Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
Week 12 Byes: None.
There are no teams on a “Bye Week” in Week 12, so injuries are your major concern this week that may have your options to Start and Sit limited. Some players in question this weekend are OAK WR Michael Crabtree, NE TE Rob Gronkowski, NO RB Mark Ingram and SD WR Travis Benjamin). Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.
Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 12 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions that may still be available in your fantasy football league.
Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football
QB Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football
PHIL QB C Wentz ( vs GB )- Packers defense is BAD.
BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor ( vs JACK )- QB Taylor doesn’t put up a ton of points, but this is a great match up.
MIA QB Ryan Tannehill ( vs SF )- I rarely recommend Tannehill, but another good match up. The 49ers are the #26 defense in the NFL.
Deep League Consideration: CLEV QB Josh McCown ( vs NYG )- McCown will start Sunday’s game against the Giants. ( Cody Kessler has his second concussion in a month ). At least McCown is playing at home this week.
RB Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football
PHIL RB Wendell Smallwood ( vs GB)- With RB Ryan Mathews likely out, Smallwood is expected to “play a lot” against the Packers on Monday night. Still only owned in 67% of Yahoo leagues.
BUFF RB Mike Gillislee ( vs JACK )- RB McCoy is expected to play with a surgically repaired thumb, but Gillislee should see plenty of action in Week 12.
NO RB Tim Hightower ( vs LAR )- Although RB Mark Ingram is suppose to suit up, Tim Hightower rushed 12 times for 69 yards in Week 11, adding eight receptions for 57 additional yards.
DEN RB Kapri Bibbs ( vs KC )- Bibbs has been given some opportunities in recent weeks, rushing 7 times for 22 yards in the Broncos’ Week 10 win over the Saints.
WR Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football
JACK WR Marqise Lee (at BUFF )- 25 touches over the past 3 games and a TD catch in Week 11.
NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( vs CLEV )- Getting more involved in the Giant’s offense every week and a great match up. TD receptions 3 weeks in a row.
CHI WR Cameron Meredith ( vs TENN )- This is going to be a rough outing for the Bears, who have to start QB Matt Barkley. Meredith is a candidate for a trash TD late in the game when Chicago is trailing badly. Meredith caught 4/4 targets for 49 yards in Week 11, where Meredith was the nominal No. 1 receiver. Only owned in 55% of Yahoo leagues.
NO WR Willie Snead ( vs LAR )- QB Brees will have to get everyone involved to win this home game vs a good Ram’s defense.
TE Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football
CLEV TE Gary Barnidge ( vs NYG)- QB Josh McCown knows to get TE Barnidge involved in the offense. A touchdown reception in Week 11.
SF TE Vance McDonald ( at MIA )- One of the few decent weapons on the SF offense. Miami is #15 vs opposing tight ends.
HOU TE C.J. Fiedorowicz ( vs SD)- 6 receptions ( most for the team) in Week 11 for 82 yards. Fiedorowicz (shoulder) will play in Week 12 against the Chargers. QB B Osweiler finding it necessary to find his TEs when pressured.
Week 12 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers
NYG ( vs CLEV)- Any team vs the Browns.
MIA ( vs SF )- The Dolphins should be able to control this game.
BUFF ( vs JACK)- Great match up for the Bills.