Week 12 brought many fantasy owners a lot to be thankful for, and some, not so much.  In deeper leagues, teams are gearing up for a playoff run, smaller leagues, fighting for a playoff spot.  There were a handful of notable injuries (or players with them) - including DeSean Jackson, Miles Austin, Jonathan Stewart, and to a lesser extent Jalen Parmele, Kendall Hunter, and Andre Brown.  Owners are also worrying about the health of Matt Forte, Danny Amendola, and Matt Schaub's manhood.  And many of us are already reeling from the losses and demotions of Maurice Jones-Drew, Percy Harvin, Willis McGahee, Michael Turner, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, LeSean McCoy, DeMarco Murray, Run-DMC, Alex Smith, and Rashard Mendenhall.  2012 seems to be the year that we can liken fantasy football to the Bad-News Bears; many teams are hardly starting the roster they drafted, managers are cashing in on a rag-tag group of fantasy gold that they have picked up and traded for through the season.  Let's continue onto a few players that we think could have some sort of fantasy relevance heading into the last leg of the race in our FFL's.

1 - Bryce Brown RB PHI - We mentioned Brown a week ago as a guy who could possibly make a difference in your league.  Some spry owners started Brown the minute they heard of a Shady McCoy concussion were rewarded mightily in leagues this week.  The 41% owned back went off for 189 total yards and two scores last week vs. Carolina.  Grab him if at all possible, and plug him in confidently if you are an owner looking for some RB2 or FLEX help this week.

2 - Rashad Jennings RB JAX - Jacksonville's revamped offense is suddenly putting up some relevant fantasy stats for desperate owners.  The former fantasy wasteland is now providing a copious amount of points with players like Justin Blackmon, Jalen Parmele, Cecil Shorts III, and now Jennings coming through with newly anointed starter Chad Henne taking over the reigns of the JAX offense.  With MJD and now backup Parmele both out week 13, Jennings stands next in line for the start.  Buffalo is ranked as the 31st rush D in the league according to www.footballoutsiders.com.  Grab Jennings and start him if you are still awaiting the return of DMC, MJD, or DeMarco Murray to your starting lineup.

3 - David Wilson RB NYG - Wilson has always been known as a play maker, but his pass-protection skills are lacking, and coach Coughlin doesn't like to use rookie RB's in general.   With 3rd down and goal-line back Andre Brown and his 470 total yards and 8 touchdowns hitting the IR Wilson should slide right into the role as the Giants look to keep Bradshaw fresh.  Use your waiver claim to snag Wilson if possible and hope for a Bradshaw injury.

4 - Jonathan Dwyer RB PIT - Rashard Mendenhall picking up just 39 yards on his last 15 carries, coach Tomlin has said openly that he is going to use Jonathan Dwyer as the lead back moving forward.  We like Dwyer as a solid RB3 moving forward, so if you have the space, pick up the 38% owned Y! back in all league formats, just be weary of Redman and Mendenhall lurking over his shoulder.  Dwyer is averaging 4.4 yards per carry this season. 

5 - Mohammed Sanu WR CIN - We talked about Sanu way back in September as a super-sleeper heading into the season.  A third round pick out of Rutgers, Sanu had 19 touchdown catches in just three seasons, and also had four touchdown passes out of the wildcat offense at school.  Sanu is a 6'2" 220lb receiver with speed and hands for days, and is regarded as a fantastic natural athelete.  He should pair up as the perfect compliment to AJ Green the rest of the way, very similar to the role Ryan Broyles has slid into in Detroit.  Sanu has 11 catches and 4 touchdowns in his last three games - and the 4% owned receiver should be readily available in your league should you need the help.

6 - Marcades Lewis TE JAX - Yet another Jaguar probably widely available and potentially useful in fantasy leagues listed on PFS.  If you are a frustrated , Finley, Gronk or Hernandez owener, or have been limping through with a now concussed Kyle Rudolph then look no further than Lewis.  With the Jags offense clicking under Chad Henne, and a scheme that now involves the TE, Lewis has been the beneficiary of some useful fantasy points.  Marcades has caught 14 of his 20 targets in his last 4 games, and had provided at least 6 points per game in PPR leagues in that span.  He even caught two huge touchdowns in Jacksonville's inspired football game vs. Houston two weeks ago. 

7 - Brandon LaFell WR CAR - For those in deeper leagues, LaFell just might be available, as he's owned in just 21% of Y! leagues.  In his last 5 games played, LaFell has had 34 targets. with 19 catches and 3 touchdowns.  Though he's only gone over 80 yards twice, Brandon should be useful as a WR3 in deeper PPR leagues, especially if he can stop dropping passes.  The Panthers face three questionable pass defenses in KC, ATL, San Diego, and Oakland down the stretch.  None of those teams rank inside the top 12 in the NFL at covering the pass.

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