It’s crunch time. We all have that matchup that eats at us each week. Should I start player A against this defense? Or should I play player B with the starter injured? It happens every week, but now, it’s more critical then ever. As we enter the final stretch, each game becomes more important. A win could prove to be the difference between the final playoff spot, or a muffed fantasy season – no one wants that.
Sometimes the key is to dig a little deep, and go for some guys under the radar. It happens every week – someone comes out of nowhere and has a huge week. Take a look below at the top sleepers in week 13, the guys who can help your playoff push.
Post some sleepers of your own below in the comments!
QB, Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
First off, I’m not a big fan of Ryan Tannehill based on his disappointing play in 2015. However, he has a favorable matchup against a battered Ravens defense that gives up the 2nd most fantasy points to QBs – the same defense that made Austin Davis look like a godsend as he relieved Josh McCown on Monday Night Football.
Bottom-line is that Miami has a lot of weapons on offense, despite the lack of production thus far. Tannehill has the potential to go off on any given week, he threw for a quiet 350 yards with 3 TDs last week- yea, I know, who knew? He actually has been hot as of late with 7 TDs to just 2 interceptions in the past three weeks. He seems thrilled with the recent firing of offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, his play should reflect that.
Tannehill is more than likely on your bench, if not a free agent; if you have a poor QB situation this week, he’s worth a pickup.
RB, Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
There really weren’t many RBs to choose from this week, so it’s Charles Sims by default. Nonetheless, he can be a solid fantasy option this week. First off, the Bucs face an Atlanta defense that is top 5 in points allowed to running backs. Assuming they go run heavy in this game, Doug Martin will have to take some snaps off which will provide Sims with plenty of opportunities to produce.
Sims has been bouncing around throughout the season in fantasy leagues, when picked up usually let go the following week. While he hasn’t done anything of note in weeks, the matchup makes him a sleeper this week. He has failed to reach the endzone all season, so this very well could be the week – he’s way past due. He’s been contained most of the season, but Sims is a big play threat, especially against a poor Falcons defense.
If you have a dilemma in the FLEX, give Sims a look.
WR, Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts
In the beginning of the season, Moncrief bursted onto the fantasy scene with the early injuries to T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett, along with the ineffectiveness of Andre Johnson. As the weeks went on, the Moncrief hype train lost some steam as his production dipped. He is now relevant in the fantasy scene again after a 100+ yard performance this past week.
Moncrief is now set to face a weak Pittsburgh secondary – there’s no way they’ll be able to keep both him and Hilton in check. With a poor running game, the Colts will be throwing the ball a lot in a tight AFC matchup with the Steelers.
I see Moncrief as a very safe play this week. He is due for his first TD in the past five weeks and he should have a huge day against a lackluster Pittsburgh secondary.
WR, DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
The first round pick out of Louisville was a guy I picked up in the late rounds of my fantasy leagues. He entered the league with through the roof upside and I thought he would make an immediate impact in Miami’s offense. While that wasn’t how it panned out, Parker finally made an impact this past week with 80 yards and a TD against the Jets.
I absolutely love Parker moving forward, he carries tremendous upside and he should finish the season with strong production. Tannehill took a liking to him last week, his role in the offense should continue to grow – especially against a beat-up Baltimore defense.
Even if you don’t have room in your lineup for Parker is week, at least give him a spot on your bench to see if he can sustain his production from last week.
WR, Seth Roberts, Oakland Raiders
Yes, even though he was one of the hottest waiver wire pickups of the week, I still consider Seth Roberts a sleeper based on the fact that he has Amari Cooper a Michael Crabtree ahead of him; not to mention, many are probably still unaware of who he is. Roberts exploded last week and made himself known after a 113 yard, 2 TD performance in a win against Tennessee.
The Raiders are set to battle with division rival Kansas City in what is the biggest game of the year so far for both teams. The Raiders win games through the air, which is what they will favor yet again come Sunday. I can see Derek Carr throwing the ball around 40 times, which means Roberts will get plenty of targets against a favorable Chiefs defense – a unit that allows the 2nd most points to opposing WRs.
Entering the week I wouldn’t have considered Roberts a start this week, but he should be able to build off his great showing in week 12.