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 16. If you have any fantasy football roster questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
The guy who can’t name all the football teams within the AFC East division travels to Buffalo on Sunday and plays a division foe. The Bills have seen growing pains and just about everything in between with all their injuries this season. Two quarterback leagues is where a majority of his value lies. After watching his strong effort against the Patriots to follow up the Steeler game there’s truth to the rumors that he’s got moxy. He’ll be very serviceable next season as a low-end QB1.
Cousins is back for more love to the sleepers segment this week. The Cowboys are very generous to opposing quarterbacks, in fact the most generous. There should be no problem with him reading through his progressions and firing the ball towards the end zone. Captain Kirk has 20 plus points in him this week as long as his team doesn’t turn it over 7 times like last week.
Jennings has some sparked some chemistry with Matt Cassell as the Vikings come down the stretch. On the road and in the harsh conditions in Ohio will be difficult but there’s no denying he’s riding a hot streak. He’s a solid flex play and if Patterson can draw some attention off of him along with Peterson’s return there should be some one-on-one matchups to exploit. Smelling those sweet sleeper sounds.
Crabtree is a mild sleeper on Monday. Atlanta is not playing good, solid, fundamental football. However, they still have Boldin, Davis and Gore to feed the ball to on offense. Crabtree did get into the endzone Sunday so there’s trust from Kaepernick. He was targeted on the final play of last year’s Super Bowl, so obviously he’s going to be heavily relied on in the passing game from here forward. I like the amount of targets and he’ll be open enough with his speed. His sleeper status is locked in to mild, not spicy for this week.
DeAngelo is getting his chance to steer the running-back committee on Sunday. With Stewart sidelined, Williams took full advantage last week. He’s got tremendous value in the passing game and New Orleans is more than beatable. If you’re feeling saucy and want to stir the lineup around then take a shot on someone like this at your flex spot.
It’s becoming more evident from the Oakland backfield that McFadden might be done and Jennings is the next starter. San Diego doesn’t let teams go wild but I expect tough physical football and the running game will be crucial. Jennings is getting the touches so he’s the sleeper from that matchup to keep eyes on.
Quarless is seeing some repeat love in the sleepers section. After putting on a second half clinic in Dallas he’ll attempt to do the same against Tomlin’s chin hitting and sideline infringing crew. Quarless and his neck tattoos promises to be even more prominent part of the Packers’ offensive attack with Aaron Rodgers close to coming back from his collar bone injury. Even though his last name sounds like it’s missing a vowel or two, he’ll find sleeper potential for fantasy owners this week.
Arizona was gouged by Delanie Walker last weekend and they have the worst defense in the league when guarding opposing tight ends. Miller is a sleeper, but you really have to be desperate given that it’s usually boom or bust in Seattle’s offense for him. A win for the Seahawks clinches the division and playoffs at home throughout the postseason. I like a sneaky red zone TD for Miller and the Hawks to celebrate with some miller time after the game too.
All we need to know here is that the Jets cede many points to opposing defenses. Geno Smith can have a polarizing effect on a game with his inconsistent accuracy and decision-making. Joe Haden could be in for a big day if he’s challenged and if the Jets can’t run the ball effectively then this one could get out of control early, leading to more throws and more turnovers. Cleveland isn’t typically a defense to have on your roster, but the sleeper potential is too hard to ignore this week.