Before we begin the Week 12 defense and IDP sleepers, a quick digression of a personal nature. I won in one league last week by 0.5 points, and lost in another by 0.8 points. I am OK with that, however. I’ve said before and I still stand by it: I’d rather lose by 0.001 points than wind up stuck in a tie. We have sophisticated scoring systems nowadays, especially in IDP leagues – there is no reason anymore to treat, say, 92 yards and 98 yards as the same thing. If your league doesn’t use fractional scoring, then I urge you to harass your commissioner until the league accepts it in 2015. Football is a game of inches, and it doesn’t make sense to ignore measurements in fantasy.
On to Week 12:
D/ST Sleeper: Atlanta Falcons – The Dirty Birds have been pretty good at home, and they face a Cleveland Brownie team this week that’s inconsistent at best, with a sometimes-effective running back rotation but little real threat in the passing game. If you’re streaming defense, the Falcons could be a good add for you.
DL Sleeper: Chris Clemons, Jacksonville Jaguars – His production has been down but he’s coming off a bye – and a fresher, well-rested Clemons should have a good chance to get his hands on Andrew Luck in Indiannopolis this week. The Colts throw the ball a ton, and the line in front of Luck is average – not terrible, but Luck takes his share of licks.
DL Sleeper: Vinny Curry, Philadelphia Eagles – It seems that every week the Iggles have a new D-Line hero. Curry is the newest flavor to target, and a home game against Zach Mettenberger and the Tennessee Titans will give him plenty of opportunity to make an impact.
LB Sleeper: C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens – He shouldn’t be a sleeper, but he’s coming off a bye and has a Monday Night matchup in New Orleans. Double-digit tackles and a pass deflection are attainable.
LB Sleeper: Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks – He hasn’t played since Week Six, but reports indicate that he returns to practice this week – if that’s the case, grab him immediately and enjoy him for the stretch run. Consistent double-digit tackles and a sack or pick every other game are yours to be had.
DB Sleeper: Barry Church, Dallas Cowboys – He seems to have maxed out at six-to-eight tackles per game this year; however, the Cowboys visit Eli Manning this week, the same Manningface that threw five interceptions last week. Bump up the entire Dallas secondary in your rankings; this could be ugly for Big Blew.
DB Sleeper: Sam Shields, Green Bay Packers – He’s back from injuries has six tackles each of the last two weeks. The schedule down the stretch should provide more pick possibilities, too.