Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sleepers of the Week column, which takes a look at lesser-known players that could deserve a start due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. Let’s take a look at some sneaky plays for Week 14. If you have any fantasy football roster questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
The Green machine is back for the Pack this weekend. He ran hard last weekend against the Vikes and this weekend the Lions are on tap. With Starks likely out due to injury it’s on Green’s shoulders to carry the bulk of the carries and open up play action for Rodgers. I like a sneaky TD run and 50 yards. So if you’re in a playoff pinch here’s a good option.
The Jets looked so horrible last week it’s tough to even endorse anyone from this crew. But it’s all about your playoff matchups and this one is good. The Jets will have Sanchez back and Powell will likely get the goal line action with Tebow still nursing injuries. I’m saying Powell eclipses over 10 points if you need a fill-in.
This red-headed machine is less of a sleeper at this point in the season but he warrants the list since he’s not a must start all weeks. This matchup is great and after watching the Redskins and Eagles put it on the Cowboy’s defense the last 2 weeks I think the time is right for Dalton to go crazy and put up 3 TDs and 300 yards here. He’s your fantasy unicorn, so ride him over the rainbow to playoff glory.
Jake didn’t look too good against a very stout Texans D last weekend. But he did throw for 300 yards despite all his troubles. So in Indy on the track he’ll have a much better time finding Britt and Kendall Wright. This will be an old rematch of sorts from when he went up against Andrew Luck while Locker was at UDub and Luck was down at the Farm with Stanford. I think Locker puts up 2 TDs in the air and 1 rushing in a bounce back effort.
Look at Tate’s numbers the last few weeks. His stat lines are indicative that Seattle trusts Russell Wilson more and they are airing it out over the field. I love him this week at home against a Cardinal team that is in a complete free-fall. Bet that Tate can continue to get the red zone looks and find ways to contribute all over the field. Coach Carroll loves this guy and he’s Seattle’s playmaker who isn’t afraid to push-off and completely fight for any ball thrown his way.
Donnie Avery has been a consistent target of Luck’s this season. He’s coming off a great game last week where he posted 2 touchdowns and a ton of yardage. It’s always difficult predicting if it’s him or Hilton who will get better numbers opposite Reggie Wayne. I think it’s Avery again this week. Avery has been consistent and in a PPR league he’s definitely worthy of a flex play.
Rudolph was about Ponder’s only option in the passing game that was effective last weekend against Green Bay. I don’t know if this matchup is any good, but it’s not going to matter. The Vikings are going to need someone to make plays and with Percy Harvin now on the IR it’s apparent the Ponder only trusts Peterson and Rudolph in that offense. Bears are probably not going to give up many big plays but Rudolph is a beast in the red zone and he’s got a knack for finding ways to get open. Start him over other options this week. He’s a strong sleeper play.
Moeaki is a deep deep sleeper this week. Coming off a TD performance against Carolina he’s got a good enough matchup to spot play him. I don’t think the Chiefs out do themselves like last week but I think he’s getting more reps and more targets so that’s positive. He’ll be a factor if the weather is windy in Cleveland so they’ll need to go underneath more and over the middle. I’m rooting for him and the Chiefs this week again in wake of the tragedy.
The Colts have been near the bottom in total team defense this season in the NFL. Why trust them now? Well the Titans love to get sacked and throw interceptions and give other defenses points. So if you are in a squeeze and need to go to the waiver or free agency for defensive pick up these guys should be available for you to grab. Colts might give up plenty of points but they’ll probably find a way against Tennessee for either a special teams TD or defensive points somehow.