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.
Jason Campbell (vs. DEN): Campbell played great in a favorable matchup in Week 14 at Jacksonville with 324 passing yards and two touchdowns and has at least 19 Fantasy points in his past two games against San Diego and the Jaguars. Campbell also had 21 Fantasy points at Denver in Week 7. The Broncos have shut down Cassel and John Skelton the past two games, but Denver has allowed seven quarterbacks to score multiple touchdowns this season. Campbell is doing a great job getting the ball to his playmakers, and Zach Miller (foot) finally looked healthy against the Jaguars, which is a great sign.
Matt Hasselbeck (vs. ATL): The Falcons have allowed seven quarterbacks to score multiple touchdowns against them this season, with three coming on the road. Hasselbeck struggled in Week 14 at San Francisco with 285 passing yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions and a lost fumble, but he was without Mike Williams (ankle) and Ben Obomanu (hand). He could get one or both back this week, and he does have three games with at least 17 Fantasy points in his past five outings.
Ronnie Brown (vs. BUF): Brown has struggled this season, but this is a good matchup for him. He had 13 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Bills and has three touchdowns in his past two games with Buffalo. The Bills are last in the NFL in run defense , and they have allowed 13 touchdowns to opposing running backs, including five in the past five games. Brown will lose carries and production to Ricky Williams, which is why Brown isn’t an outright start in the majority of leagues. But both running backs can be considered sleepers this week based on the matchup with the Bills.
Jahvid Best (at TB): The Bucs defense is falling apart, and running backs are taking advantage of it. Tampa Bay has allowed a running back to reach double digits in Fantasy points in all but two games this season, and last week Ryan Torain ran all over the Bucs for 172 yards. Best has been a disappointment this season with his lingering toe injury, but he has run hard the past two games against Chicago and Green Bay. He continues to share playing time with Maurice Morris, who is also a good sleeper here, but this could be a good week to trust Best in deeper leagues.
Ryan Mathews (vs. SF): Mathews had a great game in Week 14 against Kansas City with 16 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown. It was just his third game with double digits in Fantasy points this year, but he could finish the season strong as long as he’s healthy after not playing in three games with an injured ankle. The 49ers have done well in run defense this year, but they are dealing with hand injuries to linebackers Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes. That could allow Mathews to run well again while he continues to share carries with Mike Tolbert.
Robert Meachem (at BAL): I’m a little stubborn with Meachem this week after he failed to catch a pass in Week 14 in a matchup with the Rams. But the Saints will need all their receivers to step up this week against the Ravens, who struggled last week to stop the Texans. Baltimore has allowed six touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in the past five games, and Drew Brees can’t throw every pass to Marques Colston no matter how hard he tries. If you can trust Meachem then put him in your lineup as a No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver.
Earl Bennett (at MIN): Someone has to catch passes for the Bears this week, and Bennett has been the most consistent option recently. He has double digits in Fantasy points in two of his past three games with at least 53 receiving yards in each game over that span. The location of this game could determine the value for Bennett and all the Bears, but if it’s played outdoors in Minnesota you might consider another option. However, if they find an indoor venue for this game, then Bennett could be a star since the Vikings secondary remains the weak link of this defense.
Jacoby Jones (at TEN): Jones, a sleeper coming into the season, has been a bust for most of the year. But he does have two touchdowns in his past two games against Philadelphia and Baltimore and played great against the Ravens in the second half last week once he got past a few drops. With Andre Johnson taking away plenty of coverage, Jones has started to excel, and hopefully he can finish the season strong. The Titans have allowed four touchdowns in the past five games to opposing wide receivers, and Matt Schaub should continue to look for Jones this week with the Johnson-Cortland Finnegan battle looming on the other side of the field.