SleepersNovember 28, 2012


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By aylor70

Week 13 means one thing: playoffs. They’re either starting or will shortly for most leagues. With most leagues trade deadline already passed, in this article of sleepers we will take a look at playoff matchups. I will first go over some sleepers for week 13, then take a look at weeks 13 to 17 and try to prepare you for playoffs. I will go over what teams have the best matchups for your starters, and then take a look at some sleepers that could help your chances in the playoffs.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami

Tannehill matches up this week against a poor New England secondary. They have given up over 300 passing yards in four of the last five games, and at least one passing touchdown in each of those. Tannehill has only thrown over 300 yards once, and only has one game where he has thrown multiple touchdowns. Even with that being said, if you are in need of a quarterback this week, look for Tannehill to have a good game.

Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland

Cleveland is in Oakland this week, and that means good things for Weeden owners. In the last four games, Oakland has given up 11 passing touchdowns and over 250 passing yards per game. Weeden did take a big hit last week against Pittsburgh, but all indications are that he will be ready to play. If not, Weeden owners might want to look at Colt McCoy.

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta

Rodgers had 10 touches and a touchdown last week along with two pass receptions out of the backfield. With Michael Turner not playing up to the level we expect from him, look at Rodgers to begin to see a larger role going forward. It also helps that he matches up with a New Orleans defense that’s known for giving up big points.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, San Francisco

Jacobs got his first two touches of the season last week, and his first run looked good — until it was brought back by a penalty. Kendall Hunter is done for the season, and San Francisco has all but wrapped up a playoff spot. Look for them to rely more on Brandon Jacobs as the season winds down to save Frank Gore. He could also start seeing some goal line touches.

Ryan Broyles, WR, Detroit

I dropped the ball on this one last week. I remember telling everyone I knew about it, but somehow he didn’t make the article. With Titus Young out, Broyles got his chance and took full advantage of it. He had six catches for 126 yards against Houston last week, and those that were watching saw him drop an easy pass in the end zone. Look for him to step up the rest of the year, and especially this week against Indianapolis.

Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee

This is the week for you Britt owners. I know I said it last week, but this week is it. Tennessee matches up against Houston, who is fourth in pass defense. But one overlooked fact is that Houston is also 29th against No. 2 receivers. Look at Broyles last week for some proof. This week, Britt should be targeted a lot, and he should have a good game. Please don’t let me down again!

Dallas Clark, TE, Tampa Bay

Clark has been looked at more and more over the last three weeks. This week, Tampa Bay goes up against Denver, who has given up the most points to TEs in the NFL this year. Look for Josh Freeman to look for Clark in this one.

New York Jets D/ST

The Jets have been up and down all year. Fortunately, this week they have a favorable matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. We aren’t sure which quarterback will be playing this week, John Skelton or Ryan Lindley, but look for a lot of interceptions and few points regardless. The Jets shouldn’t disappoint.

Playoff Matchups

I looked at the matchups that teams have over the next five weeks, and looked at how many fantasy points these teams are giving up at each position. I then used this to determine who has favorable matchups based only on their opponents. I used how many points they give up compared to the NFL average. I then averaged all the teams for five weeks and looked at who had the largest average advantage. I did not take into account any specific players. So don’t take this advice and sit Adrian Petersen just because someone else has a more favorable matchup. This should help you figure out who to pursue on the waiver wire, who to fill in for an injured player, or just who to keep on hand just in case.

Quarterbacks

Good Matchups

Atlanta: New Orleans, Carolina, NY Giants, Detroit, Tampa Bay.
New York Giants: Washington, New Orleans, Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia.
Tampa Bay: Denver, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Saint Louis, Atlanta.
Tennessee: Houston, Indianapolis, NY Jets, Green Bay, Jacksonville.
Philadelphia: Dallas, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Washington, NY Giants

Bad Matchups

Pittsburgh: Baltimore, San Diego, Dallas, Cincinnati, Cleveland
Oakland: Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Carolina, San Diego
San Diego: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Carolina, NY Jets, Oakland
Baltimore: Pittsburgh, Washington, Denver, NY Giants, Cincinnati
Kansas City: Carolina, Cleveland, Oakland, Indianapolis, Denver

Running Backs

Good Matchups

Atlanta: New Orleans, Carolina, NY Giants, Detroit, Tampa Bay
NY Giants: Washington, New Orleans, Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia
Tampa Bay: Denver, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Saint Louis, Atlanta
Tennessee: Houston, Indianapolis, NY Jets, Green Bay, Jacksonville
Philadelphia: Dallas, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Washington, NY Giants

Bad Matchups

Pittsburgh: Baltimore, San Diego, Dallas, Cincinnati, Cleveland
Oakland: Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Carolina, San Diego
San Diego: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Carolina, NY Jets, Oakland
Baltimore: Pittsburgh, Washington, Denver, NY Giants, Cincinnati
Kansas City: Carolina, Cleveland, Oakland, Indianapolis, Denver

Wide Receivers

Good Matchups

Tennessee: Houston, Indianapolis, NY Jets, Green Bay, Jacksonville
Indianapolis: Detroit, Tennessee, Houston, Kansas City, Houston
Houston: Tennessee, New England, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Indianapolis
Chicago: Seattle, Minnesota, Green Bay, Arizona, Detroit
Philadelphia: Dallas, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Washington, NY Giants

Bad Matchups

Oakland: Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Carolina, San Diego
Baltimore: Pittsburgh, Washington, Denver, NY Giants, Cincinnati
San Diego: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Carolina, NY Jets, Oakland
Dallas: Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Washington
Cleveland: Oakland, Kansas City, Washington, Denver, Pittsburgh

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Tampa Bay: Denver, Philadelphia, New Orleans, St. Louis, Atlanta
Atlanta: New Orleans, Carolina, NY Giants, Detroit, Tampa Bay
Miami: New England, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Buffalo, New England
Carolina: Kansas City, Atlanta, San Diego, Oakland, New Orleans
New Orleans: Atlanta, NY Giants, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Carolina

Bad Matchups

Pittsburgh: Baltimore, San Diego, Dallas, Cincinnati, Cleveland
Cincinnati: San Diego, Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore
San Diego: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Carolina, NY Jets, Oakland
Arizona: NY Jets, Seattle, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco
Denver: Tampa Bay, Oakland, Baltimore, Cleveland, Kansas City

Kickers

Good Matchup:

Indianapolis: Detroit, Tennessee, Houston, Kansas City, Houston
Carolina: Kansas City, Atlanta, San Diego, Oakland, New Orleans
Green Bay: Minnesota, Detroit, Chicago, Tennessee, Minnesota
Cincinnati: San Diego, Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore
Detroit: Indianapolis, Green Bay, Arizona, Atlanta, Chicago

Bad Matchups

St. Louis: San Francisco, Buffalo, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Seattle
Miami: New England, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Buffalo, New England
Baltimore: Pittsburgh, Washington, Denver, NY Giants, Cincinnati
Arizona: NY Jets, Seattle, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco
San Francisco: St. Louis, Miami, New England, Seattle, Arizona

Defense/Special Teams

Good Matchups

San Diego: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Carolina, NY Jets, Oakland
NY Jets: Arizona, Jacksonville, Tennessee, San Diego, Buffalo
Cincinnati: San Diego, Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore
Jacksonville: Buffalo, NY Jets, Miami, New England, Tennessee
Kansas City: Carolina, Cleveland, Oakland, Indianapolis, Denver

Bad Matchups

Minnesota: Green Bay, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Green Bay
Miami: New England, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Buffalo, New England
Philadelphia: Dallas, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Washington, NY Giants
Baltimore: Pittsburgh, Washington, Denver, NY Giants, Cincinnati
Denver: Tampa Bay, Oakland, Baltimore, Cleveland, Kansas City

 
Taylor Aaland has been playing fantasy football his whole life and is now taking a shot at writing. He is a die hard Minnesota fan, so fantasy sports are the only way for him to make it through every season.
 
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One Response to “Week 13 Sleepers”

  1. jpweber says:

    My Week 14 Sleepers

    WR:

    With Amendola out, I guess he’s still considered a sleeper, but I called Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis, 3 weeks ago … picked him up off waivers in one of my leagues, and he’s paying dividends. I’d pick Givens up even if Amendola comes back.

    Cecil Shorts isn’t considered a sleeper anymore, but he’s consistent for 6 catches and 90 yards just about every game.

    Danario Alexander for San Diego has been very consistent — at least Rivers can complete receptions to him, since he’s ignoring Antonio Gates. Alexander has been getting like 5 or 6 for 80 every week for about 5 weeks now.

    James Jones is back in the mix. He scores TDs, and Jordy’s hammy injury could be a lingering one. Jones could be a solid WR3 if Jordy misses extended time.

    Mike Thomas or Titus Young of Detroit. If Young works his way back into the favor of management, then he’s a must pickup. Now that Ryan Broyles is out — looks like it’ll be an extended period of time — assuming Young can’t make it back onto the field, Mike Thomas becomes a good pickup, and a solid WR3 since Detroit’s a passing team.

    Brandon Stokley. It seems that Peyton doesn’t target Decker as much as he did earlier in the season, and Stokley is always good for 4 or 5 receptions a game, so a good pickup in a PPR league.

    RB:

    Bryce Brown has looked good, but although he’s had 2 incredible weeks in his first starts since high school, I’d stay away from him. When McCoy is healthy, Brown won’t see any time. And Brown has fumble-itis …. 2 in his first game, and a critical fumble in the Dallas game … so a coach who’s about to be fired isn’t going to want to put someone in with fumble-itis. He needs to either keep two hands on the ball, or learn to carry the ball with the outside hand.

    David Wilson, NYG. Ahmad Bradshaw is made of balsa wood, and gets hurt all the time. Now that TD-Vulture Andre Brown is out for the year, maybe David Wilson will be a low-end emergency option, but a RB2 if Bradshaw gets hurt again.

    Deep sleeper: If Baltimore wraps things up anytime soon, Bernard Pierce of Baltimore could see some carries. They might want to rest Ray Rice before the playoffs, and Baltimore wants to see if this guy can play or not.

    Joique Bell, Detroit. He’s seeing increased touches. Although Leshoure is the man, if he goes down, Bell is the #2 ahead of Kevin Smith. Bell is also a TD vulture if Leshoure remains healthy.

    TE:

    Dallas Clark is starting to come into sync with Josh Freeman.

    Not a sleeper, but if you own Brandon Pettigrew, you’re probably gonna wanna start him now, with Broyles out, and Mike Thomas as Detroit’s WR2. He’ll surely get more targets.

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