tony Romo seven times. On the season, the team actually has a decent amount of turnovers (12th most in NFL) and doesn't give up a ton of points (18th least in NFL). Facing the Steelers this week, they'll be up against a third string quarterback and an incredibly depleted receiving core that was just forced to sign Plaxico Burress. The St. Louis Rams are also not a bad option facing the Cardinals' miserable offensive line that allowed Robert Quinn and Chris Long to tee off on Kevin Kolb earlier in the season.