Week 13 Fantasy Rankings: Dan Orlovsky and More Sleepers Worth Starting

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 2, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 6:  Dan Orlovsky #6 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Falcons defeated the Colts 31-7. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Entering Week 13 of the NFL season, if you are still desperately looking for sleepers then you are likely in a pretty bad situation.

At this point, your roster should nearly be finalized and ready for a run in the playoffs.

However, injuries do happen. Sometimes you need a guy to pickup and produce even when the talent in the pool of players is low.

Luckily, there are a few guys that are at least worth a look this week.

Here are three sleepers to keep an eye on if you need a substitute this weekend.


Dan Orlovsky (QB, Indianapolis Colts)

Unless it's Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts are screwed no matter who starts at quarterback.

That said, at least Dan Orlovsky faces the worst pass defense in the NFL in his first start under center for the Colts.

The Patriots are allowing 307.5 passing yards per game. In last week's win over the Eagles, they even allowed for backup quarterback Vince Young to put up over 400 yards on them.

Orlovsky isn't going to have the same results. However, if you are desperate for a replacement at quarterback after all the injuries that the league has seen over the past few weeks, he is worth a look.

Even if it's only a 250-yard and two-touchdown performance, that's better than most available quarterbacks would give you.


Roy Helu Jr. (RB, Washington Redskins)

I said weeks ago that Roy Helu Jr. needed to be grabbed off the waiver wire and put on the bench in your fantasy leagues.

Now, after what took longer than I anticipated, Helu will be the starter for the Washington Redskins for the remainder of the season.

If, for whatever reason, he is still available, then you need to grab him.

After his 108 yards and touchdown against the Seahawks last week, coach Mike Shanahan is finally going to start Helu like he should have all season.

The Redskins play the Jets this weekend.

New York's weakness on defense has been the run this season. We know Shanahan would prefer to keep it on the ground and out of the hands of Rex Grossman.

Another 100-yard day is very possible for the fourth-round rookie draft pick.


Eric Decker (WR, Denver Broncos)

Adding a Broncos wide receiver to your fantasy roster may seem a little crazy, but as a third option, Decker is more than capable of getting the job done.

In four of the last five weeks he has a receiving touchdown.

Although he hasn't put up ridiculous yardage he has managed totals of 72, 47, 56 and 63 yards.

Couple each of those showings with a touchdown and you have a good day for a number three receiver.

Decker is clearly Tebow's favorite target.

The Broncos may pass it a little more than usual against the Vikings, who rank fifth in stopping the run and 30th in stopping the pass this year.

Tebow may not be great throwing the ball, but Decker should still bring in enough receptions to make him worth a start.