Stancil’s Week 12 sleepers features under-the-radar players that are not being started in a majority of fantasy football leagues. These players could produce good fantasy numbers this week due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. With that in mind, here are our top fantasy football sleepers for Week 12.
Tyrod should be back in the saddle after the Nathan Peterman experiment concluded with five interceptions last week to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Bills are at 5-5 and vying for a playoff spot so Taylor will assume the role of QB once again in an important matchup against a struggling Chiefs team that is reeling after a 12-9 loss to a putrid Giants team, which won only their second game last week. The Chiefs have had trouble giving up fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and while I don’t see Taylor with multiple TD passes, I see him exposing a thin Chiefs secondary with his legs. As long as he doesn’t turn the ball over he should have a very successful game.
McKissic will assume the role of lead running back moving forward with the Seahawks carousel in the backfield. The converted wide receiver will definitely see the pass catching downs and with injuries to Davis and Lacy it should be McKissic seeing the early downs, goal lines and passing downs. The question is whether the Seahawks can run the ball effectively against the 49ers. Wilson’s legs will keep San Francisco off balance and McKissic should see the targets in the passing game at the very least. There’s little argument that the Seahawks running game has been a disaster this season since Chris Carson fell to the IR early in the season. However, this game is a solid opportunity to atone in the running game with a scat back like McKissic.
Derrick Henry should be feasting on the leaky Colts run defense Sunday. Henry plays second fiddle to DeMarco Murray, but the last time these two teams squared off in Week 6, Henry ran wild for 130+ yards and a touchdown. If Marriota’s offense leans on the running game, like it should, then Henry and Murray should both be in for fairly big fantasy days. There should be plenty of points in this game against AFC South division rivals. Tennessee is in position for a playoff spot and Henry should see a fair amount of carries to have flex appeal Sunday.
Kupp was a sleeper of mine going into the 2017 season, but with the emergence of Robert Woods recently Kupp has taken a step back. Now that Woods is injured and out on Sunday, Jared Goff will likely be looking Kupp’s way more often in what I expect to be a shootout in LA against a hot Saints offense. Brees’ incredible fourth quarter comeback last week against the Redskins is what the Rams will have to compete against to keep up with to stop their winning streak. Much like Jamison Crowder last week, who worked out of the slot for the Redskins, Kupp should find some yards after the catch from the slot position too.
In an otherwise wasted season for the Colts without Andrew Luck at quarterback this season, Hilton has been a non-factor. However, here come the Titans to town who gave up Antonio’s Brown historic three touchdown and 140+ receiving yard performance last Thursday. If Jacoby Brissett clears all medical protocol it appears he’ll need to look Hilton’s way to keep the Colts offense on the field and give them a chance to play spoiler. While there’s not much reason for hope in Indianapolis in their lost season, Hilton is still a stud athlete and as Brissett continues to mature with experience behind center he should be able to have Hilton find paved dirt with a touchdown.
He’s back! The Black Friday special of the week is Greg Olsen who’ll be immediately inserted into the Carolina starting lineup against the New York football Jets. The Panthers have played well of late and Cam Newton is beginning to play like a quarterback with something to prove. Having a playmaker like Olsen back on the field will certainly help him in the red zone and give him another reliable target without Kelvin Benjamin to throw to anymore. The rapport and on field chemistry with Olsen should return quickly to give him immediate starting appeal for fantasy owners.
After shutting out the Green Bay Packers last week, the Ravens are now in control of their playoff destiny and it starts with this Monday Night Football tilt against the Houston Texans. The Texans have been one of the league’s worst against defending tight-ends, which will give Flacco an opportunity to sneak some throws down the seam to Watson. Watson is a threat to score every time the Ravens make it to the red zone and without playmakers like J.J. Watt on defense for Houston there’s a chance Watson can have a productive week for owners that take a gamble on him. There’s no promises in a Ravens offense that seems more conservative than anything else, but Watson is a viable streaming option at the position this week.
There are other defensive options like the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals who face the woeful Dolphins and Browns respectively. However, most of those teams have already been scooped off your league’s waiver wire. The Redskins should be available via free agency to most owners and the Giants will likely be playing without Sterling Shepard also. Down their top three wide-receivers should help the Redskins hone in on stopping TE Evan Ingram and the Giants running game. Kirk Cousins has been playing like an all-pro lately and this turkey day game could get out of hand early, forcing Eli Manning into passing downs and interceptions. Expect these two rivals to go after one another aggressively and Josh Norman could come up with a pick or two. HTTR and Happy Thanksgiving.