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Week 13 sleepers: More work for Gerhart?


A lot of times players are like watching your favorite TV shows. Like you'll be in the middle of a "Burn Notice" episode' and you'll notice there's like five minutes left so you just know Michael Westin is going to make a bomb out of a coffee cup and a Duracell battery and he's going to save the day. It's pretty formulaic. That's the way I felt when I watched the Patriots and Broncos on Sunday night.

And no, this had nothing to do with Peyton Manning once again failing to come through in the cold and in big situations. Although, that too was rather standard.

I'm talking about Stevan Ridley. The guy had become the darling of fantasy football in recent weeks, but there was always the lurking fear he was going to fumble the ball once again and fall into the fantasy abyss. Which he has. So this week's sleepers pays extra special attention to the running backs, because there are a lot of disturbing situations.

And quarterbacks are at a premium, too. Because Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler aren't expected to play. And unfortunately, Robert Griffin III is expected to play.

Let's get on with the sleepers.

Josh McCown, QB, Chicago Bears: Hey, at least the Vikings have a history of giving up fantasy points to backup quarterbacks. Just look at what Matt Flynn did to them last week. McCown has played admirably for Jay Cutler.

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Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Yeah, he had a bad game, but don't worry about that. He's scored four touchdowns in his last four games against the Tennessee Titans.

Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders: There is only so much I can continue to tell you about Jennings, as he continues to be one of the best running backs in recent weeks. Darren McFadden could be back, but the Raiders want to ride the hot hand.

Dennis Johnson, RB, Houston Texans: Starter Ben Tate is on the injury report every week. And every week I keep waiting to spring Johnson into my lineup. If you saw how the Broncos were able to run on the Patriots, Johnson could be a pretty good option.

Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots: As stated above, the Ridley situation isn't much of a surprise. Shane Vereen will be the guy to have, but Bolden can be a nice option for those of you stung by injuries and such.

Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Kay Adams openly wondered if she would play Gerhart this week against the Bears defense. It's not a crazy notion. The Vikings will somewhat limit Adrian Peterson and Gerhart could end up with a sizable amount of carries.

C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: We've talked about Anderson in the past, and he finally got a nice opportunity against the Patriots on Sunday night. If nothing else, if you have Knowshon Moreno, you should at least roster this guy.

Benny Cunningham, RB, St. Louis FC: Zac Stacy has been a savior to many fantasy teams this season. But if he misses significant time, Cunningham can come to the rescues as he's moved ahead of Daryl Richardson. But be careful with him against the 49ers.

Jarrett Boykin, WR, Green Bay Packers: He has continued to thrive as the No. 2 option opposite of Jordy Nelson. That will only get better when Aaron Rodgers returns.

Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals: He has put together impressive back-to-back weeks, and the Cardinals have the Eagles, who give up fantasy points in bunches.

Rob Housler, TE, Arizona Cardinals: What I just said about Floyd goes for Housler here, too. I know a lot of you are ready to give up on Jordan Cameron (don't, he has the Jags this week) or have battled injuries. Housler is a nice option.

Cleveland Browns D/ST: Yes, the Jaguars won at Houston. However, the Texans still scored eight points last week and you have a Southern team playing in the cold. I'll grab the Browns this week.

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