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October 31, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

Fantasy Football 2012: Week Nine Offensive Sleepers

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Carson Palmer, QB, Oakland Raiders

Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position.  Hit by injuries?  Low in the waiver priority order?  Are you a New England homer who drafted three Patriot 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.




Carson Palmer:  He is hardly setting the fantasy world on fire but scored between fourteen and eighteen points in six of seven games.  Having a fully healthy Danarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey should boost his stock.  Oakland plays Tampa at home and the Bucs are one of three teams that give up over 300 yards per game in the air.  They rank 29th, allowing 8.3 yards per pass attempt.


Matt Schaub:  Houston should score against Buffalo, teams average 32.4 points against the Bills.  Amassing that many points would allow Schaub to be a fantasy asset even after Arian Foster and company earn their keep on the ground.  Buffalo is 24th in defensive passer rating.


Jay Cutler:  He has put up more than one stinker this year but Tennessee has not held a quarterback to less than fifteen fantasy points all season.  The Titans are 31st in defensive passer rating and 29th in passing yards allowed per game.  They have given up 30 points or more six times.


Running Backs


Jonathan Stewart:  His touches shot up last week to 21, and he is regarded as Carolina’s primary rushing option.  If he hit waivers after Week Four or Five now is a good time to pounce.  Washington is only average at stopping the run, they rank 15th in yards allowed per carry.


Mikel Leshoure:  He staggered through tough matchups against Chicago and Seattle, but the slate is about to get easier.  First up is Jacksonville, who allows 135.7 rushing yards per game.  Leshoure is a good buy low trade target to build RB depth.


Michael Bush:  His work tailed off the last two weeks as Chicago played tight contests.  Expect that to change when the Bears march to Tennessee.  Their brutal pass defense numbers are noted above and they are also one of six teams to already have given up over 1,000 rushing yards.


Anquan Boldin, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Wide Receivers


Anquan Boldin:  Cleveland is rising back to respectability in pass defense, currently 25th in yards allowed per game.  Since top cornerback Joe Haden should be concerned with Torrey Smith, Boldin can exploit the rest of the defensive backs.  He set season highs in catches and yards (9 for 131) in the teams’ first meeting.


Brandon LaFell:  Despite a very uneven campaign from Cam Newton, LaFell is gaining consistency.  Take away a goose egg against Atlanta and he is averaging eight fantasy points per game.  He has at least one twenty yard catch in six games.  Washington’s pass defense is as bad as it gets, they have given up 258 more yards than any other team.


Titus Young:  As soon as Nate Burleson went down Young came alive.  He has seventeen targets in the last two games and scored twice against Seattle.  Jacksonville is 29th in CHFF’s Defensive Hog Index, Detroit should have another good offensive day.


Tight Ends


Marcedes Lewis:  He is not a high-volume receiver but remains active in the scoring area with six red zone targets.  Detroit is 23rd in defensive passer rating and 25th in containing fantasy tight ends.


Kellen Davis:  At 6’7” he looks the part of a dynamic pass-catcher but has not produced like one so far.  His most productive game totaled three catches for 62 yards.  Still, he looks the part and found the end zone last week.  To pile on the Titans even more, they have given up a league-high eight touchdowns to opposing tight ends.


Brandon Myers:  He logged another solid but unspectacular game Sunday with three catches for 49 yards.  He remains very efficient, averaging over ten yards per target and catching over 80% of passes thrown his way.  No tight end has more receptions or targets without scoring.





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