Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position. Hit by injuries? Low in the waiver priority order? Do Matt Forte or Trent Richardson sound like risky propositions? 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.
Michael Vick: He’s back! Nick Foles’ hand injury affords the dynamic quarterback a chance to have one of those made-for-Sportscenter games that were all too infrequent in 2012. The slumping Giants are last in the league in defensive yards per passing attempt, at 8.2. Vick also had his best game, as measured by QBR, against them in September, with a 90.1.
Jay Cutler: He has at least one touchdown pass in five straight games. After taking 25 sacks in September and October he is down to eleven in the last two months. The Lions have not kept an opponent under 24 points since November 4. Detroit is 24th in defensive passer rating.
Philip Rivers: His play this year is really indefensible but he showed just enough to be playable under the right circumstances. Those circumstances include playing the Raiders. Oakland is 22nd in passing yards allowed per game and 30th in defensive passer rating. Rivers had a 70.7 QBR in their first matchup.
Montell Owens: He really stepped up in the receiving game, hauling in all four targets for 77 yards. With 4.2 yards per carry he extended his streak of over 4.0 ypc to four games. He was Football Outsiders’ fourth ranked RB, his second appearance in the top five. Tennessee is 23rd in rushing yards allowed per game.
Jackie Battle: San Diego established a clear pecking order, giving Battle nineteen of the day’s 25 rushing attempts. While he only averaged 2.5 yards per carry and did not break one over ten there is something to be said for volume. Oakland is 24th in rushing yards allowed per attempt and 30th in rushing touchdowns allowed.
Ryan Grant: Fresh legs can be dangerous in December, and with just 30 carries Grant should have plenty of energy left. He averaged 4.0 yards per rush Sunday and converted two red zone carries into touchdowns. Minnesota has an above average run defense but must also account for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay receivers.
Domenik Hixon: He was invisible for much of the year but has nine, eight, and nine fantasy points in the last three games. With Hakeem Nicks ailing he is seeing more action. Philadelphia is down to 31st in defensive passer rating and is one of four teams to allow 20+ touchdown catches to wide receivers. Hixon’s best game came against the Eagles in Week 4, he caught six passes for 114 yards.
Andrew Hawkins: The slot receiver has 77 targets this season even though he missed two games. His best contest to date came against Baltimore in Week 1, he caught eight of nine passes for 86 yards. The Ravens are 19th in defensive yards per attempt.
Brandon LaFell: He saw seven targets Sunday, indicating much better health. The Saints are 31st in yards per attempt and give up the most points to opposing fantasy wide receivers. In their first game LaFell had 90 yards receiving and 25 rushing.
Tony Moeaki: Despite some truly horrid quarterback play Moeaki is fifth among tight ends with 8.3 yards per target. He was inactive last week, so watch practice reports, but he has not been placed on IR to this point. Denver allows the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
Marcedes Lewis: He saw six targets last week and could be more involved as Cecil Shorts is out for the year. The first Jags – Titans game was Lewis’ second highest receiving output of the season. Tennessee is one of three teams to give up ten or more touchdowns to tight ends.
Dwayne Allen: His excellent blocking keeps him on the field, enough to open an 43 – 25 edge over Coby Fleener in receptions. He also has a 72.2% catch rate to Fleener’s 54.3%. Houston has given up ten touchdowns to opposing tight ends.
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