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

by Tim Heaney on November 21, 2012 @ 16:30:17 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: Wide receivers

Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

Fantasy value: High-end No. 3

    Buffalo Bills WR Donald Jones
    Jones has another good matchup
  • Britt hasn't caught more than five passes in a contest since he hauled in six in Week 3. He hasn't found the end zone since Week 6. The good part: He hasn't been targeted fewer than five times in each of his last seven contests.
  • Tennessee's Week 11 bye probably came at a good time for him to get more rest for his ailing knee and ankle; maybe they won't restrict his snap count as much anymore. The fact Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker still looked his way often in his limited reps is a good sign for more to come. Mike Munchak, for what it's worth, has vowed to involve Britt more; they probably used the bye to devise methods for that, too.
  • The Jags have yielded 16.25 catches, 213.8 yards and 1.0 touchdowns per game to this position, for the fifth-highest average of 26.5 standard fantasy points. Britt and Tennessee should challenge them deep often.

Donald Jones, Buffalo Bills at Indianapolis Colts

Fantasy value: High-end No. 3

  • Before a two-catch, 11-yard Week 11 dud, Jones had run off 16 catches for 186 receiving yards and two scores over three games. He hasn't seen fewer than five looks in a game over his last four.
  • Maybe Vontae Davis (knee) will play this Sunday, but will it matter? The Colts' injury-riddled secondary has given up 17.5 catches, 202.3 yards and 0.75 end-zone trips per game to enemy wideouts. Tom Brady's squad had their say here, but the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars made noise, as well.

Chaz Schilens, New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • In Week 11, Schilens hauled in four of his five looks for 48 yards, which included a 25-line scoring grab. He's been healthy all year but has been erratically involved in the game plan. This, along with Stephen Hill's continued struggles, may bump the talented Schilens into Mark Sanchez's favor for good alongside Jeremy Kerley.
  • He'll have a chance to test out a vulnerable secondary: New England has allowed 13.67 catches, 195.3 yards and 1.33 touchdowns per game to this position. Sanchez, in Week 7, put up a 328-yard aerial day with one touchdown. Game pace often carries middling skills. Still, Sanchez looked better Sunday, partially because of Tim Tebow's decreased involvement. Maybe an uninterrupted rhythm will take him up a notch.

NEW - Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Manningham has caught 2.33 of his average 3.0 targets, resulting in 28.3 yards per game. Exciting, I know. Owners in deep leagues that are looking for a gamble option should consider the veteran receiver simply because of the matchup. If last year's playoff tilt between these teams has prognostic bearing for Week 12's game, this should be a high-scoring affair. The potential for Colin Kaepernick starting shouldn't have much, if any, bearing on Manningham's worth, considering how well CK tossed the ball a week ago.
  • The Saints have given up a lot of big plays, as evidenced by the average of 15.3 yards per reception against them. New Orleans has surrendered only 12.5 receptions per game to the position, but that has amounted to 191.3 yards, on average. Wideouts have scored five times in the last four games against this D.
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