Every week I'll dive into some sleepers beyond what we write in Start 'Em and Sit 'Em to help some of you in deeper leagues. Some weeks will have more guys than others, but this should be helpful for those owners in 14- and 16-team leagues.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. DET): Fitzpatrick should be able to rebound from last week’s poor performance against Chicago, which has a much better secondary than most people realize. He was held to 13 Fantasy points against the Bears, but the Lions struggled last week against Mark Sanchez, who had 323 passing yards and two total touchdowns. Detroit also has played poorly on the road, allowing five passing touchdowns with two interceptions in the past two road games at Green Bay and at the Giants. In Fitzpatrick’s past two home games against the Jets and Jaguars he has averaged 25 Fantasy points.
Mark Sanchez (at CLE): The Browns have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in all but two games this season, with Josh Freeman, Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Tom Brady all performing at a high level against Cleveland. Only Matt Cassel and Matt Ryan struggled against the Browns, and Sanchez has the chance to play well in this matchup. He broke out of his mini-slump against the Lions after going three games with one touchdown and four interceptions, and he should take advantage of this matchup by getting the ball to Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Dustin Keller.
Derek Anderson (vs. SEA): Anderson has not played well this year, but he does have a favorable matchup against the Seahawks, who are No. 30 in pass defense. If you’re looking for help in a two-quarterback league then Anderson might be a good replacement for this week. Seattle has allowed three quarterbacks to pass for at least 300 yards and five to throw multiple touchdown passes. We’re fond of Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston this week, so there’s a good chance for Anderson to have two touchdowns based on Seattle’s defense.
Donald Brown (vs. CIN): Brown played well last week at the Eagles with 97 total yards, and he has the chance for a similar performance this week against the Bengals with Joseph Addai (shoulder) and Mike Hart (ankle) expected to be out again. The Bengals have allowed a running back to score in each of their past six games, which also bodes well for Javarris James, who is the goal-line option for the Colts. Consider both sleepers in a game where the Colts should be able to do a lot on offense.
Cadillac Williams (vs. CAR): You know we’re fond of the Bucs this week, and that means even Williams could be involved on offense. We’re talking deep leagues here because LeGarrette Blount is clearly going to carry the load for Tampa Bay. Williams has just four Fantasy points in his past two games, but he might get some additional carries if the Bucs go up big in this matchup. Carolina has allowed just five rushing touchdowns this year, but the Panthers are No. 26 in run defense at 125 yards per game.
Keiland Williams (vs. PHI): Ryan Torain (hamstring) and Clinton Portis (groin) remain on the injury report this week, and if they’re out then Williams would end up as the starter. That’s a stretch since we expect Torain to play, but continue to monitor what develops heading into Sunday. Even if Torain and Portis return we could see Williams being used in passing situations. And if the Eagles are up in this game then Williams might have the chance for increased playing time. He should only be considered for deep formats unless he was to end up starting with Torain and Portis out.
Danny Amendola (at SF): Amendola has two touchdowns in his past two games prior to the bye week, and he will look to pick up where he left off against the 49ers. San Francisco has allowed eight touchdowns to opposing wide receivers, including five to possession-type receivers in Deion Branch, Dexter McCluster, Harry Douglas and David Gettis. Amendola isn’t known for his touchdown prowess with only three career scores, but he is definitely worth using in leagues where receptions count.
Jacoby Jones (at JAC): Jones has struggled this season with only one touchdown, and he has just 11 catches for 103 yards in his past four games. But this is a matchup where Matt Schaub can target Jones down the field since the Jaguars have struggled in pass defense all season. They are second only to Houston with 17 passing touchdowns allowed, with 12 going to wide receivers. It’s hard to trust Jones in the majority of leagues, but he could be worth a one-week flier based on the matchup.
Mike Thomas (vs. HOU): Thomas is a great sleeper this week against the Texans, who have allowed 12 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers and seven to reach double digits in Fantasy points. He has at least seven Fantasy points in four of his past five games, and he scored his first touchdown this season in Week 8 at Dallas. As we said in Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em, we like all the Jaguars this week, and Thomas is no exception. Consider him a good starting option if you need help at wide receiver in all leagues.
Nate Burleson (at BUF): Burleson has done well as the No. 2 wide receiver for the Lions playing opposite Calvin Johnson, and he’s coming off a tremendous game in Week 9 against the Jets with seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. He has three touchdowns in his past four games and continues to play at a high level with 14 catches in his past two outings. You’d rather have Matthew Stafford (shoulder) throwing to Burleson, but Shaun Hill is a quality replacement. Count on Burleson playing well against the Bills.