Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 12

Max Staley
N'Keal Harry fantasy outlook makes him a great sleeper in Week 12.
N'Keal Harry fantasy outlook makes him a great sleeper in Week 12. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
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Week 11 of the NFL season brought fans more of the same, with tons of injury news and breakout performances that could shake up the fantasy football landscape. But if you're running out of FAB or sitting low in waiver priority, you may need to find some less-expensive alternatives.

Thankfully, there are plenty of under-the-radar names that should be available on the waiver wire. That's where these three fantasy football sleepers come into play.

Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 12

3. Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (13% Rostered)

If you're playing in a 2-QB or superflex format, keep an eye on Gardner Minshew. Jake Luton has pretty much been a disaster since taking over. He's averaging 160.0 yards per game over his last two starts, has thrown at least 1 pick in each game and is coming off a 4-INT performance in Week 11. Unless this team is shamelessly trying to tank (which they might be), this should be Minshew's job whenever he recovers from that thumb injury. Frankly, we don't have much clarity on that right now, but he hasn't been ruled out for Week 12 as of yet. If he's cleared to return sometime in the next week or so, he could be a fantastic player to get you to a playoff spot. Remember, Minshew is more than just a meme. He was fantasy's QB12 before getting hurt. If you can afford to burn a bench spot for a week or so, Minshew makes for a fantastic speculative add in 2-QB or superflex leagues.

2. Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (39% Rostered)

Sammy Watkins might be too big of a name for this list, but we're including him on here because it feels like everyone has forgotten about him. He's only rostered in 39% of Yahoo! leagues as the Kansas City Chiefs' speedster hasn't played since Week 5. But he was actually really good when he was healthy this season. Watkins was averaging 6.8 targets per game from Patrick Mahomes before going down, which would be the best mark of his career since that 2015 breakout campaign. No one has run away with the job in his absence, so expect Watkins to regain the No. 2 WR role when he's healthy. That should come in either Week 12 or 13. Plus, a Week 16 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons gives him legitimate blowup potential in the most pivotal week of the fantasy season.

1. N'Keal Harry, WR, New England Patriots (8% Rostered)

The New England Patriots' passing game is finally showing some real signs of life. Cam Newton threw for 365 yards in Week 11 (his most since Week 2), and he's now reached at least 270 passing yards in two of his last three after failing to do so from Weeks 3-8. Surprisingly, N'Keal Harry was Newton's favorite wide receiver in Week 11. His 8 targets were tops among all Patriots' WRs and TEs. Throwing out the Week 10 game against the Baltimore Ravens that was played in a monsoon, Harry has now seen at least 6 targets in four of his six healthy outings on the year. It looks like the 2019 first-round pick is finally carving out a real role for himself in New England. With this passing game quietly trending in the right direction, Harry has a chance to make an impact down the stretch in PPR formats. He's a great stash if you have a spot to burn.


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