Week 12 RB Sleepers – Rated Frank For Gore

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Week 12 RB Sleepers – Rated Frank For Gore

Trying to sort out RB sleepers is the hardest part of every week for me. Well, actually, that’s getting out of bed in the morning, but who’s counting? Anyway, this week 12 RB sleepers list can bail out some poorly constructed rosters featuring Todd Gurley or Kareem Hunt that don’t have any backup RBs worth their salt. Like always, this week 12 RB sleepers list highlights three guys available in over 50% of Yahoo! leagues (as of writing, Wednesday morning). For those of you in deeper leagues, the third of these week 12 RB sleepers is available in at least 90% of Yahoo! leagues.

Josh Adams versus the New York Giants (45% owned)

Doug Pederson & Co. have sifted through Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and Corey Clement, with Adams emerging from the other side as the best back to own in the City of Brotherly Love and make our list of week 12 RB sleepers. He totaled 71 yards and scored on a pretty impressive run last week against a Saints defense that ranks as one of the stoutest against the run this year. While he may have an extremely generic name, his production should be anything but that. He’s hit a jackpot over the last three games, going for 7.7 carries per contest (7 yards per carry). He should pay off again from the carries, but also his targets. His six targets last week were second to Golden Tate for the Eagles. Thirteen opportunities should go far this week against the Giants, who are a top-ten RB matchup on the week. Long story short on their ineptitude: at least one running back per game this year has gotten double-digit fantasy points against the G-Men.

Frank Gore at Indianapolis (25% owned)

If you need five or six fantasy points, Frank Gore will get you five or six fantasy points. If you need ten or eleven fantasy points, Frank Gore will get you five or six fantasy points. The Inconvenient Truth has somehow emerged as the dominant part of the Miami backfield, averaging 13.3 carries per game since week four. This nearly doubles Kenyan Drake’s 7.28 carries per game in the same span. At this point, you can’t really ignore Gore, especially since he had 33 carries in the last two games and his old man legs somehow churned those out at over four yards a carry (the undisputed Good Running Back Number). The Colts are a middling matchup against the running back, but Gore will get enough volume to matter this week. There’s also the #RevengeGame narrative going for Gore, who will likely get plenty of opportunities to score against his former team.

Jordan Wilkins versus Miami (4% owned)

The Dolphins are one of the worst teams against the run in the last month or so and have mostly fallen apart on that side of the ball. Because of both those reasons, I’m going to lean into the Colts this week and go with the change-of-pace back in Indy for a deep pick among week 12 RB sleepers. While Marlon Mack is going to have a Thanksgiving-sized feast, there will be enough leftover for Wilkins to eat like the bored husband going back for leftovers all weekend. He has very few rushing attempts lately, but the Colts cannot keep giving Marlon Mack the ball on every down (especially since he banged himself up last week, a constant concern with Mack). Wilkins isn’t the best play, but at sub-10% ownership, you’re going touchdown or bust. I’m banking on there being enough overflow from Mack’s ultra-tasty matchup to make Wilkins matter.

If these week 12 RB sleepers suited your fancy and you need more help at your other positions, check out our other week 12 sleeper pieces below!
L’Amour Lamar (QB Sleepers)
Cash in Your Amendollars (WR Sleepers)
InfiniTE War (TE Sleepers)
Mack Attack is Back (D/ST Sleepers)

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