Week 13: Super Sleepers
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Happy Turkey Day. This week look for Matt Flynn to lead Green Bay's offense vs. a Detroit team he torched two seasons ago, several running backs elevated to starting or RB2 duty to produce, Brent Celek and Ladarius Green to put up solid TE numbers, Justin Hunter to continue his solid efforts and Brandon Jacobs to find pay dirt.
Matt Flynn was thrown back into Green Bay's QB role this week when he replaced a reeling Scott Tolzien in the third quarter vs. Minnesota. Flynn showed that his elbow injury did not bother him as he threw 21 passes (58% completion) for 218 yards and a score without an interception. The team has shared that Aaron Rodgers has not yet been cleared to play this week and could possibly be out for Week 14. With the coaching staff not trusting Tolzien, Flynn appears to be Green Bay's fill-in until Rodgers returns. Although this appointment has not been officially released, most assume Flynn will get the start. This week he will face a Detroit defense that gives up the eleveth most fantasy points to QBs. In his last outing vs. Detroit in 2011 he torched them for nearly 500 passing yards and six TDs.
Knowshon Moreno went out with an ankle/leg injury in Week 12 and is listed as questionable for Week 13. Moreno could still practice late this week and play, but it is highly possible that he will not play or be limited against Kansas City. If Moreno does not play, Montee Ball will get the first crack at taking on Kansas City's rush defense that he scored on twice in Week 11. However, Anderson is the super sleeper in this scenario given Ball's tendency to fumble. If Ball struggles with gaining yardage or loses the ball, Anderson will likely be elevated to primary back over Ronnie Hillman, who has been a healthy scratch of late. If this happens, I would expect to see Anderson produce in Peyton Manning's offense.
Benny Cunningham had a superior game last week after replacing a concussed Zac Stacey. Cunningham rushed for 109 yards on just 13 carries and found the end zone. He was the only back to see work, replacing Stacey as Isaiah Pead watched from the sidelines and Daryl Richardson didn't even suit up. In the coming days we will find out if Stacey passes his concussion protocols and is cleared to play; despite the tough match-up vs. San Fancisco, Cunningham would be a guy to consider starting as a RB2 in deeper leagues if Stacey is sidelined. From this point forward, Cunningham will likely find his way onto 12-plus league rosters and might even make for a sneaky play come fantasy playoffs.
If you are looking for a goal line vulture this week, look no further than Brandon Jacobs. In Week 12 Jacobs carried the rock nine times and put up 75 yards against a soft Dallas rush defense that severely missed inside blocker Sean Lee. Jacobs is definitely the solid number two behind a surging Andre Brown in New York's rushing attack; but when he gets his opportunities, Jacobs often capitalizes. Last week he missed out on the end zone, but this week he faces a Washington defense that gives up the sixth most fantasy points to running backs and odds are that Jacobs finds pay dirt.
Justin Hunter has been seeing more and more action in Tennessee's offense of late. Hunter's performances over the past few weeks (despite his concussion in Week 11) have allowed him to move up the depth chart and displace Damian Williams as WR3. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been leading his offense well since taking over as QB and Hunter is obviously one of his favorite targets. This past week Hunter grabbed six passes for 109 yards and a score. I like the way Fitzpatrick is working with his receivers and think that Hunter will have another solid outing this week against an Indianapolis defense that gives up the sixth most fantasy points to wide outs on the season. If you are in need of a WR4 option, Hunter could be worth a start.