2010 Fantasy Football: Week 13 Sleepers

Dec 2, 2010

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Sometimes because of match-ups you have to roll out less than ideal lineups, especially when your players are nicked up. That’s the nature of the beast. Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here are some of the under the radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you.
Derek Anderson, QB, Arizona Cardinals
It is not easy starting a quarterback with a 68.2 passer rating and a 52.8 completion percentage,but he was able to throw for 295 yards and a score when he faced St. Louis in the season opener. The Rams rank 23rd with 259.1 passing yards allowed per game.
Brian Westbrook, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Westy basically came off the street and rumbled for 136 yards and a touchdown. There’s little chance he touches those numbers against the Packers, but if you’re in a bind, there are worse options. Anthony Dixon is an option in deeper and/or touchdown heavy leagues.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
The Panthers are going nowhere fast, but J-Stew at least showed some semblance of his former self when he ran for 98 yards against the Browns. Mike Goodson had better numbers, but there should be plenty for both against Seattle’s 22nd ranked run defense.
Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Rice actually regressed last week going from three catches for 56 yards to one catch for 20. Brett Favre has been a little better at home though. This is more of a gut call than anything, but I think Rice will have a solid showing against Buffalo, who is tied for 23rd with 20 passing touchdowns allowed.
Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins
With Brandon Marshall out, Hartline is a good bet to continue his recent hot streak. He’s averaged 82 yards the past four games. Cleveland ranks 20th with 250.6 passing yards allowed and tied for 21st with 19 passing touchdowns allowed.
Joel Dreessen, TE, Houston Texans
Dreessen was held to 15 yards last week, but managed to score in his second straight game. Houston and Philly figure to be involved in a shootout, meaning all hands on deck for the Texans. Dreessen had four catches for 106 yards and a score against the aggressive Jets defense. He could be very active against an aggressive Philly team.
Seattle Seahawks Defense
They aren’t conjuring up memories of the Super Bowl Shuffle Bears, but they have managed 26 sacks and 19 takeaways. Playing the Panthers at home makes them a perfect plug and play defense this week.

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9 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Grant
    December 2nd, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    So you said that Sidney Rice is a gut call … my gut says that Jason Avant will have a big game tonight. I know you have your list above … but does starting Avant in place of a guy like Fitzgerald sound crazy? Here’s my situation:

    Jennings (hurting)
    Fitzgerald (ugh)
    Manningham (must-start I think)
    Marshall (hurting)
    M. Williams, SEA (hurting)
    Rice (hurting)
    Ochocinco (ugh)

    Assuming Jennings plays this weekend, then Jennings + Manningham + Fitzgerald is reasonable. But would you consider taking a chance on somebody else on that list (or Avant) over Fitzgerald?

  2. LestersLegends
    December 2nd, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Fitz has not been great by any means. I can totally see Avant having a nice game tonight against Houston. Would I have the guts to do it? Maybe not, but I am staring Bradford over Big Ben in what’s basically a playoff game. I can see taking that calculated risk.

  3. Tanner
    December 2nd, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Hoomanawanui is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain, last I heard. Bajema or Fells could benefit, but it’s a little tough to tell which one will step up over the other.

  4. LestersLegends
    December 2nd, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    That would really make him a deep sleeper. Thanks Tanner.

  5. Grant
    December 2nd, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    What really adds to my thinking is that there is a chance that Jennings doesn’t play this weekend, and I may need to start Fitzgerald or (God forbid) Sidney Rice. Good thing is, I am essentially in the playoffs already, so it may not matter either way.

  6. LestersLegends
    December 2nd, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    For you it would be best if Jennings rested. I need him in both of my money leagues though.

  7. Dude
    December 2nd, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    My RB situation is a joke… I have resorted to Fred Jackson and Mike Goodson, but they have been monsters in the last 3 weeks. I also have Addai and Stewart on the bench, with Forsett (ugh..) occupying as well; any ideas?

  8. Tony P.
    December 2nd, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    Who would be the best option to fill my flex spot?

    S. Rice
    M. Sims-walker
    D. Brown
    R. Mendenhall

  9. LestersLegends
    December 2nd, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    Dude – I’d keep trotting out F-Jax and Goodson.
    Tony – Mendenhall. Tough match-up but he’s going to get the touches.

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