Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 13

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Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 13

fantasy-football-sleepersThe last week before the Fantasy Football playoffs. Is your ticket punched? Are you fighting for the final playoff spot? Or are you finished and just playing DFS? If you answered yes to any of those questions then you are in the right place. Here are the top fantasy football sleepers to give you a competitive advantage for Week 13.

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Quarterback Sleepers

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. IND

Jets vs. Colts

Ryan FitzpatrickI understand it’s hard to trust a player like Ryan Fitzpatrick but he played pretty well against the Patriots last week (22-32, 269 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions) and has been getting better as the season has progressed. Fitzpatrick’s quarterback rating or QBR the last three months is below.

  • September: 59.3
  • October: 74.3
  • November: 91.3

The league average is around 90.

Fitzpatrick also gets to face the Colts who on the season give up about 21 points per week which is second worst in the NFL but over the last four weeks have been giving up 25 points per week which is the worst in the NFL.

Alex Smith vs. @ATL

Chiefs at Falcons

Smith is a game manager and does whatever he is asked to do.  Last week against the Broncos he has 220 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions in Denver which was impressive.

This week Smith will be asked to throw the ball because the Chiefs face a high-powered Falcons offense. This season quarterbacks are averaging 42 pass attempts per game against the Falcons.  In the games this season where Smith attempts 42 or more passes he is averaging 290 yards 1.6TDs, 0.6INTs.

Not to mention the Falcons are ranked dead last this season against quarterbacks and second worst the last four weeks.

Running Back Sleepers

Jordan Howard vs. SF

Bears vs. 49ers

jordan-howardWith all the injuries surrounding the Bears, it is the Jordan Howard show in Chicago.  In Week 12 he had 18 carries for 84 yards on the ground and three catches for 43 yards through the air.

This season the San Fransisco 49ers are by far the worst team in the NFL at stopping running backs, especially when they are on the road. The 49ers are giving up on average 168 yards of total offense to running backs each week.

Oh, did I forget to mention they also have surrendered 17 touchdowns to running backs also?

Horward is a great Fantasy start for week 13.

Kenneth Dixon vs. MIA

Ravens vs. Dolphins

The time is getting closer and closer each week to when Kenneth Dixon takes and runs away with the workhorse role in Baltimore.  He is a multi-talented running back who can catch and run.

Last week he had 13 carries for 49 yards and four catches for 31 yards.  He was able to get 17 touches which is a good-sized workload for any running back. Imagine if he continues to get more work, Dixon could finish the season like David Johnson did a season ago.

Paul Perkins vs. @PIT

Giants at Steelers

Maybe the name Perkins makes me go with my gut but this is a week where Paul Perkins has a big fantasy day.  For anyone who doesn’t understand the Perkins reference, I apologize that you live a sheltered life and have yet to experience the greatness of Perkins restaurant.

Back to football, he has been getting on average 10 touches a game over the last four weeks. The Giants have stated they want to get him more involved and he is a great pass-catching running back, and UCLA’s all-time receptions leader for a running back.

This season the Steelers are ranked fourth worst against running backs and give up the third-most receiving yards to running backs this season.

The Steelers score more points when they are home which means the Giants will have to keep pace with them which should lead to some opportunities for Perkins in the passing game.

Wide Receiver Sleepers

Marvin Jones vs. @NO

Lions at Saints

Remember this name? After a great start, Jones has cooled off big time.

Last week can be looked at a glass half empty or glass half full situation, I consider myself a positive thinker so let’s go half full. Jones had four catches for 54 yards against a tough Vikings defense.  The best stat about that game was Jones’s 11 targets.

The Lions and Jones get to go play the Saints this week in New Orleans which means a ton of points will be scored. If Jared Goff can throw for three touchdowns in New Orleans, then why can’t Matthew Stafford? Expect Jones to have at least one touchdown in Week 13.

Dontrelle Inman vs. TB

Chargers vs. Buccaneers

Dontrelle Inman This will be a great play for DFS especially.  The Buccaneers have been struggling all season against the pass and since they just shut down the Seahawks, people will avoid the Chargers in DFS.  Inman was great in Week 12 with six catches for 119 yards and one touchdown.

Not only was Inman earning points for fantasy owners, he was earning the respect of quarterback Philip Rivers.

The Buccaneers have to travel crossed the country and take on a Chargers team that has a good offense.  Inman has earned Rivers’ trust, and he should earn yours also.

Phillip Dorsett vs. @NYJ

Colts at Jets

Phillip DorsettLast week I went bold with Malcolm Mitchell against the Jets and he had five catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns.  This week I am doing the same with Dorsett against the Jets.

The Jets are in the bottom five against defending the deep ball in the NFL and Dorsett has the speed to take the top off a defense. Also, Dorsett may be the big play receiver with T.Y. Hilton questionable after leaving Week 12 earlier.

Last reason, the Jets field is grass and this season, Dorsett is averaging 30.5 yards per catch on grass and had his only touchdown this season on grass which went for 64 yards.

Tight End Sleepers

Coby Fleener vs. DET

Saints vs. Lions

A stat line of four catches for 59 yards is pretty good for a tight end.  Maybe not so good when the Saints score 49 points but it could be worse, just ask Brandin Cooks owners. Too soon?

As I mentioned earlier, this game will be high scoring which means more opportunities for Fleener. Also, the Lions are the worst team in the NFL against defending tight ends.  In 12 games this season the Lions have given up 67 catches, 635 yards, and nine touchdowns.

Fleener has big play potential which is not common in tight ends.  With his big play ability, Fleener could be a difference maker in Week 13.

C.J. Fiedorowicz vs. @GB

Texans at Packers

Not only has Fiedorowicz been a mouth full for sports broadcasters this season but his play has been quite the handful for defensive coordinators. He had four catches for 42 yards against the Chargers in Week 12 which is his floor over the last seven weeks.

The Packers offense looked great on Monday Night Football against the Eagles and I would expect that to continue.  This will lead to more chances for Fiedorowicz to have a big game.

Over the last four weeks, the Packers have surrendered on average seven catches for 85 yards and 0.5 touchdowns a game to tight ends.

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Mitchell Renz

Mitchell is a proud Centenary University graduate where he played baseball, worked for the New York Jets and in his free time majored in Sports Management. After college he moved to Germany for a year where he learned that football is actually played with your feet and beer is cheaper than water. While over there he worked for the Cologne Cardinals, a professional baseball team and Koelnmesse, one of the world’s largest exhibition sites. Currently, Mitchell works for The Parkview Sports Group, consulting sport facilities and managing a global YouTube star, Domingo Ayala. He is the defending champ in his family’s fantasy football league where he has been a member for the past ten years and is the Commissioner in league with his college friends. The only thing he enjoys more than a good glass of whiskey or a cold beer is withstanding fantasy football victories and the bragging rights that come with it. Mitchell may come from Danville, a small town in central Pennsylvania but his dreams of being in the Fantasy Football Hall of Fame are huge.

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