Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 13 Waiver Wire Emergency Starts

John ZaktanskyCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2010

Brent Celek has been a non-factor much of the season, but should fare well vs. the Houston Texans on Thursday night.
Brent Celek has been a non-factor much of the season, but should fare well vs. the Houston Texans on Thursday night.Nick Laham/Getty Images

The early bird gets the worm, and the early emergency sleeper starter picker-upper gets the Brent Celek.


While I typically post this column on Saturdays for Sunday last-minute lineup patch options, I couldn’t overlook the extremely appealing player that is due to go off and still available in nearly 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. That being Brent Celek. My Week 13 sleeper starts include …

Celek- Why? Earlier this season, the tight end position was chock full of impressive young upstart options. Now, people are scrambling for reliable options. Celek has been a disappointment most of the season, partially because and and Michael Vick haven’t been on the same page. This week versus the Texans, however, Celek is due to go off like a pressure cooker filled with popcorn.

Mike Goodson, CAR- How in the world is Goodson available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues? The guy has produced where DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart have failed. He was third-highest scoring RB at his position in PPR leagues last week. He notched 59 points in PPR leagues the past three weeks, averaging 20 points per game and earning expanded play moving forward. The kicker? He plays Seattle this week. I may start him over Rashard Mendenhall this week in my dynasty league.

Toby Gerhart, MIN- Owned in just 36 percent of Yahoo leagues at the moment, Gerhart’s Week 13 value is hinged directly to Adrian Peterson’s status for this week. If Peterson doesn’t play or is limited, Gerhart should reap the benefits against the league’s worst run defense in Buffalo.

Pierre Thomas, NO- While his Week 13 status isn’t locked in yet, it is looking like he’ll be on the field for the first time in what feels like forever. The Saints could use another RB threat, and Thomas should be well-rested for the stretch run. Snag now and ask questions later.

Davone Bess, MIA- Been touting this guy all season, especially in PPR formats. Now with Chad Henne back under center, Bess is the primary beneficiary and is playing against a Browns defense that is vulnerable through the air.

Danario Alexander, STL- He’s a little dinged up with a knee injury, but Alexander showed with his return last week that he can be a dynamic fantasy option. This week versus Arizona, as long as his knee doesn’t keep him out of game action, Alexander could be a sneaky pickup.

Jason Avant, PHI- Want a real sleeper? Jason Avant has been a favorite target for Michael Vick, but is overlooked by fantasy owners who zone in on DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. This week against Houston, Avant should have ample opportunity to soar statistically.

Ben Obomanu, SEA- When has a receiver caught five balls for 150ish yards and a TD and still be owned in just 14 percent of leagues? The key here is that Obomanu isn’t going to be a one-week wonder with Mike Williams’ mysterious foot injury showing no real signs of improvement and a matchup looming with laughable Carolina.

Sam Bradford, STL- He’s been a very impressive rookie with some inconsistency from a fantasy end. This week versus Arizona, however, expect Bradford to light up the scoreboard.

Jon Kitna, DAL- The Colts, and Peyton Manning in particular, will be playing tougher than ever after an embarrassing loss last week to the Chargers. The Cowboys will likely find themselves in catchup mode more times than not, and Kitna will be chucking the pigskin plenty.

Kerry Collins, TEN- Signs are pointing towards a Kerry Collins return this week, and against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he stands to do well throwing to some decent weapons in a key division game. Best part? He’s available in 97 percent of Yahoo leagues.

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