Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 12

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Here are some waiver wire options that you might want to take a look at before your league counterparts can beat you to the punch.

Each and every year there are a few guys that lay around on the waiver wire for a few weeks before exploding onto the scene and becoming fantasy legends like Ryan Grant from a year ago.

It's important you keep evaluating your talent each week and don't be afraid to drop someone on your roster that has been getting by on name recognition alone.

Kerry Collins Titans, QB - For the past two weeks, teams have attempted to stop the Titans dominant run game and force journeyman QB Kerry Collins to win the game on his own.

And he's done exactly that.

Whether or not this surprisingly efficient aerial attack continues in Tennessee is the lone question surrounding Collins. It's no secret head coach Jeff Fisher would prefer to control the clock on the ground and only allow Collins to throw when it's necessary. This is the only reason I'd hesitate before putting in a claim for Kerry.

Through the first eight games of the season, Collins failed to clear the 200-yd passing plateau and never threw more than one TD in a game.

Just remember those stats when you're trying to make a decision about whether or not you start Collins. Matchups against Detroit, Cleveland and Houston loom in the next couple weeks and that ground game will get back on track at that time.

Shaun Hill 49ers, QB - Hill was mentioned in this space when he took over the starting gig from J.T. O'Sullivan in Week 10. All he's done since then is throw for 430 yds and 4 TD.

He's got a tough schedule in front of him heading into the tail end of the season, but Hill is just steady enough where I think he's a trustworthy QB for any fantasy squad.

Warrick Dunn Bucs, RB - You'll be seeing Dunn's name all over the fantasy world this week after the bad news concerning RB Earnest Graham's probable season ending injury was released.

Dunn's been a quiet fantasy surprise this year and has an unbelievable matchup against the Lions; a team that just finished up allowing the Carolina Panthers to run wild for over 200 yds and 4 TD in Week 11.

He's a must have in all fantasy leagues, and while we're on the subject, so is...

Carnell 'Cadillac' Williams Bucs, RB - All car metaphors, jokes, similes and comparisons aside, Cadillac is being thrust back into the Tampa Bay offense and should play a very large role in the weeks ahead.

Dunn figures to get the workman's load this weekend, but moving forward, head coach Jon Gruden is looking to turn Cadillac back into the workhorse the Bucs drafted him to be.

Derrick Ward & Ahmad Bradshaw Giants, RBs - Starting running back and resident bruiser Brandon Jacobs had an MRI on his knee after tweaking it against the Ravens last weekend. Whether or not he plays against the Cardinals this weekend is still murky at best and we probably won't know for sure until Friday afternoon or Saturday.

But just in case, I'd suggest picking up Ward or Bradshaw if you have an extra roster spot or one that's being wasted on someone you haven't had in your lineup all season.

Ward would get the start if Jacobs were unable to go, but Bradshaw would also figure to receive a healthy dose of carries behind an offensive line many consider to be the best in football.

Antonio Pittman Rams, RB - Fantasy beast bust Steven Jackson has already been officially declared out for the Rams game this weekend against the Bears.

Pittman is a viable alternative as long as you don't expect too much from him overall. He'll get you somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 yds rushing, 20 yds receiving and if you're ridiculously lucky, a TD.

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I have Earnest Graham. Who would be priority 1 out of all those RB's?

Olsen responds: Without question you need to go after Warrick Dunn. He's got a beautiful matchup against the Lions this week and will be the primary back for a playoff contending team from here on out.

If you've got room on your bench, it may be wise to stash Cadillac just in case he ends up taking the job back.

But for the foreseeable future, Dunn is the guy you have to have.

I am debating between starting Collins or McNabb this week. McNabb is going up against a tough D in Baltimore, but he usually recovers after poor performances. Collins has been on a roll and is going against the Jets who gave up 400 yards to Cassel, and have been pretty solid against the run. What are your thoughts?

Another question for you..... I have TO, Chris Chambers, Donnie Avery and Antonio Bryant. I need to start 3 of them. TO is a lock, but I don't know who to play in the 2 other slots.

Olsen responds: I think you've got to go with McNabb here. That Ravens defense can certainly be had, it just takes a good quarterback to be able to do it.

Peyton Manning torched the Ravens secondary for 271yds and 3 TD back in Week 8 and McNabb is going to be a man possessed trying to make people forget about his 'I didn't know the rule' admission last weekend.

Plus, Westbrook sounds like he's going to be hobbled at best if they actually let him on the field, leaving McNabb the responsibility of winning this game.

T.O. is an absolute lock, no question there.

And so too is Antonio Bryant. That Lions team is, well, I'm running out of negative adjectives to use when describing them. That's how bad they are. They've raided my vernacular and left me bone dry.

Anyway, it's Detroit and Garcia will have no trouble finding him.

And your last spot should go to Avery. He's the ideal player for taking advantage of the Bears defense and will end having a fairly nice afternoon. Chambers has absolutely vanished in the past month and Vincent Jackson has transitioned into the number one territory for the Chargers.

Avery's tremendous upside potential is too much to ignore.

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