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September 25, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

Fantasy Football 2012: Week Four Offensive Sleepers

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills

Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position.  Hit by injuries?  Low in the waiver priority order? Thought C.J. Spiller would hold you at running back for the year?  Try one of these guys out.  For the first four weeks sleepers are based on live draft results.  Players must be outside the top 15 QB, top 25 RB, top 40 WR, and top 15 TE.




Ryan Fitzpatrick:  On Monday night New England’s pass defense sure looked like the unit that was historically bad last year.  Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick has five touchdowns against no interceptions over the past two games.  Buffalo hung 34 points on the Patriots the last time they played in Orchard Park.


Christian Ponder:  He logged a second straight strong game Sunday, a 94.7 rating, two-touchdown effort made more impressive because it was against San Francisco.  He visits Detroit next and the Lions are allowing 31.3 points per game.  Ponder’s completion percentage is up from 54.3% to 70.1%.


Josh Freeman:  He is yet to record a standout game but the matchup is stacked in his favor this week.  The Redskins have allowed a league high ten passing touchdowns.  They are also giving up 337 yards per game and 9.1 yards per attempt.  Expect Vincent Jackson’s 37% catch rate to improve after Sunday.


Running Backs


Jacquizz Rodgers:  Michael Turner has not fallen off a cliff yet, but Rodgers had fifteen touches from scrimmage to Turner’s fourteen last week.  He caught all five passes thrown his way and took one into the end zone.  Carolina’s run defense is struggling, they are allowing 4.5 yards per carry.


Cedric Benson:  Benson had difficult games against the league’s premier defenses, but the Saints are the opposite of that.  No opposing rusher has failed to look good against New Orleans.  Benson is also the only option in the Packer backfield, through Monday night’s game he is the only running back to record more than a carry per game on the season.


Toby Gerhart:  Picking on the Lions, Part II.  Unless the game is out of hand he is likely limited to 6-12 touches but he showed good productivity in 2011.  He averaged 4.9 yards per carry and scored on three of 23 receptions.


Brandon Stokley, WR, Denver Broncos

Wide Receivers


Leonard Hankerson:  Pierre Garcon is still a question mark and in his stead Hankerson is the most active wide receiver.  He might not make the most catches but at 20.7 yards per catch is the one to make a big play.  Tampa Bay has picked off six passes, but also surrendered more yards than any other team.


Andre Roberts:  Aside from Larry Fitzgerald Roberts is the only Arizona receiver over 100 yards.  He also leads the team with two touchdown grabs.  The undefeated Cardinals host Miami and the Dolphins have given up 309 passing yards per game.


Brandon Stokley:  His 73.3% catch rate is the best among Bronco receivers and his fifteen targets are nothing to sneeze at.  His familiarity with Peyton Manning is paying off at the start of the season.  Oakland is one of eight teams whose opposing passer rating exceeds 100.


Tight Ends


Owen Daniels:  He leads all Texans with twenty-two targets, well above last year’s 84 target pace.  His worst fantasy performance is six catches for 47 yards.  Tennessee is allowing opposing quarterbacks to run up a 119.0 rating and 313 yards per game.


Scott Chandler:  He scored touchdowns in the first two games and is a close third on Buffalo with fifteen targets.  He is third among tight ends with 14.1 yards per catch.  Expect the Bills to get many scoring opportunities against New England.


Kyle Rudolph:  Picking on the Lions Part III.  Rudolph has three quick touchdowns this year and was targeted three times in the red zone last week alone.  He is second to Percy Harvin on the team in receiving yards and is catching over 70% of his targets.




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