Fantasy football sleepers to help you win Week 13

by Tim Heaney and Cory J. Bonini on November 27, 2013 @ 08:41:32 PDT

 

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In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Note: All statistics are from Week 9 through Week 12, unless otherwise stated.

Quarterback

Josh McCown, Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings

Jay Cutler (ankle) won't suit up, so McCown should build on his steady run as fill-in. Cutler lit up Minny for 292 yards and three touchdowns on a 71.1 completion percentage in Week 2. This battered secondary was already a liability before cornerback Josh Robinson (sternum) went down. CB Xavier Rhodes has a concussion, and safety Harrison Smith (toe) must sit out a few more weeks.

Vikings vs. QB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
30
4
25.0
25
41
61.7
292.5
2.00
0.25
4.3
28.5
0.25
0.33
2.5

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers

Though he only mustered 93 aerial yards in Week 11, he averaged 312.33 with 2.33 scoring tosses per contest over his previous three. His eight picks in his current trio, however, cast a shadow. Sunny San Diego should be the fantasy cure, though. Heck, they let Alex Smith net 294 passing yards and three touchdowns, and the Bolts have endured of the worst corner play in the league. Those numbers would be worse had they not enjoyed a Ryan Tannehill breather.

Chargers vs. QB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
22
4
21.5
24
35
68.1
295.8
2.00
0.75
3.5
8.5
0.00
0.25
2.3

Running back

Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans

Brown was nonexistent last week, but no one else in Indy's backfield is remotely close to being the answer. His disappearing act was likely due to the scoreboard and Brown's insufficient pass protection skills. He should see the bulk of the carries this week and has the chance to exploit one of the league's worst defenses against running backs.

Titans vs. RB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
29
4
25.0
24.5
95.8
3.9
1.50
7.00
65.0
9.3
0.25
0.25

Joique Bell, Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Detroit has a terrible pass defense, which is no secret. Even though it looks like quarterback Matt Flynn will start for the Pack, the Lions need to do everything in their power to keep him off the field. Yes, even Matt Flynn instills fear versus a defense this shoddy. Pounding the rock is a great way to keep an enemy quarterback from slinging it all day, and Reggie Bush can't do it by himself. Bell profiles as the better back to see work around the stripe.

Packers vs. RB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
24
4
21.3
30.8
157.0
5.1
0.75
3.75
29.5
7.9
0.00
0.25

Montee Ball, Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs

Check back for Knowshon Moreno's status as he battles a deep bone bruise in his leg. Ball should have a substantial role even if Moreno plays. Denver rushed the veteran 37 times a week ago, which could seem like a distant memory if he plays in Week 13. The Chiefs' defense has stumbled lately and can be taken advantage of up the middle since KC's outside 'backers typically pin their ears back and rush upfield.

Chiefs vs. RB position (per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
30
3
26.0
31.7
140.3
4.4
1.33
4.33
43.7
10.1
0.33
0.00

WRs and TEs

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Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

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