Nov 14, 2012
Want to start out by apologizing for not writing a sleeper article the last 2 weeks. Conditions have prevented me from being able to do so, but now I’m back.
We are at a crucial part of the fantasy football season, and whether you are a playoff lock, trying to make a playoff push or playing spoiler it is your duty to try and win. On the final bye week we see the Vikings, Giants, Seahawks and Titans all off this week. That along with some injuries and you could be in need of a spot start, and that’s where this will help. Lets get started!
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles.
Fans in Philly have been begging to see Foles start, and this week he will. Unfortunately it came at the expense of Michael Vick who suffered a severe concussion. Foles looked decent in his debut, but will be more prepared for his first career start this week. He also will be facing the Redskins who’s pass D is one of the worst in the league. The Redskins allow 303 passing yards per game and on average allow over 20 fantasy points a game to opposing QB’s. Foles completed 22 of 32 passes and threw for 219 yards in less then a full game. In an entire game, with a favorable match up, Foles should have a solid game. Expect around 16-18 fantasy points this week.
Other Sleepers: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Tannehill, Sam Bradford.
Chris Ivory, New Orleans Saints
By now you all have seen Ivory’s ridiculous touchdown run against the Falcons. In the past 2 games, he has been very successful. In the last 2 games (the only games this season he was active) Ivory has rushed for a touchdown and averaged 7.1 yards per carry. Ivory has also been involved in the passing game. While he has not led the Saints in carries, he has been the most efficient RB since Sproles went down. This week he has a great match up going against the Raiders who allow 100 rushing yards per game. They have also allowed 13 rushing touchdowns on the year. Expect for Ivory to get more carries, and finish with around 10-62-1.
Other Sleepers: Marcel Reece, Jonathon Dwyer, Danny Woodhead, Daniel Thomas.
Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers.
Not only was Alexander not on a fantasy roster for most of the season, he wasn’t on an NFL roster either. But now he is a member of the Chargers and exploded last game for 5-134-1 against Tampa Bay. He is poised to continue this level and play and will get the opportunity in what should be a shoot out against the Broncos. While its unlikely he breaks a slant route out for an 80 yard touchdown again this week, he does have that big play ability. The Chargers are a pass heavy offense and desperate for a win. In order to do that they will need to pile points and that all leads to success for Alexander. Expect around 5-70-1 this week.
Other Sleepers: Donald Jones, Donnie Avery, Brian Hartline.
Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions.
Pettigrew has been a let down so far this season. But he scored in his last game and will look to keep the momentum going. The reason he is a good start this week is simple, to be in the game against the Packers the Lions will have to score and often. With the ability to put up a lot of points its very likely Pettigrew will find the end zone for a second straight week. In his 9 games this year he has been targeted 69 times, so he is getting the ball thrown to him a fair share. Expect around 5-43-1 this week.
Other Sleepers: Dwayne Allen, Logan Paulsen, Anthony Fasano.
While the Cowboys D has played pretty well in reality, it has not transitioned into a lot of fantasy points. This week they have a great match up against the Browns. The Browns have done a good job protecting the QB this year, only allowing 14 sacks, which ranks 5th in the league. But they have turned the ball over, as QB Brandon Weeden has thrown 12 picks on the year. That along with the big play ability that the Cowboys showed last week can lead to yet another big fantasy week.
Other Sleepers: Bengals, Rams.
Hope these help, and good luck this week to all!