Fantasy Football Week 12: Sleeper Candidates Poised to Have a Big Week

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before a game against the St. Louis Rams on November 11, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The teams tied 24-24 in overtime.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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In order to make your final push for the playoffs, you might need to make a few key adjustments to your fantasy football lineup.

Whether you need to plug in players as injury replacements or just need to fix a weaker position, it is important to look at the matchups for someone who might have a big week out of nowhere. 

Shane Vereen already posted a surprising 19-point performance on Thanksgiving. Who else will have a breakout game in Week 12?

RB Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos

When Willis McGahee went down last week, Ronnie Hillman was the player that the Broncos trusted to finish the game. The rookie ended with 12 carries for 43 yards.

While his numbers have not been great this year, he has loads of talent and will now get an opportunity to shine as the starting running back.

This week, he will face the Kansas City Chiefs, who have allowed the sixth-most points to running backs this season. 

There is some risk due to the unknown usage of the backfield, but all signs point to Hillman getting the most touches and, in turn, the best chance for a big week.

QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

Against the worst defense in the NFL, anyone should be able to succeed. This is especially true for a quarterback that just torched the Chicago Bears. 

Kaepernick earned praise from his teammates and, eventually, the starting job over Alex Smith—at least for this week, according to Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz of USA Today

Now that he has the opportunity to shine, the second-year player will do everything he can to keep this spot.

New Orleans is dead last in the NFL in yards allowed, and the team is not proficient in stopping either the run or the pass. With a great arm, along with solid speed and agility, Kaepernick should be able to exploit this defense for a big fantasy day.

WR Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers

After scoring 40 fantasy points in the last two weeks, it is about time for people to take notice of this talented receiver.

Alexander has great size and speed, which allows him to be an elite talent and possibly replace Vincent Jackson in San Diego. More importantly, he's quickly becoming a favorite target of quarterback Philip Rivers, with 11 targets last week, and he should continue to put up big numbers for the remainder of the season.

Amazingly, he is still only owned in less than one quarter of all ESPN leagues

If he is still available, pick him and start him this week without hesitation. 

Carolina Panthers D/ST

The Panthers defense had one of its best fantasy games of the year last week with three turnovers and a touchdown.

This week, the unit gets to face the Philadelphia Eagles. This opponent started the year poor and seems to only have gotten worse.

Over the last three games, Philadelphia has allowed opposing defenses to score an average of 21 points per game. It does not seem to matter whether Nick Foles or Michael Vick is at quarterback, this team will turn the ball over and allow sacks. 

Fortunately, the Panthers face the Chiefs next week, so it could be a big couple of games for this team.

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