Week 6: Sleepers
It doesn't take much courage to appreciate Hilton after he posts five receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns. The catch here is that if you take a look at his 2012 game log, it doesn't look that different. Bad game, bad game, huge game, okay game, bad game, bad game, huge game, etc. That's the life of a big-play receiver. He's not going to give you 10-100-1 every week. You might get lucky and he posts 5-75 a couple weeks in a row. For the most part, it simply is not going to work that way. When you draft Hilton, you need to supplement him with a receiver who is a little more dependable. Historically, that might be someone like Tampa's Mike Williams (at least when Josh Freeman was in town). So why should we trust Hilton two games in a row? It's the matchup, like always. The Colts travel to San Diego and the Chargers have already allowed seven WR TDs through five games. In fact, every single week they have allowed at least one receiver to score 10 or more fantasy points and that's just standard scoring.
Now that Owen Daniels is out for at least a month, it's time to roll the dice on another backup TE2. Admittedly, trying to nail down a steady backup tight end isn't easy. What you're looking for though, mostly, is a team that consistently targets their tight ends in the red zone. In years past, you could count on Houston to run it 100 times in a row down and around the goal line. That simply hasn't been the case this year. The ever-dependable (just kidding) Matt Schaub has eight TD passes and get this: six of them have gone to either Daniels or our boy Graham AND seven of those eight TDs were within 12 yards of the end zone AND that one TD that was from beyond 12 yards? It went to Garrett Graham. I mean, c'mon, that's crazy. It's like the Texans are writing this blurb for me and wanted me to recommend Graham. In the immediate short-term, the Rams have fared well against TEs. They haven't allowed a 10-point performance by a TE in standard leagues and TEs have only scored two TEs against them. So this isn't an absolute winner this week; however, Graham is someone you can plug in now and count on reasonably well until Daniels return. Keep in mind, Graham was already flirting with TE2 status before Daniels' injury so he could be a nice addition.