Week 12 Pickups: Last-Minute Fantasy Football Additions That Will Help You Win

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 28:  Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball during the game against the Washington Redskins on October 28, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Uh oh! You forgot to adjust your fantasy lineup early in the week and now you have to make a move on Sunday morning. 

No need to worry, there are plenty of late options to help guide you to victory.

Even if you are the type of person that just likes to tinker with your roster at the last minute, these players are likely to be available (at least 60 percent available in ESPN leagues) and are certain to be productive in Week 12. 


Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Owned in 36.1 percent of leagues)

The Pittsburgh Steelers have serious problems on offense. Quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich are both out, leaving the team in the hands of veteran Charlie Batch.

This means that the team will be forced to utilize the ground game, but there is still uncertainty regarding which player will get the carries.

With each of the three running backs healthy against the Baltimore Ravens last week, Jonathan Dwyer had more carries than both Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman. He was also the most productive with 55 yards on 12 attempts, plus 26 receiving yards.

The Cleveland Browns are ranked No. 20 in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, so there should be plenty of production to go around.

Assuming Dwyer gets a similar share of touches on Sunday, he should be worthy of a fantasy start.


Jalen Parmele, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Owned in 26.8 percent of leagues)

Maurice Jones-Drew is still hurt and Rashad Jennings has been completely ineffective as a starter. This leaves Jalen Parmele as the go-to player in the backfield for the Jaguars.

Last week, the former Toledo player had a solid game with 80 rushing yards on 24 carries. Things will be even easier on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans have allowed more fantasy points to running backs than all but three NFL teams, mainly due to the eight touchdowns in 10 games.

While Parmele does not have a ton of experience, sometimes all you need is the opportunity against a bad opponent.


Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers (Owned in 25.3 percent of leagues)

It is easy to dismiss the first big game as luck. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 80 of Alexander's 134 receiving yards came on one play.

However, last week's performance against the solid defense of Denver Broncos was much more telling. The receiver finished with 96 yards and two touchdowns, while also leading his team with 11 targets. 

He is quickly becoming a favorite target of Philip Rivers and he has the size and speed to be a stud at receiver for the rest of the season and beyond.

With the injury problems that the Baltimore Ravens are dealing with on defense, he should continue his hot streak in Week 12.


Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams (Owned in 1.5 percent of leagues)

According to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, Danny Amendola is doubtful for Sunday with a foot injury.

This will open up an opportunity for someone else on the Rams to succeed.

St. Louis has been trying to get Chris Givens involved in the offense with seven targets in the last game against the New York Jets. The team was unsuccessful getting him the ball on screens and deep passes, but with his speed it will work eventually.

Givens also finished with a respectable 63 yards and a touchdown the last time Amendola was out.

While it is a risky play, the receiver has a lot of upside and could pay off in fantasy.


Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders (Owned in 24.8 percent of leagues)

Only the top tight ends in the NFL get targeted regularly outside of the red zone. This gives some security to fantasy owners instead of expecting a touchdown or nothing.

Brandon Myers has reached that status with 10 targets per game over the past three weeks. 

He is one of the most consistent players at his position with 55.4 yards per game, and he has scored three times in the last three games.

The Cincinnati Bengals have a solid pass defense, but it has allowed some big games to tight ends this year, including touchdowns to five different players.

Myers has the ability to add himself to that list on Sunday.


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