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October 18, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

Fantasy Football 2012: Week Seven Offensive Sleepers

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Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans

Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position.  Hit by injuries?  Low in the waiver priority order? Still waiting for Greg Jennings to come back?  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.




Tony Romo:  An early bye week and some interception woes caused him to slip out of the top fifteen quarterbacks.  He still has over 250 yards in every start, even those against the strong pass defenses of Seattle and Chicago.  Carolina generally provides more scoring opportunities, they surrender 25 points per game.


Matt Schaub:  He faces a new-look Baltimore defense that will be without its best defensive back and emotional leader.  Dallas scored nineteen second half points against them in a comeback bid.  Houston has not scored less than 23 points this season.


Brandon Weeden:  He is coming on statistically, averaging over 8.00 yards per attempt the last two weeks and connecting for four touchdowns in that span.  Rookie Josh Gordon has expanded his options in the passing game.  Indianapolis has a 104.0 defensive passer rating.


Running Backs


Daryl Richardson:  Steven Jackson is healthy but Richardson is getting touches and outperforming him.  He is averaging 5.2 yards per rush although the Rams’ schedule so far is littered with top run defenses.  Things ease this week with the Packers who are 17th against the run and have given up 27, 27, and 24 points the last three games.


Vick Ballard:  His stats thus far do not inspire confidence but last week’s game went bad so quickly for Indianapolis that the running game never got a fair shake.  Ballard remains atop the depth chart until Donald Brown returns.  Cleveland is 25th against the run.


Felix Jones:  He is the starter again because a foot injury befell DeMarco Murray.  Jones is also riding some momentum after rushing eighteen times for 92 yards Sunday.  He could make an impact both running and catching.


Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans

Wide Receivers


Kendall Wright:  He has at least eight targets in every game since the opener and despite changing quarterbacks, is catching over 63% of them.  He is sixteenth in targets among wide receivers.  Buffalo is 20th is passing yards allowed per game.


Stephen Hill:  New England’s secondary is terrible, they are last in the league with fifteen passing touchdowns allowed.  Last week alone Seattle converted six plays of over 20 yards.  Hill is New York’s best current deep threat and should find himself running free multiple times Sunday.


Brandon LaFell:  He emerged as a solid third option for Carolina this year with 226 yards in five games.  Almost half of his catches gained 20 + yards.  Despite a promising start Dallas is 25th in defensive passer rating.  They have one team interception.


Tight Ends


Dustin Keller:  He is another player poised to take advantage of New England’s porous secondary.  He shook off a hamstring injury and returned to action last week, albeit not showing up much in the box score.  He was on the field for almost 90% of the pass plays.  With Santonio Holmes unavailable Keller is essentially New York’s number one receiver.


Jason Witten:  He trails the fifteenth ranked tight end by one point so he likely has a very brief window of sleeper eligibility.  His catch rate has skyrocketed to 90.5% in the last two games, a huge improvement over the first three games’ 38.1%.  He is one of four tight ends that receives over 20% of his quarterbacks’ targets.


Fred Davis:  He is another tight end that started slowly but is quickly catching up to expectations.  In the last four games he has 260 yards and a 90.5% catch rate.  He is third among tight ends with 10.4 yards per target.



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