Week 13 Pickups: Fantasy Football Sleepers You Must Grab Before Playoffs

Mike HoagCorrespondent IINovember 30, 2012

November 25, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) warms up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

It’s Week 13 of the fantasy football season, meaning the playoffs are right around the bend. Whether you’re set or are struggling to fill in some depth on your roster in preparation, it’s never too late to take a risk that could end up bringing you the title.

You might not need these guys this week, but it’s never too early to make some strategic additions to your team in anticipation of a playoff berth.

Let’s take a look at some sleepers you should pick up because they have the most favorable postseason matchups.


Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos

Knowshon Moreno took over the running back duties in Denver after veteran Willis McGahee went down with a season-ending injury. That’s propelled him into a must-start status as the fantasy football playoffs start to appear on the horizon.

Last week, in his first start of the year, the former first-round pick picked up 85 yards on 20 carries. Not bad for a guy who hadn’t contributed since Week 2 of the season.

His remaining schedule is the kicker.

Weeks 14 through 17 feature matchups against Oakland, Baltimore, Cleveland and Kansas City. That’s good enough for the fourth-best schedule during that stretch. It has potential to be even better if Moreno can get in a groove and play off of Peyton Manning.


Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

The guy who was bumped out of Miami by Ryan Tannehill is a good option if you’re looking for a quarterback for the playoffs. Plus, he’s owned in just 7.9 percent of ESPN leagues, so he’s probably sitting there on the wire waiting for you.

Chad Henne has come on strong over the past two games in relief for Blaine Gabbert, who is now on injured reserve. He’s thrown for over 600 yards with six touchdown passes and just one interception over that span.

With final games against the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans, Henne could be the top quarterback over that stretch.

The former Michigan Wolverines quarterback is auditioning and making his case to remain the starter in Jacksonville. He’s going to keep playing at a high level with his future on the line.


Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans

Kendall Wright and the Titans have one of the most favorable schedules down the stretch. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the Titans wrapping up their season before Week 17 and sitting their starters.

Of all the receivers in Tennessee, Wright has the most upside moving forward. The team will continue to feature him as they build and evaluate for the future.

He’s owned in just 13.6 percent of ESPN leagues, so go pick him up and see what happens this week against Houston. His final four matchups against Indianapolis, New York (Jets), Green Bay and Jacksonville are good enough to keep him handy if you need wide receiver help.


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