Fantasy Football Sleepers Based on Match-ups
With nearly all fantasy football leagues in playoff mode along with many nagging injuries occurring, teams are now in a do-or-die mode for the chance of winning their leagues. Some of those teams are in need of some extra help to make it by, which is where late season fantasy football sleepers come in handy. We will go over 10 of them that could help you progress further towards championship gold.
Quarterback, Buffalo Bills (vs. Browns)
Coming off one of his better passing performances in a short while (228 yards, two touchdowns, one interceptions) against the Steelers, Taylor has a terrific match-up against the near non-existent Browns defense this weekend. The Browns have given up on average 187 yards over the past two games and have allowed five passing touchdowns during that time-span as well.
Taylor hasn’t exactly been the quarterback he was last season, he has 471 yards rushing and six rushing touchdowns, which both lead all quarterbacks. A dynamic threat with his legs along with a big arm that he shows off at times, especially with Sammy Watkins back, Taylor is always a threat to go off for a lot of fantasy points in any given game.
Quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Texans)
Running Back, Cleveland Browns (vs. Bills)
Crowell is coming off arguably his best game of the season with 113 yards rushing on ten attempts against the Bengals. It is his third 100+ yard performance this season and first since week four. He is going up against the Bills this weekend, who have given up an average of 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns to opposing running backs over the past three games. The Bills were just burned by Le’Veon Bell for 236 yards and three touchdowns this past weekend while also giving up 82 yards and two touchdowns to Latavius Murray the week prior as well. Crowell is coming off a great game and will carry momentum into this terrific match-up in week 15, which could prove to be fantasy gold.
Running Back, San Diego Chargers (vs. Raiders)
Farrow has been limited to very few touches as Melvin Gordon’s back-up this season but saw a full workload this past weekend when Gordon went down with a hip injury. He finished with 16 carries for 55 yards and 23 yards on six receptions, which isn’t bad for a rookie undrafted free agent against a tough Carolina defense. Gordon is not expected to play this week, leaving Farrow with the lead back role with Ronnie Hillman spelling him occasionally. Luckily, the Chargers face the Raiders in week 15, who have allowed 435 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns to opposing running backs over the past three games. With a much better match-up and more time to get ready for a big workload, Farrow could be in for a big game this weekend.
Running Back, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Eagles)
Dixon was a workhorse this past week against the Patriots, finishing with 11 rushing attempts and eight receptions on 11 targets for 81 total yards and a touchdown. He was used heavily as opposed to Terrance West, who saw only six touches all game. Dixon very well may have surpassed West on the depth chart and would have a great match-up in his first as a “starter” if true.
The Eagles have given up 339 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns to opposing running backs over the past three games, including 101 rushing yards and two touchdowns to Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson this past weekend. Dixon appears set to receive 13-15 touches per game going forward and has a great match-up this week against the Eagles.
Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans (vs. Chiefs)
Coming off a tough match-up against the Broncos, Matthews finished with one reception for 26 yards. Before that, he had a four-game stretch of 21 receptions, 312 yards, and four touchdowns. That equals out to an average of five receptions, 78 yards and a touchdown over that span. He does have a much better match-up this weekend against the Chiefs, who have given up 572 yards and four touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the past three games, including 206 yards and a touchdown to the Falcons in week 13. Matthews is in a good spot to bounce back and should resume putting up the number one wide receiver numbers we had become accustomed to seeing from him.
Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins (vs. Panthers)
Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Texans)
Believe it or not, Lee has been the Jaguars best wide receiver in fantasy over the past few games and even this season, arguably. He has at least four receptions in five of the last games and at least 50 yards in four of those games. He is coming off an 113-yard performance against arguably the best defense in the league in the Vikings and has emerged as Bortles’ top target. He faces the Texans this weekend, who have given up 512 yards and five touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the past three games. That includes two straight games with a 115 yard, one touchdown performance from an opposing wide receiver (Jordy Nelson, T.Y. Hilton). Lee is starting to separate himself at the right time with a great match-up on the horizon.
Tight End, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Cowboys)
Brate has stepped up for the Buccaneers as of late with three games of at least four receptions and 47 yards, including six receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown in week 13 against the Chargers. The Buccaneers have been struggling in the run game and don’t have a true number two target in their offense, which Brate has been occupying as of late. He gets to face the Cowboys this weekend, who have given up 248 yards and two touchdowns to opposing tight ends over the past three games (82 yards, .67 touchdowns on average). Brate continues to provide a high floor and has a great match-up this weekend, which makes him someone to keep an eye on for week 15.
Brate gets to face the Cowboys this weekend, who have surrendered 248 yards and two touchdowns to opposing tight ends over the past three games (82 yards, .67 touchdowns on average). Brate continues to provide a high floor and has a great match-up this weekend, which makes him someone to keep an eye on for week 15.
Tight End, San Francisco 49ers (vs. Falcons)
This is an interesting one, and you’re going to have to bear with me here. Bell is a quarterback convert who has been buried on the 49ers tight end depth chart due to Vance McDonald’s break-out season. But with McDonald on injured reserve and Torrey Smith probably out this weekend due to a nasty concussion, someone will need to step up for the 49ers. Bell had two targets in week 14 but also reeled one of them in for a 30-yard reception. The Falcons have given up big games to Jermaine Gresham (five receptions, 35 yards, and a touchdown) and Travis Kelce (eight receptions, 140 yards) in recent games and while Bell may not get many opportunities, he has big play potential. Going up against a defense that has been weak against the tight end lately, Bell could be in for a sneaky good game this weekend.
Good Luck This Week!