With playoff aspirations on the line, many owners are on edge this week. For those desperate for a diamond in the rough, here are three Rip Van Winkles that could wake from their slumber in a major way:
Case Keenum, Hou, QB – Inexplicably benched by Gary Kubiak last week, the rookie hotshot will get a chance to redeem himself against one of the softest pass defenses in the league, Jacksonville. The Jags have surrendered 7.94 yards per attempt, 261.3 passing yards and 2.0 passing touchdowns per game to signal callers. Add in Houston's concerns on defense and Keenum is a strong candidate for 260-plus yards and 2-3 scores.
Chris Ogbonnaya, Cle, RB – No only does the Cleveland back possess a name that would give a spelling bee contestant fits, he owns a skill set that can similarly frustrate opponents. Averaging a ridiculous 6.3 yards per carry this season, the backup has slowly wrested away touches from petrified wood Willis McGahee. Off his finest performance of the season (99 total yards on 15 touches at CIN), he is a strong FLEX option in 12-team PPR leagues. Cleveland's Week 12 foe, Pittsburgh, has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to RBs this year.
Jarrett Boykin, GB, WR – Getting little respect in Yahoo leagues, the still under-owned (60%), under-started (27%) wideout needs to be in your lineup this week. Clicking with Scott Tolzien, the receiver has caught 14 passes (on 21 targets) for 203 yards over the past two weeks. Facing a depleted Minnesota secondary down numerous starters, he's a solid bet for 100 yards and a possible score this week.