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November 21, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

2012 Fantasy Football: Offensive Sleepers for Week 12

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills

Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position.  Hit by injuries?  Low in the waiver priority order?  Are you nervous about your Detroit players facing Houston’s defense?  Try one of these guys out. In Weeks Five through Seventeen candidates will be sorted by 2012 fantasy points.  Players must be outside the top 15 QB, top 25 RB, top 40 WR, and top 15 TE.




Ryan Fitzpatrick:  He scored eighteen fantasy points or more in five games and has multiple touchdown passes in six.  The Bills come off a ten day “mini-bye” to play Indianapolis, whose secondary was just ripped to smithereens by Tom Brady and the Patriots.  The Colts are 28th in defensive passer rating and 26th in scoring defense.


Jake Locker:  The second year pro was back on the field in Week Ten, throwing for a pair of scores in a convincing win over Miami.  He has a 6/2 TD/INT ratio in four games.  Jacksonville is 28th in passing yards allowed per game and just last week nearly allowed Matt Schaub to set some league history.


Mark Sanchez:  He had his highest QB rating since Week One on Sunday, but this pick has nothing to do with Sanchez and everything to do with his opposition.  When the Jets met the Patriots in New England he threw for 328 yards with a 68.3% completion rate.  New England is 30th in passing yards allowed per game.  Lost in the furor over Rob Gronkowski’s injury, stud pass rusher Chandler Jones also left Sunday’s game is ruled out of Thursday’s action.


Running Backs


Vick Ballard:  The running back rotation in Indianapolis is not the clearest picture, but with sixteen carries for 72 yards last week Ballard appears to be the best bet.  Buffalo remains the best possible matchup for opposing running backs, they allow 5.2 yards per carry and have given up sixteen touchdowns on the ground.


Bryce Brown:  As of Wednesday LeSean McCoy had not passed baseline concussion tests and was away from the team.  Brown is averaging 4.4 yards per carry, having wrestled the first backup role away from Dion Lewis.  Carolina is 20th in rushing yards allowed per game.


Ronnie Hillman:  With Willis McGahee injured Hillman will get a substantial share of the carries.  So far he has 49 to Lance Ball’s 25, with more catches as well.  Kansas City is 28th in yards allowed per carry.


Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

Wide Receivers


Julian Edelman:  Take away the punt return and he still caught five passes on seven targets for 58 yards and a score plus a 47-yard run on Sunday.  He played 52 of New England’s 61 snaps and with Gronkowski and Deion Branch out of the lineup would appear to be a fixture.


Donald Jones:  The third year pro is second on the Bills in receptions and targets.  24 of his 56 targets have come in the last three games.  If Ryan Fitzpatrick is on his game Jones should benefit greatly.


Anquan Boldin:  He was targeted twelve times last week, the third time this year he saw ten or more passes come his way.  While Baltimore’s offense is hit-or-miss they have a good matchup in San Diego.  The Chargers have given up 30 points in two straight games and four of the last six.


Tight Ends


Jared Cook:  The popular sleeper has not produced much in recent weeks but with starter Jake Locker back the right matchup may be all that he needs.  Last week unknown tight end Garrett Graham burned Jacksonville for 82 yards and two touchdowns.  Cook is seventh among tight ends with 8.3 yards per target.


Dwayne Allen:  Coby Fleener’s extended absence allowed Allen to find a role in the offense.  He has eighteen catches in the last four games.  Buffalo is giving up 29.9 points per game and the Colts are third in the league in passing attempts.


Tony Moeaki:  His production has taken a sharp turn upwards.  He has three games with 50+ yards receiving, all coming in the last four weeks.  While the Broncos are good overall defensely they have trouble containing tight ends, no team allows more fantasy points at the position.



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