2013 Week 12 Fantasy Football Pickups

RB Bobby Rainey (Tampa Bay)

Percent owned (ESPN): 2.3%

It looked like fullback type Brian Leonard would be the new starter in Tampa Bay with Doug Martin and Mike James hurt, as Leonard had 20 carries the week before against Miami. However, the Buccaneers decided to unleash Bobby Rainey instead and he rushed for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns on 30 carries, with another touchdown through the air on 2 catches for 4 yards. It’s very possible this is his best game of the season because he won’t be able to face Atlanta’s putrid defense weekly, but he’s obviously worth owning universally. He’ll be the clear starter going forward.

RB Donald Brown (Indianapolis)

Percent owned (ESPN): 7.8%

Chuck Pagano says that the Colts are going to go with the hot hand at running back going forward and right now that’s obviously Donald Brown. He carried the ball 14 times against Tennessee, more than twice as many times as Trent Richardson did, and took them for 80 yards, while Trent Richardson is rushing for 2.8 yards per carry since joining the Colts via trade. He could easily be the lead back going forward. He’s worth a bench stash

WR Aaron Dobson (New England)

Percent owned (ESPN): 13.9%

Aaron Dobson didn’t have the best game against Carolina, but he’ll face easier matchups going forward and he still has been very good statistically over the past 5 games. Over those past 5 games, he’s caught 23 passes for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns. He’s worth owning as a bench stash and could be worth a start in a few games going forward.

TE John Carlson (Minnesota)

Percent owned (ESPN): 1.4%

In 2 games since Kyle Rudolph got hurt, John Carlson, the new starting tight end, has caught 12 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. Rudolph is out for the remainder of the season, leaving Carlson as the starter and Christian Ponder seems to enjoy throwing to him. If you need tight end help, consider picking up Carlson.

RB Chris Ogbonnaya (Cleveland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 7.7%

It appears the Browns have grown tired Willis McGahee sucking, as the ancient running back is rushing for 2.6 yards per carry. Chris Ogbonnaya led the Browns in rushing against the Bengals, rushing for 69 yards on 8 carries and could be the lead back going forward. He also is a pass catcher, catching 34 passes for 237 yards and 2 touchdowns on the season, including 6 catches for 30 yards last week. He’s worth a stash in deep leagues.

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