Week 7: Super Sleepers
There's a reason we call these guys super sleepers. Often times they are filling in for a starter or we believe they'll get enough touches in garbage time to make them fantasy worthy. These guys aren't going to carry your team to the playoffs, but they could come in handy during a bye week or to fill a gap due to injury. If you're looking for someone then check these guys out. A good number of these guys are still available in many leagues.
Fantasy owners who bought into Josh Freeman have to be excited by what they've seen the past couple of weeks. It seems as though Josh has finally got it going once again and it couldn't have come at a better time. Over the past two weeks Tampa's signal caller has thrown for 627 yards with 4 touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Over the next three weeks Freeman and the Bucs host New Orleans, head to Minnesota and then off to Oakland. Through 6 weeks the Saints and Raiders have allowed an average of 283 and 275 yards per game ranking them 26th and 25th in the league. With good matchups coming in two of the next three weeks, owners should ride Freeman's red hot arm.
One week after beating the Packers with a 362 yard, 2 touchdown, and 1 interception game, Luck threw for 280 with a pair of interceptions against the Jets. As is to be expected with rookie quarterbacks, you're going to have some good games mixed in amongst the bad. This weekend Luck and the Colts host the Browns and their 30th ranked pass defense. Cleveland has struggled to slow down opposing pass defenses all season and this weekend's game won't be any different. In his first five games Luck has thrown for 300+ yards three times and this weekend's game should be his fourth. After this game Indy heads to Tennessee and then back home against Miami. The Titans pass defense is currently ranked 29th in the league while the Dolphins come in a little better at 27th. This means 3 games against secondarys ranked 27th or lower. You have to like the rookie signal caller's chances to post good fantasy numbers over the next few weeks.
You may call me a homer if you'd like, but that's not going to make me change my mind about Sanchez this weekend. The Jets head to New England Sunday to face off against Tom Brady in a game which gives the winner first place bragging rights for at least the next few weeks. Through the first 6 games of the season New England's pass defense is ranked 28th -- allowing 289 yards per game, a league high 15 touchdowns and opposing quarterbacks to have 100.9 rating. Just last weekend they allowed rookie Russell Wilson to throw for 293 yards and 3 touchdowns, finishing the game with a 133.7 passer rating. You've got to believe Sanchez can post similar number this weekend. With the new found Jets run game, their pass attack has to be better.
If you're a Darren McFadden owner, you need to pick up Mike Goodson. The oft injured McFadden is working back from a shoulder injury (which we all know will likely be injured again), leaving hid fantasy owners searching for a replacement. On the other hand, if you're ahead of the game and grab Goodson now then you'll have nothing to worry about. Mike was the clear number two back last week compiling 96 all purpose yards on just 5 touches. This weekend when the Raiders host the Jags and their 30th ranked run defense it wouldn't surprise us to see Goodson get a few more touches than last weekend. As a bye week fill in another 90+ yard performance would be nice for fantasy owners looking to fill a gap this Sunday. However, if you do own McFadden and snag Goodson you're keeping what could a nice bye week starter from opposing owners.
If you're in the market for a running back over the next 6 weeks then Danny Woodhead could be a nice pick up. The Patriots play 5 games in the next 6 weeks with four games against teams ranked 28th or worse against the run. All four games are against teams allowing more than 150 rushing yards from scrimmage. Woodhead may not be the starter, but a fumble at the wrong time in one of these games by Stevan Ridley could put Danny on the field enough to make him fantasy worthy. In addition to his change of pace touches on the ground, Danny sees a handful of looks in the passing game each week. One thing fantasy owners need to keep in mind is Brandon Bolden could take some touches away from Woodhead. This of course is dependent on Bolden's knee healing long enough to keep him on the field for more than a few quarters.