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December 13, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

2012 Fantasy Football: Week 15 Offensive Sleepers

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Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position.  Hit by injuries?  Low in the waiver priority order?  Try one of these guys out.  From top seeds to spoilers this list has something for everyone.  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.




Russell Wilson:  He did not have to do very much, attempting only thirteen passes as Arizona spectacularly imploded.  That ended a stretch of five straight multi-touchdown pass games.  His rushing numbers were also trending up.  Buffalo is 27th in scoring defense so Wilson should have a hand in some touchdowns provided his defense does not beat him to the punch.


Ben Roethlisberger:  Sunday’s loss featured some extended garbage time, but he used it to run up a good fantasy day.  As the center of the Pittsburgh offense he has thirty pass attempts in every game that he finished.  Dallas is 26th in defensive passer rating.


Brandon Weeden:  Cleveland is on a three game winning streak averaging 22.5 points over their last four.  In the season’s second half Weeden is completing over 60% of his passes and through two December games his ypa is nearly 9.00.  Washington is 31st in passing yards allowed per game.


Running Backs


David Wilson:  The first round pick submitted a performance that cannot be ignored, especially in light of Ahmad Bradshaw’s various ailments.  He averages 5.8 ypc on turf against 3.5 on grass and this weekend’s game is in the Georgia Dome.  The Falcons’ rush defense has fallen off.  They give up 4.9 ypc, 31st in the league.


Beanie Wells:  In light of their quarterback play, could you blame Arizona for lining up and running all game?  Detroit has allowed five touchdowns to running backs in the last three games.  They are 27th in yards per carry.


Ben Tate:  With 46 yards on eight carries he was probably Houston’s best offensive player Monday.  More importantly he leapfrogged Justin Forsett on the depth chart.  The Colts are just behind Detroit in run defense.



Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans

Wide Receivers


Kendall Wright:  Quarterback and Offensive Coordinator changes have not slowed the steady Wright, he has sixteen catches on 27 targets in the last three games.  He leads the team in catches and is tied for the lead in touchdowns.  Picking on the Jets’ pass defense is not generally the best course of action, but effective slot receivers can exploit their linebackers and safties.


Kris Durham:  Detroit’s wide receivers have fallen like dominos, so say hello to the new starter opposite Calvin Johnson.  Fresh from the practice squad Durham had nine targets last week.  Arizona is 18th in passing yards per attempt but after holding five of their first six opponents under 20 points they have done so only once in the last seven.


Dexter McCluster:  Dwayne Bowe is very unlikely to play and that leaves McCluster as Kansas City’s top receiver.  In theory he should be successful no matter who is under center as short routes are his bread and butter.  Oakland is 31st in defensive passer rating, October was the last time they held a team under 20 points.


Tight Ends


Antonio Gates:  His fantasy stock is way down this year but the last two games offer some hope.  He saw eight targets in each one, the most he was involved in the offense since early October.  Carolina is 24th in defensive passer rating.


James Casey:  After getting burned when recommending Garrett Graham I am going back to the well with the healthier of Houston’s H-Back/TEs.  Casey has two scores in the last four games.  Indianapolis struggles in coverage, they are 27th in defensive passer rating.


Jermichael Finley:  Another colossal disappointment relative to draft position he is improving late in the year.  He was held under 50 receiving years for five straight games, but has exceeded that in three of the last four.  His catch rate in those games is 77.8%.  Aaron Rodgers has also boosted his ypa from 7.29 to 8.03 in the second half.




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