Sneaky Fantasy Football Players to Start in Week 12

Jason Schandl
Oakland Raiders v Green Bay Packers
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We're in the home stretch of the fantasy football season, and with the heavy dose of change the NFL seems to bring us every week, most fantasy teams have been shaken up significantly since draft season. Injuries, duds and bye weeks have all been wreaking havoc, leaving holes in plenty of starting lineups.

Whatever the case, here are three sneaky players to start in fantasy football in Week 12, all of whom are owned in fewer than 25 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues.

1. James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (17% Owned)

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JuJu Smith-Schuster looks unlikely to play for the Steelers this week, which should open up some receiving volume while Pittsburgh draw a great matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12. Washington has averaged 5.5 targets (and 10.7 PPR fantasy points) per game over his last four, while JuJu has commanded 5.8 targets per game in the same stretch. Increased volume for Washington could be especially valuable this week, as the Bengals check in at 31st against the pass in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA rankings.

2. Jordan Wilkins, RB, Indianapolis Colts (10% Owned)

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Jonathan Williams was the breakout in the Indianapolis Colts' backfield when Marlon Mack went down last week, eclipsing 100 yards rushing and adding 31 through the air. Jordan Wilkins was out for that game though, and Williams didn't record a single touch this season until Wilkins got hurt in Week 10, while Wilkins had 27 carries and four receptions. Returning from injury for "Thursday Night Football" makes Wilkins a risky play, but he's available in 90 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues and could prove to be the Colts' lead back against the Houston Texans, giving him plenty of upside.

3. Hunter Renfrow, WR, Oakland Raiders (15% Owned)

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The Oakland Raiders' offense may have slowed a bit in Week 11, but Hunter Renfrow continued to show a great floor for fantasy production, notching 11.6 PPR points, giving him an average of 14.0 per game over the last four. His volume has picked up lately, with games of five, six and seven targets in the last three weeks. That kind of workload should mean another solid fantasy score in a Week 12 matchup with the New York Jets, who have allowed the NFL's second-most PPR points per game to opposing WRs this season.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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