Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position. Hit by injuries? Low in the waiver priority order? Are you skittish about your players facing the Chicago or San Francisco defenses? Try one of these guys out. In Weeks Five through Seventeen candidates will be sorted by 2012 fantasy points. Players must be outside the top 15 QB, top 25 RB, top 40 WR, and top 15 TE.
Ryan Tannehill: Peyton Manning leads the league with a 108.6 passer rating. Quarterbacks facing the Titans have a 108.4 rating. Tannehill has not been picked off since September and has four games of fifteen or more fantasy points.
Alex Smith: Smith is no Tom Brady but he should still put up usable numbers against St. Louis. He hit over 60% of his passes in every game except one and has multiple touchdown efforts in four games.
Joe Flacco: Oakland’s 25th ranked pass defense should allow Flacco to get back to the numbers he produced earlier in the year. The Raiders are 22nd in allowing pass completions of twenty yards or more and no quarterback goes deep more often than Flacco.
Daniel Thomas: He is finally getting some steady work in Miami and is becoming something of a short yardage specialist, scoring all of his touchdowns from inside the five yard line. Tennessee’s rush defense is equally appalling as its pass defense. They give up 141.6 yards per game, 30th in the league.
Rashad Jennings: His production so far is based more on volume than quality but this week he could pick things up. The Colts are 29th in rushing yards allowed per carry. Jacksonville’s schemes have a history of frustrating Indianapolis, Maurice Jones-Drew averaged 5.38 yards per carry against them and scored ten times in thirteen games.
Fred Jackson: He has eighteen catches in the last three games and that is where he can score fantasy points on the Patriots. Though stout against the run, New England gives up 281 yards per game in the air. Expect both Jackson and C.J. Spiller to return strong numbers.
Emmanuel Sanders: Antonio Brown is likely shelved with an ankle sprain and Sanders is the next man up in Pittsburgh. He found the end zone last week against the Giants. Kansas City’s pass defense looks solid when only considering yards allowed, but they rank 31st in defensive passer rating and 32nd in yards per attempt.
T.Y. Hilton: Donnie Avery is nursing a hip injury and the quick turnaround for a Thursday night game casts his availability in great doubt. Hilton has four games with six or more targets including eleven last week. Jacksonville is 25th in passing yards allowed per game.
Darrius Heyward-Bey: Owners are still waiting for a breakout performance but he posted a solid five catches for 74 yards last week. Baltimore is 22nd in passing yards allowed despite playing Kansas City once and Cleveland twice. They are vulnerable against a capable offense and Oakland is up to 7th in passing yards per game.
Zach Miller: Seattle exceeded twenty points once in their first five games but three times in the four since. They are near the bottom in passing yards but tenth in passing scores. The Jets are one of four teams to give up double-digit fantasy points to tight ends.
Joel Dreessen: He is practically splitting looks with Jacob Tamme but producing far more with his opportunities. Dreessen scored four times in the last six games and has at least four catches in three of four. Carolina is 20th in defensive passer rating.
Brandon Pettigrew: Much virtual ink has been spilled looking for a sleeper in Detroit’s wide receiver corps but the second most targeted player on the team is Pettigrew. He is averaging 7.5 per game and has more yards after the catch than Calvin Johnson. Minnesota is another defense ready for the picking, they are 23rd in defensive passer rating.
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