Fantasy Football Week 14: Sleepers Who Will Have Huge Games

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 02:  Jake Locker #10 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Houston Texans at LP Field on December 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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If you are looking for a boost in this crucial fantasy week, try taking a gamble on one of these three sleepers. 

Below you will find a sleeper at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. So if you have a starter with a bad matchup or injury, you can take a flyer on one of these guys. 


Jake Locker, QB, Titans

Opponent: Indianapolis Colts

The Colts' pass defense is struggling. They are ranked 20th in yards allowed per game and 20th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks, and this pass defense is not getting better. 

In three of their last four, the Colts have allowed at least 300 yards passing, and one of those came against the Jaguars. 

So Jake Locker has that going for him, and he needs it as last week he chucked three picks and lost two fumbles. However, he did throw for 309 yards and a touchdown. 

Locker will get yards in this one, and he should be able to find at least a couple of touchdowns with his arm and/or feet. 


Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Steelers

Opponent: San Diego Chargers

Jonathan Dwyer is coming on strong for the Steelers. He got the start last week, but ended up getting just 57 yards, but he did get a touchdown in the Steelers' knock-down, drag-out affair against the Ravens.

Dwyer got 19 touches in that contest, and he should be in line for a similar work load this week. That will lead to a nice day against the Chargers who are sinking having lost seven of their last eight.

On the season, the Chargers run defense has been solid, but it is sinking with right along with the team and last week it allowed 118 yards to BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

The Steelers should be able to get a lead in this game and they will look to pound out the game on the ground, which will lead to a nice day for Dwyer.


Golden Tate, WR, Seahawks

Opponent: Arizona Cardinals

Golden Tate was a bust. Then he mugged a Green Bay Packers defender in the end zone and a simultaneous possession grab later, the dude is overflowing with swag.

Tate has still had games where he is a non factor since then, but he is making big strides and in the last two games he has combined to grab nine passes for 152 yards and a touchdown, and he has four touchdowns over his last four games. 

He has turned into a nice security blanket for rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.

This week he will face a solid Arizona Cardinals' pass defense, but that is often when Tate is at his best, like his 96-yard outing against the Bears last week. He has a knack for getting in the right spot when Wilson is improvising, and he knows how to get yards after the catch. 

Look for Tate to make a few plays in this one and find the end zone.