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December 6, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

2012 Fantasy Football: Week 14 Offensive Sleepers

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Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers

Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position.  Hit by injuries?  Low in the waiver priority order?  Did you limp into the playoffs?  Try one of these guys out. In Weeks Five through Seventeen candidates will be sorted by 2012 fantasy points.  Players must be outside the top 15 QB, top 25 RB, top 40 WR, and top 15 TE.




Colin Kaepernick:  His passing skills are becoming apparent, with 106 attempts under his belt he is completing 65.1% and averaging 8.38 ypa.  Miami gives up plenty of yards through the air while limiting opponents’ success on the ground.  This should force the San Francisco offense to run through the quarterback and allow him to pile up the points.


Eli Manning:  He was far from outstanding Monday but with over 8.0 ypa for the second straight week is far improved from the bumbling signal caller that slumped into the bye week.  The Saints allow 8.3 ypa and 287 passing yards per game.  Fantasy quarterbacks victimize them for almost 20 points per game.


Jake Locker:  It’s all about the opportunities; Locker has attempted 85 passes in the last two games.  Indianapolis has given up 300 yards passing in three of their last four games.  They are 27th in defensive passer rating and have only six interceptions.


Running Backs


Jonathan Dwyer:  Pittsburgh has seemingly settled on Dwyer for one more week at least, even though he is under 3.5 yards per carry in three of his last four games.  Lanes could open up when facing San Diego however.  The reeling Chargers still have a good overall ranking against the run but backs ripped off at least 120 yards in each of the last three games against them.  That only happened once in the previous nine contests.


Knowshon Moreno:  If he can grind out 83 total yards against Tampa’s elite run defense he should torch Oakland’s sorry unit.  He has 24 touches in both games since Willis McGahee was hurt so there is a demonstrated commitment to getting him the ball.  Oakland has allowed eight rushing touchdowns in their last five games.


Alex Green:  The worm has turned again in the Green Bay backfield as James Starks is out with a knee injury.  Newly signed Ryan Grant can hardly be expected to be in game shape.  Detroit’s rush defense is tied for 25th, allowing 4.6 ypc.


Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams

Wide Receivers


Chris Givens:  The explosive receiver is getting more and more looks from Sam Bradford.  Givens has 27 targets in the last three games.  He matches Roddy White with 9.6 yards per target.  The Bills are 29th in scoring defense, allowing 28.1 points per game.


Antonio Brown:  It is a good day for Pittsburgh offensive players as Ben Roethlisberger was officially announced as the starting quarterback.  Brown received ten targets last week, his first action in a month.  San Diego is 21st in passing yards allowed per game.


Kenny Britt:  Although the results were limited Britt was on the field more Sunday than at any other time this season.  He also scored for the second straight week.  The Colts have a weak pass defense and surrender the third most fantasy points to wide receivers.


Tight Ends


Jared Cook:  If there is one sleeper I am going down with the ship on it is Cook.  How can you not love twenty targets in the last two games for a tight end though?  Tight ends have found the end zone against Indianapolis the last three games and in four of five.


Dallas Clark:  He has touchdowns in three of the last four games and Tampa has moved up to the fourth position in scoring offense.  The Bucs have scored at least twenty points in every game since September 23.  Philadelphia is 28th in defensive passer rating.


Garrett Graham:  He suffered a concussion Sunday but practiced Thursday so odds are decent that he plays Monday night.  Over the last three weeks he has the same number of catches as Owen Daniels.  New England gives up 280 yards per game in the air and the fourth most points to fantasy tight ends.



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