Fantasy football sleepers to consider for Week 12

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

 

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Wide receiver

Jerricho Cotchery, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Five touchdowns scored in his last three games probably means Cotchery isn't exactly a sleeper, but he is being started in fewer than 50 percent of leagues polled. WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot) is banged up, although expected to play, and Browns cornerback Joe Haden should blanket wideout Antonio Brown all day, which leaves Cotchery as the likeliest beneficiary.

Browns vs. WR position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
12
3
18.3
12.00
116.7
9.7
1.33
1.00
2.7
0.00
0.33

Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders

Wright has stepped up his play with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center the past two weeks, posting 16 receptions for 158 yards in that time. Fitz has opened up the aerial attack, in general, which is good for Wright. Tennessee has found it most effective to use him on drags, crosses and comebacks of late.

Raiders vs. WR position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
27
4
28.3
13.50
203.3
15.1
1.50
0.25
5.0
0.00
0.25

Tiquan Underwood, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions

Really want to dig deep? Underwood is a sneaky play for owners in deep leagues. If you're desperate or willing to take a big chance at a possibly huge payoff, Underwood should be on your short list of one-week plays against Detroit's sad excuse for a pass defense. The Lions will sell out to stop Vincent Jackson, paving the way for Underwood to have a quality game.

Lions vs. WR position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
32
3
35.7
12.67
214.0
16.9
2.67
1.67
1.0
0.00
0.00

Tight end

Garrett Graham, Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Graham has a great opportunity to pick up from where he left off in Week 11 against a Jags' D that struggles to stop the position. Fresh off a monster game (7-136-1), in conjunction with Jacksonville likely to do everything to slow Andre Johnson, and DeAndre Hopkins' benching last week, Graham has a good chance for another big outing.

Jaguars vs. TE position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
32
3
13.0
6.00
82.0
13.7
1.00
0.00

Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans

Lewis has 13 targets in his last two games and is starting to be worked into the offense enough to matter for fantasy purposes. He's a true desperation play, but the matchup couldn't be much better. Consider him in leagues that allow for two starting tight ends.

Texans vs. TE position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
28
3
10.3
4.67
66.3
14.2
0.67
0.00

PKs and DTs

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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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