Best Sleepers for NFL DFS Contests at DraftKings in Week 12

| November 23, 2021 1:22 pm PDT

The week 12 NFL DFS slate is condensed a bit thanks to five games taking place off the main slate. Another game is off the schedule thanks to two teams being on their bye, as well.

It could make for rough sledding when you go to piece your week 12 NFL DFS lineups together, but luckily I’m here to help.

Last week’s NFL DFS sleepers were rescued by Cam Newton, who beasted out in his official return home to the Panthers.

You will absolutely need some quality value plays to thrive in daily fantasy football GPPs this week. Check out the top NFL DFS picks for week 12, and then dive into this week’s best so let’s NFL DFS sleeper..

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Texans ($5.3k)

Cam Newton was my top quarterback sleeper last week, and he probably could be again. I’ll go with Taylor just to get different, though, while he also happens to be cheaper.

It will never feel good to roster Texans players, but Taylor has some appeal. He certainly flashed his rushing upside last week, where he dove into the end-zone in impressive fashion.

Taylor is tough to trust, but he has a terrific matchup against the Jets. New York ranks 23rd against fantasy passers so far in 2021, while he offers a reasonable floor due to his rushing ability.

Ty Johnson, RB, Jets ($4.3k)

This Texans vs. Jets game may weirdly be a great spot for NFL DFS value. The most reputable NFL betting sites don’t assign it a great total (43.5), but there could be upside here.

That, and Ty Johnson stands out with rookie running back Michael Carter being out for this one.

I’m sure veteran tailback Tevin Coleman will factor into the equation to some degree, but Johnson is the guy you should be targeting.

Carter leaves behind a healthy role that saw him go off for 32 fantasy points in a game not that long ago. Facing a beatable Texans defense (23rd vs. RBs), Johnson is very much in play at this cheap salary.

Chester Rogers, WR, Titans ($3.5k)

This play is out of borderline necessity. Tennessee is running out of warm bodies. Derrick Henry and Julio Jones are both on injured reserve, and now top wide receiver A.J. Brown is no longer in the landing of the living, either.

Brown hasn’t been officially ruled out of week 12, but he exited last week’s contest with two different injuries.

Teammate Marcus Johnson suffered a hamstring injury last week, too. Someone has to step up, and Rogers is one of the guys that will be called upon. With three games with at least four catches this season, he seems like one of the best punts for week 12.

Jonnu Smith, TE, Patriots ($2.7k)

Tight end is a solid place to save cash at, mostly because it’s a total wasteland. You can’t really trust anyone, though, so it may pay to take a stroll down narrative street.

Smith has been uninvolved in New England’s offense for the majority of the year, but he still possesses game-breaking upside.

He’ll also be facing his former squad in week 12.

That’s enough to get him on my radar, as revenge in sports can be a thing. The matchup is bad by the numbers, but Smith feels like a fun GPP dart.

Jacksonville Jaguars Defense ($2.2k)

The Jaguars don’t have an amazing defense, but it is one with some interesting parts. Josh Allen dominated the Bills a couple of weeks ago, and now he gets to face Matt Ryan and a punchless offense.

Atlanta has scored a grand total of three points over their last two games, and they’ve been particularly lifeless ever since Calvin Ridley left the team.

The star wide receiver isn’t due back anytime soon, either.

“We don’t force anything, we wouldn’t force anybody back from any kind of injury. There’s no timetable on it, nor would I push anybody on that”Arthur Smith – Falcons Head Coach

Cordarrelle Patterson also isn’t healthy and could miss a second straight game. In other words, the Falcons aren’t a team we should fear offensively right now.

At this price, I see no reason not to fire up the Jags defense.

Other NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 12

  • Cam Newton, QB, Panthers ($5.6k)
  • Rex Burkhead, RB, Texans ($4.2k)
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Packers ($4.1k)
  • Evan Engram, TE, Giants ($3.8k)
  • Houston Texans Defense ($2.3k)

As I mentioned, I loved Cam last week, and I’m all for using him again in week 12. Miami’s defense was great against Baltimore a couple of weeks ago, but on the year they haven’t fared well against fantasy quarterbacks.

Burkhead is mostly just a guy at this stage of his career, but he saw 18 carries last week. Combine that with the release of Phillip Lindsay, and he’s in play at this price.

MVS busted a 75-yard score last week. Jalen Ramsey will undoubtedly have his hands full with Davante Adams, which could again free up Green Bay’s deep threat on Sunday.

Engram isn’t very reliable, but he’s a good price and has a solid matchup in front of him. New York finally cut loose offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, too, which can only help.

Houston is another defense worthy of a punt. You can target them with Jets players, but they’re also in a good spot, themselves.

Overall, this post gives you several NFL DFS sleepers to start building lineups with. They won’t all pay off, but if you use the right 1-2, it could help you reach the top of a GPP.

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