Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 12
Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 12
We are right on the heels of the fantasy playoffs. Every moment of every game contains fantasy implications that could make or break a season. At this point of the season, the waiver wire is the driest and thinnest it has been so far in 2020. However, amongst the fog and haze, there are a few available players that could provide fantasy production when managers need it the most. Identify the matchups, locate the possible boom candidates, and fill the gaps in your roster needed to win Week 12. My Week 12 Fantasy Sleepers:
Samaje Perine (Cincinnatti Bengals) – With Joe Mixon on IR and Giovani Bernard dealing with concussion issues, Samaje Perine would be in line to handle the majority of the workload in the backfield in Week 12. Against a favorable defensive opponent, if Perine were to get the nod, he’ll have ample opportunity to turn his touches into meaningful fantasy points. Although no teams are on a bye this week, if your team is lacking running back depth, Perine is a dart-throw option that could prove to be serviceable if given the full workload.
Ty Johnson (New York Jets) – La’Mical Perine suffered an ankle injury last week that will keep him out of the Week 12 contest. Although Frank Gore will handle the bulk of the carries, Ty Johnson will be a change-of-pace option that can be impactful as a pass-catcher. If and when the Jets have to play from behind, Johnson could out snap Gore due to game script. In deeper leagues, Johnson has some upside, especially in PPR leagues.
Allen Lazard (Green Bay Packers) – After exploding for the best game of his career, Allen Lazard would miss six-straight games due to a core injury. Because of his injury, many league managers dropped Lazard, only being rostered in 30% of ESPN leagues. Due to his upcoming playoff scheduled and production when healthy serving as Aaron Rodgers’ number two wide receiver, Lazard needs to be rostered more than he is currently.
Khadarel Hodge (Cleveland Browns) – The Browns’ wide receiver group has been tricky for fantasy managers due to the run-heavy style of the Browns offense, the injury of Odell Beckham Jr, and the inconsistent play of Jarvis Landry. Trying to fill the void, Khadarel Hodge lead the wide receivers last week with three catches for 73 yards. Hodge has a favorable matchup against a Jacksonville defense that has struggled to contain wideouts all season. Hodge is a desperation flex option that could lead Cleveland in receiving once again.Tight Ends
Chris Herndon (New York Jets) – Chris Herndon is coming off his best game of the season in which he caught two passes for over 30 yards, finding the end zone for a touchdown. Herndon’s schedule is fairly reasonable for the rest of the season. If he can build off his big performance last week and showcase his ability as a reliable pass catcher, Herndon should be a decent option, especially in start-two tight end leagues and tight end premium scoring.
Robert Griffin III (Baltimore Ravens) – After the shocking news dropped that reigning MVP Lamar Jackson tested positive for COVID-19, Robert Griffin III will take over behind center for the Week 12 divisional battle against bitter rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Griffin possesses a unique fantasy upside due to his ability to scramble for large chunks of yards. For managers who are without Jackson this week and do not roster another quarterback, Griffin could fill the gap. Although the Steelers defense is hard to crack, Griffin’s ability to tuck and run, along with his familiarity within the offense, gives him a shot at fantasy relevance once again.
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Josh is a Fantasy Football writer with 10 years of experience in competitive leagues. His professional background stems from the fast-paced world of sports media, with experience working for NFL Films and Thursday Night Football. His first-hand familiarity with the NFL gives him an interesting perspective in the world of fantasy football. Concurrent with his fantasy football analysis, Josh is a published sport and fiction writer. Josh resides in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.