Fantasy Football Week 12: Five Sleepers to Consider

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Fantasy Football Week 12: Five Sleepers to Consider

Sleepers
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Fantasy football sleepers are robust this time of year, as some teams are heading towards vacation soon so they will try to see what type of talent they have moving forward. Other players emerge onto the fantasy scene because of injuries or poor play by the man in front of them.

You would like to utilize a "sleeper" when one of your normal starters is facing a bye week, an injury, or just an overall tough match up. There is nothing better than finding a sleeper that turns into a gem that you can use on a weekly basis. That's why the waiver wire is so important to long-term success.

I also want to point out, that New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman would have made this list, but he played yesterday. I pointed out the potential in my Thanksgiving Day Start 'em, Sit 'em that Edelman had the tools to be sleeper of the week, and he came out and played like a beast despite suffering a concussion in the third quarter and he did not return. Game was out of reach anyway, the New York Jets are gross and hard to watch.

I could have added players such as San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick or Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon on this list as well, but to me, those guys are no longer sleepers, they have already stood out, thus people are no longer sleeping on them.

Now, I'm not saying any of these players will be starter-worthy for the rest of the season, but for week 12, these five players should perform well enough for you to consider a spot in your starting lineup. Moving forward, one of them might just turn into that diamond in the rough you have been looking for all season.

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QB Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

Locker
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Jake Locker returned from a five-week absence because of a shoulder injury in week 10 and had a very modest day. He completed only 9 of 21 passes for 122 yards, but did connect with WR Kendall Wright for a 9-yard touchdown, and TE Jared Cook for a 26-yard touchdown.

Locker did look swift on his feet, rushing four times for 36 yards, his longest a 20-yard scamper. Now that he has shaken off the rust, and had a week 11 bye to regroup, I truly believe Jake Locker will be a hot commodity after this week. Especially with a match up against the soft Jacksonville Jaguars secondary.

Jaguars are allowing the 4th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks the last five weeks, and were just ambushed by Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub for 527 passing yards and five touchdowns in week 11.

With a below-average pass rush, Jake Locker should be able to gain another 40-50 yards on the ground, and if he can connect for two scores on only nine completions, think about his potential if he's a lot sharper this game. If you need QB help, or are in a 2 QB league, Locker is a solid option.

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RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

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Eagles starting RB LeSean McCoy is only on "phase 1" of the five phases the NFL has implanted in their protocol, so it's safe to say he will not be playing this week against the Carolina Panthers.

With that being said, Bryce Brown is now in line to get the start in week 12. It's hard to trust any player on the Eagles at this point, but with Nick Foles possibly starting in place of Mike Vick this week, Brown should see a nice workload. The Panthers have allowed the 6th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, and are surrendering 118.4 rushing yards per game.

McCoy will obviously continue his duties as alpha in this backfield once he's back from injury, so don't invest too much into Brown, but he should be a viable fill-in for week 12. Especially if you are an angry McCoy owner.

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WR T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

Hilton
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You have to love T.Y. Hilton moving forward. Not only is he a sleeper in week 12, he's a sleeper with the potential to be a star by the end of the year in my opinion.

Hilton has seen an increase in targets over the past few weeks, especially with Donnie Avery on the sidelines with a concussion. Avery is probable to play this Sunday, but I think it's too late for Donnie, Hilton has now surpassed him on the depth chart.

Sunday's match up against the Buffalo Bills is certainly a favorable one for Hilton, as the Bills have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to the wide receiver position. Hilton is only owned by roughly 21% of leagues, and only being started in 10% despite two 100-yard performances and three touchdowns the past three weeks. Even if you don't have the nerves to start him this week, I suggest you at least consider picking him up.

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RB Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos

Hillman
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With starting running back Willis McGahee out 6-8 weeks with a torn MCL, Ronnie Hillman will get his shot to be the featured back in Denver.

It's possible that Hillman will share time with Lance Ball and even Knowshon Moreno, but Ronnie will get first dibs and I think he takes full advantage of the opportunity. The week 12 match up against the Kansas City Chiefs bodes well for Hillman, as they have allowed the 7th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

Kansas City has allowed 125+ rushing yards in three of their previous four games, and just allowed two Cincinnati Bengals backs to each rush for 75+ rushing yards. So the thought of a time-share backfield still should not put any fear in Hillman owners. He should reach 75+ yards and reach the end zone on Sunday.

Hillman is owned in 50% of leagues, and only being started by roughly 35% of his owners. If you need RB help, or owned McGahee, I highly suggest you look Hillman's way as his schedule moving forward is very favorable.

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WR Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams

Gibson
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Hard to predict what Gibson will do from week to week, but the reality is he did score twice last week against the New York Jets. It was still an ugly stat line for Gibson, as he finished the day with only 3 receptions for 9 total yards. Even with the two scores, Gibson only racked up 12 standard fantasy points.

With WR Danny Amendola doubtful for week 12's battle against the Arizona Cardinals, you can't help but wonder if Gibson will find a way to reach the end zone again this week. The Rams are super-thin at the wide receiver position, and Gibson stands as the #1 option for QB Sam Bradford at this point.

The stagnant Rams offense is definitely a concern, but the receiving core in St. Louis is beyond weak, so Gibson will hold value as long as Amendola is out. Arizona currently surrendering the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers over the last five weeks. Cardinals have allowed six touchdowns and 82 fantasy points to receivers the last three weeks, so the potential is there for Gibson to take advantage.

Michael J. Igyarto is a featured columnist and fantasy football expert at Rant Sports

Follow Michael on twitter: @windycityiggy

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Fantasy Football Week 12: Five Sleepers to Consider

Sleepers
Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

Fantasy football sleepers are robust this time of year, as some teams are heading towards vacation soon so they will try to see what type of talent they have moving forward. Other players emerge onto the fantasy scene because of injuries or poor play by the man in front of them.

You would like to utilize a "sleeper" when one of your normal starters is facing a bye week, an injury, or just an overall tough match up. There is nothing better than finding a sleeper that turns into a gem that you can use on a weekly basis. That's why the waiver wire is so important to long-term success.

I also want to point out, that New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman would have made this list, but he played yesterday. I pointed out the potential in my Thanksgiving Day Start 'em, Sit 'em that Edelman had the tools to be sleeper of the week, and he came out and played like a beast despite suffering a concussion in the third quarter and he did not return. Game was out of reach anyway, the New York Jets are gross and hard to watch.

I could have added players such as San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick or Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon on this list as well, but to me, those guys are no longer sleepers, they have already stood out, thus people are no longer sleeping on them.

Now, I'm not saying any of these players will be starter-worthy for the rest of the season, but for week 12, these five players should perform well enough for you to consider a spot in your starting lineup. Moving forward, one of them might just turn into that diamond in the rough you have been looking for all season.

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QB Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

Locker
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Jake Locker returned from a five-week absence because of a shoulder injury in week 10 and had a very modest day. He completed only 9 of 21 passes for 122 yards, but did connect with WR Kendall Wright for a 9-yard touchdown, and TE Jared Cook for a 26-yard touchdown.

Locker did look swift on his feet, rushing four times for 36 yards, his longest a 20-yard scamper. Now that he has shaken off the rust, and had a week 11 bye to regroup, I truly believe Jake Locker will be a hot commodity after this week. Especially with a match up against the soft Jacksonville Jaguars secondary.

Jaguars are allowing the 4th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks the last five weeks, and were just ambushed by Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub for 527 passing yards and five touchdowns in week 11.

With a below-average pass rush, Jake Locker should be able to gain another 40-50 yards on the ground, and if he can connect for two scores on only nine completions, think about his potential if he's a lot sharper this game. If you need QB help, or are in a 2 QB league, Locker is a solid option.

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RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

BB
Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Eagles starting RB LeSean McCoy is only on "phase 1" of the five phases the NFL has implanted in their protocol, so it's safe to say he will not be playing this week against the Carolina Panthers.

With that being said, Bryce Brown is now in line to get the start in week 12. It's hard to trust any player on the Eagles at this point, but with Nick Foles possibly starting in place of Mike Vick this week, Brown should see a nice workload. The Panthers have allowed the 6th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, and are surrendering 118.4 rushing yards per game.

McCoy will obviously continue his duties as alpha in this backfield once he's back from injury, so don't invest too much into Brown, but he should be a viable fill-in for week 12. Especially if you are an angry McCoy owner.

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WR T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

Hilton
Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

You have to love T.Y. Hilton moving forward. Not only is he a sleeper in week 12, he's a sleeper with the potential to be a star by the end of the year in my opinion.

Hilton has seen an increase in targets over the past few weeks, especially with Donnie Avery on the sidelines with a concussion. Avery is probable to play this Sunday, but I think it's too late for Donnie, Hilton has now surpassed him on the depth chart.

Sunday's match up against the Buffalo Bills is certainly a favorable one for Hilton, as the Bills have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to the wide receiver position. Hilton is only owned by roughly 21% of leagues, and only being started in 10% despite two 100-yard performances and three touchdowns the past three weeks. Even if you don't have the nerves to start him this week, I suggest you at least consider picking him up.

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RB Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos

Hillman
Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

With starting running back Willis McGahee out 6-8 weeks with a torn MCL, Ronnie Hillman will get his shot to be the featured back in Denver.

It's possible that Hillman will share time with Lance Ball and even Knowshon Moreno, but Ronnie will get first dibs and I think he takes full advantage of the opportunity. The week 12 match up against the Kansas City Chiefs bodes well for Hillman, as they have allowed the 7th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

Kansas City has allowed 125+ rushing yards in three of their previous four games, and just allowed two Cincinnati Bengals backs to each rush for 75+ rushing yards. So the thought of a time-share backfield still should not put any fear in Hillman owners. He should reach 75+ yards and reach the end zone on Sunday.

Hillman is owned in 50% of leagues, and only being started by roughly 35% of his owners. If you need RB help, or owned McGahee, I highly suggest you look Hillman's way as his schedule moving forward is very favorable.

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WR Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams

Gibson
Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Hard to predict what Gibson will do from week to week, but the reality is he did score twice last week against the New York Jets. It was still an ugly stat line for Gibson, as he finished the day with only 3 receptions for 9 total yards. Even with the two scores, Gibson only racked up 12 standard fantasy points.

With WR Danny Amendola doubtful for week 12's battle against the Arizona Cardinals, you can't help but wonder if Gibson will find a way to reach the end zone again this week. The Rams are super-thin at the wide receiver position, and Gibson stands as the #1 option for QB Sam Bradford at this point.

The stagnant Rams offense is definitely a concern, but the receiving core in St. Louis is beyond weak, so Gibson will hold value as long as Amendola is out. Arizona currently surrendering the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers over the last five weeks. Cardinals have allowed six touchdowns and 82 fantasy points to receivers the last three weeks, so the potential is there for Gibson to take advantage.

Michael J. Igyarto is a featured columnist and fantasy football expert at Rant Sports

Follow Michael on twitter: @windycityiggy


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