Week 14 Sleepers and Start’ems for 2013
Playoffs! Playoffs? Can you believe that we’re already in the home stretch? Trade deadlines are passed, teams will be forced to build through waivers which isn’t such a bad thing. The time is upon us to strengthen our benches and prepare for the worst. Nobody can predict the unpredictable and injuries can happen at any second of any game. Solidifying your bench is a must at this point in the game.
Week 13 Sleepers/Start’ems RECAP
DA GOODZ (Recommended starts that made us look good)
Carson Palmer Ari @ Phi – 24 of 41 for 302 yards 3TDs and 2Ints
Alex Smith KC vs Den – 26 of 42 for 293 yards 2TDs and 1Int
Josh McCown Chi @ Min – 23 of 36 for 355 yards 2TDs
Ryan Fitzpatrick Ten @ Indy – 21 of 37 for 201 yards 1TD and 3Ints with 8 carries 54 yards 1TD
Running Backs (Rec = Reception)
Fred Jackson Buf @ ATL – 11 carries 42 yards 1TD and 4rec 36 yards 1TD
Shane Vereen NE @ Hou – 10 carries 38 yards and 5rec 37 yards 1TD
Andre Brown NYG @ Wash – 14 carries 35 yards 2TDs and 3rec 23 yards
C.J Spiller Buf @ ATL – 15 carries 149 yards 1TD and 2rec 8 yards
Chris Johnson Ten @ Indy – 18 carries 69 yards and 6rec 32 yards 1TD
Wide Receivers ( Rec = Reception)
Larry Fitzgerald Ari @ Phi – 5 rec 72 yards 1TD on 8 Targets
Michael Floyd Ari @ Phi – 5 rec 99 yards 1TD on 10 Targets
Kendall Wright Ten @ Indy – 6 rec 77 yards on 11 Targets
Anquan Boldin SF vs STL – 9rec 98 yards on 14 Targets
Harry Douglas ATL vs Buf – 6 rec 73 yards on 15 Targets
Alshon Jeffery Chi @ Min – 12 rec 249 yards 2TDs on 15 Targets
Tight Ends (Rec = Reception)
Vernon Davis SF vs STL – 4rec 82 yards 1TD on 5 Targets
Rob Gronkowski NE @ Hou – 6 rec 127 yards 1TD on 12 Targets
Not so goodz. (Recommended starts that made us look bad)
QB Tony Romo Dal @ Oak – 23 of 32 for 225 yards 1TD
QB Andy Dalton Cin @ SD – 14 of 23 for 190 yards 1TD and 1Int
QB Colin Kaepernick SF @ STL – 19 of 28 275 for 275 yards 1TD
QB Matt Ryan ATL vs Buf – 28 of 47 for 311 yards 1TD
RB Giovani Bernard Cin @ SD – 14 carries 57 yards and 1 rec 9 yards
RB Marshawn Lynch Sea vs NO – 16 carries 45 yards and 3rec 12 yards
RB Danny Woodhead SD vs Cin – 7 carries 22 yards and 2rec 13 yards
WR Jarrett Boykin GB @ Det – Statless
WR Nate Burleson Det vs GB – Statless
WR Rueben Randle NYG @ Wash -3 rec 20 yards on 4 Targets
WR Terrance Williams Dal @ Oak – 3 rec 23 yards on 6 Targets 1FL
WR Stevie Johnson Buf @ ATL – 5 rec 55 yards on 8 Targets 1FL
WR Dwayne Bowe KC vs Den – 3 rec 56 yards on 7 Targets
WR Rod Streater Oak @ Dal – 3 rec 57 yards on 4 Targets
TE Tim Wright TB @ Car – 2 rec 17 yards on 3 Targets
TE Coby Fleener Indy vs Ten – 3 rec 50 yards on 5 Targets
TE Jordan Cameron Cle vs Jac – 4 rec 43 yards on 7 Targets
TE Delanie Walker Ten @ Indy – 1 rec 5 yards on 2 Targets (Concussion)
WEEK 14 SLEEPERS and START’ems for 2013
Tom Brady NE vs Cle - I know Brady isn’t a “sleeper” per say, but he is my MUST START QB of the Week! Brady has regained his mojo after a terrible run. He has completed 70 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions in the last 4 games. The Browns pass defense, which had been strong most of the year, is collapsing. They have just 2 sacks and have yielded 8 passing touchdowns in the last 3 games.
Nick Foles Phi vs Det - The Eagles are 5-2 since he was moved into the starting lineup. He has completed 124 of 196 passes for 1,791 yards, 19 touchdowns and – get this – 0 interceptions. He has even added 145 yards and 2 scores on the ground. More encouraging this week is that he is playing at home against pass-happy Detroit and a high-scoring game should result. The Lions rank 26th in the NFL in passing yards allowed (3,147) and 19th in touchdowns yielded through the air (21).
Cam Newton Car @ NO - Newton completed 18 of 29 passes passes for 263 yards. He also led the team with a season-high 68 yards rushing on 5 carries, including a 56-yard scamper midway through the first quarter that he might have taken all the way if a defender hadn’t tripped him up from behind. Newton has now scored multiple touchdowns in 3 straight games.
Carson Palmer Ari vs STL - This was the 3rd consecutive game with 300 or more passing yards for Palmer. He also has thrown at least 2 touchdown passes in 5 straight games. Palmer had just 119 passing yards in the first half, but with the team down 17-7 at the half, the Cardinals began throwing more, giving Palmer the extra boost. The Cardinals face the Rams in Week 14. Palmer passed for 327 yards and two touchdowns when the teams first faced each other in Week 1.
Shane Vereen NE vs Cle - Vereen is my MUST START RB of the Week! He missed most of the season because of a wrist injury he suffered in the season opener, posted his first touchdown with a 9-yard reception in the 3rd quarter. Vereen came very close to a 3-touchdown game Sunday. Vereen took a 12-yard catch on the opening drive of the second half down to the 1-yard line. He was pushed out of bounds before he got a chance to stretch the football across the goal line. One play later, James Develin had a 1-yard touchdown run. In the 4th quarter, Tom Brady threw a perfectly placed pass to Vereen in the end zone, but the 15-yard touchdown went through Vereen’s hands and bounced off his chest for an incomplete pass.
Andre Brown NYG @ SD - Brown gained just 35 yards on 14 carries, an average of 2.5 yards per carry, in the Week 13 win at Washington. But he satisfied his Fantasy owners with two touchdown runs, giving him 3 scores in 4 games since returning from a broken leg. Brown ripped off a 23-yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter. Early in the 4th, he lunged across the goal line on second effort for a 1-yard score. Brown caught three of the five passes thrown his way for 23 yards.
Eddie Lacy GB vs ATL - The Falcons have been terrible defensively and have only gotten worse in recent weeks, allowing 149 rushing yard to the Bills’ C.J. Spiller in Week 13 and 163 rushing yards to the Buccaneers’ Bobby Rainey in Week 11. Overall, the Falcons rank 30th against the run, allowing 135.4 yards per game. They’ve given up the 6th-most Fantasy points to running backs.
Bobby Rainey TB vs Buf - Running backs are averaging 108.1 rushing yards per week. Running backs have also totaled 5 rushing touchdowns in the last 3 games against Buffalo. The trend has started to change against Buffalo, as running backs have averaged 24 standard Fantasy points the last 3 weeks. Even though Rainey is coming off 2 bad games, the Bucs continue to feed him the football. The last time he had a favorable match-up, he went off against the Falcons. Rainey could be in for another good game Week 14, so Fantasy owners have to give strong consideration to starting him.
Vincent Jackson TB vs Buf - V.Jax is my MUST START WR of the Week! The NFL’s 6th-most targeted wide receiver coming into the game had only 3 receptions, but because of a 60-yard grab along the sidelines early in the 2nd quarter, he led the team with 75 yards. Jackson also led the team in targets, but he had only 5 on a day when QB Mike Glennon attempted just 21 passes.
Andre Johnson Hou @ Jac - Johnson had a strong performance Sunday, totaling 8 receptions for 121 yards. His longest catch went 29 yards and he failed to haul in just 1 of 9 targets. Johnson had 2 receptions of 20-plus yards Sunday. Johnson has 5 games this season with at least 100 receiving yards, with 3 coming in the last 5 games.
Torrey Smith Balt vs Min - Smith has now scored in 3 of his last 5 games and has produced 74-plus yards in 3 of those 5 games as well. He continues to be Flacco’s No.1 target with 4 games of 8-plus targets in the last 5 weeks as well.
Keenan Allen SD vs NYG – Allen has cracked the century mark 3 times over his last 5 games. He has 32 receptions for 444 yards and a touchdown over that 5-game span and continues to be heavily involved as Rivers No.1 target especially on third downs.
Nate Burleson Det @ Phi - It’s the first time this season Burleson hasn’t caught 6 or more passes in a game. And it’s his first game without a catch since November of 2009. I would consider this to be the exception and not the norm going forward, especially since fellow receiver Kris Durham suffered a shoulder injury in the game.
Greg Olsen Car @ NO – Olsen is my MUST START TE of the Week! He was held out of the end zone for just the 2nd time in 6 games Week 13 against the Buccaneers, but he made his mark in another way, leading the team with 5 catches for 85 yards. Olsen has been averaging 8.0 targets in his last 3 games compared to 4.3 in his previous 6 weeks.
Jason Witten Dal @ Chi - Witten is the No. 5 Fantasy tight end but has disappointed lately, catching 9 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown over his last 3 games. He’s on pace for 109 targets, which would be his fewest since 2006. But, yup there’s a but! The Bears give up the 3rd most receiving yards per game (70.8) to tight ends and rank 22nd in Fantasy points allowed to the position.
Heath Miller Pit vs Mia - Miller appeared to score a 20-yard touchdown in the 4th quarter, but was ruled to have been taken down at the 1 yard line after review. That ruling extended his scoreless streak to six games, though he did finish with a season-high 8 catches for 86 yards. Miller has been his usually dependable self after recovering from knee surgery, but he has found the end zone just once, after scoring 8 times a year ago.
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