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This week’s waiver wire is far more lively than last week’s. On Sunday, one NFL team lost two key offensive cogs for the season to injuries, thus having a major positive impact one the Week 12 Waiver Wire report. I don’t mean to celebrate any injuries like the ones Baltimore Ravens Justin Forsett and Joe Flacco suffered, but there is a silver lining for Fantasy Football purposes.

The Atlanta Falcons got a scare when Devonta Freeman took a helmet-to-helmet hit and left the game with a concussion. Tevin Coleman filled in and would be next in line if Freeman cannot clear the concussion protocol this week. Expect more news on Freeman and Coleman in this week’s Fantasy Football Injury Report. The Falcons do not practice until Wednesday.

Charcandrick West injured his hamstring on Sunday, which proves that playing running back for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 means getting hurt. On the bright side, Spencer Ware filled in nicely and gets must-add status in 12-team or deeper leagues at the battered and beaten RB position. Speaking of getting beat up, Teddy Bridgewater took six sacks on Sunday and has a tough matchup against the Falcons (14.2 points per game to QBs) this week.

Forsett’s right arm injury was unpleasant to see, but the Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz flipped forward onto his head and neck on Sunday. He left the game with a concussion and since the Eagles play this Thursday, Thanksgiving, he’ll struggle to clear the concussion protocol.

The Eagles are one of six teams playing on Thanksgiving, so make sure to have your lineups set by Thursday morning and use the Fantasy Football: Strength of Schedule Comparison Tool by then, too. There are no more byes, so rejoice and take in the Week 12 waiver wire coverage.

Week 12 Waiver Wire Targets

Quarterback

Matt Hasselbeck, Indianapolis Colts (15 percent owned)

In three games this season, Hasselbeck has completed 71-of-108 pass attempts for 708 yards, five TDs and two INTs. It’s not mind-blowing, but it’s respectable in any two-QB league or for any owner who needs depth because of a Flacco or Ben Roethlisberger void. Starting with his Week 12 opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hasselbeck will face defenses that have allowed QBs to score at least 17.3 Fantasy points per game this year. Andrew Luck is out for at least three more games with that kidney injury.

Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans (11 percent owned)

His last two games aside, Hoyer is having an above-average season for a QB2-caliber fantasy option. His concussion was a setback in Week 10, when he broke a streak of five games with at least two TDs and 232 passing yards. He’s a great streaming option widely available on the Week 12 waiver wire. The Texans play the New Orleans Saints, who have allowed QBs to score the most Fantasy points per game (24.9). The Saints have four INTs, but have allowed QBs to throw 28 TDs.

Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos (10 percent owned)

len If you add Osweiler, don’t expect the world when he plays the New England Patriots this Sunday. Yes, he performed quite well against a Chicago Bears defense that’s allowed 14 more TDs than passes they’ve intercepted. The Patriots are a much better defensive threat. Nevertheless, Osweiler serves as a respectable QB2 option off the Week 12 waiver wire.

Running Back

Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons (26 percent owned)

If Freeman can’t clear the protocol for concussions, Week 12 backfield duties belong to Coleman. Unfortunately, he’s not a PPR threat at all. In limited play this year, Matt Freeman has targeted him seven times and Coleman has caught one pass. The RB pickings are slim, but Coleman is not your best shot at playing time off the Week 12 waiver wire. Plus, he’s close to the 30 percent ownership threshold and is likely handcuffed to nervous Freeman owners. He’s an option if you’re desperate, no doubt.

Buck Allen, Baltimore Ravens (5 percent owned)

Allen is worth owning across all formats now. He takes over for Forsett and will line up behind Flacco’s replacement, Matt Schaub. Allen has averaged 3.9 yards per carry and produced 115 total yards of offense on Sunday when he replaced the injured Forsett. Allen still doesn’t have a TD in 2015, but now that he’ll be getting a plurality of the snaps at RB, that should change. The Ravens’ Week 12 opponent, the Cleveland Browns, are the worst in rushing yards allowed (1,325) and fifth-worst in Fantasy points allowed per game (21.7) to RBs.

Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (0 percent owned)

West’s hamstring strain does not inspire hope that he’ll play this week at home against the Buffalo Bills. Ware took over for West and ran for 96 yards and one TD on 11 carries against the awful Chargers’ run defense. Ware is a worthy deep-league add who might get two weeks of starting duties. But entering play on Monday, the Bills have allowed RBs to run for just 748 yards.

Wide Receiver

Leonard Hankerson, Atlanta Falcons (15 percent owned)

Having returned from a hamstring injury, Hankerson caught 4-of-7 targets for 36 yards and one TD. He dropped a pass that would’ve gone for another TD, but Matt Ryan targeted him three times inside the red zone, including twice inside the 10 yard line. Fantasy owners should be confident in Hankerson’s health after he played 57 percent of the Falcons’ snaps in Week 11. Hankerson has the upside to deliver great WR2 value and is worth adding everywhere.

Dwayne Harris, New York Giants (15 percent owned)

Harris is worth a stream off the Week 12 waiver wire because of a favorable matchup. This week, the Giants visit the Washington Redskins, a team that’s allowed WRs to catch 15 TDs this season and score more than 25 Fantasy points per game. Eli Mannings has targeted Harris six or more times in four games this season, and in three of those games, Harris has at least one TD. In 12-team standard leagues, Harris should return WR4 floor and WR2 ceiling performance.

Tight End

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (19 percent owned)

It’s far-fetched that Rudolph will repeat his six reception, 106-yard Week 11 performance, but the fact that Bridgewater targeted him nine times is reassuring. However, Rudolph has only nine targets inside the red zone, which lowers his ceiling to nothing more than top-tier TE2 status. In the right format, for the the right owner, Rudolph has value, especially against the Falcons (10 points per game to TEs).

Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore Ravens (17 percent owned)

Even without Flacco and Forsett, Gillmore could still see more than five targets a game and become a favorite option for incoming QB Schaub. Without Flacco, Gillmore’s value takes an initial dive, but mid-tier TE2 performance is conceivable, with low-end TE1 upside.

Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles (1 percent owned)

Ertz has an uphill battle getting cleared to play four days after getting concussed when he stuck a gnarly landing on his neck. Celek stepped up and caught 7-of-10 targets for 79 yards. In Week 10, he caught all four of his targets for 134 yards. Still, Celek hasn’t caught a TD since Week 5. If you need a TE2 to stream in a deep league off the Week 12 waiver wire, Celek is a good play against the Lions, who’ve given up eight TDs to TEs.

D/ST

New York Giants (16 percent owned)

Second in the league in takeaways (23), the Giants are also second worst in the league in total yards allowed. But this Sunday they play the Redskins who are 28th in the league in total offensive yards. The Giants need to attack Redskins’ QB Kirk Cousins to force turnovers, limit the point total and be a solid Week 12 waiver addition. They’re capable of it, too.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10 percent owned)

In four games, the Bucs defense has picked off seven passes and recovered four fumbles. Going to Indianapolis this Sunday won’t be easy, but the Buccaneers have allowed just 23 points in the last two games. Overall, the Buccaneers have 23 sacks, 10 INTs and 10 FRs. It’ll be key for them to shut down the Colts’ RB, Frank Gore, and to hit the 40-year-old Hasselbeck.

The Week 12 waiver wire report has a nice balance of players filling in for injury, players returning from injury and players who’s performances oscillate too much to own everywhere. Here’s hoping your playoff run is going strong!

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