Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings: Sleeper Plays That Will Pay Off Big Time

Chris TrapassoAnalyst INovember 25, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 11: Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey #85 of the Oakland Raiders outruns defensive back James Ihedigbo #32 of the Baltimore Ravens after catching a pass for a first half touchdown at M&T Bank Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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With the amount of fantasy football advice available just a Google search away, discovering sleepers has become rather easy these days, hasn't it?

But with that abundance of information can come confusion. 

Which sleepers will actually produce? 

For Week 12's action, these three will pay off big time. 


Ronnie Hillman

When news surfaced that Willis McGahee would be placed on IR with a knee injury, Hillman became the go-to guy on the ground for the Denver Broncos.

So, while I'm not expecting to be the first person to tell you to get Hillman in your lineup, I'm here to explain why he's a great fantasy play today against the Kansas City Chiefs.

With Peyton Manning under center amidst quite the Peyton Manning-esque streak of 19 touchdown passes and four interceptions in the last seven games, the Broncos are clearly a pass-first offense—and they should be. 

But they are 16th in rushing attempts on the year, and Hillman possesses an innate burst and shifty footwork that make running the football a tad more enticing than it was before. 

The Chiefs allow a shade more than 129 yards rushing per game and 4.5 yards per carry, and when Denver gets out to a big lead, Hillman should get the ball frequently. 


Darrius Heyward-Bey

From a fantasy perspective, Denarius Moore is the most attractive Oakland Raiders wideout. However, we mustn't forget that Carson Palmer is averaging 304 yards passing per game, and he spreads it around. 

Though Heyward-Bey has only 28 receptions on the year, he's accumulated 14 catches and 225 yards with a score on 19 targets over the last three games.

The Cincinnati Bengals are the superior team, but with Palmer's passing prowess, the Raiders could stay in the game. Even if they fall behind, Palmer will be slinging it.

Only Matthew Stafford has attempted more passes per game than Oakland's quarterback. 

Heyward-Bey, a sleeper fantasy option in Week 12.


Jalen Parmele

Without Maurice Jones-Drew still sidelined with injury, it's Jalen Parmele who has taken feature-back duties for the Jacksonville Jaguars, not Rashad Jennings. 

Last week, in that absolutely bonkers Week 11 shootout with the Houston Texans, Parmele played 61 of the team's 66 offensive snaps while Jennings played only seven, according to Rotoworld.com.

The third-year professional from Toledo toted the rock 24 times for 80 yards and caught three passes. 

Though his yardage total wasn't fantastic, his 27 touches were. 

The Tennessee Titans allow the 27th-most rushing yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry.