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.
Brett Favre (at WAS): I’m counting on the Vikings to be highly motivated in this game with Leslie Frazier taking over for the fired Brad Childress. We’ll find out if Favre and the rest of his teammates can finish the season strong, and he has a favorable matchup this week against the Redskins. Washington is No. 29 in pass defense with 18 touchdowns allowed, and Favre should benefit with all of his targets now healthy with Sidney Rice back to join Percy Harvin.
Eli Manning (vs. JAC): Even with Hakeem Nicks (leg) and Steve Smith (pectoral) out, you can still expect Manning to post quality stats. The Jaguars have struggled in pass defense and come into this game ranked No. 28 with 20 touchdowns allowed. Manning should rebound from his poor performance against the Eagles last week, and he will be able to get the ball to Mario Manningham, Derek Hagan and Kevin Boss. If you need to start Manning this week then don’t be afraid even though his receiving corps is depleted.
Maurice Morris (vs. NE): Jahvid Best (toe) could be out or limited against New England, which would allow Morris to start with Kevin Smith (thumb) on injured reserve. He had 71 total yards in Week 11 against Dallas, and he could get another seven or eight Fantasy points this week against the Patriots. We like Morris more in PPR leagues since he had four catches against the Cowboys, and Detroit likely will struggle this week against New England. Look for a lot of passes to Morris out of the backfield.
Darren Sproles (at IND): Sproles has double digits in Fantasy points in two of his past three games and should continue to have a prominent role on offense with Ryan Mathews (ankle) injured. We love Sproles in PPR leagues, and the return of Vincent Jackson should open up the offense. The Colts have struggled in run defense all season, and Mike Tolbert and Sproles should take advantage of this matchup.
Reggie Bush (at DAL): We keep waiting for Bush to return, and he should be able to play on Thanksgiving Day. Look for the Saints to rely on Bush against a Cowboys defense that has allowed seven touchdowns to opposing running backs and nine to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Chris Ivory should also be considered a sleeper based on his recent play and with Pierre Thomas (leg) still out, and Ivory should continue to see work near the goal line.
Justin Forsett (vs. KC): Forsett could see an increased role this week with Marshawn Lynch losing two fumbles last week against the Saints. Forsett has 19 Fantasy points in his past two games, and he’s been more explosive than Lynch, who is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry since coming to Seattle. The Chiefs have also allowed two receiving touchdowns to running backs in the past two games, and that’s where Forsett should make an impact for owners in PPR leagues.
Brandon Gibson (at DEN): Gibson continues to emerge as the newest weapon for Sam Bradford after he had five catches for 42 yards and a touchdown against Atlanta on 10 targets in Week 11. Danny Amendola remains the most consistent receiver for the Rams, but Gibson now has 19 catches for 181 yards and a touchdown in his past three games. The Broncos have allowed 13 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers, including five in the past two games.
Ben Obomanu (vs. KC): Mike Williams (foot) is expected to be out against the Chiefs, which should allow Obomanu to continue his recent quality production. Last week he had five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown at New Orleans on six targets. He has two touchdowns in his past three games with 30 Fantasy points over that span. And he should see an increase in targets against the Chiefs with Williams out.
Steve Breaston (vs. SF): Breaston has been great since coming back from a knee injury in Week 8. In four games against Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City he has three with at least 90 receiving yards. He also has 20 catches over that span, which has been great for owners in PPR leagues. Arizona has struggled to run the ball this year, which has helped Breaston and Larry Fitzgerald. And we consider Breaston a solid No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver this week.
Derek Hagan (vs. JAC): Hagan played well in his first game with the Giants in Week 11 at Philadelphia and finished with three catches for 10 yards and a touchdown. He should see even more targets this week against Jacksonville with Nicks and Smith out. The Jaguars have allowed 14 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers, and this is a good matchup to consider Hagan as a No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver in deeper leagues.