Week 12 Sleepers: Overlooked Fantasy Options to Target on Waiver Wire

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 24: Running back Bryce Brown #34 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns looks on at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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One mistake a lot of fantasy football owners often make now that bye weeks are over is failing to explore the waiver wire each week. There are still some sleepers available on the market that can helps teams during the stretch run to the playoffs.

That's certainly the case heading into Week 12. Owners will find useful players across the board, including several at the key positions. Let's break down some of the best options available heading into a crucial fantasy week for many teams.


QB: Chad Henne

Henne replaced Blaine Gabbert for the Jacksonville Jaguars and proceeded to throw for 354 yards and four touchdowns against the Houston Texans, owners of one of the league's top defenses. It was the third-best fantasy game among quarterbacks in Week 11.

While in most cases it's safe to ignore one-week outliers, this is a special case. Henne was able to get both of his top receivers, Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts, involved and carved up a defense that had been stout against the pass all year.

He was never given the tools to succeed while with the Miami Dolphins. Giving him two playmakers on the outside seems to have worked wonders. He's not going to put up 30 points every week, but don't be surprised if he approaches 20 against the Tennessee Titans.


RB: Bryce Brown

The Philadelphia Eagles haven't provided any updates on LeSean McCoy's playing status after he suffered a concussion on Sunday. Given the team's extremely poor run of play recently, it doesn't make sense for them to rush him back, though.

That means Brown will likely see an increased role. The rookie seventh-round pick has been impressive in limited action, gaining 141 yards on 32 carries. But until now he didn't carry any fantasy value because McCoy was getting all the touches.

With an increased role, Brown's stock will skyrocket. The Eagles have to find some balance on offense if they want to break their losing skid, which should lead to more chances for Brown. He'll parlay that into a double-digit fantasy game if McCoy can't go.


WR: Danario Alexander

Alexander didn't make a single catch until Week 9, going unsigned for a while after being cut during training camp. But with each passing week it looks like the San Diego Chargers might have found a hidden gem.

He's scored 46 fantasy points over the past three weeks, showing off a good combination of size and speed in the process. With so many lackluster options in San Diego, it's no surprise Philip Rivers has been willing to take chances with his new target.

The Chargers face the Baltimore Ravens, who rank in the bottom half of the league against the pass, this week. Given how well Alexander has played over the past few weeks, expect Rivers to look his way early and often on Sunday.