Week 12 Sleepers NFL Fantasy Football

Week 12 Sleepers 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Fantasy football owners have no more bye weeks to contend with for the rest of the season, but unfortunately many of them have injuries to key players that hurt them in Week 11. Hopefully the Week 12 Sleepers NFL Fantasy Football options will help owners recover from roster hits if you had from players such as SE RB M Lynch, BALT RB J Forsett or BALT QB J Flacco to name a few. –  Good Luck this week and…..a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

Quarterback Sleepers Week 12

 

TENN Markus Mariota ( vs OAK )-

The Titans face the Oakland Raiders who are the 3rd worst NFL team defending the pass. Also, QB Mariota expects to get WR Kendall Wright back

WASH Kirk Cousins (vs NYG )–

Capt. Kirk faces the NY Giants, who give up more passing yards than any other NFL team. WR DeSean Jackson is back and connected with Cousins immediately for 87 yards and 1 TD Week 11

TB Jameis Winston (at IND)–

In Week 11, rookie QB Jameis Winston threw for 5 TDs against an exposed Philly defense, so he has to be over-flowing with confidence going into week 12. The Colts are 4th worst vs the pass, so Winston should have another big week

 

Running Back Sleepers Week 12

 

PHIL Darren Sproles (at DET)-

A “Sleeper Recommendation Week 11-LINK- and produced with 59 total yards and 1 TD.  RB Ryan Matthews (concussion) will likely sit out Week 12, so Sproles role should increase significantly again

IND Ahmad Bradshaw (vs TB)-

An Utter-Fantasy NFL Waiver Wire Week 12 recommendation- LINK– new QB M Hasselbeck is very comfortable playing with both IND running backs Gore and Bradshaw. In Week 11, Ahmad Bradshaw rushed 9/32 yards and 4 receptions for 20 yards and two TDs

NE James White (at DEN)-

We know that the Broncos can cover wide outs and having the 7th best defense vs the run will give RB L Blount headaches, so sneaky swing out passes to White seems logically especially since it worked so well Week 11 vs Buffalo- (2 TDs)

CHI Jeremy Langford (at GB)-

Most fantasy football prognosticators have RB Matt Forte coming back strong and getting his normal 20+ touches in the Bears attempt to beat the Packers. I can’t see that happening. RB Langford is playing great, so why not ease Forte back in? The Seattle back field Week 11, when RB M Lynch was deactivated minutes before kickoff, should have taught us not to automatically expect anything

ATL Tevin Coleman ( vs MINN)-

There is a real possibility that RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) isn’t cleared to play Week 12. He didn’t practice Wednesday

KC Spencer Ware ( vs BUFF)-

Charcandrick West (hamstring) did not practicing Wednesday. Coach Andy Reid said there’s a chance West will play Sunday against the Bills, but he also has full confidence in Spencer Ware

 

Wide Receiver Sleepers Week 12

 

 

TB Vincent Jackson (at IND)

In Jackson’s 1st game back since Week 7, he looked very strong and rested and finished Week 11 with 56 yards and 1 TD. The Rookie QB has to be filled with confidence after throwing 5 TDs in week 11

 

CHI Marquess Wilson (vs GB)–

WR Eddie Royal has already been rules OUT for Week 12, and TE Martellus Bennett (ribs) has been ruled OUT as well. Wilson is a lock for 8-10 targets from QB Jay Cutler

 

HOU Nate Washington (vs NO)-

Washington has a nice matchup this week against a hapless Saints secondary, but must battle WR Cecil Shorts (back from injury) for targets

 

Tight End Sleepers Week 12

 

IND C Fleener ( at ATL)-

A “Sleeper Recommendation Week 11-LINK- and I’m doing it again. A new quarterback’s best friend is a tight end that he can look for when he’s pressured- When QB Matt Hasselbeck took over in Week 4, Fleener had 9 receptions for 83 yards and 1 TD. Week 11 Fleener had 5 targets,and it might be more Week 12 at home

NE Scott Chandler (at DEN )-

WR J Edleman is OUT, D Amendola is hurt, A Dobson is hurt. The Pats receiving corps is beat up and what receivers are left, the #1 Denver defense can cover. I like Chandler as a nice safety valve for QB Tom Brady, who will want to get rid of the ball in a hurry after the pounding he got from Buffalo Week 11

 

Defense Sleeper Week 12

MIA (at NYJ)-

The Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been throwing so many interceptions in the past 2 games, that there was talking of benching him

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 NFL

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy football prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 12 NFL Fantasy Football players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start ATL WR Julio Jones at home vs the Vikings ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week and…..a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Quarterbacks Start Em Week 12

DET Matt Stafford (vs PHIL)–  In Week 11, rookie QB Jameis Winston threw for 5 TDs against an exposed Philly defense (that looked more like a NO Saint’s defense)- The Bucs set franchise records with 283 rushing yards and their 521 yards of total offense were second in franchise history. QB Stafford should have very nice day Week 12 for fantasy football owners

HOU Brian Hoyer (vs NO) –Texans coach Bill O’Brien confirmed Monday that Brian Hoyer (concussion) will start in Week 12 against the Saints. New Orleans makes every quarterback look like he belongs in the HOF

SEA Russell Wilson ( vs PITT )- Pittsburgh is 5th best at defending the run, but 5th worst at defending the pass. Recommended Week 11-LINK- Wilson had his best game with 260 passing yards and 3 TDs

 JACK B Bortles (vs SD )– After playing a Thursday Night Game in Week 11, the Jags are well rested with 10 days off and face a bad Charger team

Sleeper Start Em Sit Em Week 12- TENN Markus Mariota- The Titans face the Oakland Raiders who are the 3rd worst NFL team defending the pass. Also, QB Mariota expects to get WR Kendall Wright back

Sleeper Start Em Sit Em Week 12- WASH Kirk Cousins- Capt. Kirk faces the NY Giants, who give up more passing yards than any other NFL team

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- C Palmer at SF…..A Rodgers vs CHI

 

 
Running Backs Start Em Week 12

GB Eddie Lacy ( vs CHI)- Fantasy football owners of Lacy will be very happy to see the GB running back finally hitting Start Em Sit Em lists for Week 12. IIn Week 11, Lacy got back on track with 22 carries for 100 yards. Detroit is not a top NFL team defending the run, and Lacy will try to shine in Thanksgiving Prime Time

HOU Alfred Blue ( vs N.O. )– Blue proved in Week 11 ( 92 total yards and 1 TD) that when given enough opportunities, he can be viable fantasy Start Em Sit Em Week 12 NFL option for fantasy football owners. Blue faces the hideously bad Saints defense Week 12

BALT “Buck” Allen (at CLEV)- Allen shouldn’t even be considered a “sleeper” Week 12 facing THE WORST NFL Team defending the run….the Cleveland Browns. Despite having new QB Matt Schaub as the BALT starter, Allen should do well on the number of touches he gets, which should be on the 20+ side

Sleeper- PHIL Darren Sproles (at DET)- A “Sleeper Recommendation Week 11-LINK- and produced with 59 total yards and 1 TD.  RB Ryan Matthews (concussion) will likely sit out Week 12, so Sproles role should increase significantly again

Sleeper- IND Ahmad Bradshaw (vs TB)- An Utter-Fantasy NFL Waiver Wire Week 12 recommendation- LINK- new QB M Hasselbeck is very comfortable playing with both IND running backs Gore and Bradshaw. In Week 11, Ahmad Bradshaw rushed 9/32 yards and 4 receptions for 20 yards and two TDs

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- Chris Ivory vs MIA…..T Rawls vs PITT…….AP vs ATL

 

Wide Receivers Start Em Week 12

WASH DeSean Jackson ( vs NYG )- Finally healthy and getting plenty of targets from QB Capt. Kirk- Jackson had his best week of the 2015 season in Week 11, with 87 yards and 1 TD. He faces the the Giants who give up more receiving yards to opposing players than any other NFL team

ARI John Brown ( at SF )- Brown had a bit of a health scare in Week 10, and although he started, he had zero receptions. He came back stronger in Week 11 and had 52 total yards and 1 TD. With WR Michael Floyd having a multiple-week injury, Brown should see plenty of targets in a very winnable game

All GB WRs- R Cobb/ J Jones/D Adams (vs CHI)- Anyone of these wide receivers could have a huge day against a Chicago, in a game the Packers desperately want to win to keep on top of the NFC North division

CLEV Travis Benjamin ( vs BALT)– QB McCown will start Week 12 and has a pretty nice match up a Baltimore pass defense that has been the “proverbial sieve” for wide receivers

Sleeper- HOU Nate Washington (vs NO)- Washington has a nice matchup this week against a hapless Saints secondary, but must battle WR Cecil Shorts (back from injury) for targets

Sleeper- TB Vincent Jackson (at IND)– In Jackson’s 1st game back since Week 7, he looked very strong and rested and finished Week 11 with 56 yards and 1 TD

 

Tight Ends Start Em Week 12

PITT Heath Miller (at SEA)- The Seahawks are surprisingly the 4th worst NFL team defending the TE position – heres a nice helpful LINK

WASH Jordan Reed (vs NYG)- Although TE J Reed suffered a sprained MCL late in the Redskins’ Week 11 loss to the Panthers, he played through it and is expected to play Week 12. The Giants are one of the worst NFL team defending the TE position. IF Reed cannot go this week, WASH TE Derek Carrier is a nice fantasy football “Sleeper”

DAL J Witten ( at MIA)- Before QB Tony Romo was injured in Week 2, Witten had 17 targets/ 116 yards and 2 TDs. After QB Tony Romo was injured in Week 2……..329 yards and 0 TDs

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainer- G Olsen (at DAL)

 

Defense Start Em Week 12

CLEV (vs BALT)- BALT QB Joe Flacco (ACL) is OUT for the season so back up QB Matt Schaub takes over under center. Schaub has not thrown a pass in the NFL this season and will likely throw more than one costly INT

DET (vs PHIL)– The Lion’s are on a bit of a roll right now winning 2 games in a row. If QB Mark Sanchez starts as expected, he’s always good for at lat INTS a game

Sleeper MIA (at NYJ) The Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been throwing so many interceptions in the past 2 games, that there was talking of benching him

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- ARI Defense at SF

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- LINK

 

 
Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 12

BUFF Tyrod Taylor (at KC)- Early in the season, everyone was throwing on the Chiefs. Lately however, they are shutting down everyone. Additionally, QB T Taylor is injured but expected to play

OAK Derek Carr ( at TENN)- The Titans are the 3rd best NFL team defending the pass. In Week 11, they held JACK QB B Bortles to 246 yards and only 1 TD and not many teams have done that

CHI Jay Cutler (at GB)– The Packers always seem to have “Cutler’s number.” In Week 1 they held Cutler to 225 passing yards/ 1 TD/ 1 INT. Hopefully you have better options at quarterback in Week 12

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- Sit Case Keenum ( vs CINN)…….SF B Gabbert vs ARI……KC A Smith vs BUFF

 

Running Backs Sit Em Week 12

DEN R Hillman/ CJ Anderson (vs NE)– One of the best kept secrets in the so far this season is that the Pats have moved up to the 2nd best run defense in the NFL. HC Belichick will stop the run again and force new QB B Osweiler to beat the Pats

MIA Lamar Miller (at NYJ)-  First, I think RB Miller is very worn down. He’s carried the ball a lot over the past 3 years, often carrying the Miami offense. Miller hasn’t topped 44 rushing yards since Week 7, he has to share now with RB Jay Ajayi AND….The Jets are 3rd best NFL team defending the run

SD Melvin Gordon (at JACK)– A “preseason favorite” of mine is turning out to be a bust of the “Trent Richardson” variety.A little over 3 yards a carry and ZERO TDs in 2015. The Jaguars are 9th in the NFL vs the run

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainer- Sit Shaun Draughn ( vs ARI).

 
Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 2

 

BUFF Sammy Watkins (at KC)- A “Sit Em” recommendation last week -LINK– and a good one- Watkins had only 39 receiving yards- A Sit Em again this week vs a very much improved KC pass defense. Like the Pats in Week 11, the Chiefs will take Buffalo’s #1 play maker out of this game

CINN A J Green (vs STL)–  You may not like seeing Green here, and you may have to start him, but not only is this a bad match up for him ( STL is 8th best vs the pass) but other teams have shown how to shut down Green, who only has topped 100 receiving yards in a game once since Week 3 and hasn’t had a TD pass since Week 8

OAK Amari Cooper ( at TENN)- Although Cooper will always get lots of targets, good defenses this season ( CINN/ Week 1…..DEN/ Week 5….NY JETS/ Week 8…. MINN/ Week 10 and DET/ Week 11 have shut Cooper down!)   The Titans are 4th best vs the pass

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- All SF 49er receivers

 

Tight Ends Sit Em Week 12

KC T Kelce ( vs BUFF )- Kelce has only one TD reception since Week 1 and Buffalo will make sure that streak continues

SD Ladarius Green ( at JACK )- Green has been a huge disappointment for fantasy football owners, going back to the preseason hype and one decent game in Week 1. QB P Rivers doesn’t even look in his direction anymore

 

Defense Sit Em Week 12

STL Defense ( at CINN)- CINN QB Andy Dalton isn’t making many mistakes.  He only has 5 INTs this entire season. The Bengals run the ball and are playing smart

BUFF Defense ( at KC )– 2 tough defenses equates to low scoring and few opportunities for both sides. KC QB Alex Smith hasn’t thrown an INT since Week 3

PITT Defense ( at SEA )– The Seahawks at home aren’t going to give away anything to the Steelers in a game they must win to keep up with Arizona

NFL Waiver Wire Week 12

NFL Waiver Wire Week 12 2015 By Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Fantasy football owners have no more bye weeks to contend with for the rest of the season, but unfortunately many of them have injuries to key players that hurt them in Week 11. Hopefully the NFL Waiver Wire Week 12 options will help owners recover from roster hits if you had from players such as SE RB M Lynch, BALT RB J Forsett or BALT QB J Flacco to name a few. –  Good Luck this week and…..a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

Quarterbacks Waiver Wire Week 12

HOU Brian Hoyer ( vs NO)- Although back up QB T J Yates had a respectable Week 11 filling in for QB Hoyer (concussion), HC Bill O’Brien confirmed Hoyer will remain the starter when he is healthy. Hoyer should be OK for the Thanksgiving weekend to take on the Saints…..who can make every quarterback in the NFL look good

DEN Brock Osweiler (vs NE)-  In relief of an injured Peyton Manning, Osweiler
completed 20-of-27 passes for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 11. Osweiler was able to lead the Broncos to a win over the Chicago Bears, but faces an extremely tough match up week 12 vs the Pats

BALT QB Matt Schaub ( at CLEV)- In Week 11 QB Joe Flacco suffered a torn ACL and will be lost for the season, which pushes QB Schaub into the starting quarterback role in Baltimore. Schaub is an experienced NFL quarterback, but must play with many other key Raven players out of the line up

CLEV Josh McCown (vs BALT) – Manziel would be my last option for a NFL Waiver Wire Week 12 quarterback anyways, but he is slated for the bench for partying ( as usual) instead of studying- QB McCown will start Week 12 and has a pretty nice match up vs BALT

 

Running Backs Waiver Wire Week 12

SEA Thomas Rawls (vs PITT)- Fantasy football owners were side-swiped Week 11 when RB Lynch was labeled inactive prior to the 4:25 pm ET kickoff between the Seahawks and 49ers. Now reports have him heading to a specialist for a sports hernia- Rawls filled in Week 11 with 255 total yards and 2 scores

BALT Javorius Allen (at CLEV)-  RB Justin Forsett sustained a broken arm in the game Week 11, and is lost for the 2015 season. RB Allen took over at running back and had 27 touches for 112 yards and 1 TD

IND Ahmad Bradshaw ( vs TB)- It’s clear that new QB M Hasselbeck is very comfortable playing with both IND running backs Gore and Bradshaw. In Week 11, Ahmad Bradshaw rushed 9 times for 32 yards and 4 receptions for 20 yards and two TDs in the Colts’ win over the Falcons. He’s also found the endzone 3 times in past 2 weeks

KC Spencer Ware ( vs BUFF)- Charcandrick West (hamstring) did not practicing Wednesday. Coach Andy Reid said there’s a chance West will play Sunday against the Bills, but he also has full confidence in Spencer Ware

ATL Tevin Coleman ( vs MINN)- RB Devonta Freeman sustained a concussion Week 11 and was out of the game early. RB Coleman replaced Freeman with 17 carries for only 48 yards. RB Devonta Freeman will be in “concussion protocol” and his status for Week 12 is unknown- UPDATE: RB D Freeman did not practice Wednesday

PITT Jordan Todman ( Week 11 Bye)- Atlanta RB Devonta Freeman’s concussion injury Week 11 is a reminder to fantasy football owners of the importance of getting the fantasy football handcuff on important running backs to your fantasy roster

Deep League Option- Spencer Ware KC

 

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Week 12

TENN Kendall Wright (vs OAK)-  Wright (knee) has been out since Week 8 but is expected back for Week 12. Prior to his injury, Wright was averaging 7+ targets since Week 3 and had 3 TD receptions on the year- available in 56% of fantasy leagues

SD Stevie Johnson/ Dontrelle Inman (at JACK)- Recommended in Utter-Fantasy’s Waiver Wire Week 10– With K Allen OUT for the season, and Malcolm Floyd ( shoulder) injury Week 9, Johnson and Inman are the wide receiver options now in SD and available in 12% and 76% of leagues right now respectively

BALT Kamar Aiken (at CLEV)- QB Joe Flacco is gone for the season (ACL) so QB Matt Schaub takes over as the starting quarterback. WR Aiken is the clear #1 wide receiver in Baltimore, and if nothing else, should see about 10 targets a week ROS

CAR Ted Ginn Jr- the NFL Waiver Wire Week 12 is buzzing with recommendations to pick up WR Devin Funchess ( I do as well below) but the guy to own is Ted Ginn Jr. 8 targets Week 10- 49 total yards and 1 TD

CHI Marquess Wilson (at GB)- Wilson has been a regular in Utter-fantasy’s Waiver Wire pick up over the past couple weeks, and a Week 11 Sleeper-LINK but is still only owned in 1% of fantasy football leagues. Week 11 6’4″ Wilson had 7 targets from QB Jay Cutler for 102 yards

CAR Devin Funchess (at DAL)- The rookie wide receiver is finally becoming a part of the Panther offense, something most of us expected when he was selected in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft. In Week 11 he saw 8 targets from QB Cam Newton, hauling in 4 of them for 64 yards and 1 TD

Sleeper Wide Receiver- ARI  J J Nelson- 5th Round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft- with WRs Michael Floyd sidelined Week 11, and John Brown less than 100%, Nelson saw an expanded role….catching 4/6 targets for 142 yards and a TD- He’ll be a sleeper IF M Floyd sits

Deep league Waiver Wire Week 12 pick upNE Chris Harper (at DEN)- Injuries to J Edleman( OUT), D Amendola (Questionable), Aaron Dobson ( Questionable), has the Patriots receiving corps scrambling for bodies. WR Keshawn Martin (hamstring)…inactive for Monday night’s Week 11 game against the Bills may also be a consideration ROS

Deep league Waiver Wire Week 12 pick up- TENN Harry Douglas (vs OAK)- The Titan’s are running out of wide receiver options!  WR Kendall Wright is inured ( did not play week 10) and WR Justin Hunter suffered a fractured ankle Week 10 against the Panthers. WR Douglas was targeted 5 times in Week 9, and 5 times in Week 11- WR Kendall Wright return does hurt Douglas’ fantasy value

 

Tight Ends Waiver Wire Week 12

MINN Kyle Rudolph ( at ATL)- a name that probable should already be owned by fantasy football owners, but surprisingly available in 60% of fantasy leagues. A hit of miss player so far this season but perhaps his 106 yards and 1 TD in Week 11 will remind QB Teddy Bridgewater to look for him more often

BALT Crockett Gillmore (at CLEV)- Even though QB Joe Flacco is lost for the season, a back up quarterback’s best friend is almost always the tight ends that he can dumpoff to when in trouble. In Week 11 Gillmore racked up 101 yards