Due to the burdensome six-team by week many fantasy owners are forced to scrape the bottom of the barrel, hoping to find statistical sustenance in these lean times. What under-started products could rock the virtual world this Sunday? Here are three Rip Van Winkles with legitimate shocker special potential:
Eli Manning, NYG, QB – It’s been a rough year for Eli and the Giants, but against an overly accommodating Eagles secondary he’s a trusted starter who could eclipse the 300-yard mark for the fourth time this season and for the second time against Philly. Chip Kelly and company have allowed five multi-TD passers in seven games and conceded 326 passing yards per game. Eli tossed 334 yards and a pair of scores in the first matchup three weeks ago. In the rematch, count on similar numbers.
Peyton Hillis, NYG, RB – The Blue Rhino is back. Feeling doughy while logging couch time on his ranch in Tennessee just a couple weeks ago, Hillis admitted his legs felt like Jell-O after a 23-touch workload last week against the Vikes. With Brandon Jacobs unlikely to play, the veteran is sure to tug another hefty load. The Eagles have surrendered just 3.98 yards per carry to RBs, but on what will surely be 20-25 ugly touches, Hillis has a good chance to rack 85-plus total yards and a TD. Label him a useful RB2 in 12-team leagues.
Cole Beasley, Dal, WR – The pride of SMU, Beasley has quietly carved out an invaluable role as Tony Romo’s primary slot man. Last week against Philly, he was targeted seven times, catching six passes for 53 yards. Down Miles Austin, he could see upwards of 8-9 targets in a likely shootout in Detroit. The Lions, one of the most generous pass defenses in the league, have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to WRs this year. Bank on the Wes Welker clone to grab six passes, 60 yards and a possible touchdown – pure PPR bliss.