SleepersNovember 27, 2008

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Sleeper Watch

By Roberto Baltazar

As we head into week 13, here are some undervalued players with huge potential who you could consider starting if you are still hoping to clinch a division or wildcard berth in your fantasy league.

QB: Kerry Collins – Collins has proven that he can be a fantasy scoring machine. He put up 289, 230, and 243 yards passing and averaged 2 TDs in his last 3 games against the Bears, Jaguars, and Jets defenses respectively. This week he faces the Detroit Lions which has given up nice fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. He could be in for another big yardage-game this week, but don’t get too carried away unless you are a firm believer of the “Bobby Layne Curse.”

RB: LaDainian Tomlinson – This year, his performances can be considered mediocre and inconsistent as he hasn’t measured up to expectations, especially in terms of TD production. The Falcons rank 20th against the run and 23rd against the pass and thus, Tomlinson (if his toe permits) should have a great chance to prove his critics wrong. I expect this week’s matchup against the Falcons and his former RB backup Michael Turner to enable and motivate him to produce impressive fantasy points for his PPR owners. It would be really embarrassing to have Turner score more than his mentor and therefore we can expect Tomlinson to work harder in this matchup.

RB: Darren McFadden – Though he rushed for only 38 yards, McFadden managed to register two TDs last week and that’s a good sign that he is finally healthy. This week, McFadden takes on the KC Chiefs, who lost to the Buffalo Bills in week 12 to the tune of 54-31. Look for McFadden to find some running room against KC’s horrible pass defense and terrible rush defense.

RB: Derrick Ward – Ward is a great rusher averaging 5 yards per game and if Brandon Jacobs still needs to rest his knees on the sidelines, Ward would get the majority of the carries. I expect Ward to register nice stats and score at least one TD, especially when you take into account that some of the Redskins defenders have injury concerns (London Fletcher, Andre Carter and Kedric Golston).

WR: Ted Ginn – Greg Camarillo is out for the season and Ginn is now the number 1 wideout for the Dolphins. He is a solid start this week against a very meek Rams defense. Look for Ginn to use his speed and his QB to exploit the struggling Rams’ secondary with a solid passing attack.

TE: Vernon Davis – I’ve kept an eye on Davis ever since he caught a TD pass in week 10 and have noticed that he seems to click well with his new QB Shaun Hill. Coach Mike Singletary’s disciplinary measure must have woken him up. If you are not confident in your primary TE to perform at 100% due to health reasons or you don’t consider any Millers to be a thriller, Davis could be a decent deep sleeper this week.

DEF: Miami Dolphins – The Rams have been struggling not only on defense but also on offense. Just last week, they only scored 3 points and committed 4 turnovers. This week, the Rams are facing injuries to their QB Marc Bulger, star RB Steven Jackson, and offensive line anchor Orlando Pace. Don’t be surprised if the Dolphins dominate, shut out the battered Rams offense, and cruise to a smooth-sailing victory.

Roberto is a football enthusiast living in Asia and who recently became a Cafeholic. He's also a creative photographer and considered a signature design expert. You can catch up with Roberto in the Cafe Forums where he posts under the name of madaslives911.
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