With the fantasy playoffs only a couple of weeks away, owners should consider adding Cecil Shorts, T.Y. Hilton and Danario Alexander as players who can put up big numbers in Week 12.
There have been other deep sleepers who put up big numbers, like Kevin Ogletree’s 23.4-point performance in Week 1 against the New York Giants and Brian Hartline’s 31.3 points against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4.
The wide receiver position hasn’t seen as many injuries as running backs, though injuries and disappointing play have plagued some, like Kenny Britt and Greg Jennings.
As a result, fantasy owners are scrolling through the waiver wire, trying to find another sleeper player on their way to a Week 12 win.
Owners who have been affected by these underperforming players should look at these three sleeper picks as replacements for your studs.
Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts has 91.8 fantasy points as he racked up 642 yards and five touchdowns so far this season.
Shorts is benefitting from the absence of Laurent Robinson, who has been a letdown for fantasy owners this season. With Robinson currently on injured reserve, Shorts’ numbers can only increase going forward.
Owners can also take comfort in knowing that Chad Henne will remain the starting quarterback for the rest of the year.
Against the Houston Texans defense, Henne threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns, 81 yards and a touchdown going to Shorts.
Shorts has at least 11 points in four of the last five games. He has a favorable matchup in Week 12 against the Tennessee Titans, who allow 217.9 passing yards per game.
Despite his consistent numbers, Shorts is only owned in 22.8 percent of NFL.com fantasy leagues. If he is available in your league, pick him up.
Rookie wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has seen increased targets over the past couple of weeks.
In the Week 11 game against the New England Patriots, Hilton was targeted nine times, catching six passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Donnie Avery is struggling with injuries right now, which will allow Hilton to see more targets.
The Colts welcome in the Buffalo Bills in Week 12, a team that is giving up 210.1 passing yards per game.
Hilton is currently owned in only 12.5 percent of NFL.com leagues, but there has been an increase of 5.1 percent over the last week. He is worth a Week 12 pickup, but watch out in Week 13 as the Colts take on the Detroit Lions.
Chargers third-year wide receiver Denario Alexander has developed great chemistry with quarterback Philip Rivers.
Rivers has been targeting Alexander more over the past three weeks. In Week 9, Alexander had three targets for three catches and 61 yards. In Week 10, he had five targets for five catches, 134 yards and a touchdown. Last week, Alexander was targeted 11 times, catching seven passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
With the lack of chemistry building between Rivers and newly-acquired Robert Meachem, Alexander has become a favorite target in the passing game.
Alexander and the Chargers have a tough matchup this week against the Baltimore Ravens. However, with the defense likely to focus on Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd, Alexander should be able to rack up some yards.
Alexander is owned in 16.3 percent of NFL.com leagues, an increase of 12.1 percent over the past week.