These players may not look the part, but they sure are sleeping beauties when it comes to fantasy football. This week, these sleepers will give your fantasy team the boost you need to be looking like Prince Charming.
QB - Nick Foles
It is almost certain that Nick Foles will get the start this week against Dallas with Michael Vick still recovering from a hamstring injury.
Vick said to CSN Philly, "It's worse than what I thought it was going to be... It's just slow. It's taking longer than I thought it would."
This is all good news for Foles, who made an impressive debut as the starting quarterback for the Eagles and threw for 296 passing yards with three touchdowns. He even ran for a 4-yard TD. He was named the NFC offensive player of the week, a title his wide receiver DeSean Jackson won the previous week.
These two are bound to hook up for some major yards this week against a Cowboys defense that ranks 30th in pass defense. In addition, Nick Foles will have more breathing room with Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Ware on the sidelines due to a quad injury.
RB - Brandon Jacobs
With the New York Giants out of options, the 31-year-old veteran Jacobs responded to the call last week by running for 106 yards with two TDs. He is expected to carry the burden once more this week against the Minnesota Vikings.
What makes Jacobs so valuable to fantasy owners is his knack for goal-line carries. If the Giants can get into the red zone against the Minnesota Vikings, there is a good chance Jacobs will pick up a couple more TDs this week.
WR - Cordarrelle Patterson
I'll admit that this is more of a gut feeling pick by me, so feel free to stay away from this one. However, those who are willing to take the most risks reap the highest reward, right?
The rookie Patterson had high expectations coming into the season, but the Vikings have not figured out how to utilize him in their offensive system. Coach Leslie Frazier has been saying for weeks that he wants to get more snaps for Patterson on offense, but it has yet to bear any fruit on the field.
Patterson has been an effective kick returner for the Vikings and was named the NFC special teams player of the month. The Giants are the No. 1 kick coverage team, but that is not deterring Patterson.
“I’m not taking a knee,” Patterson said to the Star Tribune. “Well, if it’s the end of the game and we’re up by seven or eight, but that’s about it.”
The time bomb on Patterson is way overdue, and this week against the 0-6 Giants looks like a perfect time for the rookie to blow up on offense.
TE - Joseph Fauria
Fauria has been making big plays since his days at UCLA, but he has gone unnoticed in the NFL.
However, last week he had a breakout game for the Detroit Lions, catching three touchdown passes.
While Fauria currently leads the Lions in TDs, with five, and has displayed an ability to catch the ball, coach Jim Schwartz has been hesitant to have him involved in the offense with more than just red-zone plays.
Fauria saw a lot of time as a receiver for UCLA, so his inability to block as a tight end has been the biggest issue for Detriot. But after last week's extraordinary performance, Fauria will be seeing more time on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals this week.
DEF - San Diego Chargers
If your defense is starting against the Jacksonville Jaguars, more often than not, good things are bound to happen. The Jaguars have given up the third most points to defenses this season, according to Yahoo.
Plus, the Jaguars are getting sacked an average of 3.67 times a game while throwing 1.83 interceptions a game. Even if the Chargers defense allow a couple touchdowns, a few big plays on defense can quickly rack up fantasy points.