Heading into the fantasy football playoffs, most teams are set with their lineups and don’t care about making any changes. However, there are those teams who slipped in to the playoffs and need to pull an upset of a top ranked fantasy squad. That is where finding sleeper picks can come to importance. Here are the top sleeper picks from Week 13 of the fantasy football season.
Matt Schaub and Michael Vick owners have been hit hard over the last few weeks as their star quarterbacks have fallen. Some may have banked on Matt Leinart but his season came to an end in his first game for Houston. If you want a true sleeper, look to T.J. Yates of Houston. He has Andre Johnson as a receiver and great protection with Arian Foster as his lead running back. He has all the tools, let’s just see if he can capitalize on them.
Tashard Choice is on his third team of the year, after both Dallas and Washington waived him. Buffalo has now signed him to compete for their open running back position after placing Fred Jackson on the IR. Jackson was one of the leading rushers in the NFL for much of the season and the Bills have a solid offensive line but the question is whether Choice or C.J. Spiller will take the lead role here. Choice has an advantage playing for head coach Chan Gailey at Georgia Tech.
Riley Cooper has been invisible for most of the 2011 NFL season but he broke out in Week 11 with his first receptions of the year. His advantage in the Eagles’ offense is due to him working with Vince Young on the practice field. With Jeremy Maclin out with an injury, Cooper will try to build off his late start. In the two games Young started, Cooper has eight receptions for 146 yards and one touchdown.
The Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback found his job secured when Kyle Orton went to Kansas City after his waiver release. In his one start after Jay Cutler went down for the year, he threw for 254 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He has a favorable game with Kansas City coming up and when the fantasy playoffs hit, he gets Seattle and Green Bay in Week 15 and 16.
The Curtis Painter experiment has crashed and burned. It is time for Dan Orlovsky to get his chance to lead the Colts’ offense. In his best season (2008), Orlovsky threw for 1,616 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions for Detroit. In Indianapolis, he gets Reggie Wayne. He can’t be any worse than Painter was.