Week 13 Sleepers: Little-Used Fantasy Players That Are Poised for Big Weeks

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Davone Bess #15 of the Miami Dolphins stiff arms Justin Rogers #26 of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 15, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 19-14.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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There are some desperate people in the final weeks of the fantasy football season who are all looking for someone to carry their team to the playoffs.

It is always frustrating for those people when they see a player on their bench or on waivers who had a big week. 

The key is to identify those sleepers and start them when you have the chance.

These players will make you look like a genius in Week 13.


Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Sanu is gaining more attention with four touchdowns in the last three games. However, he is still only owned in 2.6 percent of ESPN leagues.

While he only managed 29 yards to go with two scores last week, the production was anything but a fluke. He finished the game tied with A.J. Green with a team-high nine targets. He also had a rush attempt after having two the week before.

This all adds up to the coaching staff making a concerted effort to get the ball to their third-round draft pick.

The rookie has become a great second option when Green is double-covered (which by this point is all the time), and the Bengals are calling plays for him in the end zone.

He will continue to hook up with Andy Dalton this week as he faces a San Diego Chargers defense that has allowed 53 points to opposing receivers in the last two games. 


Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons

It seems like it is about time for the Falcons to realize which running back is more effective.

Michael Turner has struggled all season as the starter, as he has failed to rush for more than 3.1 yards per carry in seven of 11 games this year.

Last week, he only managed 17 yards on 13 carries. In the same game, Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 49 yards on 10 attempts plus a touchdown.

Next up is the New Orleans Saints, who have statistically the worst run defense in the NFL. The last time these teams played, Turner finished with 15 yards on 13 carries, while Rodgers only had three carries but totaled 29 yards.

If Turner struggles even a little, Rodgers should finish the game as the lead running back. With that opportunity, he should shine with a big game.


Davone Bess, WR, Miami Dolphins

The New England Patriots were able to shut down the New York Jets last week, but the Mark Sanchez-led team has no semblance of a passing game. Other than that, however, the Patriots have struggled defensively.

Meanwhile, Ryan Tannehill is coming off one the best games of his career with 253 passing yards and a 69.2 completion percentage.

Of those yards, 129 went to Davone Bess, who is becoming a bigger part of this offense. He has 20 targets in the last two games, leading the team each week. This has helped him get double-digit fantasy points in back-to-back contests.

Bess is a talented possession receiver who is quick enough to get big plays once he has the ball in his hands.

Based on recent weeks, he will have plenty of opportunities to make that happen.


Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans

The once-intimidating Houston Texans defense is now anything but after being torched by opposing quarterbacks in each of the last two weeks.

After Chad Henne threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns in Week 11, Matt Stafford followed that up with 441 passing yards and two touchdowns. Neither player threw an interception.

If starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph remains out, these types of games will continue.

Jake Locker has not had much time on the field this season, but he had 40 pass attempts in last week's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. This will lead to a big fantasy performance if the coaching staff continues to trust him throughout the game.


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