Week 13 Sleepers

Conlin Postma @ConlinFF


As the classic rock group, Europe has said so many times, “IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN.” In most fantasy leagues, the playoffs will begin next week. If you’re on the brink of making the playoffs, hopefully, this article can help you either cement your position or lift you into the playoffs. The Week 13 Sleepers are going to be a group of players that have been on a roll the last few weeks or have the best matchups.

Last week, the Week 12 Sleepers were another solid group. It’s going to be tough starting any Chicago Bears player other than Allen Robinson. The case can also be made for Tarik Cohen, given the proper matchup. The Chicago offense is in such shambles due to poor QB play, very few can be trusted. The same can be said about the Redskins. Last week’s group was highlighted by multiple top 10 finishes, below are the players and their finishes.

To start us off we have a QB that might not be as appealing as he once was, but as a Week 13 Sleeper he is someone to keep an eye on.

Quarterbacks

Carson Wentz, @ Miami Dolphins

Given a beneficial matchup against the Dolphins, Wentz is a serious candidate to finish as the fifth-best signal-caller or better. Due to the multitude of injuries to his offensive weapons, he has been trying to make the most of it. Against Miami, Carson has a chance to join six other QBs with 250-plus pass yards and multiple scores. On the season, the Dolphins have allowed 252.7 and 2.4 passing TD’s per game to opposing QB’s It is unclear if either Alshon Jeffery or Nelson Agholor will return in Week 13, but if either of them does return, it significantly increases Wentz’s value.

Ryan Tannehill, @ Indianapolis Colts

A resurgence by the once average Miami QB, Tannehill has been making waves the last few weeks. Since he took over in Week Seven, he only has one game with less than two passing TD’s, averages 255.2 passing yards, and two passing TDs per game. In his last three games, Tannehill has a total of 115 rushing yards and three rushing scores to increase his Fantasy value. For his opponent, Indianapolis hasn’t been able to stop the pass the last two games, they’ve surrendered 296- and 298-yard performances. In a week where the matchups aren’t ideal, Tannehill might win be a week winner as a Week 13 Sleeper.

Running Backs

Ronald Jones, @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Tampa Bay has a great matchup this week and the former USC Trojan, Ronald Jones could be in for a big day. Jacksonville has allowed four 100-yard rushers in the last three games. Yes, you read that correct, four 100-yard rushers in the last THREE games. After a disappointing four carries in Week 11, Jones bounced back with 12 carries and TD this past week. With another TD, that is his third in four games and fifth in his last eight games. He could have his best game of the season against the Jaguars. His ceiling is top 10 with a safe RB30 floor. Don’t be shocked if Rojo goes over 100-yards and scores his sixth TD of the season against this below average Jacksonville rush defense.

Tarik Cohen, @ Detroit Lions

As stated above, Cohen is one of the two players you’ll be able to start from Chicago. In PPR and Half-PPR scoring formats, Cohen is much more valuable. Over the last two weeks, he has a combined 15 carries and 12 receptions on 15 targets. On those 27 touches, he has amassed 128 yards and reached the endzone once. In this past couple of games, he has finished as RB21 and
RB11. Cohen is another reliable Flex player due to his pass-catching ability. Against Detroit, there have been seven different backs to have a rushing TD and/or a receiving TD. Just a couple of weeks ago he faced Detroit and finished as the RB14. Tarik has a strong RB25 floor with a RB10 ceiling as a Week 13 Sleeper.

Wide Receivers

Randal Cobb, vs Buffalo Bills

It was a difficult game against the Patriots, but Cobb was able to do some damage. He led the team in receiving yards (86), targets (7), and was tied for the most receptions (4). Since Dallas’s Week Eight bye, Cobb has been tearing it up. Having two 100-yard games, three games over 85 receiving yards, seeing seven or eight targets in all four games, and scoring twice makes him WR8 in that time frame. The former Green Bay Packers wideout has been benefiting from defenses slowing down Amari Cooper. There is a chance that Amari is going to be slowed down by the underrated Bills secondary. If he is slowed down then Cobb will be able to benefit as a top 20 receiver in Week 13.

Robby Anderson, @ Cincinnati Bengals

Due to the Jets easy schedule, Robby Anderson could continue his hot streak against the underperforming Bengals. Cincinnati has decided to go back to Andy Dalton again. His return is an upgrade for that offense. That could force an air raid type of game between these two underachieving teams, meaning more targets for Robby. For the first time all season, Anderson has back-to-back games with a TD. Going against Cincinnati, he has the chance to reach the endzone and exceed 80 yards, too. There have been eight opposing WR’s that have surpassed 80 receiving yards and/or score a TD. In this recently improved Jets offense, the boom-or-bust wideout has top 15 upside with his play style.

Tight Ends

Greg Olsen, vs Washington Redskins

Olsen’s previous three games have him looking like himself from earlier in the year. The former Miami Hurricane has a total of 22 targets the last three games. Over his last six games he’s seen less than five targets in just one of them. He is stepping into the third receiver role recently, behind teammates D.J. Moore and Christian McCaffrey. Washington is vulnerable against TE’s, too. Just a couple of weeks ago, New York Jets TE, Ryan Griffin, went over 100 yards and scored a TD. Olsen is seeking his first TD since the third game of the season and his increased role gives him a high possibility of doing so.

Jared Cook, @ Atlanta Falcons

Speaking of increased roles, look no further than the Saints TE, Jared Cook. Not only does he have a two-game TD streak, but last week he set a season-high in yardage (99). It was just two weeks prior that Cook had a six catch and 74-yard performance against the Falcons. After the Week Nine bye, he has 14 catches on 18 targets tallying 206 yards and two scores making him the second-best TE since then. The reason I’m having Cook in as a Week 13 Sleeper is due to his potential. Given his previous production against Atlanta and recent usage, his ceiling is as the top-scoring TE.




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