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.
Matt Cassel (vs. ARI): The last three quarterbacks the Cardinals have faced each reached at least 19 Fantasy points with Josh Freeman, Brett Favre and Matt Hasselbeck. Cassel is coming off a career game against Denver with 40 Fantasy points on 33 of 53 passing for 469 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s not going to throw that much against the Cardinals, but he should still be successful. Look for him to have a similar performance to Week 7 against Jacksonville when he was 13 of 18 passing for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Also keep in mind that Todd Haley is the former coordinator for the Cardinals and should know this defense quite well.
Troy Smith (vs. TB): Smith will hopefully remain the starter for the 49ers once Alex Smith (shoulder) returns because he has been solid in his past two games. He has 40 Fantasy points against the Broncos and Rams without a turnover, and he’s helped San Francisco go 2-0 over that span. Troy Smith has a favorable matchup in his next two games against Tampa Bay in Week 11 and Arizona in Week 12, and we would consider starting him in leagues that need two quarterbacks. And if you’re looking for a sleeper in standard leagues then consider Smith against the Bucs, who have allowed multiple touchdowns to four quarterbacks this year.
Keiland Williams (at TEN): It appears likely that Ryan Torain (hamstring) and Clinton Portis (groin) could be out for at least another week, which would make Williams an excellent option against the Titans. We had him listed here last week against the Eagles, and he responded with 31 Fantasy points. He won’t reach that total this week, but Tennessee has allowed eight touchdowns to opposing running backs with six reaching double digits in Fantasy points. But based on the amount of touches Williams will get he’s worth the risk in the majority of formats.
Danny Woodhead (vs. IND): During Tom Brady’s career against Indianapolis he’s been able to rely on Kevin Faulk to slow down the Colts’ pass rush. Faulk is out with a knee injury, but he had at least seven Fantasy points in four of the past five meetings with Indianapolis. Woodhead has taken over for Faulk, and he has the opportunity for similar production. If you’re looking for a No. 3 Fantasy running back or flex option this week then consider Woodhead a nice sleeper in this matchup.
Reggie Bush (vs. SEA): If Bush is able to play this week as expected then he’s worth starting as a No. 3 Fantasy running back. Seattle has struggled in run defense this season with 10 touchdowns allowed and nine running backs reaching double digits in Fantasy points. Bush has the chance to do a variety of things, which makes him an attractive Fantasy option in leagues where receptions count. We also see him cutting into Lance Moore’s role, so look for Bush to find a way to get at least seven or eight Fantasy points in this game.
Danny Amendola (vs. ATL): We had Amendola in this spot last week, and we’ll give him another shot since he’s been successful. All Amendola does is score touchdowns. He now has three games in a row with a touchdown, and he’s become Sam Bradford’s most consistent wide receiver. Amendola also has a favorable matchup this week against Atlanta, and he’s worth using in most formats as a No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver. In leagues where receptions count, Amendola should be considered a No. 2 option with 13 catches the past two games. In deeper formats also look at St. Louis wide receiver Brandon Gibson since he has 14 catches for 139 yards the past two games.
Mike Thomas (vs. CLE): Thomas was also in this space last week. And as expected, Thomas took advantage of a tremendous matchup against Houston and scored on a miracle play at the end of regulation to win the game. But take away the 50-yard Hail Mary, and Thomas still had a standout performance. He now has 31 Fantasy points in his past two games, and only once in his past six games has he gotten fewer than seven Fantasy points. The Jaguars have another favorable matchup in Week 10 against Cleveland, and Thomas is worth starting as a No. 3 Fantasy option in standard leagues and a No. 2 wide receiver in deeper formats.
Devery Henderson (vs. SEA): I could be reaching here since Henderson has just one touchdown on the season and has five Fantasy points in his past four games. He’s also the No. 4 option at best in the passing game behind Marques Colston, Robert Meachem and Moore/ Bush. But the Seahawks have allowed a lot of big plays to wide receivers this season with nine reaching double digits in Fantasy points with eight touchdowns. This should be a game where Drew Brees can get Henderson involved, so if you’re looking for a deep sleeper that’s my call for this week.