Fantasy Football 2013: Week 13 Sleepers
Fantasy Football Week 13: Matchup Plays and Sleepers
November 29, 2013
Week 13 is upon us, and in many fantasy football leagues that marks the final game of the regular season. Lineup decisions are magnified right now, so if you need to rely on a lower-end sleeper pick, it’s more important than ever to get it right. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the waiver-wire level names out there who could come up with big games as sleeper candidates this week.
E.J. Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills: If you’re still stuck for a quarterback this week (Aaron Rodgers owners, we’re looking at you), Manuel doesn’t make too bad of a choice. He’s coming off a nice outing in his last appearance, with 245 yards, two touchdowns and a 71.4 completion percentage (20-of-28) in the utter destruction of the Jets.
Manuel’s impending matchup in Week 13 looks pretty good; he and the Bills will host the incoming Falcons. We should see some pretty good numbers against that defense.
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Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots: Okay, here’s the deal in the New England backfield. It’s crowded, but with Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount on Bill Belichick’s naughty list due to their fumbling issues against the Broncos, Bolden could have a nice game in the matchup against Houston.
Here’s how we see it: Shane Vereen will likely get the passing-down work, with Bolden carrying the majority of the load otherwise. It’s tough telling anything for sure with the Pats, but this scenario is as likely as any.
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans: Hunter’s star is on the rise. He notched career-highs across the board last week, with six grabs, 109 yards and a score against the Raiders. The Titans coaching staff has gone on record as saying he’ll be getting some additional playing time going forward, so we’ll be seeing a lot more of Hunter in games to come. He’ll see the Colts this week.
Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Speaking of the Colts, let’s look at Fleener. We’ve recommended him as a sleeper or fill-in option at times this year, and he’s responded well. In his last two games, he has 162 yards and a touchdown on 12 catches.
Now that Reggie Wayne is out, Fleener has emerged as one of Andrew Luck’s only reliable passing options. He’s likely on your bench, but deserves a starting nod at home against the Titans.
Cleveland Browns Defense: The Browns’ defensive unit has been experiencing a major downturn fantasy-wise recently. They’ve been the victims of a crummy offense that can’t sustain drives or score, and have been beaten up by aggressive offenses.
That said, we could se a big turnaround this weekend. The cure for what ails the Browns could lie in the Jacksonville Jaguars, who will be coming to town. They’re last in the league in multiple offensive categories, so they won’t be able to put up much of a fight if Cleveland can manage to put together anything at all. They’ll work as a plug-in, especially for wary owners of the Chiefs.
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