Fantasy football sleepers to consider for Week 12

by Cory J. Bonini on November 21, 2013 @ 13:10:53 PDT

 

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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 Week 8 through Week 11, unless otherwise stated.

Quarterback

Case Keenum, Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Keenum returns to this space and the starting lineup in Week 12 after an inexplicable benching by head coach Gary Kubiak last Sunday. Matt Schaub replaced Keenum and didn't fare any better (worse, really). Hopefully that was all the coach needed to see to realize Keenum gives him the best chance to win. Now if only Houston's porous defense could stop anyone, Keenum wouldn't have to throw very much ... wait, we wouldn't want that!

Jaguars vs. QB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
31
3
28.3
22
34
66.3
294.7
1.67
0.33
5.3
27.3
1.00
0.67
1.33

Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions

Glennon's weapons are limited, but the explosive emergence of running back Bobby Rainey gives him another target in the passing game. Detroit's run defense is their strength on this side of the ball. Their secondary is inept and will be tested all game long by the rookie passer.

Lions vs. QB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
30
3
26.0
23
41
56.5
295.0
3.00
0.33
3.0
6.0
0.00
0.00
1.00

NEW - Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys

Manning has 12 touchdown passes on the year, and one-third of them came in Week 1 versus the Cowboys. He also tossed for 450 yards. Victor Cruz logged three of his four touchdown grabs this year. That was Dallas' first game under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's Cover 2 base, but things haven't really improved all that much since the season opener. Manning should be good for 250 and a pair of scores.

Cowboys vs. QB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
32
3
29.0
31
42
73.0
372.0
2.00
1.00
3.0
13.0
0.67
0.33
1.33

Running back

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins

Stewart had been utilized a respectable amount in the two games before Carolina's Monday night victory over the Patriots, in which he had just four touches. Look for more involvement against the Dolphins, enough to make J-Stew a low-end flex play, anyway. Maybe you'll get lucky with a cheap touchdown from the veteran who is still finding his football legs.

Dolphins vs. RB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
29
4
22.5
30.0
147.3
4.9
1.25
3.25
22.8
7.0
0.00
0.00

Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

Look, Ingram is about as risky as they come. He has had one good game all year and is the third back in line for touches. However, this week could be favorable to his cause, especially if the Saints go up big early. Atlanta may be a division rival and know the Saints as well as anyone, but they simply don't have the firepower to keep up, nor do they have the individual defensive talent to slow the Saints.

Falcons vs. RB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
31
4
26.5
33.3
168.5
5.1
1.25
5.25
23.5
4.5
0.25
0.00

 

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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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