It’s the week of Thanksgiving and I am fussy about the Thursday Night game getting canceled because the Ravens just love getting coronavirus. They love it so much, they should call it corvid-19! Ha! Anyway, here is the week 12 wide receiver sleeper list. To make this list, a player must be available in at least 50% of leagues. One guy available in at least 90% of leagues makes up the deep wide receiver sleeper.
Wide Receiver Sleeper #1: Nelson Agholor at Atlanta (35% rostered)
Nelson Agholor isn’t getting a lot of buzz because Nelson Agholor is being exactly the player we thought he would be. He’s been maddeningly inconsistent because of his dropsies issues. He’s put up at least 12.4 fantasy points in five of his last seven games. But in the other two, he combined for one catch for eight yards. Such is the life of trusting Nelson Agholor. This week, however, he gets the dreadful Atlanta Falcons defense that will allow him to score fantasy points repeatedly and at will. He’s entirely touchdown-dependent, but if you don’t use him now, when will you?
Wide Receiver Sleeper #2: Jalen Reagor versus Seattle (27% rostered)
Jalen Reagor is the forgotten wide receiver. Every other guy that went around him in the draft had their time to shine. CeeDee Lamb, Tee Higgins, and Justin Jefferson have seen consistent production. Brandon Aiyuk and Laviska Shenault have flashed. Michael Pittman had his huge touchdown last week. And then there’s Jalen Reagor, the first-round pick for a WR-needy team. He had a hand injury that cost him most of the first seven weeks of the season, but Carson Wentz is feeding Reagor now that he’s back. Reagor has 6, 7, and 5 targets in his three games since returning from injury, which accounts for 15.5% of Carson Wentz’s target volume. That’s no small feat when you consider the Eagles throw to their tight ends and running backs first.
This week, Reagor gets the Seattle Seahawks and their dreadful secondary. Seattle allows the most fantasy points to wide receivers on the year, averaging two wide receivers in HPPR double digits against them per game since their week six bye.
Deep Wide Receiver Sleeper: Denzel Mims versus Miami (7% rostered)
Denzel Mims went slightly later than all the other wide receivers I noted above. The Jets took him with the #59 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but a hamstring injury landed him on IR to start his career. Mims made his NFL debut with a 4/42 effort on seven targets against Buffalo in week seven. He has at least seven targets in three-of-four games, and has increased his yardage from 42, to 62, to 71 in consecutive games. He’s opening up the New York passing game a bit, and is rewarding fantasy managers looking to him as a WR3. This week, he gets Miami and their middle-of-the-road pass defense.
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