Fantasy Football 2013: Week 12 Sleepers
Fantasy Football Week 12: Matchup Plays and Sleepers
November 22, 2013
With a very important batch of games coming our way in the NFL’s Week 12, it’s make or break time for many fantasy teams out there. With byes and injuries depleting our lineups this week, you may have to rely on a less-than-ideal name, but that’s where we come in. We’ve taken a look at the matchups and uncovered a few fantasy sleepers who just might be able to give your team that extra boost this weekend.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens: Flacco gets the Jets defense at home this week, which is a very tasty matchup for him. New York is very good against the run, but has been gashed for mega-yardage (and some accompanying touchdowns) through the air. We expect a very pass-focused attack here (sorry, Ray Rice owners), so Flacco makes a lot of sense as a solid fantasy QB this week.
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Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts: The matchup against the Cardinals--who have a good run defense--is fairly risky, but Brown could pay off here. He’s proven himself worthy of sharing time with disappointing RB Trent Richardson, and could carve himself a role as the primary rusher to T-Rich’s passing-down and change-of-pace scenarios. The Colts have had some extra time to rest and game-plan this week, so we should see a pretty effective offensive attack from all sides.
Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions: We’ve been high on Burleson this week, and here’s why. He had a great start in the first three games of the year, posting six grabs for 116 yards in Week 3. Unfortunately, Burleson injured his arm in a car accident after that and hasn’t played since. He looks like he’s ready to come back against the Bucs this week (be sure to check on his status prior to game-time, and should tear it up as a go-to slot receiver.
Greg Little, WR, Cleveland Browns: Two weeks ago, Little jumped onto fantasy radar everywhere with a breakout seven-catch, 122-yard performance. He crashed back down to earth in Week 11, but could provide some decent returns on Sunday. Little will be facing an aging and vulnerable Steelers secondary, and with all the attention focused on Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon, he could break through once more.
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: Let’s stick with the Steelers-Browns game for a moment and look at Miller. We like him for a couple of reasons. First off, the Steelers’ No. 1 receiver Antonio Brown will have his hands full with Cleveland uber-cornerback Joe Haden, effectively nullifying him from statistical relevance. Also, the Browns run defense is pretty good, so we’ll see some reliance on the pass. Along with WR Emmanuel Sanders, Miller should have a nice game.
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