Our Week 13 sleepers features under-the-radar players that are currently being started in less than 50% of fantasy football leagues. These players could produce good fantasy numbers this week due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 13 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
You know who is underrated? One Joshua McCown. He’s averaging over 300 yards passing per game over the last three, and with the state of the Buccaneers running game being completely broken, I’m expecting more of the same this week. Cincinnati D/ST has benefitted greatly by dominating subpar QBs like Jake Locker, Brian Hoyer, Brian Mallet, and Joe Flacco, but they’ve been torched by pretty much everyone else. McCown will turn the ball over a couple times here, but I see another 300 yards and 2 TD in the cards this weekend.
Dan “Boom” Herron
Not only did Herron look more than capable of taking over the Bradshaw role in the Indy offense, he simply looked like the better RB overall. He out-touched Trent Richardson 17-13 and looked excellent doing it. You have to think Indy took notice and will make sure to get him another 17 touches this coming week at home against Washington. He’s an excellent start in all formats.
When a dude gains 100+ yards and scores two TD on four carries, he’s the #1 waiver claim the following week. You can only wonder how much more Latavius would have gained if he didn’t leave the game due to a concussion. I also wonder if there’s any relation to DeMarco. Regardless, if you’re short on RB options, Murray is a decent start, even against a strong Rams run defense – The Raiders have very few good weapons and will look to make it two wins in a row on Sunday. Assuming he’s active, I expect 20+ touches for Murray here.
Sproles has been borderline-irrelevant for so long I feel people have forgotten about him. He was great, then a ghost, then hurt, then sort-of-back, and then last week he scored a TD. I’d rank him the lowest among the sleeper RBs, but if you’re really out of options I could easily see him blowing up against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. He doesn’t need many touches to make a big impact, and the Eagles are definitely giving him random carries and designed plays around the goal line.
Jackson scored a TD in the rout of the Jets on Monday, and most importantly, seemed to emerge unscathed from the contest. The Bills have playoff hopes and FJax is clearly their best and most-dependable RB on both running and passing downs. Cleveland has great CBs, but really struggles stopping the run. I see a heavy dose of Jackson coming on in upstate New York this coming weekend. Assuming a healthy week of practice, he could be a top-15 RB this week.
Stills played the Brandin Cooks role in the Saints Monday night loss to the Ravens, and was impressive doing so. He amassed a season high nine targets (catching eight) for 98 total yards. The fact that he didn’t score means that you should still potentially be able to nab him off waivers or free agency. He and the Saints offense should find the going much easier against the middling Steelers defense this coming Sunday. He’s a WR3 with solid WR2 upside.
I’m still not positive who this guy is, and I’m certain I’m not positive what’s going on with his hair. Here’s what I know: He’s gotten 18 targets over the past two weeks, and produced to the tune of 9-139-1. Not only that, but he’s getting more snaps than draft-day-bust Corradelle Patterson, and the rumor is that the Vikings brass loves him. I’m not sure he’s a top-30 wideout just yet, but he sure is tempting against a Carolina secondary that has been awful at best in 2014 – They give up the 6th most fantasy points per game to WRs.
Since Week 9, Landry has averaged eight targets, six catches, and over 10 fantasy points per game. What else do you want from a widely available WR3? Fresh off his pummeling of Denver’s pretty useful D/ST (two TD, 50 yards) he gets to face off with the Jets highly non-useful version. Landry has completely replaced Brian Hartline as the WR2 in Miami, and I think he finds the end zone again for the Fins here.
He hasn’t played in weeks, and the Bills are a top-10 defense against the TE. Who cares? I say the TE position sucks in 2014, and unless you have Gronk, Graham, Gates, Julius, or Olsen, you have to consider Cameron for Week 13. When not injured, Cameron (when healthy) is a weekly TE1 candidate, and the reinstatement of Josh Gordon and emergence of Isaiah Crowell give defenses much more to think about than just doubling him. He should be owned in all leagues, and probably started in more than half.
Oakland can’t really pass much, and the Rams are very stout against the run. I could see Murray getting some yards and possible a TD here, but that’s about it. I think Carr throws a few picks and the Rams generally have their way with the Raiders here. St. Louis should be the #1 D/ST waiver pick this coming week, assuming teams like Detroit, Baltimore and Indianapolis are already long gone.
If you’re really desperate, or in a deeper format, you can definitely consider the much-maligned Giants D this week. Blake Bortles is throwing pickles and fumbling at an alarming rate, which is killing the overall effectiveness of weapons like Cecil Shorts III and Denard Robinson. The Giants have given up 125 points over the last four weeks, but they’ve also faced Seattle, San Francisco, Indianapolis, and Dallas during that time span. I feel like their pass rush should feast on Bortles, and the Big Blue D/ST could be an excellent, albeit very risky, streaming option this week.