Week 12 Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: WR Santonio Holmes
Santonio Holmes made his return to the New York Jets lineup after missing five games with a hamstring injury. His return received a warm welcome from both Jets fans and fantasy football owners. After the Jets got destroyed by the Buffalo Bills, they now sit at 5-5 and are tied for second in the AFC East.
Quarterback Geno Smith needs Holmes in the lineup. He struggled over the last couple of games, scoring 29 fantasy points in the last four games, including -4 last week. Stephen Hill, David Nelson and Jeremy Kerley weren’t cutting it as Smith’s receiving corps. They totaled 518 yards and two touchdowns (both from Kerley) in the five games Holmes missed. In his first game back, Holmes was targeted eight times and caught two passes for 71 yards.
The Jets have a favorable matchup in Week 12 against the Baltimore Ravens. They allow 13.3 yards per catch and 22.4 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. They have allowed 125 receptions on 227 targets (55 percent) and 10 touchdowns. The Ravens have just seven interceptions, tied for 24th in the league.
However, the Ravens have gotten pressure to the quarterback with 34 sacks, tied for third. So if Holmes can create separation with the defender, Smith should be able to avoid getting sacked and get the ball out.
Holmes is owned in 14.6 percent of ESPN leagues. With all of the relevant fantasy receivers on a bye (DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, A.J. Green, Percy Harvin and Golden Tate) and others dealing with injuries, Holmes is a borderline WR3/flex play this week.