With the NFL bye weeks in full swing now, filling your roster holes with productive options is paramount. Of course drafting for depth and with the bye weeks in mind is preferable, but not always possible. So sometimes it takes a few Sleepers to get you through the week with a well-deserved victory!
Let’s take a look!
Eli Manning, New York Giants – I have been a Philadelphia Eagles fan far too long and have seen this happen far too many times. Play Manning.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears – While the New Orleans Saints defense is vastly improved, I think they’ll show since dents in the armor this weekend on the road in legendary Soldier Field. Many pundits have Cutler as a sit, but I think unlike the Dolphins did last week, the Bears won’t abandon the run too early and that balance should be beneficial to the passing game for sure.
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams – After last week’s expected hiccup against San Francisco, the Jacksonville Jaguars represent a welcome opponent for Bradford and the Rams without question. With their running game in a state of flux, look for the Rams to go to the air attack easily in this one. If you are in need of a bye week fill in at quarterback, look no further.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars – He is by far the most talented player on the offensive side of the ball and still possesses a nice amount of ability. This is a stellar matchup for Jones-Drew and he should pay dividends.
Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers – For some of us elder statesmen around here, we remember when RB Darren Sproles played in the backfield for the San Diego Chargers. In his first year as a Charger, Woodhead is looking more and more like a poor man’s Darren Sproles with his versatile play. Expect him to be heavily involved this week against the Oakland Raiders.
LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots – His attempts have been limited yes, but he has done some nice things with them. As long as RB Stevan Ridley continues to battle injury and inconsistency, Blount will get more and more opportunities to make things happen. As of Friday, both Ridley and RB Brandon Bolden were still limited so Blount’s chances to make a fantasy impact are that much greater this weekend.
Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams – You’ll recall just reading about how the Rams running game is in a state of flux. Truthfully, I still feel that way, but I think this is the weekend that Stacy gets the opportunity to lead this maddening RBBC and comes out with some solid production. Realize that if the Jaguars were not on the schedule this week, we wouldn’t be entertaining the thought, but they are, so well, we are. Stacy could turn some heads this weekend.
Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions – Ok, so maybe he just psyched everyone out last week. With another opportunity in a solid matchup, look for Broyles to put up the type performance that folks were expecting last week. With plenty of attention focused on WR Calvin Johnson and RB Rggie Bush, Broyles should operate unfettered in the slot. That’s right, I said unfettered.
Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders – With QB Terrelle Pryor back against a challenged San Diego secondary, Moore could be in for a solid game, even if it is after his bed time. This game could end up being a shootout, and that spells fantasy F-U-N.
Reuben Randle, New York Giants – This in general could be a solid weekend for many of the New Giants skill players (I didn’t mention RB Davis Wilson this week.. so let’s see).. This may sound bizarre, but the Eagles historically struggle against solid WR3 options. This is as close as I can come to guaranteeing a touchdown for Randle this week.
Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans – Coming off a minor rib fracture, and an opportunity to change his fortunes whether in Tennessee or to whomever he possibly gets dealt to as the trade deadline nears, Britt could surprise this weekend. Yes the Kansas City Chiefs are solid defensively, but Britt is unlikely to draw coverage from Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers. He should be able to take advantages of enough mismatches to put together a solid, albeit surprising afternoon.
Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers – He has shown some glimpses of talent this season, and as long as his targets continue to rise and he is smart on the field and with the football, he will emerge as a flex WR3 option in this offense. This week against the Raiders, Allen should have plenty of opportunities to get open and make plays. WR Eddie Royal is still stuck on five touchdowns for the season and his early season fizz is turning flat. This bodes well for Allen.
Kellen Winslow, Jr., New York Jets – He presents a huge element of risk as his knees are akin to an 80 year old. But with the Jets receiving corps banged up beyond recognition, it is not out of the realm of possibilities to see his targets and all around production rise this week against the Atlanta Falcons.
Sean McGrath, Kansas City Chiefs – Talk about making the most of your opportunities. With the Chiefs reaching down the bench to their 4th rostered tight end, their healthiest tight end, McGrath is gladly running with his chances in the starting lineup. Coupled with some smart, straight-forward route running, and the fact that Head Coach Andy Reid values and makes the most out of the position, McGrath could be in for another nice outing. Gotta be the beard.
Brandon Myers, New York Giants – After a dismal game last week where he was held without a single catch, I would expect Myers to rebound in a big way this weekend against the Eagles. He could prove very useful under the middle if QB Eli Manning is under any duress from the Philadelphia pass rush. Hey, it could happen.
Dallas Clark, Baltimore Ravens – There are a few things going in Clark’s favor this weekend against the Miami Dolphins. First and foremost, the Dolphins have been abysmal against opposing tight ends. Also, with some of the Ravens wide receivers hurting and fellow TE Ed Dickson being a little less than terrible, Clark could have himself a productive game.
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