Week 12 Fantasy Sleepers

Are you struggling with match-up decisions or dealing with an injury-depleted roster? Here are my sleeper picks worthy of starting for your team this week.

BYE: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle

Saints vs Falcons: Kenny Stills; Honestly, you can pick and choose any Saints player because Atlanta’s defense is terrible.

Jets vs Ravens: Marlon Brown; Playing against a Jets secondary that has struggled lately, especially with No. 2 WRs, if healthy, Brown could continue his boom-or-bust ways in the red zone.

Steelers vs Browns: Jericho Cotchery; Cotchery has been on a tear lately, racking up 5 TDs over the last 3 games with clear red zone usage (8 red zone targets & 6 TDs on the season). With Joe Haden covering Antonio Brown, fantasy owners can continue rolling with the TD-dependent Cotchery as high-risk, high-upside WR3.

Panthers vs Dolphins: DeAngelo Williams; Timeshare be damned! Williams played 23 snaps to Jonathan Stewart’s 13, and the Dolphins are terrible against the run, having allowed 589 yards and 5 TDs over the past four games.

Bears vs Rams: Rams D/ST; Like Jason Campbell, how long can Josh McCown’s turnover free run last? With St. Louis coming off a bye, this isn’t a complete voucher for the Rams D/ST so much as me being interested in seeing how the Bears offensive line handles the Rams pass rush.

Buccaneers vs Lions: Bobby Rainey; The latest waiver darling coming off a huge gameday, but be sure to temper your expectations. Despite a shaky start, the Lions 18th-ranked rush defense has been stout, having not allowed a 100 yard-RB or rush TD over the last five games. Still, it’s difficult to ignore Rainey’s productions from last week, and he’ll be an RB2 in most leagues.

Vikings vs Packers: Jarrett Boykin; Boykin has thrived with Scott Tolzien at QB, catching 14 passes for 203 yards; Tolzien’s 619 passing yards (in two games) show he’s capable of moving the ball despite his 1:5 TD-to-interception ratio. Boykin is a WR3 with upside.

Jaguars vs Texans: Garrett Graham; Graham’s big day against Oakland came at just the right time playing against the Jaguars who are allowing the second-most fantasy points to TEs. Playing at home where he’s scored 3 of his 4 TDs this season, expect another solid outing from Graham.

Chargers vs Chiefs: Ryan Mathews; Mathews has the hot hand in San Diego and for all the continued hoopla surrounding the Chiefs defense, they still allow 4.7 YPC.

Colts vs Cardinals: Michael Floyd; Even if you take away Floyd’s 91-yard TD pass from Carson Palmer, he still would have finished with 5 catches for 102 yards. With Palmer’s stock on the rise and playing against a super suspect Colts secondary, Floyd is a high-upside WR3.

Titans vs Raiders: Delanie Walker; Anyone else realize Walker is a top 10 TE? Anyone realize the Raiders don’t defend the position very well? Anyone?

Cowboys vs Giants: Rueben Randle; Playing like a more consistent Riley Cooper, Randle has quietly scored 6 TDs over the past 6 games on limited snaps, and I’m doubtful Monte Kiffin was able to rectify the Cowboys secondary issues over the bye.

Broncos vs Patriots: Danny Amendola; With all the criticism over the Patriots letting the Wes Welker walk, Amendola NEEDS to have an amazing game.

49ers vs Redskins: Colin Kaepernick; With probably his easiest match-up to date, I expect Kaepernick to take over against a Redskins team currently in disarray.

Always remember: Start your studs, play the match-ups, and don’t be afraid to make the trade!