Week 12 Sleepers

Conlin Postma @ConlinFF

In Week 11 there were a handful of dominant performances. Players such as Lamar Jackson, Dak Prescott, Josh Allen, John Brown, and D.J. Chark led the pack. They were all able to have successful games due to their opponents. The Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, and Indianapolis Colts poor defenses allowed all those players to finish top five. That is going to be a common theme in this Week 12 Sleepers article. Some of the players that you’ll be seeing are facing off against those struggling defenses.

The Week 11 Sleepers were probably my best ones to date, there were multiple top 15 finishes. See below for proof of the previous week’s success.

This is the last week of teams going on their byes. These four teams: Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, and Minnesota Vikings are all out for Week 12.

It is being to be crunch time as some leagues have just one or two more weeks until the fantasy playoffs begin. These Week 12 Sleepers are likely to give you the upper hand in some must-win match-ups.


Sam Darnold, vs Oakland Raiders

Recent breakout games from the Jets franchise signal-caller is the reason he is a Week 12 Sleeper. Not to mention he has a favorable matchup. Over his last four games, Darnold has averaged 250.3 yards and two passing TD’s. Those stats aren’t very flattering, but due to injury and poor play from other QB’s, he is more valuable than usual. On the season, Oakland has surrendered 262.2 passing yards and 2.4 TD’s per game to opposing QB’s. Darnold is a sneaky play this week.

Baker Mayfield, vs Miami Dolphins

After some inconsistent and poor play, the former Oklahoma Sooner has turned it around lately. In the last three weeks, Baker has been the QB9, QB13, and QB14. His matchup against one of the bottom defenses makes Baker a real sleeper with a shot to finish inside the top 10 again. Miami has allowed 246 passing yards and 2.3 TDs to QB’s. One of the reasons for his recent success has been the return of Kareem Hunt. Baker has targeted Hunt 17 times and that is tied for second with Jarvis Landry, trailing just Odell Beckham‘s 22 targets. Against an injury-plagued defense, Mayfield has a QB15 floor with a QB5 ceiling.

Running Backs

Jonathan Williams, @ Houston Texans

Johnathan Williams has the ultimate opportunity in Week 12. His rise to the top of the depth chart is due to Marlon Mack fracturing his hand. The journeyman back played a big role in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. He finished with 147 total yards with 13 carries and a single reception. Heading into Week 12, Williams is slated to be the lead back and due to that, his touches will increase significantly. This fourth year RB is a top 20 option due to his volume and possible 20-plus touches. Be warned, get your Waiver Wire bids in now because he will be a popular option this week.

Derrius Guice, vs Detroit Lions

Guice made his presence felt as he returned to action for the first time since Week One. In Week 11, the LSU alumni were the 16th best RB and against Detroit he has a chance to repeat that success. Derrius Guice had just three fewer touches than teammate Adrian Peterson. It should be noted that these two backs will continue to split carries to preserve their health. In the previous game they played together, Guice (13) and Peterson (12) were splitting touches then as well. One game to have this sophomore RB in your lineups is against Detroit. On the season, the Lions have surrendered three 100-yard rushing games, six different backs to run for over 60 yards, and 10 rushing TD’s. Similar to Colts’ RB, Jonathan Williams, get your Waiver Wire claims in soon because he’ll be a hot commodity.

Wide Receivers

Taylor Gabriel, vs New York Giants

In a struggling Chicago offense, Gabriel has been a slight ray of hope. In the last four weeks, he has caught 18 of 29 targets for 218 yards but scored only one TD. In that four-game stretch, he leads all Bears players with the most receptions, targets, and receiving yards. On Sunday against the atrocious New York defense, Gabriel is a reliable WR3 option. There have been 12 different players who had over 80 receiving yards while playing the Giants. He is a strong Week 12 Sleeper, who can finish inside the top 20 best receivers if he can find the endzone.

Chris Conley, @ Tennessee Titans

The former Kansas City Chiefs WR benefited from Nick Foles return and in Week 12, Conley could be another top 25 option. Since Week Seven, Conley’s lowest target count is seven and that volume has allowed him to exceed in that time frame. Securing 15 catches on 30 for a total of 276 yards gives him an average of 3.8 catches, 7.5 targets, and 69 yards in that time frame. His production can’t be denied. On Sunday, he has a phenomenal matchup. There have been 13 wideouts who have surpassed 70 receiving yards and five of them went over 100 yards. Conley is a safe WR3, but his upside is enormous with top 15 potential.

Tight Ends

Jacob Hollister, @ Philadelphia Eagles

When Seattle TE, Will Dissly, went down there was a lot of unknown of who was going to fill that role. Luckily former New England TE, Jacob Hollister, has stepped up and exceeded expectations. Since Week Eight, he has been the second-best player at his position, trailing just Travis Kelce. He has been TE4, TE3, and TE28, in his last three games (Week 11 bye). Behind just Tyler Lockett and D.K Metcalf, Jacob Hollister is the third passing option to Russell Wilson. It is a small sample size, but Hollister has proven that he is a reliable top-five TE.

Ryan Griffin, vs Oakland Raiders

At the beginning of the season, many people were hyping up Jets TE, Chris Herndon, but due to injuries and a suspension he has failed to see much playing time. Backup, Ryan Griffin, has been the benefactor of Herndon’s misfortune. Over his last four games, Griffin has been on a mission. He’s had over 50 receiving yards in three out of four games. Last Sunday against the Redskins, he went over 100 yards for the first time all season. In those games, he has finished as the TE1, TE43, TE14, and TE1. Ryan Griffin has taken over and his ceiling is as a TE1, but a floor of TE15. He is a great option to play in Week 12 against this suspect Oakland defense.

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