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October 11, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

Fantasy Football 2012: Week Six Offensive Sleepers

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Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins

Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position.  Hit by injuries?  Low in the waiver priority order? Are you ready to pull the plug on Antonio Gates?  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.




Philip Rivers:  His 354 yard effort against New Orleans was not quite enough to vault him into the top fifteen, so he lands here as a sleeper.  He threw for two touchdowns in Weeks Four and Five, both games on the road.  Aside from a terrible game against the Falcons his rating is over 95.0 in every contest.  Denver is nineteenth in scoring defense at 22.8 points per game.


Christian Ponder:  He gets another soft matchup Sunday as the Vikings visit Washington and their extremely generous pass defense.  Three of his five games have produced fifteen or more fantasy points.  He has seven total touchdowns against two interceptions.


Ryan Tannehill:  His completion percentage is in the mid-60%s the last two games, showing improvement over his first three.  Miami gets St. Louis at home, and while the Rams are third in defensive passer rating it is still early in the year.  They have not done enough to prove they are an above average defense yet.


Running Backs


Isaac Redman:  He was only one carry behind Rashard Mendenhall last week, and with a short turnaround to a Thursday game the balance should continue.  Tennessee is last in the league in scoring defense and 28th in rushing yards allowed per game.  Any Steeler that touches the ball has fantasy value.


Brandon Bolden:  He rushed fourteen times Sunday after a sixteen-carry effort in Week Four.  Seattle has a stout run defense but New England has scored at will since Week Two.  Bolden should see at least ten carries with some red zone work highly probable.


William Powell:  Powell is the next man up on Arizona’s depth chart, and while the Cardinal running game has not inspired much confidence so far this week’s matchup is too good to pass up.  Buffalo is allowing 5.7 yards per rush and has given up a league high nine touchdowns on the ground.


Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Wide Receivers


Emmanuel Sanders:  To drive home the point:  any decent skill position player facing Tennessee has a chance to break out.  Sanders was targeted seven times last week and 23 for the season, a strong fourth on the team.


Brandon Gibson:  In the wake of Danny Amendola’s injury Gibson is the next man up.  He is the only other Ram receiver with more than ten catches.  Miami allows 282 passing yards per game.


Jeremy Maclin:  He is too talented to stay quiet any longer.  Detroit has a 101.3 defensive passer rating and is yet to pick off a pass.  This is the week Philadelphia’s offense breaks the 25 point barrier for the first time in 2012.


Tight Ends


Brandon Myers:  This unknown Raider leads all tight ends with 13.4 yards gained on each target.  A quarter of his catches gained 20 yards or more.  He is pushing hard for more involvement in the passing game.


Zach Miller:  Right behind Myers is Miller at 10.7 yards per target.  He is second on Seattle in catches.  Tight ends have scored four times in the last three games against the Patriots and they are one of four teams allowing ten or more fantasy points per game to TEs.


Coby Fleener:  He rebounded from a goose egg in Week Three with five catches for 41 yards.  While he and fellow rookie Dwayne Allen are seeing even time on the field Fleener is by far the preferred receiving option.  The Jets give up 8.6 points to opposing tight ends on average.




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