Waiver-Wire Pickups, Keeper Sleepers and Spot Starts: Week 12

Alright, we’ve reached week 12 of the NFL season and to be honest with you, free agent pickups are most likely not going to help your team all that much at this point. However, I’ll still give you a few players that made an impact (or the headlines) this past weekend and should be available in your league (just in case!):

Ricky Williams (RB-MIA): That’s right folks…Ricky Williams has made the Waiver-wire pickup list this week. He’s begun working out with the Dolphins and there is a chance that he could play as early as this Monday against the Steelers. I wouldn’t get too excited about picking him up, but for a team that is severely struggling at the running back position, or a team that owns Jesse Chatman, he might be a decent pickup.

Ronald Curry (WR-OAK): He had a big game this weekend, and could be a decent fill in for the rest of the season. However, once JaMarcus Russell starts playing, who knows which receiver he’ll pick to be his favorite.

Brodie Croyle (QB-KC): I figured I’d keep Croyle on this list after he was able to outscore (fantasy points-wise) Peyton Manning last week in the barn burner at Indy (note: sarcasm). While he shouldn’t be starting for your team if you expect to have a chance in the playoffs, he could be used on an interim basis if your quarterback has an especially bad match-up…or if you want to pick him up for a keeper league team and hope that he can evolve into a fantasy powerhouse next season.

Justin Gage (WR-TEN): If one of your receivers went down late in the season and you’re just looking for a source of 5-10 fantasy points a week, then Gage might be your man. In the past two weeks, he’s caught 13 balls for 156 yards and a score.

Andre Hall (RB-DEN): Although he got most of his fantasy production last night on one play (62 yard TD run), with Travis Henry banged up and possibly suspended, Hall becomes the backup for Selvin Young in Denver…and as you saw when Young went out with a tweaked ankle, Hall can make an impact when given the chance.

Anthony Thomas (BUF): He looked bad this weekend against the Patriots, but didn’t everyone on that side of the ball? With Marshawn Lynch out with an injury for possibly another week, the A-Train will continue to see the carries in Buffalo.

Arizona DEF: They play a San Francisco team that has lost eight games in a row and is averaging about 10 points a game. Arizona should have a solid afternoon this weekend.