Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position. Hit by injuries? Low in the waiver priority order? Do you absolutely need a win this week to make the playoffs? 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.
Chad Henne: He energized the Jacksonville offense, averaging over 10.0 yards per attempt in his last two starts and throwing six touchdowns. While he is not completing a high percentage of throws at 55.7% he has fifteen plays of twenty yards or more. Buffalo is 20th in defensive passer rating and the weather report for Sunday is not threatening.
Eli Manning: The rust appeared gone Sunday night as he rebounded from three scoreless games with a 249-yard, three touchdown effort. Washington’s pass defense is #31 in yards allowed, at over 300 per game. The first time they met Manning threw for 337.
Ryan Tannehill: The Patriots have held one quarterback under ten fantasy points this year, and none on this continent. Tannehill’s 7/12 TD/INT ratio is worrisome, especially when facing a defense that forces turnovers well, but 300 yards passing is nearly a given.
Beanie Wells: He tallied just 42 yards last week, but the Rams hold teams to over 40 fewer rushing yards than the Jets do. The last time New York did not give up 100 yards on the ground was Week Six. Wells will get the most touches and the goal line work for the Cardinals, who should keep the ball out of their quarterback’s hands as much as possible.
Daniel Thomas: Despite running out to some large leads the Patriots are giving up a steady amount of rushing yards. They have not held a team under 100 in four games, also allowing four touchdowns in that span. Thomas is running for 4.7 yards per carry in November.
DeAngelo Williams: Jonathan Stewart has an ankle sprain that could bring the Carolina backfield much closer to a one-man operation. Facing the Chiefs is a good opportunity to pound away, they allow 4.5 yards per carry. Last week Knowshon Moreno had his best game since 2010 against Kansas City.
Josh Gordon: His streak of games with a 20+ yard catches stands at seven. He trails Greg Little by one target but has 170 more yards. Oakland has a 101.9 defensive passer rating and has given up a league-high 23 passing touchdowns.
Cole Beasley: When Miles Austin left the game Dallas turned to the diminutive SMU alum and targeted him thirteen times. Austin has not practiced yet. Philadelphia is 24th in passing yards per attempt and has not held a team under 26 points since October 7.
Mohamed Sanu: He is on a scoring binge with four touchdowns in three games. Even if slot whiz Andrew Hawkins is back on Sunday he should not take away any of Sanu’s red zone work. San Diego has given up 30 points or more in five of their last seven.
Dallas Clark: He has eleven catches on fifteen targets in the last two games. Those are his two highest yardage games as well. Tampa is averaging 31.75 points per game in November. Denver is the only team giving up more than 10.0 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.
Ben Watson: A Browns tight end has caught a touchdown pass in three straight games. Watson has more catches and targets than the other two Cleveland TEs combined. Oakland’s porous pass defense was mentioned above, they are also the sixth friendliest for fantasy tight ends.
Jared Cook: He at least equaled season highs in catches and targets last week. Tennessee recently changed offensive coordinators and that was a popular move with many players. Houston’s defense has taken many injuries recently and is starting to show cracks. They allowed three teams to score 30 points this year, but two in the last two weeks.
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