Fantasy Football Gems/Sleepers: Week 12

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“The following is a Fantasy Gem/Fantasy Sleeper guide for Week 12. Fantasy Gem’s are players who have favorable match ups and are must starts for the week. Some fantasy gems may not be the player who has the highest projected score, instead may be a player expected to exceed the prognosticators’ projections. A fantasy sleeper is just that. A player who may potentially be available on the waiver wire; or who is not expected to be a top scorer but has the potential to have a break out game.

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Quarterback
Fantasy Gem- Eli Manning vs. Dallas Cowboys. For those of you who drafted Eli Manning for this fantasy football season, you have to be disappointed in his production this year. He had been “Sanchezian” in his interception rate and overall, has not been that impressive. This is the week you can dust him off the bench. Dallas’ defense can’t stop a nosebleed, and not only have the Giants been playing great as a team, Eli always shows up for big games. Even more so when it’s a divisional opponent named the Cowboys.

Fantasy Sleeper- Case Keenum vs Jacksonville Jaguars. I am rolling with Case Keenum again as the fantasy sleeper for this week. Gary Kubiak anointed Keenum the starter again this week and the matchup bodes well for Keenum. The Jaguars are allowing the 4th most fantasy points to quarterbacks and they undoubtedly prove that again this week. Keenum has the big arm that Schaub lacked to stretch the field.

Running Back
Fantasy Gem-Andre Brown vs Dallas Cowboys. Andre Brown has been the ignition for this offense since his return. The Giants were in terrible shape at the RB position until Brown came back and his value cannot be overlooked. The Cowboys have been terrible overall on the defensive side of the ball so Andre is definitely a good gem at RB this week.

Fantasy Sleeper- Eddie Lacy vs. Minnesota Vikings after getting some criticism in the beginning of camp for entering a bit overweight and not in game shape, Lacy has turned it around and is having an excellent

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season at RB providing GB with the rushing attack it so desperately lacked. Without Aaron Rodgers, look for them to lean heavily on Lacy. Tolzien showed he can produce in this offense though so if they put up a lot of points against the Minnesota d, Lacy will get garbage time carries/points.

Wide Receiver
Fantasy Gem- Andre Johnson vs. Jacksonville Jaguars. Even though Andre Johnson is getting up there in age, he has proven he can stay healthy this year and has been producing. AS stated earlier, Jacksonville’s defense have been terrible at stopping everything this year. With Keenum under center, The Texans actually have the ability to stretch the field now.  Look for Andre Johnson to get his points early in this game as I think it will be a blowout.

Fantasy Sleeper- Cecil Shorts III @ Houston Texans. The Texans haven’t been that bad at defending the pass this year. In fact, they allow the 5th fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. The only reason that Shorts is my sleeper this week is because he complained about his targets last week. I have seen this trend this year where whenever a player complains; they get more looks and ultimately have a breakout game. Let’s not say Shorts will have a breakout here against the Texans, but if you are in need of a number 3 wide receiver or Flex option, I think Shorts is the way to go.

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