Fantasy Football Sleepers
For most fantasy football leagues, week 14 is officially playoffs time! And with injuries along top draft picks disappointing, those in the playoffs may need some miracles to help advance to the next round. Let’s take a look at some fantasy football sleepers for this week who could lift your team to victory and one step closer to league dominance.
Denver Broncos (vs. Titans)
After missing last week with a foot injury, the Broncos are hoping to have Siemian back for this weekend’s matchup against the Titans. Before his most recent injury, Siemian had been playing very well. He had thrown for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns in each of his previous games, including 368 yards and three touchdowns against Kansas City in week 12.
Siemian faces off against a Titans secondary who have given up 578 yards (289 on average) and five passing touchdowns to opposing passers over the past two games. Siemian had been on a hot streak prior his injury, and the Broncos are hoping he will pick up right where he left off in a plus matchup.
QB | Arizona Cardinals (vs. Dolphins)
Palmer came into this season as a low-end QB1 option for fantasy owners because of the weapons surrounding him in the Cardinals offense. Unfortunately, Michael Floyd has been highly ineffective for most of the season while John Brown is dealing with complications stemming from his sickle cell trait. Despite that, Palmer comes into this weekend having thrown for 787 yards (262 on average) and seven touchdowns over the past three games. He faces a Dolphins defense that has given up 816 passing yards and seven touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks over the previous three games. Palmer is in a good spot this weekend to outperform his averages against a Dolphins defense that can be hit or miss. He will look to keep racking up fantasy points as the Cardinals are still fighting for a potential playoff spot.
RB | Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Browns)
Burkhead faces the Browns this weekend, a win-less team who have given up 302 yards from scrimmage (151 on average) and a touchdown to opposing running backs over the past two games. In what could be a blow-out match-up against the 0-12 Browns, Burkhead could also see a good amount of garbage time work. That would make his fantasy outlook even better this weekend.
RB | Atlanta Falcons (vs. Rams)
Over the course of the past three games, the Rams have given up 526 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns to opposing running backs. This weekend, they face the Falcons, which employs the dangerous running back duo of Devonta Freeman and Coleman. Coleman has played in the past two games since returning from a hamstring injury that cost him three games. He has 22 touches since returning, including 12 in week 13. Coleman will continue to function as the “1B” running back for the Falcons, which could lead to some serious fantasy points this weekend in such a great match-up for him.
RB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Saints)
Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter confirmed earlier this week that after missing the past eight games due to a knee injury, Sims will be activated from injured reserve in time for week 14. Luckily for Sims, he is in a spot to be thrust into a big role right out of the gate. With the Bucs dealing with numerous wide receiver injuries, Sims could see a significant number of targets in the passing game, which is what he is known for doing.
While the Saints have been improving on defense as of late, they did just give up a receiving touchdown to Theo Riddick this past weekend. Sims could be in a 10-12 touch situation already this weekend, and with how he was doing earlier this season, it wouldn’t be surprising for him to come right out of the gate swinging.
WR | Washington Redskins (vs. Eagles)
Garcon has been heavily involved in the Redskins passing offense as of late. In the past five games, Garcon has 29 receptions for 385 yards and a touchdown. That equals out to 5.8 receptions and 77 yards receiving. Of that, he has at least six receptions and 65 yards receiving in four of those five games as well. Especially with Jordan Reed dealing with a severe shoulder injury, it’s possible he misses this weekend as well against the Eagles. Philadelphia has given up 697 yards and three touchdowns to opposing wide receivers of the past three games. Garcon may not have a high ceiling, but he has a terrific floor and could be in line for something similar to the seven reception, 78-yard game he had last weekend.
WR | San Diego Chargers (vs. Panthers)
Atlanta Falcons (vs. Rams)
The Falcons have been lucky in regards to the production they have received from Gabriel as of late. After having little impact over the course of his young career, he finds himself on a hot streak. Gabriel has four touchdown receptions over the past five games and has at least 75 yards receiving in two of his last three games.
This week the Falcons are going up against Los Angeles, who have given up 525 yards and six touchdowns over the past three games to opposing wide receivers. Gabriel finds himself in another promising situation to produce. Not to mention that star wide-out Julio Jones is dealing with a reported turf toe injury, Gabriel could see a couple more targets his way as well on top of a great match-up.
TE | San Francisco 49ers (vs. Jets)
TE | Arizona Cardinals (vs. Dolphins)
Believe it or not, Gresham has stepped it up as of late. He has at least six targets and four receptions in three of his past four games while having at least 33 yards in all four of them. Gresham has two touchdowns as well over that stretch and is coming off an excellent five reception, 52-yard performance in week 13. He faces the Dolphins this weekend, who have given up 250 yards and three touchdowns to opposing tight ends over the past three weeks. Not to mention that Miami just lost Kiko Alonso, their best linebacker, to a hand injury as well. Gresham has been able to get some productivity as a Cardinals tight end as of late and will look to continue that in this great match-up this weekend.
Good Luck this week!