Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 12

Jason Schandl
Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers
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It's important to stay on top of the best waiver wire pickups in fantasy football every week. But sometimes you're stuck with a low waiver priority and miss out on the top options. Or maybe you find yourself in a deeper league with sharp players, which can leave the options on the waiver wire a lot less appealing than we tend see in standard leagues.

That's where these top fantasy football waiver wire sleepers for Week 12, owned in less than 30 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues, come into play.

1. Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (17% Owned)

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With Marlon Mack undergoing hand surgery, the big conversation in the Indianapolis Colts backfield is whether Jonathan Williams or Jordan Wilkins is a better bet to pick up the slack on the ground. Don't sleep on Nyheim Hines, though. Head coach Frank Reich has said that Hines will see some additional carries, and his involvement in the passing game makes him the safest fantasy option in the Indy backfield. He's averaged 4.0 targets per contest so far in 2019 and is contributing 5.4 PPR fantasy points per game just with his receiving numbers, giving him a solid floor to build on with what should be a noticeable increase in rushing work.

2. James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (8% Owned)

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With JuJu Smith-Schuster's status in question and Diontae Johnson in the concussion protocol as well, James Washington could be the Pittsburgh Steelers' top wideout in Week 12 (and potentially beyond). Washington has already averaged 5.5 targets per game over the last four, while JuJu and Johnson have combined for 10.6. He could see a drop in efficiency as the defense will pay more attention to him, but the potential for increased volume more than makes up for it. He also draws a great matchup for efficiency, as the Cincinnati Bengals' defense ranks dead-last against the pass by Football Outsiders' DVOA metric.

3. Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos (28% Owned)

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Before the Denver Broncos traded Emmanuel Sanders, Noah Fant accounted for just 10 percent of the targets in the offense. In three games since Sanders has been gone, that has jumped to 26 percent. He's averaged 12.5 PPR fantasy points per game in those last three, and that combination of consistent volume and production gives Fant a ton of value, especially while the tight end position has been so thin in fantasy football.

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