Week 12 Pickups: Top Waiver-Wire Wonder at Each Position

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 23, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers rolls out to pass against the Chicago Bears during the third quarter at Candlestick Park on November 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won the game 32-7. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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After some thrilling Thanksgiving games in the NFL, we head into Sunday's contests with some intriguing waiver-wire options still on the table.

Whether you are looking for a quarterback, a running back, a receiver or a tight end in Week 12, here are my top waiver-wire wonders at each position.


QB: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

This is the obvious choice, but Colin Kaepernick, despite indications that he'll start on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, is only owned in about 23 percent of ESPN standard leagues as of this writing.

Kaepernick, filling in for Alex Smith last week, threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns against the vaunted Chicago Bears defense in his first career start.

Now the second-year gunslinger gets to face the Saints, who have allowed a league-worst 8.5 yards per pass attempt this season while giving up 21 passing touchdowns (30th).


RB: Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders

With Darren McFadden out due to injury last week, Marcel Reece exploded for 103 rushing yards and 90 receiving yards against the New Orleans Saints.

He gets the start again this week against the Cincinnati Bengals, who have allowed 4.4 yards per carry (23rd) and 10 rushing touchdowns in 10 games.


WR: Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers

If you are a fantasy owner desperate for a difference-maker at wide receiver, I don't know what you're waiting for if you haven't added Danario Alexander.

Alexander has exploded in the past two weeks, racking up a combined 230 yards and three touchdowns through the air.

The Baltimore Ravens don't have the same pass defense as they have in prior seasons, allowing 7.0 yards per pass attempt (16th in the NFL) while proving to be susceptible to the long ball.

Given Alexander's speed and San Diego's reliance on the passing game, I expect prime numbers for the third-year pro in Week 12.


TE: Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders

Despite Brandon Myers ranking sixth in receiving yards among tight ends this season, he's owned in fewer than 25 percent of ESPN standard leagues as of this writing.

The 2009 sixth-round draft pick is having a career year, he just posted 55 yards and a touchdown on six catches against the Saints, and he's facing a Bengals defense allowing 8.5 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this season, fifth in the NFL.


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