Week 15: Super Sleepers
Once you've started your studs and it's time to look into who else you want to start, it is nice to see a receiver going up against a secondary which has allowed the second most (25) passing touchdowns in the league. Hawkins and the Bengals head to Philadelphia Thursday night to face an Eagles defense which only allows 229 passing yards per game, yet has allowed nearly 2 touchdowns a week. This could be good news for Hawkins, who has been targeted 8 times in each of the Bengals' last two games. In addition, Hawkins has found the end zone in two of the Bengals' last three weeks. In the first three games of the season Hawkins saw some pretty good fantasy numbers and if the Bengals are going to continue putting pressure on Pittsburgh and Baltimore, they'll need a few more good games from their receivers. If would not surprise us to see Andy Dalton looking early and often in Hawkins' direction Thursday night.
Everyone looks at Greg Little's numbers for this season and they wonder how is it this year's numbers are worse than last year? The simple answer is the number of targets has dropped dramatically. With three games remaining in the season, Little would need to be the target of 40 passes in order to see the same number of targets he saw in 2011 and that's just not going to happen. This should come as a surprise to you seeing as Cleveland started the rookie Brandon Weeden at quarterback all year. With that said, the number of targets Little has seen the past eight games have been pretty consistent at 4-7 a week. When Brandon pulls in 3 or more of those targets (except week 6 vs. Cincy), he is finishing games with 50-70 yards. This week Cleveland faces one of the worst pass defenses in the league. If Brandon continues to pull in 50-70 yards and you toss in a touchdown then his numbers could be respectable for fantasy owners this weekend.