Samaje Perine
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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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Bye Week: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Seattle
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Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts – Titans have already allowed 12 passing TDs.
Brian Hoyer, QB, San Francisco 49ers – Averaging 306.3 yards in past three games.
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets – Another 300-yard passer against New England?
Jamaal Charles, RB, Denver Broncos – Only gets a handful of carries, but could produce against the Giants who are allowing 139 yards per game.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals – New Orleans was a disaster. He’ll get more touches with Arizona.
Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins – Should get most of the ground work against the Niners
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons – Should see extra targets with Sanu out.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Washington Redskins – 116 yards last week.
Roger Lewis, WR, New York Giants – Eli has to throw to somebody.
Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons – Should see extra targets with Sanu out.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears – Should be heavily targeted by Mitchell Trubisky.
David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns – Dart throw play with three TDs in last four games.
Baltimore Ravens Defense – Faces Chicago.
Green Bay Packers – Faces Minnesota. QB play is a question and ground game likely played above the norm last week.
Washington Redskins Defense – Faces San Fran.
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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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Brian Hoyer, QB, Chicago Bears
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos
Bobby Rainey, RB, New York Giants
James White, RB, New England Patriots
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears
Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston Texans
Richard Rodgers, TE, Green Bay Packers
Detroit Lions Defense
Tennessee Titans Defense
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By Eric Stashin, www.rotoprofessor.com
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Looking for a sleeper option who may be available on your waiver wire who could make a major impact this week?  Let’s take a look at a few options (for consideration on this listing from week-to-week, a player must be owned in less then 50% of both Yahoo and ESPN leagues):
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Quarterback:
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Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs – at Houston

There’s no questioning how bad the Chiefs receiving corps has been thus far this season.  Just look at the teams’ Top 5 receivers as proof:
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  1. Tony Moeaki – 16 receptions, 173 yards, 2 TD
  2. Dwayne Bowe – 9 receptions, 152 yards, 1 TD
  3. Jamaal Charles – 8 receptions, 106 yards, 0 TD
  4. Dexter McCluster – 7 receptions, 93 yards, 1 TD
  5. Chris Chambers – 7 receptions, 76 yards, 0 TD

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It’s pathetic, but we all know the group is significantly better then what they’ve shown thus far.  While the offense is built around Charles and Thomas Jones, Cassel has proven in the past that he is capable of a big day, and not just during his New England days.  He torched the Browns in December of ’09 for 331 yards and 2 TD.  He had 262 yards and 2 TD against Jacksonville in November of ’09.
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The potential is there, and he certainly has the matchup for it.  The Texans have been lit up in the passing game this season, allowing 329.6 yards per game and 11 TD overall.  They’ve allowed 19 plays of at least 20 yards and six of at least 40 yards.
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Chances are, this is the week that Bowe finally awakens.  Remember, this is the same player who had 86 catches and 1,022 yards just two seasons ago.  He’s not this bad and sooner or later he’s going to show it.

If it’s not him, it could be Moeaki, McCluster or Chambers.  The Texans have been bag against the pass week after week, so you have to think that the Chiefs will at least take their shots in Week 6.
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Cassel is currently owned in 24% of Yahoo leagues and 10.3% of ESPN leagues.
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Other possible quarterback sleepers (who may fall short of the 50% requirement):
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  • Vince Young – Tennessee Titans – 40% of Yahoo leagues & 69.9% of ESPN leagues
  • Chad Henne – Miami Dolphins – 43% of Yahoo leagues & 64.6% of ESPN leagues

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During the bye weeks you often 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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Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs:  I am anything but in love with Matt Cassel this year, but despite averaging 162.5 passing yards and 1 TD this year, he’s a decent play for the desperate of the desperate. He’s taking on Houston’s NFL worst pass defense that has been shredded for 320 yards per game and 11 TDs.
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Mike Tolbert, RB, San Diego Chargers:  The starting gig will be going to Ryan Mathews soon, but Tolbert has earned the chance to be involved despite being held to 11 yards on 12 carries by the Raiders. He salvaged the day with a TD. He’s facing St. Louis this week, and is a solid flex RB play.
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Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants: Jacobs is another fine flex play this week as he takes on Detroit. He has scored in consecutive weeks and Detroit is near the bottom in every defensive rushing category.
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Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis Rams:  I’m sure Danny Amendola will be a popular guy in fantasy lineups, but don’t forget about Gibson, who has 84 yards and a score over the past two weeks. Laurent Robinson doesn’t seem to be at full strength yet.
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Legedu Naanee, WR, San Diego Chargers:  Assuming his hamstring is good to go, Naanee makes a nice desperation play against the Rams.
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James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers:  With Jermichael Finley out for an extended period and Donald Lee ailing, the Packers could go with a lot of three receiver sets. I like his chances more if Aaron Rodgers is playing, but even if it’s Matt Flynn, they are going to use more three WR sets.
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Tony Moeaki, TE, Kansas City Chiefs:  Not a big game for Moeaki last week, but he has either a TD or 50 yards receiving in every game this year. Plus, he’s playing Houston.
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Seattle Defense:  Seattle isn’t a sexy defense, but they are facing the Bears, who lead the league with 21 sacks allowed. Jay Cutler has improved his propensity to throw INTs, but if they ring his bell, the Bears could turn to Todd Collins, who has 5 INTs in 27 attempts.
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