Week 12 Fantasy Football Starts, Sits, and Sleepers

Fantasy Football Starts, Sits, Sleepers - Ravens WR Zay Flowers, NFL

The fantasy football season is coming down to the wire and these upcoming weeks will be crucial to most teams. It’s as important as ever to perfect your fantasy lineup and maximize points to get in the playoffs.

Here’s who you should start this week and who should be left rotting on your bench.

START – Zay Flowers

With Mark Andrews done for the season, Flowers is bound for more usage. In games where Flowers sees eight or more targets this season, he averages 15 fantasy points per game. He should start hitting this on a consistent basis. Additionally, he plays against the Los Angeles Chargers who are the 29th-ranked defense against wide receivers. They’ve been really bad lately, surrendering 20.1 fantasy points per game in the last three weeks against their opposing WR1. With the likely increase in usage and favorable matchup, Flowers must be in your lineup this week.


START – Rhamondre Stevenson

Stevenson is coming off a game where he saw a season-high in touches. With the New England Patriots clearly losing faith in their quarterback room, this should be the norm moving forward. Expect a more one-dimensional offense that favors Stevenson coming from the Patriots. Now, let’s look at his matchup with the New York Giants. Over the last four weeks, they’re giving up 17.2 fantasy points per game to opposing RB1s and rank 27th. When Stevenson faces bottom running back defenses like the Giants, he is averaging 15.2 fantasy points per game. Stevenson is going to explode this week.

SIT – Drake London

London is coming off one of his worst games of the season, scoring only 6.6 PPR points on four targets. This is despite playing against one of the worst defenses in the league, the Arizona Cardinals. He now has the challenge of facing the ninth-ranked defense against wide receivers, the New Orleans Saints. Since Week 4, the Saints have given up only 9.4 fantasy points per game to WR1s. Expect back-to-back underwhelming games from London.


SIT – Amari Cooper

With Deshaun Watson out for the season, Cooper shouldn’t be starting in many leagues and this week is no exception. He’s averaging only 8.6 fantasy points a game without Watson. This week, he’s playing against the Denver Broncos who have made WR1s invisible recently. They held Jordan Addison to 7.4 fantasy points last week, locked up Stefon Diggs for 6.4 points in Week 10, and gave up only 9.4 points to Rashee Rice in Week 8. You get the point: Patrick Surtain and the Broncos have been on a tear. This week will be no different.

SLEEPER – Khalil Shakir

Shakir has come alive in the last four weeks, playing over 60 percent of the snaps in all four games. This is the first time he’s had this type of opportunity and he’s made the most out of it. In his career, he’s played five games with over 60 percent of the snaps, averaging 13.1 fantasy points a game. He’s been a trustworthy target for Josh Allen as he’s caught all but three targets this season. He’ll now get to face the absolute worst defense against wide receivers in the Philadelphia Eagles.

SLEEPER – Ty Chandler

In the last two weeks, Chandler has been a pleasant surprise for the Minnesota Vikings. He’s averaging 14.5 touches a game and 12.8 fantasy points. Chandler has been noticeably better than Alexander Mattison and it’s only a matter of time before the Vikings realize this. As for his matchup, he’s facing the Chicago Bears who have been awful against the run. They’re ranked 29th against running backs this season and were just dominated by the Lions’ backfield last week.

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