by Joe Fortenbaugh
November 20, 02012
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos: We mentioned Hillman’s name a few weeks back and it now looks like those of you who pulled the trigger are in for a solid return on your investment. Starting running back Willis McGahee tore his MCL and broke his leg in Sunday’s win over San Diego, meaning Hillman will now be the featured back on Peyton Manning’s offense. Lance Ball should get some work as well, but this is going to be Hillman’s show for the foreseeable future.
Bryce Brown, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: The rookie from Kansas State carried the ball just five times in Sunday’s loss at Washington, but with Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy suffering a concussion during the fourth quarter, Brown could be in line to start next Monday night against the Panthers. It’s still early, but Brown is worth a pickup in all formats.
Ryan Broyles, WR, Detroit Lions: Titus Young was sent home from the Lions’ facility on Monday and has already been deactivated for Thursday’s game against Houston. It’s a tough matchup, but expect to see an increase in both snaps and targets for Broyles in Week 12.
Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals: While we aren’t expecting a whole lot, Wells is scheduled to return to the gridiron in Week 12 when Arizona plays host to the St. Louis Rams. The former Ohio State Buckeye could make for a decent flex/RB3 option over the final six weeks of the season.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: Edelman caught five passes for 58 yards and a score in Sunday’s blowout win over Indianapolis and should be in line for an increase in targets now that tight end Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to miss at least the next two games after suffering a broken left forearm in Week 11. Consider Edelman a WR3/4 until Gronk gets healthy.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: The rookie from Miami eclipsed the 100-yard mark on Sunday for the second time in his last three starts, scoring two touchdowns to boot. Consistency is an issue here, but we like Hilton’s upside as a WR3/4 for the rest of the way out.
Even though they lost the game, rookie wideout Justin Blackmon gave Jaguars fans something to smile about on Sunday.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: Gresham has been targeted 20 times over his last three outings, catching 15 passes for 192 yards and a score. Those numbers won’t be enough to deliver a fantasy championship, but the Oklahoma product has been producing solid totals as of late, making him worthy of a starting roster spot in leagues with ten or more teams.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears: The former Gamecock returned to action Monday night at San Francisco and should quickly find himself back in the role of No. 2 receiver. We like his chances for success a lot more with Jay Cutler under center, so here’s hoping the Chicago signal-caller is back in action come Week 12.
Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: For a second, we almost forgot that Blackmon was playing in the NFL this season. But that’s what happens when the Jacksonville Jaguars call your name on draft day. It took 11 weeks, but Blackmon finally posted some serious numbers, catching seven passes for 236 yards and a score on 13 targets in Sunday’s loss at Houston. Now let’s see if he can continue to make waves.
Jalen Parmele, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: MJD is still out and Rashad Jennings has been deemed ineffective by head coach Mike Mularkey. So that means Parmele will handle the workload until Jones-Drew is ready to return to the field. The former Toledo standout carried the ball an impressive 24 times for 80 yards on Sunday against the stout Houston defense.
Plaxico Burress, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: It’s a long shot, but Plax could provide some decent depth over the final month of the season once he officially signs with the Steelers. Pittsburgh is battling a multitude of injuries at the position (Antonio Brown, Jerricho Cotchery), so Burress could find himself on the field in a hurry. We like his upside in the red zone, but don’t expect a whole lot with Charlie Batch at quarterback.
Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Another long shot, but Henne did manage to throw for 354 yards and four touchdowns Sunday at Houston. Consider the former Miami Dolphin a QB2 for owners in leagues with more than 12 teams.
Carolina Panthers, D/ST: They have a Week 12 date with a Philadelphia offense that is surrendering more fantasy points to opposing D/STs than any other team in the league this season (14.4 pts/gm). You can go ahead and throw in the towel on Philly. These guys have absolutely quit on the season.
Arizona Cardinals, D/ST: Arizona plays host to a St. Louis Rams team this week that currently ranks 24th in the league in total offense (327.1 yds/gm) and 28th in scoring (17.4 pts/gm). Take note that the Cardinals are looking for revenge after falling 17-3 at St. Louis back on October 4th.
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