NFL Sleepers Week 16: Players Who Will Carry Your Team Through Fantasy Playoffs

Joseph SchmidtContributor IIIDecember 18, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers runs onto the field during player introductions before a game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 28-27.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It’s Super Bowl time for fantasy football owners, and if you’ve managed to stick around in your league’s playoffs, your team might be thin in a few areas, or your bench might be littered with duds.

But there are always a few sleepers from week to week, and keeping tabs on the latest player poised to pop for huge numbers isn’t easy. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.

Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers (WR)

Aaron Rodgers' former favorite target has spent a majority of the year on the sidelines but has returned for the last five games of the season.

Expect Jennings to get back to his old ways sooner than later, especially when one of the league’s worst pass defenses in the Tennessee Titans head to Lambeau Field this weekend.

Rodgers and Jennings have yet to have a big game this season. That will change on Sunday.

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (QB)

The Rams aren’t out of playoff contention yet, and they have managed to stay competitive in the surprisingly tough NFC West.

Though they need a little help to reach the postseason, St. Louis is poised to rebound against a tough loss at home for a major road win against the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Expect Bradford to make plays against the Bucs’ league-worst pass defense. Anyone who has him as a backup might do well to start him this week.

Shonn Greene, New York Jets (RB)

New York’s workhorse is close to notching 1,000 rushing yards for the season, and with such a drastic change finally being made at quarterback, the offense might be inspired to be effective for a full game.

Greene has had a few good games despite the troubles suffered on New York’s offensive line.

Though he has yet to find consistency even this late in the season, and the Jets will be facing a tougher run defense in San Diego, expect Greene to pop off and be the main offensive factor in this showdown.