Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 12

Written by Jody Smith
November 22, 2019

Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 12

Fantasy Football Sleepers.jpgNormally Week 12 falls on Thanksgiving, making it a pivotal slate. Many leagues use the occasion as a trade deadline and it marks a critical juncture for fantasy footballers who are trying to push forward towards the playoffs or looking ahead to next season. 

While the 2019 version of Week 12 isn't accompanied by turkey and dressing, it's still an important week for postseason-bound fantasy squads. These late-season slates are critical for positioning and you'll need every edge you can get to secure that important victory. Recognizing weekly values and sleepers remains one of the biggest edges you can give yourself. 

After a solid group of sleepers last week, here are some undervalued players you can consider for Week 12 who should be able to help you wrap up an all-important victory. 


Sam Darnold (New York Jets) - Darnold is heating up at just the right time. He's the QB7 over the past three games, which have included seven total scores. Meanwhile, the Jets host an Oakland secondary that has surrendered the third-most touchdown passes on the season and is in a poor spot, traveling cross-country for an early kick-off. Darnold is largely un-owned in many fantasy leagues, which makes him a perfect streamer for Patrick Mahomes or Kyler Murray owners who are in a bye week bind. 

Nick Foles (Jacksonville Jaguars) - After a solid opening half of the season, Tennessee's secondary has started to falter. Since Week 8, the Titans have allowed 327 passing yards per game and the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing signal-callers. They've also allowed multiple TD strikes in four straight contests. Foles looked just fine in his first action since returning to the lineup and should once again be a solid streaming option in this favorable AFC South battle. 

Running Backs

Jaylen Samuels (Pittsburgh Steelers) - It looks like Pittsburgh will be without James Conner this week, which means Mike Tomlin will likely resort to another week of a committee backfield in a superb matchup against a Bengals squad that's allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs. Samuels won't get more than a handful of carries but his safe role in the passing game makes him a solid RB3 option in a tasty matchup.

Bo Scarbrough (Detroit Lions) - Scarbrough's NFL debut was a success and his second game could be even better. The Lions are traveling to Washington to face a Redskins' defense that has allowed at least 50 rushing yards and/or a touchdown to the past nine starting running backs they've faced. Detroit's backfield has been hard to trust, of course, but Scarbrough looks like a good bet to rack up 15-plus carries and log any goal-line work in a very favorable matchup.

James White (New England Patriots) - New England's backfield has also been hard to predict on a week-to-week basis, but White's role in the passing game has made him the most consistent running back on the team. This week, the Patriots host a Dallas squad that has given up the fourth-most receptions to the position, which will put White in an excellent spot to command a healthy number of targets. Also, with Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett banged up, White could easily top double-digit looks en route to another weekly RB2 finish.

Wide Receivers

D.J. Moore (Carolina Panthers) - Moore only has one touchdown on the season but his volume has been tremendous of late. Dating back to Week 6, Moore has averaged 10.5 weekly targets and he's coming off a season-high 15 last week versus Atlanta. With Saints' top cornerback Marshon Lattimore sidelined by a hamstring injury, Moore is looking at shadow coverage from P.J. Williams, who is a noticeable downgrade. Looking at FantasyData's advanced wide receiver metrics, Week 12 is a real blow-up spot for Moore, who could easily top triple-digits and finally get back into the end-zone. 

Nelson Agholor (Philadelphia Eagles) - Agholor routinely looks bad every game, but potential volume can't be understated. Philadelphia's receiving corps is ravaged by injuries and Agholor has been acting as the de facto No. 1 receiver. Agholor has 17 targets over his last two games and could easily be up near double-digits in Week 12 against a Seattle secondary that has allowed 141 receptions to wideouts so far in 2019, fifth-most in football.

Anthony Miller (Chicago Bears) - We never like to chase fantasy points, but Miller will be in a good position to carry over the momentum from last week's 11-target performance versus the Rams. Miller takes nearly 80% of his snaps out of the slot and has a tremendous matchup against a Giants' secondary that has routinely been decimated inside. Clearly relying on Mitchell Trubisky is less than ideal, but Miller is going to be in a good position to approach 8-10 targets once again, making him a decent WR4/FLEX option in PPR formats. 

Tight Ends

Dallas Goedert (Philadelphia Eagles) - Relying on Nelson Agholor is just too much for many to stomach- totally understandable. If you'd like to take advantage of that Seattle defense that's allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to tight ends, Dallas Godert would be a fine pivot. Goedert has caught 3-plus balls in the past five Eagles' games and caught three touchdowns over that stretch. Taking advantage of those wideout injuries, Godert has topped a 75% snap rate in three straight and should be in a good position to extend that streak in Week 12.

Vance McDonald (Pittsburgh Steelers) - QB Mason Rudolph has struggled, but McDonald has seen seven targets in three consecutive games. He hasn't topped 33 receiving yards in any of those contests, but the Steelers have a fantastic matchup in Week 12 against a winless Bengals squad that can't stop anybody. 

Jody Smith

Jody is a member of both the Pro Football Writer's of America (PFWA) and Fantasy Sports Writer's Association (FSWA) and has been covering the NFL and fantasy football for over a decade. Jody won FantasyPro's Most Accurate Expert contest and also garnered the FSTA's accuracy award in 2012. A Houston native, Jody has covered the Texans locally since 2016 for both digital and radio audiences. Past writing stops include CBS Sportsline, Gridiron Experts, Pro Football Focus, Fanball, FantasyPro's. Jody is also a frequent guest on SiriusXM and Houston radio and his work regularly appears in print on newsstands each summer.