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December 20, 2013

New name, same game, ‘Dark Horse’ debuts

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Sleepers:

    Andy Dalton (QB/CIN)- Maybe you have been starting  Carson Palmer and are worried about him vs. Seattle, or maybe you just want someone different for Week 16. Dalton has thrown 11 touchdowns over his last five games, is at home (see Wed. article), and is playing a bad Minnesota secondary. I wouldn’t start Dalton for the championship if I had another solid quarterback, but if you need a spot-starter he is there.

    Dennis Pitta (TE/BAL)- A risky start just two games back from injury, but we all know Joe Flacco loves to throw to Pitta. The problem is you never know how many times Flacco will throw period. If you have to have help Pitta is probably available in your league and is playing a defense that is bad vs. tight ends.

    Bobby Rainey (RB/TB)- Remember when Rainey took over and you picked him up? This is the week that decision could pay off. I would only play him as a second running back or flex player, but he has averaged right at 20 carries per game since starting and St. Louis is ranked 28th vs the run. This could be a week where Rainey produces like we thought he would.

Dark Horse:

    Dennis Johnson (RB/HOU)-
He is the dark horse because he has only carried the ball 37 times all year, but Tate and Foster are out, and he is the starter now. Playing the 22nd ranked Denver run defense I just think he is going to make things happen, but then again he could just as easily not.

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