Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position. Hit by injuries? Low in the waiver priority order? Were both of your quarterbacks hurt last week? 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.
Tony Romo: He slipped to sixteenth in fantasy scoring, but two dud games early in the year are holding him back. Since Week Six he averages 16.2 points per game with fourteen being his low output. Cleveland’s pass defense is 22nd in yards allowed per game and they give up almost 29 points per game on the road.
Matt Schaub: He is not an every week starter. Games such as Sunday Night’s showdown clearly demonstrate that. He does have five games of fourteen or more fantasy points, however. Jacksonville is 23rd in passing yards allowed and only has five interceptions this year.
Nick Foles: Endorsing such an inexperienced signal caller is a risky proposition but Foles has important factors in his favor. Wideouts Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson remain one of the most explosive pairs in the league. Washington is near the bottom in every pass defense statistic. No team has given up more than their twenty touchdowns.
Chris Ivory: He touched the ball eight times and forced six missed tackles which should make him stand out, even in the crowded Saints backfield. His ability to make big plays cannot be ignored. Oakland is 25th in yards allowed per carry and has allowed the third most rushing touchdowns.
Tashard Choice: Fred Jackson will sit out Thursday’s action. C.J. Spiller is yet to touch the ball twenty times in any one game so there is room for Choice to have an impact. He is averaging a solid 4.3 yards per carry this season, matching his career mark.
Felix Jones: Even in the best of times he is inconsistent, but with DeMarco Murray not cleared to practice he is again the lead back. He has both rushing and receiving plays over ten yards each of the last two games and even found the end zone last week. Cleveland is 27th in rushing yards allowed per game.
Donnie Avery: He shook off a hip injury to play last week, and there are no indications that Indianapolis’ secondary receiving option needs any time off. As many have pointed out New England’s pass defense is bad. It is very bad.
Darrius Heyward-Bey: He continued his resurgence Sunday, topping 70 yards for the third time in four weeks. He has a catch over 30 yards in four consecutive games. New Orleans enters the week dead last in defensive passer rating.
Brandon LaFell: He is a steady producer but has not had a breakout game that really set the fantasy world on fire. Carolina’s sputtering offense is not providing as many opportunities as it could. That may change as they face Tampa Bay. The Bucs give up a league high 321 passing yards per game and 8.1 yards per attempt.
Dustin Keller: Playing him involves a certain amount of trust in Mark Sanchez, but Keller has at least 47 receiving yards in each of the last three games. Despite missing four games he is third on the team in receptions. St. Louis has given up at least 24 points in their last three games.
Brent Celek: He is seventh among tight ends in targets, so a more accurate quarterback should translate to better numbers. Washington is the second most generous team to fantasy tight ends and 25th in overall defensive passer rating.
Jermichael Finley: There is no statistical marking indicating a sudden breakout but it never hurts to place bets on a player who has produced before. Green Bay’s offense is humming with Aaron Rodgers pacing the league with 25 touchdowns. Detroit gives up a healthy 7.8 points per game to fantasy tight ends.
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