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Every Wednesday, I will talk about potential fantasy football sleepers for each matchup taking place. I will go game-by-game and pick out one or two players who can most likely be found in your league’s free agent pool and explain why they can be of use to you that week.
Here we are, it is championship week for some of you. Others have to wait ’til next week to battle it our for fantasy glory. I know a lot of you are waiting for the Colts to lose so that you can rush out and pick up Jim Sorgi. Hey, if Indy loses this week to the Jets, then I would suggest moving at the speed of light in order to do so.
Gage played for the first time since Week 9 and put up 43 yds with 2 TD on Sunday. The Chargers will wreak havoc on the Titans secondary, so Vince Young and Co. will be throwing it a lot. The Chargers defense has allowed 263 pass yds over the past three weeks. Tennessee has also won their last six home games.
Freeman is averaging 243 pass yds with 5 TD in four road games and the Saints defense has allowed 290+ pass yds in three straight games.
Walter has been a huge letdown this year, but he finally did something significant last week with 42 yds and a score. That was against the Rams though, but Miami’s pass defense is just as bad.
He is getting more looks recently and had a season-high seven catches last week. Carlson has also scored in two straight games.
I can’t keep doing this if you won’t listen. He has 70+ yds in three straight games and has scored 3 TD in that time.
He’s coming off his best game of the season where he tore apart the Vikings for 299 yds and 3 TD. The Giants dominated the Redskins on Monday night, but I am not ready to restore my faith in New York’s defense just yet.
Bush had a great game on Sunday with 133 yds and a TD. Both the Browns and Raiders have horrendously bad rush defenses (both give up 140+ rush yds per game), so this one should be heavy running on both sides.
He has been up and down in the offense lately, but the Jaguars are in the bottom 10 in pass defense. A redzone TD is not out of the question.
The Chiefs defense is terrible and the Bengals will run the ball all day with Cedric Benson. Graham will get plenty of chances in this one.
Roethlisberger found him twice in the endzone last week and the Ravens give up 244 pass yds per game on the road.
With Michael Turner once again suffering an ankle sprain, he is questionable this week. Even if he does play, the odds of him getting hurt again are looking very good. Buffalo allows the most rush yds per game in the league, so Snelling should run wild.
The Rams will lose this game and will be trailing by a lot. Somebody else besides Steven Jackson has to catch the ball for St. Louis.
Teammates Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree are owned in more leagues, but there is no love for the man throwing them the passes. Smith gets a crack at the league’s worst pass defense and you should keep him for Week 17 against the Rams.
Scheffler should get more looks this week against the league’s worst defense against tight ends.
Darrelle Revis will own Reggie Wayne, so Collie will be getting more looks this week. Also take a look at Pierre Garcon.
He has received 10+ touches in two straight games and Dallas rushed for over 150 yds in their last meeting.
The Bears are a mess on defense and they are allowing over 140 rush yds per game in their last seven games. Adrian Peterson will have fun, but Taylor will get 10+ total touches in this blowout.
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