Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sleepers of the Week column, which takes a look at lesser-known players that could deserve a start due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. Let’s take a look at some sneaky plays for Week 12. If you have any fantasy football roster questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Ronnie Hillman DEN VS. KC

Similar to how I had Reece as my #1 sleeper last week, we have another glorified waiver pick-up of the week. As a result of McGahee’s knee injury, it could be Hillman’s RB position to lose for much of the remainder of this season. I loved this guy out of San Diego State from training camp. He’s suffered some set-backs but the one week I expected a nice performance he gave it against the Saints. He’s great at pass catching and in tune with pass blocking. He’ll have his chance to bang it in from goal line distances against a Chiefs team that’s just struggling in all facets of the game right now. It’s Hillman who’ll be the waiver wire gem down the playoff stretch so expect big gains this week as a sleeper pick.

Jalen Parmele JAC VS. TEN

I feel somewhat awkward endorsing any running back for the Jaguars aside from MJD. Aside from the Jaguar’s big day last week there hasn’t been much fantasy upside from them this season at all. Insert this Parmele fellow, whose name sounds like it belongs on a cracker with goat cheese rather than in a football game. The Titans defense isn’t the best and I expect that the Jaguars will defy the law of averages and have a decent performance this week to follow up the team’s breakout in Houston. It’s not like Jacksonville will have many fans in the stands to watch, but it should be home-cooking for a team that has considerable offense troubles throughout the year. I don’t know any other guys named Jalen, so perhaps he puts up a Fab 5 game like Jalen Rose did for the Michigan Wolverines. We’ll see if he can juke his way around the NFL Sunday.


Colin Kaepernick SF VS. NO

Oh Colin where art thou? Where have you been for all the 49er faithful? This once conservative offense appears ready to bust loose on the heels of his dominant performance against one of the league’s premier defenses in Chicago. This week it’s against a much maligned Saints D, but we still can’t appoint him to the throne after one week now. Alex Smith has been the starter and did lead this team to the NFC Championship game and 13-3 record last year. So let’s avoid putting this Nevada Wolfpack standout at the top of the food chain until it’s evident he’s clearly the unquestionable leader of this 49er offense. I do like his play-making and scrambling abilities. He’s got a matchup that should easily net him 15 to 20 points. If he plays like he did on Monday night I’ll say 25 points are his at least.

Russell Wilson SEA VS. MIA

Russell Wilson has been a well-poised leader for the Seahawks this season. He’s increasing his point tallies the last three straight games with above 15 point performances. I don’t love the fact that he’s been limited on the throws, but he always gets a nice long bomb in there to capture the crowd. He’s been much better in home games at CenturyLink but on the road in South Beach this weekend I like his opportunity to right the ship on his road performances. The Miami defense was beaten badly by the Titans in Week 10. I think Russell Wilson can take away quite a few things from that dissection and use it to the Seahawks’ advantage. Russell has kept the expensive acquisition from the offseason, Matt Flynn, watching from the bench. This has been a testament to what he’s meant to this team and more good things are in store for him too.

Wide Receivers

Michael Crabtree SF VS. NO

Crabtree has been crab apples at various points throughout the season. However, Monday it appeared that him and Vernon Davis were on the same page with Colin as he guided the offense to a dominant victory. Crabtree has game-breaking speed that the NO defenders will be chasing all over the field. I like Crabtree to get a nice chunk of yardage early and often. As the game moves towards a run and gun type game this is where Crabtree will do his most damage. Expect back-to-back weeks with TDs from him.

Santana Moss WAS VS. DAL

All it took last week was Mosses one big TD reception from RGIII to burn the Eagles secondary and put up big enough fantasy points for fantasy enjoyment. It’s rivalry week, the turkey and gravy will be pouring down your goblet just the way this game should have an eruption of points. I’m expecting some fireworks in Big D with the last coming from the Skins. RGIII relies on Santana for big-game catches and this game is critical to both team’s playoff chances. When the stakes are high the Moss is long and hairy and so expect him to come through and the points to be plentiful.

Tight Ends

Marcedes Lewis JAC VS. TEN

Marcedes has sleeper potential with Henne at the helm in week 12. Not known for his offensive outbursts, he’s got all sorts of fantasy upside against a Titans team that is not particularly staunch against the pass. The Jags have enough options to ride the Marcedes to the victory lane on Sunday. Look for the leftovers to be delicious and the turkey abundance large for the Jags to ride the high from last week to another solid outing.

Dallas Clark TB VS. ATL

Dallas Clark doesn’t have Peyton Manning dropping dimes to him in Tampa, but Freeman has been just as remarkable as of late. Week 12 matchup will be crucial to Tampa getting back in the playoff race as Atlanta builds their playoff resume. Clark has the makings of fantasy feast for fantasy owners so expect big things for him on Sunday. Ride the Freeman wave to fantasy glory and Dallas to have a starring role at tight end.


Cincinnati Bengals CIN VS. OAK

The Bengals proved last week they can take advantage of matchups by beating down the Chiefs. It looks like Oakland can fill that void of a terrible offense for the second week in a row. I’m riding a high with playing defensive matchups, so let it ride with the Bengals for another week while you rub your belly after a grand Thanksgiving feast.