Conlin Postma @ConlinFF
It is finally here, Fantasy Playoffs. If you have made all the right decisions and advanced to the playoffs, congratulations. If not, better luck next year and hopefully you can get a solid draft pick or some sort of prize. It’s crazy that we’re already at Week 14, it feels like the season has flown by. As always, my sleepers, especially these Week 14 Sleepers, can take you one step closer to the big prize. Now, let’s get down to business!
Last week, teams such as the Eagles, Jets, Jaguars, Colts, Browns, Panthers, and the Chargers all should be looking towards next season. All of those teams suffered loses that has them on the outside looking in now. In regards to Fantasy, it is starting to get tough to start big names such as T.Y. Hilton, Odell Beckham Jr. Le’Veon Bell, or others on those teams. Whether it’s because of their inconsistent and/or poor performances, they aren’t as reliable as they once were. It isn’t necessarily on them; it could be because of play calling or team performances.
When it comes to my Week 13 Sleepers, there were two huge misses on my part and it was Ronald Jones and Greg Olsen. For whatever reason, Tampa Bay only gave Jones six carries and he got a whopping total 8 total yards. Against Washington, Olsen suffered a concussion in the third quarter which ended his day. Other than those two misses, I felt strongly about my selections even though some did come to fruition.
In Week 14, it’s looking like the key to this week will be recent struggles. For example, the Chiefs haven’t been able to slow down opposing backs and Philadelphia can’t stop any passing attack. The first player on the list can finish top 12 given his opponent’s struggle against the pass and his recent resurgence.
Philip Rivers, @ Jacksonville Jaguars
It has been a rough season for Rivers and the Chargers. The problem this season has been his interceptions, he is second with 15, behind Jameis Winston‘s 20. Throughout the season, he has only three games with under 260 passing yards. Even with his turnover problem and “down year”, Rivers is still the QB15 on the season. In the last couple of games, Jacksonville has allowed an average of 263.5 passing yards. During the season, the Jaguars have allowed six different signal-callers to throw for over 260 yards. Rivers should be in line to have a productive day with multiple TDs and over 250 yards.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, @ New York Jets
This Harvard journeyman has brought life back to the Dolphins. Over the last eight weeks, the Jets have given up an average of 250.8 passing yards and 14 total passing TD’s. During those eight games, “Fitzmagic” played against the Jets and he finished as the eighth-best QB that week. In the last seven weeks, he has over 280 passing yards in four of them. If you’re looking for a streaming option or a strong waiver wire addition then look no further. Especially without New York safety, Jamal Adams in the lineup, Fitzpatrick is a top 10 candidate as a Week 14 Sleeper.
Alexander Mattison, vs Detroit Lions
Given an unsuspected shoulder injury to Vikings star back, Dalvin Cook, the rookie is looking to step in and take over. It should be noted that as of Tuesday, December 3rd, Cook is questionable. If Cook can’t play then fire up Mattison in all lineups, but if he’s active then it might be a questionable call. On Monday Night, Mattison turned his 8 touches into 73 total yards once Cook had to leave due to injury. The previous game between these two divisional rivals, Cook had 25 carries for 142 yards and two scores. The Boise State rookie has a ceiling just as high as Dalvin Cook’s and he could see similar production on Sunday.
Benny Snell, @ Arizona Cardinals
It has been reported that James Conner will not be suiting up on Sunday. That is great news for anyone looking to invest in Benny Snell as a Week 14 Sleeper. His return in Week 12 has made him the starting back for Pittsburgh. His last two games, Snell has racked up 37 carries for 161 rushing yards and one score. He has been limited in the passing attack with just a single catch in each game. It is a good sign that he has 28 more carries than the next closest Steelers RB, showing he is the lead back. Based on volume alone, Snell has a safe top 25 floor, but top 10 ceilings especially against his opponent.
A.J. Brown, @ Oakland Raiders
The Ole Miss rookie is quietly having a very good season for a rookie WR. On Sunday, he has a strong matchup against a struggling Oakland defense. 13 different players have been able to rack up more than 70 receiving yards against the Raiders. Brown is the clear number one receiver for Tennessee and his 20 targets the last four games, speak for themselves. A.J. Brown has the same play style as Kenny Stills, Will Fuller, Robby Anderson, etc. he is a big play type of wideout. Against Oakland, Brown has a good chance to not only reach the end zone but finish in the top 30 WR.
Russell Gage, vs Carolina Panthers
This is a similar situation to Alexander Mattison’s that his production will vary based on a star’s health. If Julio Jones plays then Gage isn’t as worthy. If last week was an indication for what’s to come for Gage without Julio then he can finish top 25. In Week 13 he was WR24 and Julio Jones wasn’t playing in that game. The week prior he was WR28. Gage is a solid Flex option or WR3 for your teams if Julio is out. Atlanta QB, Matt Ryan, has some sort of connection with him since he has 19 targets in just two games. With those 19 targets, he has turned 13 of them into receptions for a total of 128 yards and one TD. As I stated before, if the Falcons star receiver can’t go on Sunday then Gage is a strong play as a Week 14 Sleeper.
Tyler Higbee, @ Seattle Seahawks
Before Week 12, this Rams TE was an afterthought in that offense, no longer. He had five receptions and six targets in Week 12 then seven catches and eight targets last week. His recent rise is due to teammate Gerald Everett‘s absence. Last week, he finished as the best TE and that might be the most shocking finish of the week. He has the chance to do it again this week or at least be top 10. Seattle has surrendered six TD’s to TE’s and seven 45-yard games to TE’s as well. Higbee could be in for another top finish if Everett isn’t playing on Sunday.
Over the last six weeks, Gesicki has seen a total of 32 targets and that needs to be said because it’s a big reason why he’s on here. Given countless injuries to the Miami offense, the sophomore TE has taken advantage of his opportunity. In the last two games, he has a pair of TD’s to go along with 107 yards and eight receptions on 14 targets. In those couple of games he was the TE2 and TE4. Behind just Devante Parker, Gesicki is the next best offensive weapon for the Dolphins. Given his success and the volume of passes he has seen, he has a TE1 ceiling against the lowly Jets.