Offensive Deep League Gems: Week 12
The late part of the season is when things start getting legitimately weird in the NFL, and that weirdness is something fantasy football GMs in deeper leagues can especially exploit. Players that started the year as afterthoughts, buried in the nether regions of their teams’ depth charts, now are shining beacons of hope for those fantasy GMs who have found themselves in a bit of a bind or in a slump of disappointing performances.
Here are my top three waiver wire pickups for Week 12 for those GMs out there who are trying to find a winning edge in their 14-, 16-, 18-team or deeper leagues.
Jalen Parmele, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Yahoo! 4% Owned; ESPN .1% Owned)
It’s looking ever increasingly like Jalen Parmele and not Rashad Jennings will be receiving the bulk of the carries for the Jacksonville Jaguars while Maurice Jones-Drew remains sidelined with injury, and their switch in quarterbacks from Blaine Gabbert to Chad Henne may just mean the kind of uptick in the passing game that makes their running situation far more fantasy-friendly. As such, Parmele is an excellent waiver pickup for those GMs who need something better at running back as the push for the playoffs begins in earnest.
Parmele’s snaps have seen a dramatic increase over the past few weeks—he played just seven of 77 of them in Week 8 against the Green Bay Packers, saw that number jump to the upper-20s in Weeks 9 and 10, and finally, in the Week 11 overtime stand against the Houston Texans, he played 62 of 68 total offensive snaps. That clearly indicates Parmele is the Jaguars’ starting running back from here on out, and with him being so lightly owned, it’s a great time for even those in deeper leagues to snag the steal that he is.
Parmele has seen carries in just four games this year—Weeks 1, 8, 9 and 11, with his most recent outing his most productive. Of his 32 total rushes, 24 came in Week 11, as did 80 of his 98 total yards and 40 of his 54 yards after contact. That final number is impressive, and what likely caused the Jaguars to turn away from Jennings and towards Parmele. He’s not getting a glut of receiving targets—just eight on the year and three last week—and he’s put up only 53 yards on those receptions, so if you need a PPR stud, Parmele may not be your guy. But he more than makes up for it on the ground. It’s hard to find a legitimate starting running back on the waiver wire this late in the year, so don’t let Parmele pass you by if you’re in need.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (Yahoo! 1% Owned; ESPN .9% Owned)