Fantasy Football: Week 13 Playoff Sleepers
For some Fantasy Football owners this is the first week of the playoffs, an achievement in itself after grinding through the draft and regular season. Lots of thought, time, and some add/drops have contributed to your success, but like in life, you cannot rest on that success alone. Each year players emerge to score huge points and win championships whether it’s Drew Bennett, Larry Johnson, Ron Dayne, or Jerome Harrison. Not only do you want to win, but it pays to look like a genius while doing so.
Good Luck to you all this week and during the playoffs, I’ll continue to post pickups on Tues and sleepers on Thurs with a new Sunday morning Audibles column with last mintue adjustments.
Sam Bradford: The possible rookie of the year came out firing this year despite limited weapons and has been very successful. Coming off a big win the Rams face the Cardinals who have been horrible against the pass and in general this season. While his ceiling is somwhat limited by those around him, there is no reason to think he won’t have a solid game in a win.
Matt Cassel: Been a sleeper most of the season with KC’s super soft schedule. This week the Chiefs look for revenge against Denver after being blown out in Mile High a few weeks ago. Trailing by 20 for most of the game Cassel threw for 4 scores. Expect the Chiefs to play much better at Arrowhead and Dwayne Bowe to continue to beat anyone on the outside.
Josh Freeman: Threw for 189 and 2-2 last time they played in ATL. The team finally returns home for this huge divisional contest and I expect Freeman to play better.
Kerry Collins: He returned to practice and has a nice matchup this week versus Jacksonville, who we’ve picked on all season. Tennessee surely has struggled since the SD game but a home game with it all on the line might bring out the best in Fisher’s bunch.
Best Starts: Vick, Manning, Cutler, Rodgers, Brees
Solid Starts: Rivers, Brady
Felix Jones: Will have had 10 days to recover from injury suffered on Thanksgiving and faces a poor Colts run D (ranked 29th). They’ve been missing Stintim and Brackett the last few weeks which has hurt them even more. If both are out, it’s all systems go and probably his first rushing TD of the year.
Mike Goodson: In a split with Stew (who was impressive in his return) but Goodson continues to produce. While his team takes a tough trip to Seattle, there is nothing tough about their run D.
Mike Hart: He returned to practice this week and should return to take the top RB spot back.Brown has been very poor running the ball but has done some good work receiving. Nevertheless, Hart, who showed a lot in a little bit of time in his opportunity before he got hurt is worth an add and if you’re thin a start.
RB/WR Danny Woodhead: Don’t you think Bellichick would love to beat the Jets with the guy they gave up on? 10 days to prepare, at home, I think so….good luck in coverage Calvin Pace.
James Davis: If you remember Shanahan from his Broncos days then you probably remember how often this guy changed his RB. Looks like Davis is his new pet, tough matchup but there are carries here.
No doubt 12: MJD, Hilis, A.D. (if plays), Turner, CJ, JC, SJax, Forte, McCoy, Mendenhall, Tolbert, Foster
Injury Sleepers: Gerhart, Anthony Dixon, Choice
Nate Washington: Washington has always shown good chemistry with Kerry Collins and faces that Jax secondary this week. Although it doesn’t show up in the stats, Moss’ presence has helped and will continue to help Washington. If Collins start, you gotta love Washington this week.
Johnny Knox: The speedster showed last week that he only needs a couple plays to take advantage of a depleted secondary. This week he gets to run indoors at Ford Field versus a Lions secondary which is probably coming off a season worst performance. Hester worth a play in deeper leagues.
Derrick Mason: Not much of a sleeper since he’s been a zone buster for years but there’s lots to like about him this week. First, he has been very consistent the last few weeks scoring 10 fantasy points in 3 of 4. Next, he grabbed 6 balls for 80 yards in the first meeting with the Steelers. Lastly, he is not a risky selection if you’re trying to cover up the weakest spot on your playoff roster.
Danny Amendola: The 2010 PPR pimp and potental 2011 star (if Rams draft WR) is now taking handoffs! Scored 8 fantasy points last week and will always be the number one Ram targeted. Have a feeling he scores this week in addition to his consistent production. Alexander also worth a chance, has 23.3 points in his three games this season, and he should be able to crack double digits for the second time this season (20 snaps last week: 4 catches-95 yards).
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