The blasted bye weeks are wreaking havoc in leagues from coast to coast. Of course the rash of injuries isn’t helping either. So when looking down your roster, the possibility of a nice sleeper performance can relieve some stress! This week we have a few to run through and hopefully one of these players pulls through for you this week!
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers are finally working with some semblance of confidence in 2013 and will be looking for their 3rd straight win against the Oakland Raiders this weekend. Traveling cross country is never easy, but Roethlisberger gets to face a team that has yielded over 240 yards through the air this season. With the return of sure-handed and reliable TE Heath Miller, Big Ben looks more comfortable behind center and should be in line for a productive afternoon.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals – Despite some horrendous decision-making very unlike a veteran quarterback in the NFL, Palmer is still putting up some decent fantasy numbers all things considered. This week against a banged up Atlanta Falcons defense he could find an acceptable level of success as a bye week fill in.
Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins – I think it is safe to call Miller quite a disappointment thus far in 2013. However he has a golden opportunity this week against the New England Patriots. So far this season, the Pats are allowing just under 130 yards per week on the ground. The Dolphins will need Miller to get going to achieve a solid balance and I think this is the week Miller lives up to expectations.
Peyton Hillis, New York Giants – I will preface this by saying if RB Brandon Jacobs is in the lineup, then all bets are off regarding Hillis. However if Jacobs and his 31 year old hamstring are still not cooperating and he misses the contest, I would expect Hillis to have a fine performance against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles defense is improving slowly but surely, but they have trouble with power backs, as well as backs that are a threat in the receiving game, so if it looks like Hillis is getting the starting nod, he’s a quality play.
Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints – A player of his stature can’t stay down for long, right? He was never a speed guy, just a great route runner who worked like a charm in this offense. A few things are going in Colston’s favor this week. Firstly would be the Buffalo Bills secondary. So far they’ve allowed almost 260 passing yards per game. Also, should TE Jimmy Graham miss the game with the foot injury, QB Drew Brees will be looking for a longtime friend in Colston. Bank on it.
Donnie Avery, Kansas City Chiefs – After a few weeks of obscurity, injury and ineffectiveness, chances are good Avery has a resurrection of sorts this weekend. With WR Dwayne Bowe likely to be covered by Browns CB Joe Haden, Avery should be able to take advantage of some mismatches to make some noise.
Terrence Williams, Dallas Cowboys – With each passing week, Williams has been more involved in the offense and gaining the trust of QB Tony Romo. With WR Austin Miles battling the “forever hammy”, Williams has stepped up in a big way. Look for this to continue this week against the Detroit Lions, who aren’t immune to giving up the big play.
Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams – Of course, I could be off base with this selection, but to me it seemed to make sense. Cook is a freight train in cleats, and can and will get open. With QB Sam Bradford done for the season and the torch likely handed to QB Kellen Clemens this weekend, Cook will be a solid safe target without question. In a game where the Rams are likely to be ahead almost prior to kickoff, Cook could be this week’s King of garbage time production.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings – The former Fighting Irish alum has been alternating his effectiveness recently. Two weeks ago he was a force, while this past week he was a non-factor. This week I think he gets the ship righted against the Green Bay Packers. With QB Christian Ponder back behind center with the injury to QB Josh Freeman, it would behoove Ponder to make Rudolph his best friend. Safe outs, move the chains and minimal mistakes.
Good luck this week!
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