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Week 13 Sleepers

Vince Young

Given the recent wave of concussions and ankle sprains in the NFL, it is more important than ever to be on the lookout for that little extra boost to your offense.

There is only one Thursday night game this week to worry about and we are all spared the horror of having to watch the Lions eat up valuable network time. So, without further delay, let’s get to it.

Week 13 Sleepers

New York (Jets) @ Buffalo

Buffalo Bills Defense/Special Teams

Buffalo’s defense is responsible for allowing a league-worst 165 rush yds per game. However, the last time these two teams faced, the Bills forced Mark Sanchez to throw five interceptions. As bad as the Bills’ rush defense is, their pass defense gives up less than 200 yds a game and they are 2nd in the NFL with 21 interceptions.

Buffalo will load up to stop Thomas Jones and force Mark Sanchez to continue his rocky rookie season.

St. Louis @ Chicago

Any Chicago Receiver

St. Louis is giving up over 370 total yds per game and even Jay Cutler can’t screw this up. While Cutler has for all intents and purposes uhhh…..SUCKED this season, he has faired much better at home with 8 TD and only 3 INT.

Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett, or even TE Greg Olsen should contribute to your team this week.

Denver @ Kansas City

Kyle Orton (QB), Denver Broncos

Since his ankle injury a few weeks ago, Orton has thrown for just 416 yds with 1 TD and 2 INT in two games. The Chiefs allow 258 pass yds per game and have given up five passing TD in their last two games.

Orton could stand in the pocket all day if he wanted to because the Chiefs only have 14 sacks on the season.

Denver Broncos Defense

Chief’s QB’s have been sacked 38 times this season, with Matt Cassel getting sacked eight times in his last three games. Expect Denver to bring the pressure all game long.

Tennessee @ Indianapolis

Vince Young (QB), Tennessee Titans

He has proved to me that he is for real and now he gets to take on a Colts team responsible for allowing an average of 299 pass yds over their last four games.

Pierre Garcon (WR), Indianapolis Colts

Other than Reggie Wayne, he has been the most targeted receiver on the Colts for the past three weeks. He has pulled in 221 yds and 2 TD in the past three games.

Philadelphia @ Atlanta

Jeremy Maclin (WR), Philadelphia Eagles

Even though it isn’t official, DeSean Jackson should miss this Sunday’s game with a concussion. This means that rookie Jeremy Maclin would be the #1 guy in Philly.

Maclin has 5+ catches in three straight games and the Falcons defense gives up 250+ pass yds per game.

New England @ Miami

Sam Aiken (WR), New England Patriots

Aiken posted career-highs last week with seven catches for 90 yds against New Orleans. Brady and company will be out for blood against a division rival after such a humiliating loss on Monday night.

New Orleans @ Washington

Rock Cartwright (RB), Washington Redskins

OK, so I was a bit too high on him last week. However, the Saints have allowed an average of 145 rush yds in their last five game and have given up five rushing TD in their last four games.

Oakland @ Pittsburgh

Zach Miller (TE), Oakland Raiders

Hey, he is the team’s leading receiver and the Steelers’ pass defense is inept without Polamalu on the field.

Tampa Bay @ Carolina

Carolina Defense/Special Teams

The Panthers pass defense is among the best in football with only 181 pass yds allowed per game. Their run defense is pathetic (131 yds per game), but Tampa Bay rushes for less than 100 yds per game and have just four rushing TD on the year.

The last time they faced, Carolina came away with four sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery.

Houston @ Jacksonville

Kevin Walter (WR), Houston Texans

Walter been seeing more looks with TE Owen Daniels out and now he gets a favorable matchup. The Jaguars have the 7th worst pass defense in football and QB Matt Schaub won’t see pressure at all since the Jags are dead last in the NFL with only 10 sacks.

Detroit @ Cincinnati

Larry Johnson (RB), Cincinnati Bengals

Cedric Benson is expected back this week, but don’t be surprised if they limit his carries as they ease him back in. This game should be a blowout with Carson Palmer not throwing when he doesn’t have to which means a heavy dose of running.

Johnson looked surprisingly good last week when he rushed for 107 yds against Cleveland.

San Diego @ Cleveland

Darren Sproles (RB), San Diego Chargers

Cleveland is terrible, so this should be another blowout game on Sunday. The Browns allow 159 rush yds per game. Sproles should get 8-10 carries in addition to his pass-catching duties.

Dallas @ New York (Giants)

Felix Jones (RB), Dallas Cowboys

Jones will have another shot at a good week against the Giants. New York has lost five of their last six games and have given up an average of 114 rush yds in their last two games.

The last time these teams met back in Week 2, Dallas steamrolled the Giants for 251 rushing yds.

San Francisco @ Seattle

Michael Crabtree (WR), San Francisco 49ers

The rookie plays second fiddle to TE Vernon Davis, but Seattle has given up an average of 287 pas yds over their last three games.

Crabtree has four catches in each of his last three games and his chances against a terrible secondary are looking pretty good.

Matt Hasselbeck (QB), Seattle Seahawks

Seattle won’t be running the ball much against the 49ers, who allow less than 100 rush yds per game. On the flip side, San Fran has a bottom-5 pass defense. In a battle of poor secondaries, this game should feature a lot of passing.

Minnesota @ Arizona

Bernard Berrian (WR), Minnesota Vikings

Berrian has been left in the dust by fellow teammates Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin. This week the Vikings receivers get to run circles around the Cardinals.

Arizona features the 3rd worst pass defense in football which has given up 300+ pass yds in three of the last four games. Berrian should find some holes in that secondary and exploit them.

Baltimore @ Green Bay

Jermichael Finley (TE), Green Bay Packers

Finley has returned from injury and has gotten a healthy 16 targets in his last two games.

The Ravens once again have a tough defense and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been the most sacked QB in football this season with 44. This means a lot of pressure on Rodgers who will be looking Finley’s way for a short pass all day.

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