Oct 4, 2012
There are 4 teams that are on bye this week. That, along with some key injuries, have fantasy owners digging deep down their roster, or the waiver wire, trying to find someone to start. A key to a win this week could be finding a sleeper!
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals.
Dalton has been playing very well this year, much in part to his very talented WR core loaded with AJ Green and Andrew Hawkins, with TE Jermaine Gresham. Not only is Dalton playing well, he has a favorable match up this week against the Dolphins. The last 3 QB’s to go against Miami have put up 300 yards, and Kolb last week had multiple touchdowns. While he has thrown 1 pick in every game this year, he has also thrown multiple touchdowns in the last 3 games. That along with the tough D against the run that Miami posses, and it all leads to Dalton having a good game. Expect him to top 20 fantasy points, and be a top 12 fantasy QB on the week.
Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers running attack has been so bad this year, that people forget that they weren’t always a team that relies on the pass. The duo of Isaac Redman and Jonathon Dwyer have combined to average 65 rushing yards-per-game, which ranks 31st in the NFL. If Mendenhall is ready to go, as he says he is, he should be thrown into the fire and see anywhere from 10-15+ carries. It is understandable to sit Mendy until he proves himself, as he does go against a very tough Eagles rush D, but other backs have proven to be fine after experiencing the same knee injury (Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles). Expect Mendenhall to put up 8-12 fantasy points, and be a low end No. 2 RB or flex option, as a bye week replacement.
Domenik Hixon, New York Giants.
Hixon’s value for week 5 is sky rocketing now that Hakeem Nicks has been ruled out. Cleveland’s secondary without Joe Haden is atrocious as they allow the 2nd most fantasy points in the league to opposing WR’s. With Barden likely out with a concussion, Hixon is the only legitimate threat at the WR position behind stud Victor Cruz. Expect Hixon to put up a stat line around 6-72-1 this week, and is a very solid WR 3 option.
Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills.
Many people see the opposing match up against the 49ers and think to bench all Bills. What many people don’t know that as good as the 49ers D is, they aren’t the best at stopping the pass, especially against opposing tight ends. If the Bills fall behind, they will look to pass a lot, and Chandler has become a red zone favorite of Ryan Fitzpatrick. He looked great pulling in two TD’s against the Pats last week, and while he remains a TD or bust candidate, he is a good low end starter this week. Expect 3-38-1 from Chandler this week.
The Vikings D is likely not viewed at as a sleeper anymore after the last two weeks, but their special teams always has the ability to bring one to the house and pickup a quick 6 points. That along with the fact that they have had multiple sacks in every game, and recovered at least one fumble in 3 games so far gives fantasy owners a lot to look forward too. The bad part is their secondary, which not only gets torched, but they have only recorded one pick on the season. The big play ability makes them a good start option this week, and going forward.
So there you have it, a sleeper at each position that you can plug into your lineup this week if you need a bye week replacement, or need to replace an injured player.