Passed Out at Your Desk: Buy One, Get The Next One Free
We're shortening up the sleeper column a bit this week. Fear not, because the benefit to the shorter column is ... more sleepers! First we'll take a look at players available in most shallow leagues and some normal-sized leagues. Next, we'll move on to players available in many normal-sized leagues and a few deep leagues. Lastly, we'll throw out some sleepers for your deep league owners.
Featured Sleeper: Beanie Wells, RB, ARI at STL
It's past time to pick this guy up. I've been praising him all season, and he's started to receive the heavier workload that we came to expect. Week 10 brought a season-high 18 touches, and Wells responded with 117 yards and two TDs. Tim Hightower may remain the starter, but Beanie has arrived and is on the fantasy landscape to stay. He has a great matchup this week, one he reprises in Week 16, which is likely your fantasy championship. With a game against Detroit in Week 15, Wells could get you to that championship game, and eventually help you win. He should be owned in 100% of your leagues, and he should be started as a flex or RB2 this week.
Kevin Walter, WR, HOU vs. TEN. Tennessee defense better, or just a spike?
Jamal Lewis, RB, CLE at DET. If you ever plan on using him, this is the week.
Mike Wallace, WR, PIT at KC. Ignore off day against Cincinnati -- this is a legit WR3.
Jason Campbell, QB, WAS at DAL. Dallas is below average against QBs.
Marcedes Lewis, TE, JAC vs. BUF. Buffalo is a mess -- a safety started at LB!
A Good Night's Sleep
Featured Sleeper: Cincinnati Defense, TM, CIN at OAK
What on Earth could be easier than facing a JaMarcus Russell-led offense? How about one led by Bruce Gradkowski? Or Charlie Frye? Russell was benched in favor of Gradkowski in Week 10 (surprising only to Russell), but the former Buc might miss next week's game with an injury. It says a lot about Russell that the Raiders are considering starting Frye in that game. Enter the Bengals, who are fresh off a huge win against the Steelers, keeping the defending champions out of the end zone for the entire game. Against this sad Oakland franchise, this matchup doesn't even seem fair.
Justin Forsett, RB, SEA at MIN. Hate the matchup, love the opportunity.
Bernard Scott, RB, CIN at OAK. Love the matchup, but splitting time with Leonard.
Devery Henderson, WR, NO at TB. Will they score 50 at Tampa Bay? Sixty?
Jerious Norwood, RB, ATL at NYG. If he can play, Norwood's the starter.
Robert Meachem, WR, NO at TB. Seventy?
Jake Delhomme, QB, CAR vs. MIA. Clicking a bit better with Steve Smith lately.
Jeff Reed, K, PIT at KC. Coming off huge game, and you can score on KC.
Featured Sleeper: Brandon Gibson, WR, STL vs. ARI
We discussed the universally-unowned Gibson in last week's 4th and 26 column (you'll find Forsett featured in the column as well). "Better to be too early than too late," I said. Keenan Burton quickly suffered what turned out to be a season-ending knee injury, and Gibson was thrust onto center stage. He responded to his first chunk of playing time by catching seven balls for 93 yards. St. Louis is rife with favorable WR matchups for the rest of the season, starting with the Cardinals this week. He could very well be the Drew Bennett of your fantasy playoffs this year. (Don't recognize that name? Ask your older brother.) Start Gibson this week, and if he can put together back-to-back good games, I love his prospects moving forward.
Sammie Stroughter, WR, TB vs. NO. Decimated Saints D could mean long TDs.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF at JAC. He has weapons and is facing the Jags.
Fred Davis, TE, WAS at DAL. I think he sees several goal-line looks.
Detroit Defense, TM, DET vs. CLE. Brady Quinn on the road? Yes we can!
Chaz Schilens, WR, OAK vs. CIN. Don't forget how quietly good he was last year.