Fantasy Football: Top 10 sleepers for Week 14
When it comes to fantasy football heading into Week 14 NFL action, keep an eye on these top 10 sleepers that are entering favorable match-ups.
Dec 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) runs with the ball during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. San Francisco won 26-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Week 14 starts many fantasy league playoffs or gives you one last opportunity to get yourself into thm. It’s do or die time and the rest of your season’s fate is unknown, which is why, your weekly line-ups can’t have any errors whatsoever.
We came into the season drafting high scoring fantasy superstars like Rob Gronkowski, Tony Romo and Le’Veon Bell, who all ended up injured. Some even ending their season much to the dismay of owners everywhere.
However, even hopefuls like Tom Brady and Julio Jones are being outscored by rookies and fillers in recent weeks. It’s not about the talent, it’s about their match-ups and points.
This week’s games offer great opportunities for players to step up their game. If your looking for a filler, handcuff or potential starter, be sure to include one of these top 10 sleeper’s in your Week 14 line-up.
Next: 10. The Raider owned in less than 10% of leagues
Dec 6, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts (10) runs with the ball after making a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
10. Seth Roberts
Seth Roberts may not be at the top of everyone’s list, but he has managed to clear double-digit points these last few weeks and is a great WR4 option in point per run leagues.
Roberts caught 4-of-5 targets for 51 yards in Week 13’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Roberts Week 14 match-up may offer him more targets as he faces a tough defense in the Denver Broncos.
Trekking behind Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, Roberts appears to be a smart target as Crabtree and Cooper will probably be heavily defended by Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. If Roberts can stay open, he will see more targets which will offer fantasy owners a decent amount of fantasy points this week.
Next: 9. A Seahawk stepping up in Graham's absence
Dec 6, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) is tacked by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29) during the first quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
9. Tyler Lockett
The Seattle Seahawks lost Jimmy Graham for the rest of the season, and Seattle’s receivers have stepped up their game. Tyler Lockett had a great Week 13, and earned double-digit points.
Lockett caught 7-of-7 target for 90 yards in last week’s win over the Minnesota Vikings. After last week’s performance, Lockett is sure to see more targets heading into Week 14.
Seattle prepares to take on the Baltimore Ravens who rank 27th against opposing wide receivers. Although he is trailing behind Doug Baldwin, Lockett is sure to have a productive week, don’t miss out on this sleeper.
Next: 8. This Buccaneer is silencing his critics
Dec 6, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws the game winning touchdown pass during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay defeated Atlanta 23-19. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
8. Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston has been as inconsistent as it can get. However, in Week 13 he completed 18-of-27 passes for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns.
His Week 14 match-up is almost too good to be true. Winston takes on the New Orleans Saints this weekend, and they rank 32nd against quarterbacks. Winston met New Orleans in Week 2, where he earned 20 or more fantasy points depending on your league.
In the last six games, New Orleans has given five quarterbacks over 30 fantasy points per game. This rookie quarterback enters Week 14 a must start, as he is going to blow up this week’s game.
Next: 7. A 49er on the rise
Dec 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Shaun Draughn (24) runs past Chicago Bears outside linebacker Sam Acho (49) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
7. Shaun Draughn
The San Francisco 49ers have had a very interesting season to say the least; they have been through the good, the bad and the ugly. However, this week’s match-up offers the good in San Francisco.
Shaun Draughn has been slowly picked up in lineups these last few weeks as he continues to fill in for the injured Carlos Hyde. Draughn caught 5-of-6 targets for 50 yards, rushed 13 times for 36 yards, and had his first touchdown as a 49er.
Draughn’s Week 14 match-up offers him a pitiful defense in the Cleveland Browns who rank 27th against running backs. Draughn is sure sleeper pick in Week 14.
Next: 6. This Brown is definitely a good choice
Nov 30, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin (11) makes a catch for a touchdown from quarterback Austin Davis (not pictured) in the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Ravens won 33-27. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
6. Travis Benjamin
Johnny Manziel will be the Browns’ starting quarterback coming into Week 14. This means Travis Benjamin is projected to have a good week.
Although Benjamin has been inconsistent this season for owners, he has scored over 20 points per game during Manziel’s three starting games.
Benjamin approaches Week 14 listed probable, but is expected to play this week against the 49ers. San Francisco ranks 21st against opposing wide receivers and should have a bang out week.
Next: 5. The Giants are going to stomp the ground
Dec 6, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) slides down in front of New York Giants safety Craig Dahl (43) and New York Giants corner back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) and New York Giants defensive back Trevin Wade (31) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Giants 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
5. New York Giants Defense/Special Teams
The New York Giants are coming off a tough Week 13 loss to the New York Jets. This intense New York match-up went into over-time where the Jets triumphed over the Giants.
However, the Giants have a promising match-up heading into Week 14. The Giants prepare to take on a weak Miami Dolphins’ offense, who in recent weeks have struggled. Miami ranks 22nd against opposing defensive lines.
The Giants’ defense is owned in less than 50 percent of most leagues and are on the cheaper side of daily fantasy leagues. With the availability and the weekly match-up, the Giants are valuable defense/special teams options.
Next: 4. Where did this 49er come from?
Dec 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) throws a pass during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. San Francisco won 26-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
4. Blaine Gabbert
I usually never name any 49ers on my sleeper list, however this week, I cannot help but to add a few. Blaine Gabbert has made a name for himself in the four games he has started this season.
He has offered fantasy owners over 20 points per game in point per run leagues. Last week, Gabbert completed 18-of-32 passes for 196 yards. He rushed six times for 75 yards and totaled 2 touchdowns in last week’s victory over the Chicago Bears.
Gabbert and San Francisco prepare to take on the Browns who rank 28th against opposing quarterbacks. With his week to week progress and his past performances, Gabbert finds a spot on my Week 14 sleepers.
Next: 3. This Giant is stepping up his game
Dec 6, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) is tackled by New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis (56) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
3. Will Tye
The New York Giants have had a tough season with injuries. With Larry O’Donnell out, rookie Will Tye has stepped up his game.
Tye caught 3-of-4 targets for 70 yards in Week 13’s loss to the Jets. However, this tight end still managed to earn owners double-digit fantasy points. If you need a tight end, and missed out on household names, Tye’s Week 14 match-up seems promising.
Tye meets the Dolphins in his Week 14 game. Miami ranks 28th in defense-adjusted value over average. Miami is also 27th against the pass, which offers Tye an opportunity to score big this week. He’s a terrific sleeper option coming into Week 14.
Next: 2. This Seahawk will have a major impact
Dec 6, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) catches a touchdown pass during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the Vikings 38-7. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
2. Doug Baldwin
In recent weeks, Doug Baldwin has risen up on the fantasy charts. This rookie has exceeded any filler option expectations week after week while teammate Jimmy Graham remains out for the season.
In last week’s game, Baldwin completed 5-of-7 passes just shy of 100 yards. Tye also had 2 touchdowns which totals 5 over the last two weeks. For the most part, Baldwin has offered fantasy owners 20 or more fantasy points per game in his last four match-ups.
Week 14 will offer Baldwin the same value. He prepares to take on the Baltimore Ravens who rank 27th against wide receivers. Baltimore is by far one of the worst teams against wide-outs in the fantasy realm this season. He’s a top Week 14 sleeper pick-up!
Next: 1. A Buccaneer ready to deliver big results
Sep 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Austin Seferian-Jenkins (87) runs for a touchdown in the second half against the Tennessee Titans in the second half at Raymond James Stadium. The Titans defeated the Buccaneers 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
My No. 1 sleeper of the week goes to Austin Seferian- Jenkins (ASJ). Standing his own against teammates like Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans allows ASJ to add points to any fantasy team although he came in a little short of double-digit point in his Week 13 match-up against the Falcons.
ASJ caught 3-of-6 targets and only played 21-of-71 snaps in his Week 13 return after injuring his shoulder many weeks ago. His Week 14 match-up will remind everyone why ASJ is of major fantasy value.
Next: Jets received a Giant gift on Sunday
ASJ and the Buccaneers prepare to take on the Saints. New Orleans ranks 32nd against opposing tight ends. With the wildcard in sight and ASJ’s weekly match-up, there is no doubt he will have an excellent week. ASJ is my No. 1 sleeper pick for Week 14!