Dammit! Why do you taunt us oh lord of the bye week?! (Steelers, Saints, Texans, Colts are all on bye this week) Why have you foresaken us to one more brutal week of teams full of good fantasy players sitting at home eating burritos, while we hard-working fantasy owners clinch our teeth searching for that fill-in player to rise from the dead and save our week! WHY?!?! Here’s this weeks sleepers;
1) Damian Williams – WR, TENN
Back in week 5, Williams broke out with 6 catches and a TD. It was good timing too. Stud WR Kenny Britt was lost for the season and the Titans were in desperate need of someone to fill his large shoes (which were a size 27, freakish flipper like feet that destroyed his career). RB Chris Johnson was a non factor and Williams was an immediate waiver pickup. Since then he’s been sub par til this last week vs Carolina grabbing 5 balls for 107 yards and a TD. RB Johnson also finally had a good game this week. If, and its a big IF Johnson can keep it up, Williams could finally fill Britt’s big shoes for good. This week vs the Falcons, who don’t know when to punt or not, should provide the Titans and Williams a chance to capitalize.
2) Billy Bajema – TE, St.L
Who? Billy Bajema? Is he the guy who crunched all those numbers for the Oakland A’s a few years back? Is that the guy who did the late night info-mercial kicking and spinning that Tai-Bo stuff? I GOT IT! He’s the 3rd string tight-end for the St. Louis Rams! Starter Kendricks, and backup Hoomamanablah-blah are both out for an extended period, so Billy, sweet Billy is the man in Ram land. The Seahawks travel to St. Louis this week, who last week gave up two big TD’s to Raven’s TE Ed Dickson. Billy, sweet Billy may not produce 2 TD’s(although last year in week 12 he did) but will see lots of time in the Rams offense. OR….I could be mistaken and be giving advice on some guy from late night ads, in which case, never mind.
3) Harry Douglas – WR, ATL
Douglas is going to show up on all the waiver wire pickups this week after catching 8 balls for 133 yards in New Orleans. Rookie standout Julio Jones’ hamstring injury leaves his status for Sunday uncertain. Jones missed time in weeks 6 and 7, and in that time Douglas didn’t show big numbers. So why try Douglas again this time? The Titans, who travel to Atlanta this week are better at stopping opposing WR’s, but its usually limited to locking down the opponents #1. Last week, the Titans held Steve Smith to nothing, while Legedu Naanee had a great game. (the trend continued vs Steelers, Colts, and Texans) The Falcons have a pretty good balance of run and pass, so the chance of a repeat performance is also pretty darn good.
4) Andre Caldwell – WR, CIN
The Bengals are pretty good this year. The loss of CB Leon Hall may change their chances at a deep run in the playoffs, but never mind all that. The near future is all we’re concerned with. Star rookie WR A.J. Green may be sidelined with a knee injury next week, leaving Caldwell opportunity to get looks. #2 WR Jerome Simpson was shutout last week, but will most likely draw the attention of the Ravens defense if Green is indeed on the bench. Dalton is growing into a damn good QB, although he struggled in the clutch last week, throwing an interception on a late possible game winning drive. Never the less, Dalton likes to throw the ball around and vs Baltimore, he’ll need to. Caldwell could step in and get points for the Bengals.
5) David Nelson – WR, BUF
Nelson isn’t exactly the man in Buffalo, but it didn’t stop him from giving his Cowboy Cheerleader girlfriend a ball and a hug (something that you used to have to pay $50 for downtown, ahh the ‘ol ‘ball an hug’!) after scoring a late TD against Dallas last week. #1 WR Steve Johnson has been struggling to score as of late, while QB Fitzpatrick has been struggling more and more each week. It’s beginning to become a bit of an epidemic in Buffalo. Lucky for the Bills though, the cure is traveling to Buffalo this week. The Miami Dolphins, (who are 0-2 vs the Skippy Kids by the way) are a horrible team despite winning their last 2 games. The ‘Phins should allow for an ailing Bills team to get back to their winning ways. Nelson, who is a big target at 6’5″, lines up in the slot almost every series he’s in on, making for a big target over the middle. Look for Nelson to score another TD, and maybe even give a lucky fan the ol ‘ball and hug’.