Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 11/21/11
With bye weeks now a thing of the past, fantasy owners have one less thing to worry about as the playoff push begins.  However, it’s also a great time to start looking ahead to identify guys who can help you during the fantasy playoffs and to pick them up while you can. This week we’ll look at not only guys who can help in the short-term but also those who may pay dividends when it matters most. As always, players listed here are owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Fantasy Football Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups: QB Alex Smith (48%), San Francisco Smith’s 267 yards against the Cardinals represented his second-highest total this season, and it was his first multi-TD game since Week Five.  In a Thanksgiving Day tilt with the Ravens, Smith may need to air it out more often given Baltimore’s stout run defense. That being said, the Ravens have been among the best at limiting the fantasy production of opposing QBs, so Smith becomes a risky play this week.  However, he faces the
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