2010 Fantasy Football: Week 17 Sleepers

Dec 30, 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.
Trent Edwards, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
With David Garrard out, Trent Edwards gets a chance to start against Houston’s league worst pass defense. They are allowing 277.1 yards per game with 32 passing touchdowns allowed. After giving up 300+ yards to Tim Tebow, anything is possible.
Correll Buckhalter, RB, Denver Nuggets
Knowshon Moreno’s ribs could keep him out of action this week against San Diego. The Chargers don’t allow many yards, but they are in the lower 50 percent in rushing touchdowns allowed (13).
Derek Hagan, WR, New York Giants
Hakeem Nicks is out again, meaning Hagan should get additional looks against Washington. The Skins have allowed the second most passing yards per game (262.9) this season. Hagan had seven catches for 65 yards against them in Week 13.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
My assumption is that New England won’t risk Wes Welker to a serious injury at the end of this year after losing him last year. If he’s out, Edelman could get some looks because he’s basically a Welker clone.
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
In his past three games against the Browns Miller has averaged 63 receiving yards with two touchdowns. Look for a strong finish to a disappointing 2010 season.
Miami Dolphins Defense
I may be reaching a bit here, but if New England plays it safe this week, the Dolphins defense could turn in a fine performance. They are a risky play because the Patriots don’t tend to conform.

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