Fantasy Football 2012: Playoff Sleepers For Week 14

By Adam Pfeifer
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For most of your fantasy leagues, the playoffs are set to begin this weekend. Many owners will be in need of a few under the radar performances to salvage their quest for fantasy gold.

Well, time is money (at least for some of your leagues), so let’s not waste any of it.

Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis ColtsHe may not have the appeal of a Doug Martin or Trent Richardson, but to me, Ballard has been another impressive rookie running back. While he hasn’t put up the big numbers, from watching him play, I see he has a very strong skill set. From a fantasy perspective, he could be a sneaky good play this week in the playoffs. He faces a Titans defense that allows the most fantasy points to runners. Also, Donald Brown is banged up with an ankle injury, and if he is forced to miss any time, Ballard will again be the featured back.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: Powell is more of a deeper league option, but the productivity has been there. He has been quickly cutting into Shonn Greene‘s workload, seeing carries of 12,12 and 11 over the last three weeks. It is no secret that Greene hasn’t been very good, so Powell should continue to see a significant amount of work. And this week’s matchup against the Jaguars is very favorable.

Knowshon Moreno, RB. Denver BroncosIt’s funny. Two weeks ago Moreno had no fantasy value whatsoever. But, after he, not Ronnie Hillman, was named the starter, fantasy owners rushed to the waiver wire to grab him. Moreno has a terrific playoff schedule, starting Thursday night against an awful Raiders. He has seen 24 touches the past two weeks and should continue to be the workhorse the rest of the way.

Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans Saints: During that atrocious Thursday night game, Moore was really the only productive offensive player for the Saints. He saw 11 targets, catching seven for 123 yards. He should have had a touchdown but couldn’t hang onto the football. Anyway, with the slumping of Jimmy Graham, Moore should be expected to continue to see targets. I see Moore as a nice play this week against the Giants, a rather vulnerable secondary.

 Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams: Givens has emerged into quite the big play guy. He surprisingly has sixth games with double digit fantasy points on the year. With Danny Amendola nursing a foot injury, Givens is likely to be the main guy for quarterback Sam Bradford. A matchup this week against the Bills could make Givens a fantasy gem for playoff contenders.


Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.


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