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Winning the Wire and Preparing for the Playoffs: Week 13 Fantasy Sleepers

Brandon Bolden will look for more moments like this TD he had Sunday night against Denver. (Boston Herald)

The bye weeks are over and playoff berths are on the line in most leagues this Week 13.  There are not many breakout waiver candidates to add this week, but I’ll look at a few players who may be available in your leagues who can help your team.  If your team is loaded and ready for the playoffs or out of contention, you should look to add a star from IR if available like Julio Jones in some keeper formats.  Randall Cobb may also be out there if you’re in this situation because he may not return at all this year and if he does play, it won’t be before Week 15.  Conversely, Michael Crabtree is very likely to be activated this week for his matchup with the St. Louis Rams. Crabtree is likely to be on a similar snap count as Percy Harvin was in Week 11, so start him only out of necessity this week.

LAST WEEK

Mike Glennon performed well but gets a stingy Panthers defense this week.  Tolzien was benched in favor of Matt Flynn who is likely to start against Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.  Getting benched for Flynn in a home tie to the Vikings is simply a failure (additional negative adjectives omitted). Bobby Rainey and Donald Brown are still viable starts after rough weeks, but they both showed vulnerability to tough matchups.  I have concluded the Miami backfield is no place you want to be investing even one U.S. dollar.  Rod Streater is the most intriguing name that carries over from last week to this, as he has nice chemistry with Matt McGloin, and more importantly, Denarius Moore may be out on the short week.  I don’t mind Streater as a flex if Moore is out against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas.

QUARTERBACKS

Carson Palmer (ARZ @PHI)  Palmer tossed multiple touchdowns once again last week, propelling the Cards’ demolition of the Colts.  He has a chance at another nice game this week against the fast-paced Eagles.

Josh McCown (CHI @ MIN)  McCown faces the porous Viking pass defense this week with elite weapons at his disposal.  He’s a top 12-15 QB this week, but will retreat to the clipboard next week if Jay Cutler is ready to go.

Matt Flynn (GB @ DET) is a decent flier this week in Detroit if you’re stuck with RGIII.

RUNNING BACKS

Brandon Bolden (NE @ HOU)  Stevan Ridley’s fumbles have made Bolden relevant again in the Patriots dynamic, yet unpredictable offense.  I would not be surprised to see Bolden get 15 touches and a TD this week against the Texans.

Montee Ball (DEN), Benny Cunningham (STL), and Bilal Powell (NYJ) are all decent sleepers if given the opportunity to move up the depth chart due to injury.  Moreno, Stacy, and Ivory are all questionable for now after suffering injuries this past week.

WIDE RECEIVERS

I already mentioned Oakland’s Rod Streater above because he’s possibly available even in deep leagues, but if guys like Edelman or Burleson somehow went unclaimed grab them first.

Justin Hunter (TEN @ IND) has refined his raw talent and broke out for six catches, 100+ yards and a TD last week. Plus, the Colts defense was just shredded in Week 12 by Arizona.

PPR: Dexter McCluster, Donnie Avery (DEN @ KC)  These two Chiefs receivers could see a high volume of targets based on the Chiefs turning to the air last week at home against San Diego and their matchup this week against Denver at Arrowhead.

TIGHT ENDS

Ladarius Green (CIN @ SD)  Green is a talented tight end in San Diego that gets vertical faster than Antonio Gates.  He could see some targets again from Rivers and I don’t mind him at all if Ryan Mathews’ latest injury keeps him out Sunday because the Chargers would operate almost entirely out of the shotgun.

Brent Celek (ARZ @ PHI)  Celek gets a nice matchup as Arizona has been vulnerable against opposing tight ends and stingy against the run recently.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

Buffalo is the sleeper defense of the week as they play the reeling Atlanta Falcons in a ‘home’ game in Toronto on the Blue Jays home field.

About Kevin O'Keefe - @KevinOKeefe14

I am an attorney practicing in New Hampshire.  Previously I practiced in Florida, and have a Massachusetts license I have never used.  I am contributing with fantasy football pieces now and hope to expand my contributions in the future.   I attended college at the University of New Hampshire and was captain of the tennis team.  I graduated law school in 2007.    I love to surf, hike, and travel all over especially to Central America. I started playing fantasy sports in 8th grade when my friend and I would mail in our newspaper fantasy baseball salary cap league.  I play fantasy football, hockey, baseball and NASCAR.  I am happy to expand my current audience of fantasy advice recipients beyond my friends and family.  If you have lineup or draft questions, find me on Twitter @KevinOKeefe14.

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