Week 13 Fantasy Football Projections: Sleepers Who Will Exceed Expectations

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2013

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Wide receiver Rod Streater #80 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 37-21. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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As the fantasy football regular season draws to a close, many fantasy owners are in need of help. Fortunately, there are plenty of options that should be available on the waiver wire.

At this point of the year, there are few players with the potential to be breakout stars who can transform your season. However, you can certainly find a sleeper who can get you one big game when you need him.

For those looking for an injury replacement or simply do not have a better option, check out these possibilities for Week 13 of the NFL season.

Note: All league information courtesy of ESPN.

 

Josh McCown, QB, Chicago Bears (6.6 percent owned)

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 17:  Josh McCown #12 of the Chicago Bears looks for a receiver against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field on November 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Ravens 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Gett
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According to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com, starting quarterback Jay Cutler has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. This will lead to more time under center for Josh McCown. 

Despite the fact that the Chicago Bears were dominated on the road by the St. Louis Rams, McCown actually had a solid fantasy day thanks to 352 passing yards and two touchdowns.

While he was forced to throw 47 passes thanks to an early deficit, the coaching staff clearly has a lot of faith in the quarterback. With elite weapons to throw to like Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, this will lead to a lot of production.

To make things even better, his upcoming opponent has allowed 24 passing touchdowns this year, which is the most in the NFL. McCown should be able to torch a struggling Vikings defense and become an above-average fantasy starter at quarterback.

Projection: 312 passing yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions; 20 fantasy points

 

Dennis Johnson, RB, Houston Texans (0.4 percent owned)

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 10:  Running back Dennis Johnson #28 of the Houston Texans carries the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 10, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Although Dennis Johnson had not done much in previous weeks to warrant fantasy consideration, he proved on Sunday that he has plenty of explosiveness. 

After Ben Tate managed only one rushing yard on seven carries, Johnson came in and scrambled for 74 yards on 13 attempts. Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com quoted head coach Gary Kubiak, who said after the game, "We had planned on playing [running back Dennis Johnson] some, but when he went in he just looked so good running the ball so we played him a little bit more."

Although this does not guarantee more playing time for Johnson going forward, he clearly earned a bigger role going forward. With the Texans in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, it makes sense to see what they have in the 23-year-old back.

This comes at a great time too with Houston facing the New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars in the next two games. These squads each rank in the bottom five in the NFL in rushing yards allowed this year, and it could lead to a big game for Johnson.

Projection: 15 carries, 92 rushing yards, one touchdown; 15 fantasy points

 

Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders (6.1 percent owned)

Although Rod Streater has not been the most consistent receiver, he is certainly thriving with Matt McGloin at the helm.

Since the undrafted free agent took over at quarterback, Streater has totaled 11 catches for 177 receiving yards and a touchdown in two games. He also led the team in targets in each game and is clearly developing a nice chemistry with the man throwing him the ball.

This is big for Week 13 as the Oakland Raiders have a favorable matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, who have allowed the second-most passing yards per game this season.

As long as McGloin keeps throwing the ball, Streater is a solid option for your fantasy team. 

Projection: Six catches, 82 receiving yards, one touchdown; 14 fantasy points

 

Jacob Tamme, TE, Denver Broncos (0.9 percent owned)

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 06:   Jacob Tamme #84 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball against  Matt Giordano #27 of the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 6, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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This only becomes a legitimate option if Julius Thomas is out for another week. The starting tight end was inactive for Sunday's game with a knee injury and certainly could require another week to recover.

If he does not play, look for Jacob Tamme to once again take over the touches in Week 13. Against the New England Patriots, he finished with five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown, and it is perfectly reasonable to expect similar numbers against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fans might remember that the veteran tight end finished with an impressive 555 receiving yards last season and has a relationship with Peyton Manning dating back to his days with the Indianapolis Colts.

Manning loves to utilize his tight end no matter who is playing the position. If Tamme is in the lineup for the Broncos, he should be in the lineup for your fantasy team.

Projection: Six catches, 52 receiving yards, one touchdown; 11 fantasy points

 

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