Week 12 Wide Receiver and Running Back Sleepers

We are rounding the corner to the Fantasy Playoffs. These next one or two weeks are the most crucial. That is where I come in. This week I will be putting out some of my best sleepers yet. All of these players have great matchups and they’ve all been consistent as of late. I’m not going to name names yet, but you’ll see soon enough just how potentially impactful these players will be.

It is the notorious Thanksgiving week games. There are now four teams facing off, so make sure you pay attention to that. The teams are; Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, and Washington Football Team. Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers were supposed to play, but due to positive covid tests the league has rescheduled the game for Sunday afternoon.

Let’s get the article going with a few wideouts who could all have over 100 yard games on Sunday.

Wide Receivers

Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts

It was only a few weeks ago that the Colts and Titans faced off. In that game, the USC rookie had his best game of the season. Then this past Sunday, he had another tremendous outing. In these last two weeks, he’s totaled 10 catches on 11 targets for 167 yards and scoring once. It’s obvious that he is going to be looked heavily upon against a soft Tennessee secondary. There have been 12 different wideouts to surpass 65 or more receiving yards and out of those 12, eight have had more than 80 yards. Pittman Jr. is a nice low-end WR2 against the Titans.

Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans

Due to David Johnson’s injury and now Randall Cobb being injured, Cooks will be more heavily targeted in the passing game. More targets mean more opportunities and with Cooks’ play style he can do a whole lot. I think that through these last six weeks, Cooks has been slept on entirely too much. He is the WR11 since Week Five. In that timeframe, he’s had fewer than 60 receiving yards, just once. Cooks is a boom-or-bust WR2, but a safe WR3 option regardless.

Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The biggest reason for Brown to be named a sleeper is the high probability of this game being a shootout. Tampa Bay is squaring off against the Chiefs and with AB seeing a team high 13 targets on Monday, he could see similar production on Sunday. Brady hasn’t been shy about targeting the once former Patriot. Prior to Monday night’s game, Brown saw eight targets. Those eight targets were just second to Mike Evans’ 11. If it isn’t clear enough already, Godwin has taken a backseat to AB and now Brown is the number two receiver in Tampa. Due to the high volume of targets, Brown is a standalone WR3 for the week, but there is a real chance for WR1 upside.

Running Backs

Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns

Even with Chubb getting his 20-plus touches a game, Hunt will be in line for 15 or more himself. He is used in the passing game more than his counterpart which makes him more valuable in PPR scoring leagues. Before last week’s horrendous showing, Hunt only had one game with fewer than 65 rushing yards since Week Four. The Jaguars have allowed seven rushing touchdowns in that timeframe. Hunt can get back to his old ways with 80 total yards along with a touchdown against Jacksonville.

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens

It is not the most favorable matchup, but with little competition Edwards makes a nice Flex option. I would say he is a RB2, but he is a touchdown dependent RB2. With the game being moved to Sunday, as stated above, there is a chance that both Ingram and Dobbins could be eligible to play. If they aren’t then I would highly suggest plugging Edwards into your lineups. On the most run heavy team in the league, Gus Bus can see 20 or more touches, with a minimum of 16 carries.

Wayne Gallman, New York Giants

Outplaying Alfred Morris and injuries to Saquon Barkley and Devonta Freeman has allowed Gallman to standout and earn more playing time. Since he has taken over in Week Seven, he is the seventh best back in Fantasy. Not only has he seen 10 or more carries in four straight weeks, but every week his carries have increased. Another crucial stat is that he has rushed for a touchdown in four straight games, too. This is tremendous news as the Bengals have allowed eight different backs to rush for over 75 yards. Gallman is a mid RB2, but has shown his RB1 upside.

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