Fantasy Football Sleepers: QB - Week 12 (with video)

by Cory J. Bonini on November 21, 2012 @ 16:31:15 PDT


In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Note: All statistics are from Weeks 8 through 11, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton
    Cam: crafty play vs. Philly
  • On the whole, Locker was rather dreadful in his return from a shoulder injury. He completed a lowly 42.9 percent of this throws (9-for-21) and amassed a whopping 122 yards. He was able to find the end zone twice with his arm, however, making his effort at least palatable.
  • Life should get a little better for the first-year starter with the Jags on the docket for a Week 12 domestic tilt. This defense has provided quarterbacks access to 23.8 fantasy points per game, which stems from allowing averages of 306.3 yards, 2.25 total touchdowns and only 0.75 turnovers.
  • While Locker isn't quite on the same level as Houston's Matt Schaub, at least not yet, we all know how the veteran brutalized this defense just a week ago. Locker at least stands a chance for his second 300-yard passing day of the season.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Newton's production has been eerily similar the past three weeks, but all that could change with a visit to the woeful Eagles. Superman has found his kryptonite: Year 2 of his career. Averaging 252.0 passing yards, 30.3 rushing yards and 1.25 offensive touchdowns per game, Newton hasn't let his play fluctuate much from those per-game figures from week to week. He has competed a pedestrian 55.1 percent of his tosses.
  • Philly has not fared well against the position, especially of late. Only the Minnesota Vikings have allowed more fantasy points to the position, and by the slimmest of margins. Philadelphia's 24.3 points per game allowed comes from surrendering a robust number of touchdowns (2.75), despite yielding low yardage (227.5). This defense has one total takeaway in the last month against the position.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills at Indianapolis Colts

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Aside from feeble scoring averages, Fitzpatrick has been exceptionally strong in the past four weeks. He has completed a higher percentage of his passes (65.7) and has thrown for more yards per game (248.0) than Aaron Rodgers (59.8 percent, 213.3 yards) in the past month. Fitz has found the end zone only twice in three games and has turned over the ball once per contest. The expected return of Fred Jackson (concussion) should help keep Indy's defense honest against the pass.
  • Quarterbacks have enjoyed success against the Colts' D recently, and there is little reason to expect that to change this week. Fitzpatrick probably will approach the per-game averages allowed by Indy: 296.8 yards, 1.50 touchdowns, 0.50 interceptions thrown, 64.4 percent completion rate.

NEW - Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Monitor Alex Smith's status as he works his way back from a concussion. All signs point to Kaepernick starting in Week 12.
  • Kaepernick has received much-due praise following his first pro start, which came against a tough Chicago Bears defense, no less. He made smart decisions with the football on his way to 243 passing yards, two touchdowns and zero turnovers. He completed 69.6 percent of his throws.
  • New Orleans offers the second-year passer a matchup that is about as sweet as they come, especially if fantasy owners are hoping to take the chance that Kaepernick's impressive play continues. The Saints have allowed quarterbacks to average 325.0 passing yards (most in the league) and 2.25 touchdowns per outing.
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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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