We've hit the 12th week of the 2012 fantasy football campaign, which means that for some unfortunate fantasy owners there's precious little margin for error, as one false move can lead to the loss that ends any chance those teams have of making the playoffs.
For those teams, sometimes there's nothing to be lost by going for broke and rolling out a sleeper option, and for those fantasy owners for who desperate times call for desperate measures, here's a look at a trio of just such players in Week 12.
Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. TEN)
With Blaine Gabbert mercifully on injured reserve, there's been a change under center in Jacksonville, as Chad Henne took over for Gabbert in last week's overtime loss to the Houston Texans.
Henne played remarkably well, throwing for 354 yards and four touchdowns, and as the fifth-year pro told Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union, he's eager to use this opportunity to land another starting gig in the NFL.
“I definitely can’t ask for a better opportunity. I’ve enjoyed my time here. I really like these guys. I want to show them I can be that guy," he said.
The odds would seem to be in Henne's favor so far as this week is concerned at least, as Henne squares off against a porous Tennessee Titans defense that has given up the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season.
Bryce Brown, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. CAR)
One of the victims of the rash of injuries that befell the running back position in Week 11 was Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, and with McCoy still not cleared for contact according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer it appears that the fourth-year pro will be sidelined Monday night against the Carolina Panthers.
Andy Reid said that LeSean McCoy is still in Phase 1 of his recovery from a concussion.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) November 23, 2012
That means that rookie Bryce Brown, who parlayed a strong preseason into the job as McCoy's understudy, will start and receive the majority of the touches for the reeling Eagles at home on Monday night.
That bodes well for fantasy owners willing to roll the dice on Brown, who will be facing a Panthers defense that has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing ball-carriers in 2012.
Golden Tate, WR, Seattle Seahawks (at MIA)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate hasn't exactly seen a ton of targets over the team's recent two-game winning streak, but when the football has come his way, the third-year pro has made the most of it.
Over the past two weeks the 24-year-old Tate has hauled in six passes for 79 yards and three touchdowns, and according to offensive coordinator Darell Bevell, it's just a matter of getting the ball into Tate's hands, according to Danny O' Neill of The Sporting News.
"That's what we've said all along," said Darrell Bevell, Tate's offensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks. "If you can get it to him and get it in his hands, that's when he's really dynamic."
Tate should have a good chance to make something happen with the ball in his hands this week when the Seahawks travel to face the Miami Dolphins, who have been a top 10 fantasy matchups for wideouts this year.