Three guys, under the radar, hardly ever considered a "must-start" until now.
Breaking down the games, these are the players you might want to consider starting and even in some cases, grabbing off of the waiver wire.
TE Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars
In 2010, Lewis was considered a must-start and a top 10 tight end. In 2011 Lewis fell off the face of the earth, mainly because the quarterback situation was so warped in Jacksonville.
This year, Lewis has still been in the shadows of a team that just can't produce offensively. Since Chad Henne has been the start the past couple of weeks, Lewis is starting to emerge once again.
The last four weeks he has been targeted 20 times, 14 receptions, 173 yards and two touchdowns. Lewis has also averaged over 10 yards per reception as of late and is a great option for Chad Henne.
This week the Jags play the Bills who are decent at covering the tight end position but only ranking 11th. The Bills are known to be in shoot outs and the way the Jags are playing right now, this should be a high scoring game with Lewis having a good day. Projection; 5 receptions, 65 yards, 1 TD.
WR Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions
With the 54th pick of th 2012 Draft, the Detroit Lions choose Ryan Broyles from Oklahoma State. The Lions already have Calvin Johnson on their team, but Detroit is known for getting some of the best receivers in drafts year after year, and this year was no exception.
Ryan Broyles was a consensus All-American in 2010 and 2011 and check out his stats; 349 receptions, 4,586 receiving yards and 45 touchdowns. Broyles has had little chance to showcase his ability yet this year, playing behind Titus Young and Nate Burleson and also being on a team where most throws go to Calvin Johnson or Brandon Pettigrew.
To top things off, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has struggled at times this year as well. Broyles has finally gotten some chances recently due to the season-ending injury of Burleson and an injury to Young as well.
The past four weeks, Broyles' increased targets have resulted in 15 receptions for 219 yards. Broyles has also found the end zone this year twice. This week he is playing ahead of Titus Young and should have more targets his way this week against an Indianapolis Colts defense that has given up the 3rd most fantasy points to a wide receiver this year.
This week may be a breakout game for Broyles. Projection: 6 receptions, 150 yards, 1 TD.
C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
What a strange season for Spiller and Fred Jackson, the running back by committee for the Bills this year. Going into the season, Jackson was the guy all fantasy experts felt would have a breakout year, and it started out that way until he was hurt early in the season -- enter, C.J. Spiller.
Spiller was golden early in the year, double digits every week in and week out for fantasy owners until he was also injured, then Fred Jackson took over, then Spiller took over and on and on we went, down this very confusing and questionable path.
Spiller has still done a nice job the entire season, putting up decent points for owners but confusing them week to week with the shared carries, resulting in second guesses and hesitation to start him.
Entering Week 13, Spiller is on a streak of seven games of 100 total yards from scrimmage. Why is he a sleeper pick? Spiller is a sleeper pick because this week, Spiller will more than likely be a top 5 running back in the NFL.
Chan Gailey has announced that Spiller will see over 60 percent of the carries this week and if he is cruising along, maybe even more. I think Spiller cruises this week against Jacksonville who has given up the 4th most points to a running back this season.
There should be no doubts on Spiller this week who is a MUST-START! Projection; 160 rushing yards, 40 receiving and 2 touchdowns overall.