Week 12 sleepers for fantasy football
Fantasy football in 2020 requires patience, flexibility and a lot of woooooosaaaah. The most dedicated and passionate managers get this ... as they continue to find zeal in exploring the concepts and events that go under the radar. While there are times when your roster allows sleeping on sleepers, it is always beneficial to keep an eye on emerging trends and players. This weekly column is for those who understand how content it is to dig deep.
All of the players listed are represented in less than 60 percent of the Yahoo leagues (at the time of writing) and / or a major figure in our daily game. They're not the obvious tips, and they're not without risks ... but that's what makes them so fascinating.
[Week 12 Fantasy Ranking: QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | FLEX | Daylight saving time | Kickers]
Week 11 wasn't without its surprises, especially the quarterback variety. I got Taysom-ed which made Jameis absolutely useless. And I got wentz-ed, which immediately dashed any growing optimism for Jalen Reagor (although this week is tempting against SEA). Despite these mistakes, the rest of the sleepers of the past week woke dormant rosters. Both Kalen Ballage (7 catches!) And Salvon Ahmed (over 70 yards in total, although the time was briefly missed with a shoulder injury in the game) posted top 25 fantasy numbers. But Dalton Schultz was the hero of the week and scored the game-winning result for Dallas and brave FF managers.
Let's focus on the future and see what fantasy damage we can do in week 12!
Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders (36% on roster - $ 29)
The result may have ended in heartbreak for Raiders fans, but the show that Carr put on week 11 was mind-blowing. After throwing less than 200 yards in three consecutive attempts, the Fresno State product showed surgical focus and an unwavering desire to push the ball down and passed for 275 yards and 3 points. Averaging 8.9 meters per attempt (Mahomes recorded a YPA of 7.7), Carr challenged the notion that he's just a mediocre manager. His lone sales (only his third in the season and first since before Halloween) was a last breath for Nelson Agholor, who could be described as equally desperate and aggressive. Carr proves the doubters are wrong ... if the game script demands it.
Carr is currently fifth in terms of graduation rate (69.7%) and passerby rating (108.7%) and doesn't just pass it on. The Raiders want to flee - which is why Josh Jacobs gets an average of 20 transmissions per game - but are not committed to any offense against ball control. Not with Darren Waller beasts, agholor surfacing, and additional explosive options on the field that grab the defense's attention. Carr has options - and he's not afraid to use them if he has to.
These air forces are very focused this Sunday when the Raiders are harboring the Falcons. Vegas agrees as the projected total scores are already fixed at 55. The way to attack Atlanta is clearly through the air. The Hawks allow most fantasy points to oppose QBs and over 300 yards per game. In the meantime, the team's run-stop unit has only delivered four rushing scores (to RBs) throughout the season. Carr won't always deliver, but it's even more delicious than your aunt's filling in week 12.
Derek Carr has a great opportunity to get started in Week 12. (AP Photo / Isaac Brekken)
Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants (54% on roster - $ 18)
Like the overlooked best friend in a romcom, Gallman is what the Giants have been looking for all along. Despite rolling up 118 scrimmage yards for Saquon Barkley's relief in Week 4 of last year, New York refused to turn any backup duties over to the Clemson product that round. I'm not saying he's everything, but neither is Dion Lewis or Devonta Freeman (IR) or Alfred Morris. Gallman has scored a Dominator of +10.4 (RB22) on a less-than-lit offense that runs behind a subordinate O-Line. He has also shown a hatched leg drive on the goal line and has pushed his way into the end zone five times in the last four games.
Refreshed after a farewell, the G-Men's RB2 will take on a beleaguered Bengals squad in week 12. With Ryan Finley at the center, Cincy doesn't have much of a struggle, which should allow New York to lean on the run. Given that the Bengals have given up their fourth largest rushing yards (120 per game) to RBs and allowing opposing runners to YPC 5.24, Gallman doesn't have to lean too much. FF: 83 yards and 1 TD
Frank Gore, RB, New York Jets (10% on roster - $ 14)
It is the world of Adam Gase and we all only live in it. Hopes weren't "high", but perhaps "raised" with the news that any disappointed favorite father would turn over game calling responsibilities to Dowell Loggains. It turns out, however, that Gase had a “right of veto” all along. While this * could * cause Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims (who is a player to be added to your 2021 watchlist) to see more, this * will * lead to MORE GORE.
The unfortunate absence of La'Mical Perine, who suffered a sprained ankle in week 11, added to Gore's fantasy stock is a double-digit broadcast ban in week 12. He will face a vulnerable Dolphins unit just trampled off Denver's back (166 rushing yards and 2 TDs) and the eighth highest fantasy points against RBs. He's a top 30 pick for the weekend.
David Moore, WR, Seattle Seahawks (5% on roster - $ 13)
Moore in Fantasy is like me in the kitchen: Boom or Bust. The more repetitions that are done, the better the chances of something delicious happening. Moore has always done a good job in the red area of the field. Over 25 percent of his goals were achieved within the 20 and he used 7 of these 8 opportunities for the red zone. While we can say Moore is competent near the end zone, he is certainly not as competent or experienced as DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.
Interestingly, however, Greg Olsen sat directly behind the dynamic Seahawks receiver duo and finished third in the RZ-Look team with nine in the season (5 catches). Olsen (feet) is now out, giving Moore the opportunity to take advantage of a greater number of high-value opportunities. In an offense where the QB can cook at the rate of nearly six red zone attempts per week (QB2) and 30 passing TDs (QB1), that's a sizable piece of cake. Mix in an O / U of 50.5 and primary coverage via Avonte Maddox (102.3 passer-by rating allowed) and we have a recipe for success.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (5% on roster - $ 10)
If dinner with turkey over the zoom doesn't give you the warm blurs, try rolling around in Tyler Nifert nostalgia. This is the perfect week to roll it back in the tight end position. As Andy Behrens mentioned on the Yahoo Fantasy Football Forecast, Jordan Reed is a tasty stream in week 12. He's also been heavily debated and has a higher lineup than Eifert, who got a top 14 fantasy performance on his return to week 9 after a neck injury.
At the start of the season (weeks 2-5), before the lack of time, Eifert drew an average of 5.5 looks per competition. For the past three weeks he has 14 net targets with a chance of a red zone in consecutive efforts. The return of Gardner Minshew would add additional stability to the offense, which should extend to the narrow end. Regardless of who is in the middle, however, the matchup is softer than a mountain of mashed potatoes. The Browns allow the second most fantasy points to oppose TEs. Last week, both of Philly's TEs (Richard Rodgers and Dallas Goedert) found the end zone. Eifert hits earlier on Sunday than I wear jeans on Monday.
TURKEY DAY BONUS: Jordan Akins, TE, Houston Texans (2% on roster - $ 13)
Akins' role, which hummed over the summer and was hyped in this column earlier this season, has grown steadily since his return from an ankle injury in Week 9. Last Sunday, the perennial sleeper turned five out of six looks into a season high of 83 meters. After Kenny Stills (Quad) and Randall Cobb (Foot) collapsed in a short week, Akins' volume counts were stable. He will face a beatable Lions defense (5 TDs against opposing TEs) on Thanksgiving.
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