Sleepers - Week 16
by Bob Henry
December 19th, 2012

This weekly article looks at a variety of players that have an opportunity to outperform their normal production or expectations. Each position is analyzed looking at the matchups, injuries and other factors such as coaching decisions or game conditions, but not all of the players highlighted are your traditional sleepers. Some may be starters with tricky matchups, others might be deep sleepers in smaller leagues, but solid reaches in deeper leagues. Realizing that leagues and roster sizes vary wildly; your mileage will, too. If you're curious about my thoughts of other players, hit me up with questions on Twitter @bobhenry and I'll answer your questions in 140 characters or less. Stay thirsty my friends.


Prime Cut (Great matchup, strong sleeper)

Tony Romo, DAL vs. NO
After throwing 10 picks in four weeks, Romo fell out of the QB1 ranks around mid-season only to rebound with four 300+ yard efforts in his last five games. He's the kind of quarterback that you put into the lineup and not watch on Sunday, and then look at the gaudy stats in the box score. It's like sausage. You like the end product, but have no interest in seeing how it's made. There's a healthy amount of risk that comes with Romo, but against a Saints defense allowing the second most points to QBs this year this looks like one of those games where he'll throw 50+ passes. He'll probably end up with another 300 yard effort, but don't be surprised if he throws as many interceptions as touchdowns, and still yields 25 points.

Sam Bradford, Stl at TB
Coming off his best statistical game as a pro, Bradford couldn't ask for a better matchup for championship week in most leagues. The Bucs are hands down the best matchup for quarterbacks allowing the most points on the season as well as over the last four weeks. Danny Amendola is back in the lineup and it wouldn't be a surprise if Bradford matches or betters his 377 yards and 3 touchdowns from last week. He's still a bit of a reach as a QB1 when matching up against other elite quarterbacks, but in leagues with 12 teams or larger he has legitimate QB1 upside this week.

Worth a Gamble (Good matchup, solid sleeper)

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT vs. Cin
Back in Week 7, Roethlisberger produced 17 fantasy points on 278 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception against the Bengals. It's not your typical QB1 production, and it's on the lower end of what you'd hope to get out of your starting quarterback in a title game, but it also demonstrates Ben's high floor and consistency. If you need to go in a different direction this week, Roethlisberger is a safer play than some, but he also doesn't have a ton of upside when matched up against the Bengals defense with the playoffs on the line. Only twice in 11 games has Roethlisberger not produced 17 points or more. I wouldn't expect a breakout game here, but he's a strong bet for a steady 17 to 20 points, possibly more.

Joe Flacco, BAL vs. NYG
With Cam Cameron gone, the Ravens opened up the offense a bit as Flacco threw the ball 40 times against a strong Broncos pass defense for 254 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT good enough for 20 fantasy points. Expect more of the same out of Flacco this week. The Giants are a tricky matchup, capable of disrupting quarterbacks with their pass rush, but also vulnerable when their front four doesn't generate pressure allowing teams to pick apart their injury-depleted secondary. Flacco has produced 20 points in three of his last four games while the Giants have allowed 19+ points in six of their last eight games. Unfortunately, Torrey Smith will probably not play after suffering a concussion on Sunday.

Solid Reach (backup / situational player with upside)

Colin Kaepernick, SF at SEA
Richard Sherman will learn his fate on Friday and it's possible that the Seahawks could face Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers this week without either of their starting corners. Making matters even more complicated, Walter Thurmond and Marcus Trufant are banged up and not expected to practice until Friday at the earliest. Kaepernick will have his work cut out for him, but if the Seahawks are without their top four corners, it will be a lot less troublesome. Kaepernick put on a show in New England on Sunday night and he has produced better than 18 points in six straight games with a good shot of making it seven straight this week.

Matt Schaub, HOU vs. Min
The Vikings have allowed the fourth most points to quarterbacks over the last six weeks and last week it was Sam Bradford who enjoyed his best start as a pro against them. Schaub has 18+ points in three of his last four games and the Vikings have allowed 18+ points in six of their last seven games to opposing QBs. With DeVier Posey rotating in with Kevin Walter opposite Andre Johnson, the Texans actually have a little more firepower for Schaub to work with, too.

If you're desperate (worth a look in deeper leagues)

Carson Palmer, Oak at CAR
The Panthers pass defense doesn't scare anyone from a matchup perspective and the Raiders figure to keep on throwing the football in the last couple games of the season. Palmer's biggest risk comes from potential playing time for Matt Leinart or Terrelle Pryor if the coaching staff decides they want to see what they have in reserve.

Kirk Cousins, Was at PHI
The Eagles defense has been one of the top two matchups for quarterbacks in the second half of the season with 14 TDs and no interceptions allowed in their last six games. They've allowed the most points to QBs over the last five weeks and Griffin III produced 34 fantasy points against them in Week 11 with 200 yards passing, 4 TDs and 84 yards rushing. Obviously, watch the status of RGIII. He has begun practicing in full, but his status could come right down to game-time. If he doesn't go, Cousins proved last week that he can be a solid fill-in and keep the Redskins offense moving along.

Other desperate options to consider in your championship lineup include:

  • Nick Foles against a Redskins defense allowing the sixth most points
  • Ryan Tannehill against a Bills defense allowing the fifth most points
  • Chad Henne against a Patriots defense allowing the third most points
  • Running Backs

    Prime Cut (Great matchup, strong sleeper)

    Knowshon Moreno, DEN vs. Cle
    Moreno has been an absolute workhorse since taking over for the injured Willis McGahee. He's a strong bet for another 25 or so touches this week against a Browns defense that has played reasonably well but still has allowed the eighth most points. Last week, fellow workhorse Alfred Morris ran 27 times for 87 yards and a pair of scores against them just one week after Jamaal Charles broke loose for 165 yards and a touchdown.

    DeAngelo Williams, CAR vs. Oak
    The Panthers are on a roll, clicking offensively and their defense is playing better, too, whereas the Raiders are definitely not. The Raiders have allowed the fifth most points to running backs and with Jonathan Stewart sidelined Williams has piled up 324 yards over the last three weeks scoring twice as a receiver. Williams gets poached at the goal line by Mike Tolbert or Cam Newton, but he is still a strong bet for 100+ yards and 20+ touches.

    Vick Ballard, Ind at KC
    Ballard really impressed last week gaining 105 yards rushing on 18 carries against the tough Texans defense on the road. With 100 yards or a touchdown (10+ points) in three straight games, Ballard has gone from a flex consideration to solid RB2 option. The Chiefs have allowed the 11th most points this year and the Raiders ran all over them for 199 yards between Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson. Ballard is a clear-cut start who gave way to Mewelde Moore for just four touches last week. Keep on riding this rookie.

    Michael Turner, Atl at DET
    The Lions have allowed the sixth most points over the last six weeks. They've lost Corey Williams for the year and Nick Fairley was on the sidelines in Sunday's debacle at Arizona that featured a surprising 3-TD breakout by Beanie Wells. The Lions have allowed 9 TDs to running backs in their last six games and Turner has scored in five straight games even if his workload has been reduced.

    Worth a Gamble (Good matchup, solid sleeper)

    David Wilson, NYG at BAL
    Ahmad Bradshaw says he's planning to play this week, but even if he does, Wilson promises to get a healthy dose of touches against a Ravens defense that has allowed the ninth most points and is coming off a second straight 100+ yard drubbing from an opposing running back. Knowshon Moreno ran for 118 yards and Alfred Morris 122 yards and both found the end zone against them. Wilson still has serious boom/bust potential/risk, and if Bradshaw sits another week, then his floor is probably similar to the 61 yards he managed in Sunday's 35-0 blowout loss at Atlanta.

    Jonathan Dwyer, PIT vs. Cin
    Dwyer hasn't exactly run with the starting job once he got it. As a matter of fact, he hasn't topped 56 since his back-to-back 100 yard efforts in Weeks 7 and 8. His 122 yards represents a season high for yards allowed to a running back this year by the Bengals, who are about average or maybe slightly tougher than average as a fantasy matchup. They stifled Bryce Brown last Thursday night and have held every other runner except the Law Firm and Trent Richardson under 87 yards on the ground.

    Solid Reach (backup / situational player with upside)

    Mark Ingram, NO at DAL
    Jonathan Dwyer broke a streak of six straight games that the opponent's running back totaled 100 yards or more against the Cowboys. In five of Ingram's last six games he has carried the ball 10 or more times while scoring in three of the last five. With 158 yards rushing in the last two games and a matchup against a Cowboys defense allowing the 10th most points in their last six, Ingram's a decent low RB2/flex option.

    Montell Owens, JAC vs. NE
    In two games operating unfettered as the Jaguars lead back against divisional foes, Owens has run 25 times for 138 yards with a TD and two catches for 17 yards. Not bad, really. Owens draws a Patriots defense that has allowed the fourth most points over the last six weeks. Go ahead and pencil in Owens for 60 to 80 yards with the potential for more in garbage time. The Jags could also decide to get a look at Richard Murphy or Keith Toston, although it's unlikely that we'll see Rashad Jennings on the field after he failed his concussion test or Maurice Jones-Drew even though he has begun doing some full-speed running.

    Shane Vereen, NE at JAC
    Running backs are having a field day against the Jaguars this year. They average more carries against the Jaguars than any other defense and the second most points. This game certainly has the smell of a potential blowout win for the Patriots that could lead to an extensive number of garbage time carries for Vereen in relief of Stevan Ridley. Woodhead is more of a play-from-behind back that was well suited for their second-half comeback against the 49ers. Ridley's fumbling problems are a concern, but his job appears to be safe. Vereen seems like the best candidate to benefit if they opt to rest Ridley, but it's also possible that they want to give Brandon Bolden some work before the playoffs, too.

    If you're desperate (worth a look in deeper leagues)

    Ronnie Brown, SD at NYJ
    Brown practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday and it's looking more likely that he could indeed return to start for the Chargers this week against the Jets. If he does, he'll likely split carries with Jackie Battle, and in the process of doing so, render both backs more useless than not for fantasy purposes. The Jets have allowed the sixth most points to RBs, but we'd probably see a split-load here with Battle getting more carries, including those at the goal line, and Brown getting all of the third down work and enough carries to have fringe value in PPR leagues with 14 teams or more.

    Mike Tolbert, CAR vs. Oak
    It's an excellent matchup for the Panthers ground attack this week, although Tolbert's only real value comes as a vulture at the goal line. He's unlikely to produce enough yards to be relevant, but he punched it into the end zone twice last week, and there's a decent chance he could get more opportunities to do the same against the Raiders.

    Lamar Miller, MIA vs. Buf
    With Reggie Bush likely playing his last games as a Dolphin before free agency, Joe Philbin could turn to Miller this week, who should be Bush's primary backup with Daniel Thomas sidelined. The Bills have allowed the fifth most points to RBs this year, but they stoned the Dolphins in Week 11 when Bush was held to 20 yards rushing and 15 yards receiving and Thomas to 33 yards on 12 carries.

    Mike Goodson, Oak at CAR
    Goodson racked up 103 yards against the Chiefs last week after breaking off a string of big plays as the change-of-pace option behind Darren McFadden. He faces his former team this week, but the Panthers defense has been pretty solid in the second half of the season, so if you're chasing Goodson's upside from last week, temper your enthusiasm and dial back the expectations. He's a last ditch resort in deeper leagues as a possible boom/bust flex option who is explosive enough to gamble on hoping that he can break a long run or reception.

    Wide Receivers

    Prime Cut (Great matchup, strong sleeper)

    Who is heating up? Michael Crabtree. That's who, with 23 catches for 301 yards and 2 touchdowns in the last three weeks.

    Cecil Shorts, JAC vs. NE
    Coming off a short week, the Patriots defense that allowed four touchdown passes to the 49ers on Monday will have their hands full with Shorts (and Justin Blackmon). On the season, the Patriots have allowed the sixth most points to receivers. Michael Crabtree went off for 7-107-2 on Monday and Randy Moss also caught a touchdown. Despite Monday's breakout, the Patriots pass defense has fared much better since Aqib Talib joined the team as the 49ers' three TDs were the first by a receiver since TY Hilton in Week 11.Shorts nearly had a score on Sunday, but he came up short for what would've been his fifth straight game with a touchdown. He still produced 101 yards to mark his fifth straight games with 10+ points,and seven of his last eight. Cecil Shorts just HAS to be in your lineup.

    Antonio Brown, PIT vs. Cin
    Brown was a hot target for Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday as he was in their last meeting with the Bengals back in Week 7 when Brown caught 7 passes for 96 yards and added 13 yards on two runs. After scoring one touchdown in a span covering 12 games, Brown has scored in each of the last two games with Roethlisberger behind center. Brown finished the 2011 season as the 24th ranked receiver, but his stock has fallen to 47th after missing three games. Healthy again, Brown once again has the look of a low WR2, strong WR3 down the stretch and in this week's game even though the Bengals rank among the bottom half of the league by points allowed.

    Brandon Lloyd, NE at JAC
    If anyone remembers the old arcade game NBA Jam, Brandon Lloyd is heating up with 17 catches for 279 yards and a touchdown in the last two games. With a good matchup against an average at best Jaguars pass defense, there's a pretty good chance that Lloyd will finish this weekend on fire. After six straight games without breaking 50 yards in a game, Lloyd has produced his two best fantasy games of the season in the fantasy playoff weeks against much better defenses than the Jaguars. Don't overthink this one. Stick with Lloyd if he helped get you here.

    Worth a Gamble (Good matchup, solid sleeper)

    Anquan Boldin, BAL vs. NYG
    Shut out last week for the first time since 2005 and the second time in a 10-year career, Boldin is a candidate to rebound this week with a good matchup against a Giants defense that has allowed the fourth most points to WRs this year and the sixth most points over the last eight weeks. The Giants secondary is getting thin with corners Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley ailing and safeties Kenny Phillips and Tyler Sash also sidelined. Boldin was on track for his first 1,000 yard season as a Raven, but now he'll need to average 86 yards over the last two games to reach the plateau.

    Mike Williams, TB vs. Stl
    I think the Rams forgot what it was like to face a team with a real passing attack and legitimate targets on the outside. The Rams haven't allowed a touchdown to a receiver in the last month and they've allowed the seventh fewest points, but then again, look at the quarterbacks they've faced in the last six weeks - Ponder, Fitzpatrick, Kaepernick (twice), Lindley and Sanchez. That Williams ranks as WR22 year to date speaks more to his red zone prowess (7 TDs in 14 games) than his tendency to come up small scoring 6 points or less six times this year and four times in his last six. He's basically a safe WR4/flex with WR2 upside.

    Brian Hartline, MIA vs. Buf
    Hartline managed only 4-49-0 in Week 11 at Buffalo, but he has led the Dolphins in targets in each of the last three games and in eight of the thirteen games that he has played. Hartline finished last week with 67 catches for 1002 yards and a TD marking the first 1,000 yard season of his career. It's an average matchup against the Bills, but Hartline managed 5-77-0 against the Jaguars on Sunday without Davone Bess.The opposing team's top receiver either scored or topped 100 yards in three of the last four games against the Bills and Hartline is simply their best receiver and a decent reach as a WR3, but even better as a flex/WR4.

    Solid Reach (backup / situational player with upside)

    Nate Washington, Ten at GB
    With Kendall Wright sidelined with a cracked rib this week, Washington has a bit more upside than he has throughout the season. With last season being a bit of an outlier, Washington's career has been built as a fantasy WR4 with WR2 upside because of his ability to make plays downfield. He's unlikely to see twice as many targets as Kenny Britt this week since Britt won't have Antonio Cromartie smothering his every move, but he certainly is a player who could deliver a big play or two.

    Brandon Gibson / Chris Givens, Stl at TB
    You won't find a better possible matchup than the Bucs at this point in the season. Despite Danny Amendola's return to the lineup, Gibson continued to produce last week with his second consecutive game with six catches. He has been targeted 17 times in the last two games for 12 catches, 176 yards and a TD. Givens, meanwhile, has been quiet in the last two games, although he had some chances and just didn't convert. Gibson leads the Rams with 5 TD receptions while Givens gives the team a legitimate deep threat against a Bucs defense that has allowed 10 receptions of 40+ yards and 66 of 20+ yards (2nd most in the NFL).

    Jacoby Jones, BAL vs. NYG
    With Torrey Smith looking like he'll be inactive this week after suffering a concussion on Sunday, the Ravens are expected to start Jacoby Jones against a Giants defense that has consistently been among the league's friendliest matchups for opposing receivers. Jones has come up small in previous spot starts with the Texans, so buyer beware, but it's easy to get lulled into reaching for him with his big play ability and speed.

    Riley Cooper, PHI vs. Was
    Cooper has been a decent reach as a WR3/WR4 lineup option since joining the Eagles starting lineup after the season-ending injury to DeSean Jackson three weeks ago. He has scored twice in the last three games while averaging seven targets. The Redskins are a solid matchup allowing the second most points this year to receivers and the fifth most over the last four weeks. Cooper also caught 5 balls for 61 yards in Week 11 against the Redskins on 7 targets.

    If you're desperate (worth a look in deeper leagues)

    Joseph Morgan, NO at DAL
    The Cowboys have allowed the third most points to receivers over the last four weeks as 10 different receivers in the last five weeks have gone for 50+yards or caught a touchdown against them. Morgan is far from a good bet, but he brings big-play ability to the table averaging 41.2 yards on his nine catches this year for three touchdowns. Six of his nine catches have come in the last four weeks and he has broken double digits in the last two games (and four times this year). If you're going for the Hail Mary with your flex spot, and you're in dire straits, then go for the player who can provide the biggest bang for your buck.

    DeVier Posey, HOU vs. Min
    Posey has begun rotating in with Kevin Walter opposite Andre Johnson, giving Matt Schaub a more explosive player on the field than the glorified downfield blocker that Walter has become. The Vikings are an excellent matchup allowing the fourth most points to receivers over the last four weeks and Gary Kubiak raved about Posey's development as a rookie following Sunday's win against the Colts. Posey remains largely unrefined, but against single coverage he's capable of delivering a big play against a Vikings defense that is struggling.

    Leonard Hankerson, Was at PHI
    Santana Moss caught a 61-yard touchdown and Aldrick Robinson reeled in a 49-yard TD against the Eagles in Week 11 in a game that featured four touchdown passes from Robert Griffin III. On Sunday, fellow rookie Kirk Cousins threw for 321 yards and two scores as Hankerson, Moss, Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan all produced 10 or more PPR points with 56 or more yards. The Eagles have allowed the sixth most points over the last four weeks. They're vulnerable, but after Garcon they're all boom/bust types with low ceilings. If Cousins gets the start, Hankerson might be worth a shot.

    Randy Moss, SF at SEA
    Brandon Browner is already serving his suspension and Richard Sherman could begin serving his as early as this week. Moss caught a touchdown against the Patriots on Sunday night giving him three on the year. If Mario Manningham remains sidelined, then keep Moss on speed dial in case such a desperate maneuver is warranted.

    Tight Ends

    Prime Cut (Great matchup, strong sleeper)

    Dennis Pitta, BAL vs. NYG
    With the Ravens returning to a more wide-open, pass-happy offense as they were at the beginning of the season, Pitta is once again a rock solid TE1. Pitta went through a seven game stretch where he topped 33 yards and scored just once. Since then, Pitta has scored four times in as many weeks while averaging 7 targets a game culminating in his epic 7-125-2 performance on Sunday. With Torrey Smith likely out this week, Pitta's targets might even increase a little bit against an injury-depleted Giants secondary.

    Kyle Rudolph, Min at HOU
    Rudolph has disappeared in many games this year in what feels like no fault of his own. The Vikings passing game has taken a few steps backwards since they lost Percy Harvin for the season and Christian Ponder has clearly regressed. The Texans defense is no pushover, but they have allowed the most points to tight ends over the last four weeks and the sixth most on the season. After scoring in three straight games, Rudolph hit the skids with just 3 catches in the last two weeks. The Vikings have few other worthwhile targets and when they don't give the ball to Adrian Peterson, you can bet they'll be looking to get it to this former Golden Domer.

    Worth a Gamble (Good matchup, solid sleeper)

    Jermichael Finley, GB vs. Ten
    Despite the flow of bad press coming out of Green Bay regarding their enigmatic tight end, Finley has been pretty solid over the last five games topping 50 yards four times while averaging five targets. The Titans have allowed the fifth most points to opposing tight ends this year, so if you're having problems with the string of players you've ushered in to supplant Finley, perhaps you should reconsider using him again.

    Brent Celek, PHI vs. Was
    Cleared from his Week 14 concussion, Celek reclaims the starting job this week as backup Clay Harbor goes on injured reserve. Celek faces a Redskins defense allowing the fourth most points in the last four weeks and the second most points for the season. He also produced 5-42-0 on 8 targets against this Redskins defense back in Week 11.

    Solid Reach (backup / situational player with upside)

    Tony Scheffler, DET vs. Atl
    The Lions offense was simply awful last week in Arizona as they had two more returns for touchdowns making three in two weeks and 10 for the year. Simply put, Matthew Stafford must play better even if he has a bunch of guys playing with Calvin Johnson. One of those guys is Scheffler, and while he's no Jimmy Graham, he is a credible receiving threat and he'll continue to get plenty of snaps and enough targets to be a decent reach with Brandon Pettigrew on the shelf with a high ankle sprain. Scheffler has 17 targets in the last two games, which has been the second most behind Calvin both weeks. The Falcons aren't the best matchup for tight ends, but this one is all about Scheffler being the second option in an extremely pass happy offense.

    Ben Watson, Cle at DEN
    Watson hasn't made a ton of noise in fantasy circles this year, but he has played reasonably well in the second half of the season with 40+ yards in three of his last five games while averaging almost 6 targets in that span. Of course, it also helps facing a Broncos defense that has rolled out the red carpet for tight ends allowing the most points among all 32 NFL defenses. Just look back at Dennis Pitta's box score from Sunday if you need a reminder.

    If you're desperate (worth a look in deeper leagues)

    Brandon Myers, Oak at CAR
    Myers has fallen off the radar and he's no longer a steady, consistent PPR maven amongst tight ends after catching just three passes in the last two weeks, easily his two lowest producing games of the season. He could certainly bounce back against a Panthers defense allowing the 10th most points to tight ends, but I'd exhaust the other options listed above before going back to the Myers well.

    Lance Kendricks, Stl at TB
    Kendricks still hasn't topped double digit fantasy points this year, but he is playing consistently good football with two touchdowns in his last four games and 30 or more yards in seven of his last nine games. Of course, the Bucs pass defense is wretched and that holds true for their ability to shut down tight ends as well. The Bucs have allowed the third most points to tight ends over the last four weeks and the seventh most points for the season.

    Defense/Special Teams

    Prime Cut (Great matchup, strong sleeper)

    Just in case you've started the process of overthinking your championship lineup and corresponding matchups, a gentle reminder to stay the course with defenses that have been in your lineup for the better part of the season Chicago (at ARI), Houston (vs. Min), New England (at Jac) and Denver (vs. Cle). Stay the course. These units should do well this week given the matchups and there's just not a good enough reason to go away from them, even considering some of the options with good matchups below.

    Green Bay vs. Tennessee
    The Titans offense sputtered throughout their Monday night win over the Jets aside from the 94-yard run turned in by Chris Johnson. Jake Locker looked shaky and the offensive line offered little in the way of protection. The Packers are getting healthy at the right time of the year and they're a fine play at home this week.

    Atlanta at Detroit
    The Lions have allowed a ridiculous 10 touchdown returns this season, while failing to score a single one themselves. The Falcons put together an impressive shut out of the Giants at home last week. One team is fine tuning their craft as they prepare for the playoffs and the other's offense has become a one-trick pony.

    Worth a Gamble (Good matchup, solid sleeper)

    NY Jets vs. San Diego
    Despite everything else imploding around them, the Jets defense continues to play solid football. Led by David Harris and Antonio Cromartie, the Jets have a strong matchup against a Chargers offense that will be without two of their best playmakers Ryan Mathews and Malcom Floyd - while Philip Rivers has been a turnover machine the last two years.

    Arizona vs. Chicago
    The Cardinals have a nice home matchup against a Bears offense that has struggled to protect Jay Cutler and has seemingly gotten worse as the year has progressed. They've allowed the seventh most points to opposing defenses and one wonders whether the Bears will be able to escape the desert with a win this week despite having the worst quarterbacking situation in recent memory.

    Solid Reach (backup / situational player with upside)

    San Diego at NY Jets
    The Chargers were likely hoping to get their shot at Mark Sanchez, but it wasn't meant to be. Greg McElroy gets the start this week, but that won't be enough to rescue a bad Jets offense. McElroy might very well be better than Sanchez, but he hasn't started an NFL game before and the Chargers defense is competent enough to take advantage.

    Indianapolis at Kansas City
    Brady Quinn gets another start for the pathetic Chiefs offense this week. With no Dwayne Bowe to worry about, the Colts' primary concern is Jamaal Charles. I'd like the Colts chances a little more if they were at home, but they still have a shot to produce some points against this abomination of a passing game.

    If you're desperate (worth a look in deeper leagues)

    Miami vs. Buffalo
    The Dolphins defense has been relatively dormant since, well, the last time they played the Bills. At home, Miami remains a bit of a long shot for production, but it's a worthwhile matchup to take a chance with the Dolphins if you're in a deeper league and your normal defense has a poor matchup.

    Washington at Philadelphia
    Like Miami, the Redskins defense hasn't been a reliable fantasy defense, but they did well the last time they met the Eagles. Philadelphia gets LeSean McCoy back into the lineup this week, but Nick Foles will likely continue to look both good and bad all within the same game.

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