Thursday, December 9, 2010

WRITER'S SLEEEPER CHALLENGE - WK 14

Had to get this in quick because Bill is using a player in tonight's game. No time for small talk...to the picks along with a blurb from each writer on why they are picking each player.

DeadheadBill's Picks
My 1st week 14 selection is an injury replacement with a nice matchup. Ed Dickson, TE BALT(1% owned)will be taking most of the snaps that would of belonged to Todd Heap. I'm not considering him anything but a one week "plug-n-play" if you are in need of a TE in deeper leagues. With Flacco set to bombard the Texans secondary there should be alot of chances for check downs etc...so I think 50-60 yards and a possible score is a reasonable projection.......could be targeted several times so those in PPR leagues take note, he should be able to haul in at least 5-6 catches.

Sleeper number two just returned to the NFL. Dominic Rhodes, RB IND(1% owned)will attempt to jump start a Colt running game that's been a disaster since Joe Addai went down. I dont know if week 15 might be a safer time to roll him out(after seeing him play a game/since he JUST signed this week), but if he does have a nice game you'll be glad you beat the other waiver vultures to the punch. If Rhodes has only J James to share carries with(depending on Donald Brown's status--who's been flat out bad lately anyway, which could be chalked up to playing through injury)he should be a servicable FLEX play for deeper leagues. 60+ yards from scrimmage is possible, but the touchdowns might not come easy with James the "go to" guy on the goal line.

Ryan's Picks
James Starks - RB - GB - Ok, so as a super Chessehead I have been on the Brandon Jackson bandwagon for the ENTIRE time since Ryan Grant went down with injury. He has shown flashes of brilliance, and let's be honest they aren't exactly giving him 25 carries a game to prove he can beat the rock down someones throat, but Starks was drafted to be the fill in for Grant to spell him when he needed a break, but due to injuries he is just now coming into his own. He's a powerful back at 6'2" and 220lbs. I look for him to be the missing piece of the playoff puzzle that the Packers have needed. I expect the Pack to be in control on this game by the third quarter so Starks is going to get alot of late touches and punish the Detroit D. I am expecting 92 yards and a TD for the young back.

Zach Miller - TE - JAX - So I like TEs in this challenege. Miller is alittle of an anamoly. He was a college Quarterback playing the spread option offense, but is built like a TE. He has the speed to be a mismatch against the opposing LBs and the Raiders typically don't cover TEs well at all. Hopefully they focus more on the beast that Marcedes Lewis. Look for Miller to get 3 carries for 15 yards and 5 catches for 67 and a TD.

Show's Picks(gonna be brief this week)

Josh Cribbs, WR Browns - getting healthy and is not a bad option vs. Buffalo this week.

Anthony Dixon, RB 49ers - Dixon will get 10-15 touches this week and a score is likely.

Goodluck Fellaz.

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