Here are the top five sleepers you must start heading into Week 14 fantasy football.
The fantasy football playoffs are officially here. If you’ve made it this far, congratulations. If you didn’t make it, you can at least attempt to save face and not place last in your league.
If you own Derrick Henry, you are starting Week 14 with a bang. In Thursday nights game, Henry earned over 40 points in some leagues.
Now more than ever is the most crucial time to make sure you have fully optimized your starting lineup. Keep in mind, I don’t expect you to swap out the team that got you to the playoffs. However, everyone has one or two players they always question or sometimes needs to spend a week on the bench.
With this week’s matchups, past performances, and team playoff needs, I have identified five top fantasy football sleeper picks for Week 14. You’ll never guess whose number one.
5. LeGarrette Blount, RB Detroit Lions
Blount has had 16 or more carries in both of his last two games. He even earned 22 fantasy football points against the Chicago Bears.
Blount is touchdown dependent, but if he makes it to the end zone, you’re golden. And, the end zone seems more likely than not, as he prepares to take on the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals have surrendered the most rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs this season. Expect Blount to earn double-digit fantasy points in his Week 14 matchup.
Next: 4. Start this Cowboy
4. Dak Prescott, QB Dallas Cowboys
I had high hopes for Dak Prescott this season. However, he quickly became a week by week play with Prescott being more a bust than a boom.
In his last seven games, Dak has earned 21 or more fantasy football points in four of those games. Dak looks to repeat those games in Week 14 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles have given up over 20 fantasy points to four of their last six opposing quarterbacks. Not to mention, in Week 10, Dak earned 22 fantasy points against the Eagles.
Expect Dak to earn over 20 points this week. He is worth a start in two quarterbacks leagues.
Next: 3. A Brown ready to deliver
3. Antonio Callaway, WR Cleveland Browns
The Browns come face-to-face with the Carolina Panthers in their Week 14 outing. The Panthers defense is terrible. In their last four games, they surrendered nine touchdowns and a little under 210 yards to opposing receivers.
Captain Munnerlyn is not a captain in the corner. In the Panthers last two games, receivers had over a 75 percent pass completion and over 150 yards.
Callaway’s swift speed is just what the Brown’s need to have a field day against the Panthers; pun intended. Callaway should be considered a WR3 or Flex in Week 14.
Next: 2. A Jet on the rise
2. Chris Herndon, TE New York Jets
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I know it’s hard to trust any player on the New York Jets, but Chris Herndon is an exception. In the last two weeks, Herndon has had some serious playing time, being on the field for more than 70 percent of snaps in those games.
Since Week 12, he has the most targets and completions on the team. This week, the Jets are also expecting to see the return of Sam Darnold.
Before Darnold was injured, Herndon had touchdowns in three of his last four games. He also brought home double-digit fantasy football points in those games as well.
With more playing time and Darnold coming back, Herndon is worth a TE2 or Flex position in Week 14.
Next: 1. The top defense of Week 14
1. New York Giants DST
The New York Giants DST is nothing to brag about. But, if you don’t have a decent defense, this is the week to pick up the Giants.
This week they head to Washington to take on the Redskins. The Redskins are starting Mark Sanchez. We all remember the butt fumble, right?
As if Sanchez wasn’t depressing enough, their starting offensive line consists of a tackle playing guard, as well as, a third-stringer. Last week, the Philadelphia Eagles DST earned double-digit fantasy football points against the Redskins.
The Giants have earned 15 or more points in their last two games and are owned in less than 25 percent of fantasy leagues. Get them while their hot!