Pickups of the Week

Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins (60.1 percent owned in standard ESPN 10-man leagues)

Week 12 stats: 5 rec, 93 yards, 1 TD, 7 Targets

Garcon is finally healthy and is the clear No.1 WR for Robert Griffin III. A constant TD threat, if Garcon is available, he is certainly a top, if not the best, waiver wire addition.

Michael Bush, RB, Bears (68.5 percent)

Week 12 stats: 21 carries, 60 yards, 2 TDs

Matt Forte's status is up in the air, well not literally because that wouldn't make sense, but when his status has been "up in the air" in the past it means he isn't playing. Start Bush and get touchdowns.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos (4.2 percent)

Week 12 stats: 20 carries, 85 yards, 4 rec, 26 yards

Ronnie Hillman who? After scout team player of the week awards and eight straight in-actives, Moreno was named starter hours before game-time by coach Mike Shanahan John Fox, who took a page out of a certain former Broncos coach and long time fantasy owner nemesis. (Then again, fantasy owners hate Fox from his Carolina days too.) Current reports say the job is Moreno's for the time being. With Tampa Bay's lackluster at best run defense up next week, Moreno should find himself racking up the yards once again. 

Ryan Broyles, WR, Lions (1.3 percent)

Week 12 stats: 6 rec, 126 yards, 12 Targets

At least one Lions beat reporter thinks Broyles is the new No.2 WR. With Stafford, that's good enough for a pickup.

Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots (56.7 percent)

Week 12 stats: 10 carries, 42 yards, 2 rec, 91 yards, 1 TD

Because fantasy garbage points are just as good as regular points.

Mohammed Sanu, WR, Bengals (1.1 percent)

Week 10 stats:   4 rec, 47 yards,   1 TD,  7 Targets

Week 11 stats:   2 rec, 22 yards,  1 TD,   4 Targets

Week 12 stats: 5 rec, 29 yards, 2 TDs, 9 Targets

That's three straight weeks of touchdowns and no competition for targets from Andrew Hawkins, who will likely be out in week 12 as well.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts (25.5 percent)

Week 11 stats: 6 rec, 100 yards, 2 TDs, 9 Targets

Week 12 stats: 3 rec, 33 yards, 1 TD, 3 Targets, 1 Punt-Return TD

Dude gets less targets than Donnie Avery but he still finds a way to impact games. Don't think Luck will forget about him.

Play defenses against Arizona, Pittsburgh, KC, and Philadelphia

Team Week 13Week 14Week 15
ArizonaNYJ SEADET
PittsburghBALTSDDAL
Kansas CityCARCLE OAK
PhiladelphiaDALTBCIN

Carolina D/ST (9.1 percent), New York Jets D/ST (54.9 percent) and Dallas D/ST (42.8 percent) are all readily available in plenty of leagues. 

PPR Leagues Pickups

Jarius Wright, WR, Vikings (0.4 percent)

Week 12 stats: 7 rec, 49 yards, 10 Targets

Percy Harvin's replacement is not too shabby. Well, he's kinda shabby, but he's a rookie so it's okay. Wright is a much better play in PPR leagues and for what it's worth, his 10 targets did lead all Vikings receivers.

Brandon Stokely, WR, Broncos (13.1 percent) 

Week 10 stats:   4 rec, 54 yards, 1 TD, 5 Targets

Week 11 stats:   4 rec, 55 yards, 1 TD, 5 Targets

Week 12 stats: 4 rec, 62 yards,          7 Targets

3 straight weeks of 10+ points and Tampa Bay's league worst pass defense (CBs Aqib Talib and Eric Wright are gone) on deck. Should be a late Thanksgiving feast for Manning. 

Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals (36.3 percent) 

Week 12 stats: 9 rec, 92 yards, 13 Targets

Roberts is the king of hurry-up garbage fantasy points. With Ryan Lindley at quarterback for the foreseeable future, Roberts should continue to inflict damage late into the fourth quarters of nearly-unwatchable football games.

Deeper League Pickups

Chris Givens, WR, Rams (1.5 percent) 

Week 12 stats: 5 rec, 115 yards, 1 TD, 6 Targets

For as good as the 49ers defense is, they are not invincible through the air. if St. Louis manages to score on Sunday, it will be on a passing play from Bradford. Givens has two touchdowns in three weeks and he led the Rams in targets on Sunday.

David Wilson, RB, Giants (39.8 percent) 

Week 12 stats: 6 carries, 13 yards, 1 rec, 5 yards

Don't expect much from the disappointing 2012 1st rounder. The Giants knew more than anybody else and they played Andre Brown in front of him after Bradshaw's early injuries. Be very cautious of Wilson who will receive 8-10 touches at best.

 Gronk Replacements

1. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings (51.8 percent)

Week 10 stats:   7 rec, 64 yards,   1 TD, 9 Targets

Week 12 stats: 5 rec, 59 yards, 1 TD, 9 Targets

Just look at his yearly stats. This one isn't difficult.

2. Brandon Myers, TE, Raiders (26.1 percent)

Week 11 stats:   6 rec, 55 yards, 1 TD, 10 Targets

Week 12 stats: 5 rec, 37 yards, 6 Targets

He might not be the most consistent option, but no other option receives as many targets as he does.

3. Tony Moeaki, TE, Chiefs (0.7 percent)

 Week 11 stats:  4 rec, 73 yards, 6 Targets

Week 12 stats: 2 rec, 40 yards, 2 Targets

He will be back, he is Brady Quinn's favorite target.

How Are They Still Available?

Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers (1.6 percent)

Week 10 stats:11-17, 117 yards, 8 carries, 66 yards, 1 TD

Week 11 stats: 16-23, 243 yards, 2 TDs, 4 carries, 12 yards

Week 12 stats: 16-25, 231 yards, 1 TD, 6 carries, 27 yards, 1 rushing TD

Actual question on NFL Live, "Is Colin Kaepernick the next Tom Brady?" The hype machine is all too real and annoying. Still, Kaepernick is a dual threat and a legit low-end No.1 QB from here on out.

Bryce Brown, RB, Eagles (4.9 percent)

Week 11 stats:     5 carries, 35 yards

Week 12 stats: 19 carries, 188 yards, 2 TDs, 4 rec, 11 yards

"McCoy? Nah, he doesn't deserve it. Oh, our running back, who has barely played all year? Sure, why not give him 20+ touches."-Andy Reid... In defense of Andy Reid, it was a poor Carolina run defense Brown was facing. The real question is what happens if LeSean returns this week.

Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars (69.2 percent)

Week 11 stats:   7 rec, 236 yards, 13 Targets

Week 12 stats: 5 rec, 52 yards,  6 Targets

The term "much more successful with Chad Henne at quarterback" is rare, but it applies here.

Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, Cardinals (58.7 percent)

Week 12 stats: 17 carries, 48 yards, 2 TDs

Typical high touch, low YPC day for Chris Wells. The fact he got two touchdowns is nice but he can't be trusted against a relatively tough Jets run defense.

Danario Alexander, WR, Chargers (27.6 percent)

Week 10 stats:   5 rec, 134 yards, 1 TD,    7 Targets

Week 11 stats:   7 rec, 96 yards,   2 TDs, 11 Targets

Week 12 stats: 5 rec, 74 yards,                8 Targets

Is an excellent option as long as Rivers is throwing the ball. He somehow leap-frogged Malcom Floyd and is easily San Diego's No. 1 WR.

Feel Free to Drop

Marcel Reece, Andre Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Any D/ST not named Chicago, DeSean Jackson, all bench players. No dropping your best players to help your buddy clinch playoff spots either, gentlemen.