Fantasy Football Week 12 Rankings, Sleepers
Jake Ciely (@allinkid) of RotoExperts.com and one of the top accuracy rankers for years, deals out his Fantasy Football Week 12 rankings and sleepers.
Happy gorge yourself on too much food and slip into a carbohydrate coma week!
Not to get all cheesy, but I am eternally grateful for my family, friends and job (and GIFs!). I'm a lucky man, and I am thankful for each and every one of you that reads, follows and supports me… unless you ask, "Well, I see your rankings but who would you start?" Then, I want to go on a rampage to make up for the frustration.
Speaking of frustration, I know A.J. Green and C.J. Prosise owners are feeling it right now, but don't throw in the towel yet. All it takes is 2-3 playoff wins with the right amount of luck and you can still win it all. Let's use the Week 12 Fantasy Football rankings to help get you into the playoffs and see if you can finish the season being thankful for the end result.
As a reminder, if you missed this week's Waiver Wire and Quarterback Streamers piece, click over to find help at every position, including quarterback streamers.
Week 12 QB Sleepers
Colin Kaepernick, SF – I shouldn’t even need to put Kaepernick here. In fact, he doesn't deserve to be here. However, looking at his ownership percentage, it's clear that Fantasy owners still don't want to use Kaepernick. Since taking over in San Francisco, Kaepernick is the 11th best quarterback in FPPG, and over the last three weeks only Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Marcus Mariota and Dak Prescott have more points.
With a 15-point floor and 25-point ceiling, Kaepernick deserves to be in lineups every week.
Week 12 RB Sleepers
Devontae Booker, DEN – It's tough to find deeper sleepers at running back when 1) no one is on a bye and 2) everyone knows the majority of running backs you can trust. With Booker, owners are a bit hesitant to use him after a letdown against the Raiders and mediocre game against the exploitable Saints defense. The Broncos host the Chiefs, and owners might fear their defense, but the Chiefs are middle of the pack against the run and have given up five receiving touchdowns to running backs. Booker hasn’t played as well as C.J. Anderson, but given his workload and opportunity, you can't bench him.
Chris Ivory, JAX – It sounds as if T.J. Yeldon will miss Week 12, and if so, Ivory is a must-start in nearly all leagues. Ivory was a RB1 last year in standard and PPR. Against the Lions last week, he caught all six targets, which was not expected. With no Yeldon in the backfield, Ivory is a near lock for 20-plus touches, and the Bills run defense is middle of the pack just like the Chiefs and have allowed 10 rushing touchdowns.
Duke Johnson, CLE – Johnson's value is directly tied to Josh McCown. When McCown is at quarterback, Johnson has more targets and catches and scores more Fantasy points. Johnson is strictly a PPR play, but those needing a flex-level option can use Johnson in a game where the Giants should have a decent lead, forcing the Browns to pass more, as they did last week against the Steelers.
Week 12 WR Sleepers
Sterling Shepard, NYG – Shepard started the season hot and fell off for a stretch, but now he's back. Over the last three weeks, Shepard ranks as the 10th best receiver with 10.7 FPPG thanks to scoring in all three games.
If you are worried that Shepard is too touchdown reliant, well, the Giants face the Browns. Only three teams have allowed more receiver touchdowns, and the Browns have also given up the third most yards. Make sure Shepard stays in your lineup.
Brandon LaFell, CIN – It's a lot to ask LaFell and Tyler Boyd to replace A.J. Green's production, but they will try. The most important part for this week's matchup is the potential scoring opportunity. The Ravens are one of those three teams worse than the Browns (mentioned above with Shepard) and have allowed the most receiver touchdowns this year (18). They have also allowed receivers to score touchdowns on 68 percent of their red zone targets. LaFell had a few nice games and three of his four touchdowns before Tyler Eifert returned, and now he's back to being one of the team's top two red zone options with Green sidelined.
Kendall Wright, TEN – As with LaFell, I don't want to start Wright and hope you don't need to, but the opportunity is here if needed. The Bears have allowed the fourth most receiving yards and most receptions on the year, which helps boost Wright's value. The problem with Wright is that he has just one game with over four receptions, but that came in another highly favorable matchup (Browns). With the Bears run defense ranking among the best, the Titans should pass more than usual this week, making Wright a high risk/reward play.
Week 12 TE Sleepers
Dennis Pitta, BAL – I'm as frustrated as anyone is when it comes to Pitta, but the outlook is good for him this week. The Bengals have allowed the fifth most receptions, fourth most yards and fourth most Fantasy points to tight ends. Pitta has just two games with more than 4.2 points… yea, bleh… but that's why he's purely a PPR play. In PPR leagues, Pitta has three double-digit games with one of 19.2, and this is a great opportunity for him to make it four and leave you smiling.
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