Week 12, unlike most other weeks, has given us a cornucopia of rosterable fantasy faces to choose from as we head into Thanksgiving week.  Most of these guys are readily available.  We hope you had taken action on picking up guys like Danario Alexander (7-96-2), Julian Edelman (5-58-1-RET TD), TY Hilton (6-100-2), and Brandon Myers (6-55-1).  We don't think we've had such success with predicting the guys to add before a big game to date.  Several starters remain out: DeMarco Murray, MJD, Vick, and Roethlisberger.  Several players remain questionable: DMC, Antonio Brown, and Cutler.  There were also a handful of players who went down this week, most notably Rob Gronkowski, LeSean McCoy, and Willis McGahee.  There should be plenty of waiver wire action this week, as bye weeks are over, teams are preparing for the playoff push, trade deadlines are (or soon to be) over, and the aforementioned injuries.  Add to that mix the three early Thursday Thanksgiving games and a couple of shifts in starting players in the NFL i.e., Alex Smith/Kaepernick in SF.  This week we are thankful for Friends and Family, Happiness and Health, good food and football.  Cheers.

1 - Ronnie Hillman RB DEN- With Willis McGahee heading to the IR with a torn MCL, the Broncos will have to turn to the youngest player in the NFL with Hillman.  Don't let Knowshon Moreno or Lance Ball cloud your vision, Hillman will get the lions share of touches this week vs. a pitiful Kansas City team.  The Broncos will most likely have the ball most of the game and will run it down the Chiefs throats.  The former understudy of Snoop Dogg (we're not kidding - he played for Snoop's team as a child) has been likened to former SDSU Aztec Marshall Faulk.  He was even born the day Faulk scored 7 touchdowns in college.  Hillman will, or may have cost a top waiver pick to acquire, but if he's sitting on your wire right now - get him.  We think Hillman could be a top 20 back the rest of the way, and worthy of at least an RB3 or FLEX spot down the stretch.

2 - Jalen Parmele RB JAX - Parmele is more of a spot starter this week, and we think he is certainly worth a FLEX play this week in a game vs. Tennessee that should turn out to be a muddling, back-and-forth type of game.  Should MJD need more time after week 12, which is highly likely in a losing season for the Jags, Parmele will be the guy they will roll with.  They just don't have any confidence in Rashad Jennings, who has a measly 26 yards on 14 touches over his last two games.  Parmele is a former Ravens farmhand out of Toledo who, has averaged 3.6 yards per carry and 8.8 yards per catch in very limited NFL action since 2008. 

3 - Bryce Brown RB PHI - The former Hall Trophy winner (best high school player in the country), and first running back ranked #1 by Rivals.com since Adrian Peterson, should at least split carries with LeSean McCoy this Monday Night.  McCoy went down with a concussion this past week, and Brown took over admirably, netting 35 rushing yards on 5 carries.  Dub-B has 148 total yards on 33 touches this season in a very limited backup role, and we think that will carry over into a full game worth of touches.   Playing against a Carolina team that's ranked 17th in rush defense, Brown could eclipse 100 total yards with a steady diet of touches this week.  Grab Brown if not just for this week should you be looking for depth at your FLEX position moving forward.

4 - Ryan Broyles WR DET - Broyles, a 2nd round rookie out of Oklahoma, has fallen into his starting gig at WR for the Lions.  With Burleson hitting the IR earlier in the season with a broken leg, and Titus Young's pouting and whining on the sideline, Broyles figures to get the starting nod at WR opposite the beast Megatron the rest of the way.  Detroit has struggled this season to get things going, but they always score points and seem to be pretty sound at the RB and offensive line positions.  That should give Broyles enough of an edge to gain WR3 or FLEX consideration over several borderline starters in fantasy leagues.  Broyles has 15 catches for 181 yards with 2 touchdowns in just 5 games played this season, averaging out to just about 3-60-0.5.  Subtract Young from that equation and we think that Broyles could haul in 4-5 catches and 50-60 yards per game the rest of the way as teams look to double Calvin Johnson.  Grab him should you have some extra room on your roster, and we think he has even has some value as a deep league starter.

5 - Justin Blackmon WR JAX - Yes, another Jaguar on our list this week.  With Gabbert officially out for the season and Chad Henne at the helm, this Jags offense is shaping up to have some fairly serviceable names.  At one point (well most points) this season, we'd advise against ANY Jacksonville starters being on your lineup - but along with the aforementioned Parmele, and out-of-nowhere superstar Cecil Shorts, Blackmon is the next player from the Jaguars that you can comfortably add to your roster.  He's not necessarily starting material right now, but Blackmon, this years #5 pick overall is coming off of an absolute monster game vs. Houston with 7 catches for 236 yards and a score.  Blackmon has now put up 2 touchdowns in his last three games, and at least 4 catches in four of his last five games.  If Blackmon slipped through waivers this week, snag him up without hesitation.  You can probably safely start him at your FLEX spot in 3 WR leagues, or in 14+ team leagues.  Blackmon just had his NFL welcoming party.  And there's more where that came from.

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