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We took a look at some Sleeper Options. Here’s a look at some deep sleepers for leagues with minimal options on the waiver wire.
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Josh McCown, QB, Chicago Bears
Scott Tolzien, QB, Green Bay Packers
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tennessee Titans
Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos
Dennis Johnson, RB, Houston Texans
Brian Leonard, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets
Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, New England Patriots
John Carlson, TE, Minnesota Vikings
Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis Rams
Andrew Quarless, TE, Green Bay Packers
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Brandon LaFell
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Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of Lester’s Legends under-the-radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you this week.
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Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
Eli Manning has thrown 17 interceptions and has a 57.1 completion percentage and a 70.8 passer rating. He is also averaging 258.6 yards and just 1.2 touchdowns per game. I expect him to look better against the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have allowed 313 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game. Eli threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns (three interceptions) in the season opener against Dallas.
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Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Rashard Mendenhall is averaging just 47.2 total yard per game and 2.9 yards per carry, but he continues to see double-digit carries. In fact, he’s averaging 13.1 carries and 14.7 touches per game. While he’s been unimpressive, Mendenhall does have four rushing touchdowns on the year. Both Andre Ellington and Mendenhall make decent plays against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have allowed 126.1 yards per game at 4.4 yards per carry.  Indy has yielded eight rushing scores, which gives Mendy hope for a short-yardage score.
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Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers
Brandon LaFell has been targeted 25 times in the past three games. He secured 17 of those looks for 181 yards and a score. Cam Newton took a huge step by beating the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. He’s a decent play against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have allowed 242.3 passing yards per game
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Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
Delanie Walker has scored a touchdown in three of the past four games. On the year he’s averaging 40.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He’s facing the Oakland Raiders. They just got torched by Garrett Graham to the tune of seven catches for 136 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders have allowed 252.7 passing yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears
Robbie Gould is ninth in the league in scoring with 84 points on 19 field goals and 27 extra points. He’s facing the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have allowed 10 field goals and 28 extra points.
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Green Bay Packers Defense
The Green Bay Packers are a mediocre defensive unit, but the Minnesota Vikings are a bad team. The Vikes are getting terrible quarterback play and Adrian Peterson (groin) isn’t his normal self. Minnesota ranks 26th in total offense (317.7 ypg) and have allowed 22 sacks.
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Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of LestersLegends’ under the radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you in Week 12.
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Colin Kaepernick or Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Nothing like a quarterback controversy to spice things up in the Bay Area. Whoever Jim Harbaugh chooses for his quarterback this week makes a decent plug-in play against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints rank 31st with 305 passing yards allowed per game. They are tied for worst in the NFL with 21 touchdown passes allowed.
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The other team that has allowed 21 passing scores is the New England Patriots. That makes New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez a sleeper option as well.
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Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos
Hillman slides into the starting role against the Kansas City Chiefs with Willis McGahee out. The Chiefs are giving up 129.2 rushing yards per game.
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Bryce Brown, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
It is hard to rely on anybody on the Eagles right now, but Brown will likely get a chance to carry the load with LeSean McCoy dealing with a concussion. The Carolina Panthers are giving up 118.4 rushing yards per game.
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Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Williams is averaging 59.7 yards per game with five touchdowns on the year. The Atlanta Falcons have had a pretty solid pass defense this year, but I’m expecting fireworks in this one. On the flip side, if Julio Jones is out, Harry Douglas could be a sound sleeper for the Falcons.
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Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers
Finley caught three passes for 66 yards and a touchdown last week. He had a 20-yard touchdown and a 40-yard grab to show some of the explosiveness he’s been known for. Was it a fluke or is he finally back on track? That’s the million-dollar question.
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St. Louis Rams Defense
The Rams rank 11th in total defense (337.4 yards per game allowed). The Arizona Cardinals rank 31st in total offense (283.7 yards per game) and 30th in scoring offense (16.3 points per game). They are averaging 12 points per game during their current six-game losing streak. The Cardinals have allowed an NFL-high 44 sacks.
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Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of LestersLegends’ under the radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you in Week 12.
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Christian Ponder @ Atlana:  Without Adrian Peterson the Vikings will have to take a different approach. That should mean more Percy Harvin and more Ponder. He ran for 71 yards last week and has definitely shown he’s comfortable making plays with his feet. If he can limit the bad decision he has a chance against a Falcons team that ranks 26th against the pass (254.1 ypg allowed). Matt Leinart @ Jacksonville is perhaps an even deeper sleeper, but they could ease him in with a run-heavy game plan.
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Donald Brown vs. Carolina:  The Panthers rank 30th against the run allowing 140.7 ypg. Donald Brown has been one of the few bright spots on the winless Colts this year. If Joseph Addai can’t go again and you’re in a bind, why not see what Brown can do for you. Joe McKnight vs. Buffalo has a good match-up as well if you’re desperate, assuming LT is out. C.J. Spiller @ New York Jets suddenly becomes a nice sleeper play with Fred Jackson out. Even if he doesn’t get it done running the ball, he should see a lot of looks in the passing game.
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Early Doucet @ St. Louis isn’t a sexy pick, but he has at least 5.0 fantasy points in the past six games.
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Scott Chandler @ New York Jets:  The Bills are running out of healthy bodies. We know that he’s a good red zone target at 6’7″, but he should play a bigger role in the passing game as well.
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St. Louis Rams DST and Arizona Cardinals DST:  Neither are quality options most weeks, but they can be used in a pinch this week as they face each other’s feeble offense.
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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.
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Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota Vikings
He’s obviously not a sleeper in the actual sense of the word, but I’ve contended for year that the former meaning of the word is dead. Everybody know everybody. I have Favre on this list because he’s been awful this year. He got his way though, and Brad Childress is gone. The handcuffs are off Darrell Bevell now. Watch him open up the offense against Washington’s 29th ranked pass defense. If you’re looking for a really deep sleeper, give Tennessee’s Rusty Smith a whirl.
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Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants
OK, so he’s also not a sleeper, but he is a player that is not typically in starting lineups. He will get the starting nod though, and likely the goal line carries because of Ahmad Bradshaw’s fumbling issues. Plus, if Bradshaw puts another one on the ground, he could find himself watching from the sidelines.
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Derek Hagan, NewYork Giants
Now we’re talking about someone who’s a lot further under the radar. With Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith out, Hagan should get plenty of opportunities against Jacksonville’s 28th ranked pass defense.
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Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham caught five passes for 72 yards last week with Jeremy Shockey out. He will likely get the nod again as the Saints’ short week may not be enough for Shockey’s ribs. If he’s out, look for Graham to have another solid game. I didn’t want to come off as a Giants fan, but Kevin Boss is another solid play this week with all the injuries at WR and their RB issue.
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San Francisco 49ers Defense
I mentioned the Cleveland Browns in my Sit/Start article, so while they qualify, I’ll offer another option. The 49ers have been one of the more disappointing teams in the league. Patrick Willis has played better of late, and with Arizona on tap, the Niners should have a solid performance.
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