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October 3, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

Fantasy Football 2012: Week Five Offensive Sleepers

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Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears

Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position.  Hit by injuries?  Low in the waiver priority order?  Did you load up on Detroit skill position players?  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.




Jay Cutler:  He rebounded with a strong game Monday night connecting with old pal Brandon Marshall on several big plays.  He can be rattled behind his perpetually shaky offensive line but his Week Five opponent is not very threatening.  Jacksonville has two quarterback sacks all year and is giving up nearly 25 points per game.


Andrew Luck:  There are no kid gloves for this rookie, Luck is attempting over 40 passes per game.  His fantasy output has improved each game and he threw only one pick in his last two.  He enjoys a third straight home game against the Packers.


Alex Smith:  He did not need to do much as San Francisco rolled over the Jets but his skills are looking strong.  He is completing over two thirds of his passes and has one interception in 113 attempts.  He plays Buffalo and the Bills have given up over 40 points twice already.


Running Backs


Jacquizz Rodgers:  Atlanta’s backup again reached double digits in touches, even with Michael Turner having his best game of the year.  Washington is giving up over 30 points per game and has a woeful pass defense, so look for Rodgers to produce some healthy PPR numbers.


Bernard Pierce:  He stated his case for more playing time by averaging eight yards per carry on six runs.  This week he could be featured more as Baltimore plays the 1-3 Chiefs, who have been cumulatively outscored by 48 points.


Donald Brown:  A different Colt has led the team in receiving in each game but Brown is a constant atop the rushers.  He has three times the carries of backup Vick Ballard.  Green Bay allows 4.4 yards per run and 113 yards on the ground per game.


Sidney RIce, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Wide Receivers


Sidney Rice:  He is emerging as Russell Wilson’s favorite outside threat, with a seven target edge over his closest teammate.  Carolina is 21st in opposing QB rating and has given up at least 27 points in their last three games.


Randall Cobb:  Greg Jennings re-injured himself Sunday paving the way for Cobb to catch seven passes for 66 yards.  Factoring in his two runs he is only one touch behind Jordy Nelson this year.  Opposing passers have a 102.5 rating against Indianapolis.


Kenny Britt:  Provided his ankle is strong enough to play (and early indications are positive) he could have a big week.  While Minnesota’s defense has done well in two straight wins it is premature to believe their coverage woes are behind them.  Britt has proven he can succeed with Hasselbeck under center, and is a premier talent when he takes the field.


Tight Ends


Jacob Tamme:  He has not moved the fantasy meter since Week One but continues to see enough action to believe a breakthrough is possible.  The Patriots are one of three teams allowing double digit fantasy points to opposing tight ends and Peyton Manning has shredded the New England defense in recent years.


Fred Davis:  He looked like a bust through two games but has eleven catches for 160 yards in the last two.  With RG3 playing so well Davis has an even higher upside than he was given credit for before the season.


Jermaine Gresham:  He is second in targets and catches behind A.J. Green.  The Bengals have scored 99 points in their last three games.  To top it off Miami is giving up 298 passing yards per game, 30th in the league.



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