We are finally done with all the bye weeks. Unfortunately there are a lot of key players out due to injury, and even more struggling. At this point in the season wins are vital and a sleeper could help you get that. With that said lets get into it!
Colin Kaepernick, San Fransisco 49ers.
After being limited to the “Tebow” role all season, Kaepernick finally got a start and he picked apart the statistically best defense in the league. Kaepernick completed 16 of 23 pass attempts, for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns. His arm looked very strong and accurate, and he is able to manuver outside the pocket. He also rushed for 12 yards on 4 carries. The post game press conference seemed like the Niners are considering making Kaepernick the full time starter, and Smith is still not ready to come back as of now. The Niners play the Saints next week who have allowed 21 touchdowns through the air, and allow 305 passing yards per game. Owners must keep an eye on Smith’s status, but Kaepernick is definitely worth a pick up, and start if he starts. Expect around 16-20 fantasy points if he starts.
Other Sleepers: Chad Henne, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Russell Wilson.
Jalen Parmele, Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jags have been struggling since Maurice Jones-Drew went down, and Rashad Jennings was not effective. Parmele got the start last week, and on 24 carries he collected 80 yards. Those stats become much more impressive knowing it was against the Texans, the number 2 rush D in the league. This week, Parmele will go against the Titans who rank 28th against the rush. The Titans allow 132 rush yards per game, and have been burned for 9 rushing TD’s this season. Expect around 24-103 with the potential for a TD this week.
Other Sleepers: Vick Ballard, Bryce Brown, Felix Jones, Knowshon Moreno.
TY Hilton, Indianapolis Colts.
There are two major questions surrounding this pick- Which Colts offense will show up this week? And, which Bills D will show up this week? While the Bills D have been playing better, many still expecting this game to be a shoot out. Coming off a 6 catch 100 yard game, his 3rd of the season, which he grabbed 2 touchdowns. The best thing for Hilton is this week he will go against inconsistent CB Leodis McKelvin, and with teammate Donnie Avery likely out he should be involved in more plays. The Bills rank 17th in recieving yards per game, but have allowed 19 touchdowns through the air. Expect around 6-79-1 this week for Hilton.
Other Sleepers: Mohamed Sanu, Donald Jones, Justin Blackmon, Kenny Britt.
Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars.
Lewis is coming off his best game of the season, in which he posted 3-40-2. Lewis has a knack for finding the end zone, even though he hasn’t done so much this season. But against a very bad Titans secondary, who have allowed 20 touchdowns receiving, it is likely he scores again. He is a big touchdown or bust candidate, but with Henne at the helm it is a good possibility he scores. Expect around 3-33-1 this week.
Other Sleepers: Dwayne Allen, Dustin Keller, Dallas Clark.
The Patriots DST lit up the scoreboard last week. Three touchdowns is a lot to ask for, but against the Jets this week they should have a couple of opportunities to return one. The Pats D which has already forced 27 turnovers, and more fumbles then any team in the league, get a Jets team that have struggled mightily on the offensive end. The Pats should force a couple turnovers and have the ability to return one.
Other Sleepers: Cardinals, Rams, Panthers, Bills.
Hope these sleepers help! Good luck this week!