Week 13 Fantasy Sleepers

Are you struggling with match-up decisions or dealing with an injury-depleted roster? Here are my sleeper picks worthy of starting for your team this week.


Packers vs Lions: Nate Burleson; No. 2 receivers are going to be a running theme this week, and after coming out of the gates for 7|77|1TD against the Bucs, why not start off with the receiver not blanketed by double coverage in the Lions’ pass-happy offense?

Raiders vs Cowboys: Rod Streater; While Matt McGloin will likely depend on Rashad Jennings to attack Dallas’ terrible run defense, Denarius Moore remains on the mend and Streater should see plenty of targets after catching 5 passes for 93 yards against a much-better Titans secondary last week.

Steelers vs Ravens: Jacoby Jones; Ike Taylor + Torrey Smith = more looks for Baltimore’s No. 2 WR, which assumably is Jones. Big-play dependent, but which Ravens WR isn’t these days?

Jaguars vs Browns: Mike Brown; With Joe Haden likely playing with a chip on his shoulder and covering Cecil Shorts, Mike Brown should match-up against Chris Owens, who replaces an injured Buster Skrine that just allowed 6 catches for 52 yards and a TD to Emmanuel Sanders.

Buccaneers vs Panthers: Brandon LaFell; Since Darrelle Revis and his suspect groin resumed playing man coverage, opposing No. 2 WRs have played well against the Bucs (Doug Baldwin, Harry Douglas, Nate Burleson) and with Cam Newton’s confidence at an all-time high, I don’t expect that trend to stop in Carolina.

Bears vs Vikings: Josh McCown; The Vikings made relief-QB Matt Flynn look competent and despite the lack of name value, McCown continues to prove his worth in Marc Trestman’s offense.

Patriots vs Texans: Brandon Bolden; Why not Dennis Johnson, you ask? Did you not see Slowshon Moreno embarrass the Patriots defensive line to the tune of 224 yards? The Texans backfield situation is just as shaky as the Patriots, but I’d rather have the RB on the side that won’t be playing from behind and abandoning the run game.

Titans vs Colts: Kendall Wright; More of a PPR stud, but Wright has consistently played as a WR3 thus far and is entering a relatively soft two-game stretch against @IND and @DEN. If you can believe in Ryan Fitzpatrick’s streak of good play, gamble on Wright’s upside.

Dolphins vs Jets: Dolphins D/ST; The Jets are sticking with Bad Geno. Chiefs D/ST owners, rejoice!

Cardinals vs Eagles: Carson Palmer; Do you take the surging Cardinals playing in cold weather for the first time this season or the Eagles coming off the bye at home where they’re 1-4?  Strangely, Palmer gets the edge over definitely-the-starter Nick Foles for me.

Falcons vs Bills: Roddy White; Really, if there ever was a time for White to return to his elite WR ways…

Rams vs 49ers: Kendall Hunter; I’d rather rely on a flier like Hunter than the likes of Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, or Benny Cunningham, all of whom are products of the Bears’ awful defense than actual fantasy considerations against San Francisco.

Bengals vs Chargers: Ladarius Green; Antonio Gates’ successor is slowly becoming the No. 2 receiving option behind Keenan Allen. If your FLEX position allows for TEs, Green is a low-end play and a definite future dynasty league target.

Broncos vs Chiefs: Anthony Fasano; I don’t like choosing a TE with such limited upside, but Fasano has scored a TD in the last two games, including the Chiefs first matchup against Denver. Unless you’re a believer in Donnie Avery’s performance, Fasano is definitely a desperation pick.

Giants vs Redskins: Giants D/ST; The Redskins are beginning to fall apart and it’s an opportune time for an improving D/ST that has scored in double digits in 4 of their last 5 games to take advantage.

Saints vs Seahawks: Marques Colston; Only because he tanked for me last week with a great matchup. The loss of Brandon Browner should complicate things more and it’s not like Jimmy Graham is easy to cover.

Always remember: Start your studs, play the match-ups, and don’t be afraid to make the trade!