Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire

We are entering the final week of byes (insert cheers and
applause), but it’s a rough one. Buffalo, Cincinnati,
Philadelphia, and Seattle are the teams taking Week 12 off, so
I’ll try to provide substantial replacements for the sitting
studs.

Scott Tolzien, Packers QB (owned in 2.5 percent of
FOXSports.com leagues)

In case you are the team that’s been riding the recent
success of Nick Foles, or you have Russell Wilson, consider the
Packers’ starting quarterback this Sunday. The announcement
has already been made that Scott Tolzien will get the nod for at
least one more week. Last week, Tolzien threw for 339 yards but was
intercepted three times. However, this Sunday he’ll face a
Vikings secondary that allows 23.8 points per game to opposing
quarterbacks (second-most).

Bobby Rainey, Buccaneers RB (9.7 percent)

Brian Leonard had the immediate carries when Mike James was
injured two weeks ago against Miami, but Bobby Rainey seems to have
a stronghold on the job now. Last week, Rainey ran 30 times for 163
yards and two touchdowns, with a third TD in the receiving
category. Even though he faces a tough Lions rushing defense
(fifth-best), Rainey is a starting RB and can replace LeSean McCoy
or Marshawn Lynch if you’re in a pinch.

Donald Brown, Colts RB (19.5 percent)

Trent Richardson hasn’t even been in the NFL for two full
seasons yet he’s already considered a “bust” in
the fantasy football world. After scoring a touchdown in his first
two games as a Colt, Richardson has gone six-straight starts
without a TD. Donald Brown has scored four times since Richardson
has become a teammate. Arizona has the second-best rushing defense,
allowing 81.4 yards per game on the ground, so Brown is best used
in PPR leagues this week.

Tavon Austin, Rams WR (40.4 percent)

Remember that time Tavon Austin scored three touchdowns in a
game? Yeah, that was awesome. With only 40.4 percent ownership now,
I would like to know how many teams actually got to enjoy that
performance, other than St. Louis. After Sam Bradford was sidelined
with a season-ending torn ACL injury, all seemed lost for the
Rams’ receiving corps. However, a couple of long TDs to
Austin sparked some life into his fantasy stock. Though Kellen
Clemens only threw 16 passes against Indianapolis, the emergence of
Zac Stacy in the running game gives the passing attack a chance.
With A.J. Green and DeSean Jackson off for the week, owners could
get the same big play potential from Austin.

Coby Fleener, Colts TE (53.9 percent)

With former University of Toledo (Go Rockets!) tight end, Danny
Noble, scoring a TD last week the Cardinals continue to allow an
average of one touchdown per game to opposing TEs. This Sunday,
Arizona hosts the Colts and Coby Fleener. In deeper leagues,
he’s probably unavailable. However, you still might have
multiple TEs, so hopefully this helps your decision making
process.