There are many games that will be exciting this week, but the one that tops the list is the New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football. Starting quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will meet for the 14th time, a rivalry in which Brady has the edge, winning nine of the 14 matchups. In fact, Brady’s first NFL start was against Manning, a game the Patriots won by more than 30 points. However, the Patriots do not have the weapons they’ve had in the past. Aside from Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots receiver corps is largely made up of rookies.
Manning will have Brady’s old reliable receiver, Wes Welker, along with Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, and Julius Thomas. Both teams will give it their all, but the Broncos are likely to win this one. This matchup may be the best of the 2013 season to date, as it figures to be a shootout between the two future Hall of Famers. Here are the Week 12 sleepers.
Mike Glennon – QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – @DET – Projection: 17 Fantasy Points: When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released quarterback Josh Freeman, Mike Glennon took over the starting job and played well so far. He has had only two games where he amassed less than 15 Fantasy points, as he failed to throw over 200 yards in both those games. Glennon doesn’t turn the ball over excessively, only throwing four interceptions and fumbling twice in seven games. Since his tough debut game, he has only thrown two interceptions and fumbled once. Even with few weapons on his team, Glennon has been successful, amassing 1,535 yards with 11 touchdowns. This week, Glennon will face the Detroit Lions, who are the 20th ranked defense against quarterbacks. Glennon is at his best when supported with a solid run game and with Bobby Rainey’s outburst, Glennon will see more opportunities to score more points.
Chris Ogbonnaya – RB – Cleveland Browns – PIT – Projection: 14 Fantasy Points: The Cleveland Browns have not been able to get their running game going in 2013, as both Trent Richardson (who was later traded) and Willis McGahee have not been consistent contributors to the Cleveland offense. Quietly rising up in the depth chart is Chris Ogbonnaya, as the Texas product has been solid at both running and receiving the football. Ogbonnaya has just 27 carries, but has averaged 6.3 yards per carry. On the receiving side, he has 237 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Ogbonnaya has been slowly taking over the starting job from McGahee and on Sunday it’s expected he’ll get the bulk of the touches and break out against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ogbonnaya’s versatility will be a problem for the Steelers, who have the 24th ranked defense against the running back position.
Kendall Wright – WR – Tennessee Titans – @OAK – Projection: 10 Fantasy Points: Kendall Wright has been the Tennessee Titans best wide receiver, but he has failed to find the end zone in the past eight games. Wright has put up 69 yards or more in the past six games and over 50 yards in all but one, the Titans first game against the Steelers. When Jake Locker went down with injury twice (now he’s out for the season), Wright’s production surprisingly increased. This week, Wright will head into the O.co Coliseum to take on the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have surrendered 24.2 Fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, and with Titans wide receiver Nate Washington struggling, Wright will emerge as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s number one target, with a good chance at scoring his first touchdown since Week 2.
Delanie Walker – TE – Tennessee Titans – @OAK – Projection: 10 Fantasy Points: Another receiver for the Titans who has broken out in the last four weeks is tight end Delanie Walker. Walker has put together three outstanding performances that included three touchdowns and a combined 205 receiving yards. However, he struggled mightily against the St. Louis Rams in Week 9, amassing just 13 yards. Walker has been a dependable option inside the red zone in 2013, as the only Titans receiver with over three touchdowns (Nate Washington, Justin Hunter, and Chris Johnson all have two). This week Walker will face the Raiders, who have given up 35 Fantasy points over the last three weeks against tight ends.
New York Jets Defense / Special Teams – @BAL – Projection: 8 Fantasy Points: The New York Jets have been on of the most inconsistent teams in the NFL this season. Every other game the Jets come out victorious and after a despicable loss against the Buffalo Bills last week, the Jets will look for their sixth win against the Baltimore Ravens. The Jets defense was unable to turn the ball over in veteran Ed Reed’s debut with the Jets, as they surrendered 37 points. Although the Jets only have seven turnovers and 28 sacks this year, the Jets defensive line has emerged as one of the best in the game. They should be able to pressure Joe Flacco and force some bad decisions and perhaps an interception or two. The Ravens offense has been especially weak in 2013, as they’ve allowed the eighth-most Fantasy points to opposing defenses.