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Fantasy Football: Week 12 Quarterback Sleepers


November 26, 2016

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The fantasy football season approaches its three-quarter mark this week, and for some of us, it is the penultimate week of the regular season. By this point, you should have found a streaming candidate that you could stick with, whether it was Marcus Mariota as he started his tear or the surprisingly consistent Colin Kaepernick after he gained the starting role in San Francisco. Still, if you are streaming quarterback this week, we have you covered.

Luckily, there are no teams on bye, so we have a full slate of streaming options in front of us. Just like the eleven previous weeks of our sleeper quarterbacks, these are owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo! Leagues (though this week that number dips down below 30%), as well as one quarterback, owned in less than 10% of leagues for deeper leagues.

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Ryan Tannehill (28% owned) versus San Francisco
Tannehill hasn’t broken out like some thought he would, and his upside is limited due to the obscene running totals recently put up by Jay Ajayi. However, he’s thrown for two scores in each of the last two games and has averaged 206 yards over the last two. Last week he threw an awful pick against the Rams, but the Rams aren’t coming to town this week.

The 49ers are the fifth-best quarterback matchup you could ask for this year. They’ve given up multiple passing touchdowns to every team this year but the Carson Palmer-led Cardinals in a weird display of fortitude a couple weeks ago. The Niners get chewed up in the slot, so expect a big game from Jarvis Landry, as well.

Colin Kaepernick (23% owned) at Miami
What if I told you there was a quarterback on the waiver wire that has been top ten in the last three weeks? And one who has gone below 18 fantasy points just once this season?

That’s Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick isn’t the best NFL passer, but he may be the best pure running QB in the league, and rushing yards are 2.5 times as valuable as passing yards in most fantasy football leagues. So the Kaepernick 10 yard scramble is as good as a 25 yard pass as far as your fantasy production is concerned. His yards have given him a remarkable floor.

The Dolphins are a middling-to-bad matchup on season-long numbers, but they’ve gone against Garoppolo/Brissett, Kessler, Fitzpatrick and Goff. The pass rush has turned it up recently, but they’re hyper-aggressive and undisciplined, which will just open up rushing lanes for Kaepernick.

*deep sigh* Jared Goff (4% owned) at New Orleans
This week, it’s bad down here. There are three sub-10% owned quarterbacks who are starting: Goff, Josh McCown and Matt Barkley. This is a “devil you don’t know” (in a good matchup) play. All three of these players are disasters, and Goff showed nothing exciting on film last week against Miami.

This is hoping that the rain, the Dolphins pass rush and first-start jitters are cleared up by taking on a New Orleans team that has given up two passing touchdowns to six of the last eight quarterbacks to play against them. I mean, the alternatives are Josh McCown and Matt Barkley. I can’t stress that enough. Goff isn’t a good play but he’s the best you have down here.

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