With both the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles on the verge of dead status this season, Week 12's Monday Night Football showdown will be more of a fantasy show than a playoff preview.
The two teams come into Monday night's game with a combined record of 5-15, and have little else to offer NFL fans outside of a few notable fantasy performers. With Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy both sidelined while recovering from concussions, it'll be up to some relatively unknown players to help lift some fantasy teams this week.
Let's take a look a trio of fantasy stars set to break out on MNF.
Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles, RB
With LeSean McCoy out for Monday's matchup, Eagles backup running back Bryce Brown is set to shine at home for Philly.
Brown carried the ball five times for 35 yards in Week 11 against the Washington Redskins, and should be able to triple that production with more carries against the NFL's 19th-ranked rush defense in the Panthers.
A seventh-round draft pick out of Kansas State last April, Brown has plenty of potential that has yet to be fulfilled. With McCoy sidelined for four quarters in Week 12, Andy Reid will have to ride with Brown from start to finish, ensuring that the rookie get enough touches to shine.
Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers, WR
With No. 1 wide receiver Steve Smith getting most of the attention from the Philadelphia Eagles' secondary on Monday night, look for wideout Brandon LaFell to shine as Cam Newton's go-to-guy when Smith is blanketed.
Although the Eagles rank 12th against the pass this season, the have been exposed countless times in recent weeks through the air.
The good news for LaFell owners: The third-year player is coming off a big-time performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11, in which he caught five balls for 93 yards and a touchdown.
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles, WR
With Philly's top offensive weapons out recovering from injuries on Monday night, look for explosive wide receiver DeSean Jackson to be the team's primary playmaker against the Carolina Panthers.
Carolina's defense has been mediocre at best this season, surrendering more than 232 yards through the air and more than 118 yards on the ground per week on average. Finding the end zone could be somewhat for tricky for Jackson, however, as the Panthers have only given up 13 passing touchdowns in 10 games this year.
But, despite the Eagles' immense struggles and Jackson's underwhelming numbers this season (44 receptions for 691 yards and two touchdowns), it is encouraging to know that the former Cal Golden Bear has been targeted at least seven times in every game in 2012.
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