2014 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 12

One of the guys that appeared on last week's waiver-wire list was St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason.

Despite a difficult matchup on paper last week, Mason carried the ball 29 times for 113 yards, both of which were career highs, as he finished the week as a top-12 fantasy running back.

Mason now has at least 18 touches in four of his past five games and is certainly worth an add if he's available in your league.

As of this morning, Mason was owned in 51 percent of Yahoo! leagues and therefore won't be listed below due to my own self-imposed restrictions. But again, if he's available in your league, he should be added.

For my waiver-wire posts, I only include players with Yahoo! ownership of 50 percent or less. The goal is to give you suggestions of players that (1) can help your fantasy squad and (2) are widely available in leagues.

With that said, here are some players to consider adding to your fantasy roster(s) (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

QB - Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (21 percent)

Finishing as a top-five fantasy quarterback in back-to-back weeks, McCown has thrown for at least 288 yards and two touchdowns since becoming the team's starter again in Week 10. If you're looking to stream a quarterback in Week 12, McCown faces the Bears and his former team has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

QB - Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns (14 percent)

Hoyer threw a massive 50 pass attempts in Week 11 and although he completed only 20 of them, he finished with 330 yards, a touchdown and an interception. It's safe to say that Hoyer likely won't have any more 50-attempt games this season and the Browns would like to be a run-first team every week, the good great news is that Hoyer gets Josh Gordon back from suspension this week. Without Gordon (and most often without Jordan Cameron), the Browns have fielded one of the league's weakest group of pass-catchers.

QB - Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (37 percent)

A relatively low-upside option for fantasy owners, Smith's rushing abilities usually helps to raise the floor of his fantasy production. (That said, Smith has zero, 25 and minus one rushing yard(s) in his past three games.) Smith has a favorable schedule with Oakland twice, Denver, Arizona and Pittsburgh over his next five games. Except for Arizona, who has allowed the fourth-most passing yards this season, the other four rank in the top-half of the league in most passing touchdowns allowed.

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RB - Jonas Gray, New England Patriots (23 percent)

With Vegas assigning the Patriots-Colts game Week 11's highest over-under, we expected there to be plenty of offense on Sunday Night Football. Nobody could have expected Gray to rush for a yard shy of 200 and four scores, however. Given the inconsistent manner in which the Patriots dole out touches to their running backs, you shouldn't expect that type of workhorse role on a weekly basis, but Gray now has double-digit carries in three consecutive games. And as the weather gets colder in the northeast, the Patriots could continue to lean more heavily on Gray and the ground game.

RB - Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (29 percent)

In his second game since being activated from IR, Sims led the team's backs in touches by a significant margin (16 to five for Bobby Rainey) in Week 11. As noted in the past, Sims is a versatile back that drew some Matt Forte comparisons in the pre-draft process and he should continue to lead the team's backs in touches even once Doug Martin returns. In re-draft formats, however, he's more of a flex option going forward.

RB - Bryce Brown, Buffalo Bills (23 percent)

While Fred Jackson missed last week's Thursday Night Football matchup and is expected to return in Week 12, Brown has a total of 13 receptions on 17 targets for 122 yards in his past two games. Finishing as a top-24 back in standard formats both weeks, Brown has obviously been even better in PPR formats (RB17 and RB13, respectively). Even with F-Jax back in Week 12+, Brown should at least be a flex option in PPR formats going forward.

RB - Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (two percent)

Given the team's 0-10 start, it's head-scratching why the Raiders have waited so long to give Murray some touches. That said, Murray gained 43 yards on four carries and added 16 yards on three receptions on Sunday. Murray (6-3, 225) is an athletic freak (4.38 forty, 22 reps at 225 at the combine in 2013). Hopefully, his involvement in the offense will continue to expand down the stretch.

RB - Juwan Thompson, Denver Broncos (three percent)

With the injuries in the team's backfield, Thompson once again will be second on the depth chart (this time behind C.J. Anderson). At one point, Thompson was ahead of Anderson on the depth chart so Anderson doesn't necessarily have a stranglehold on the top spot with Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball out. Playing in such a high-powered offense, Thompson should at least be added in deep leagues.

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WR - Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars (44 percent)

In his past five games, Shorts has been targeted at least seven times each game and has a pair of 100-yard games over that span. With the season-ending injury to rookie Allen Robinson, the likelihood that Shorts gets more targets thrown his way is high. That said, Shorts himself often deals with a variety of ailments so hopefully he can stay healthy.

WR - Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints (15 percent)

One of the league's fastest deep threats, Stills can be inconsistent, but he has at least 50 yards and/or a touchdown in four of his past five games. During that span, he is averaging 4.2/58.0/0.4. With the thumb injury to Brandin Cooks expected to sideline him for two to four weeks, Stills should see his targets rise.

WR - Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland Browns (34 percent)

Just outside the top-30 fantasy wide receivers in scoring this year, Hawkins has been a solid fantasy wide receiver especially in PPR formats. In the nine games he has played, Baby Hawk has had eight-plus targets in eight of those games. In his past four games, he has finished as a top-17 fantasy wide receiver three times. With Gordon returning in Week 12, however, Hawkins should see his high volume of targets decline some.

WR - John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (30 percent)

One of my favorite fantasy sleepers in the summer, Brown is an ultra-quick wideout playing the T.Y. Hilton role within Bruce Arians offense. Brown has been targeted nine-plus times in three of his past four games and he has at least five catches for 69 yards in those three games.

WR - Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers (37 percent)

Through Week 11, Floyd ranks 27th in fantasy scoring among wide receivers this season. Although Floyd has only one game with five receptions, he has a minimum of five fantasy points in eight consecutive games. During that span, he has at least 50 receiving yards or a touchdown (or both) in every game.

WR - Kenny Britt, St. Louis Rams (15 percent)

Britt saw seven targets, which tied a season high, on Sunday and turned them into four catches for a season-high 128 yards and a touchdown. With the injury to Brian Quick, I'm a bit surprised that Britt's targets have not increased by much, but he has scored in two of his past three games and is worth consideration in his role as the team's top (healthy) receiver.

TE - Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (42 percent)

Given the ankle injuries to Dwayne Allen and Ahmad Bradshaw, Fleener has the potential for his role to expand further. Even with both players healthy, Fleener has scored the 11th-most fantasy points among tight ends through Week 11. Of Andrew Luck's 28 pass touchdowns, no position group has been the recipient of more touchdown passes than tight ends (12). Depending on how much time Allen misses, if any, Fleener could see his red-zone targets increase quite a bit.

TE - Mychal Rivera, Oakland Raiders (41 percent)

Rivera had just three catches for 40 yards on five targets in Week 11, but the Raiders tight end has a total of 24 catches for 225 yards and three touchdowns over his past four games. In the previous three weeks, Rivera finished as a top-10 fantasy tight end although he finished as the TE15 in Week 11. As long as he continues to see plenty of targets, however, Rivera will have the opportunity to flirt with top-12 production on a weekly basis.

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