Sleepers Week 17
If you’re in a fantasy football championship this weekend, we all feel for you. Seriously, 90% of leagues are wrapped up for the year. Week 17 will be a mess and players could get rested based on the score of the games Sunday. If you are battling it out for thrown, make sure you make your number one goal in this off-season to change the league schedule to skip this dreadful pointless week.
Nevertheless this article is for those trying to fill a void left from a possible injury or those not wanting to risk a starter rumored to being sat week 17.
Gridiron Experts is using ESPN’s starting fantasy football player percentage to create a weekly Sleeper challenge for bragging rights. Each Writer must recommend one player who is being started in less than 25% of all ESPN fantasy leagues.
Knile Davis | RB 6.1%
With the Chiefs locked into the AFC’s 5-hole, we won’t be seeing a lot of Jamaal Charles or any of Kansas City’s other offensive starters. Instead, Andy Reid will hand the reigns of his offense over to Knile Davis and the other reserves. Davis has shown flashes, especially lately while scoring a touchdown in three of his last four games. Davis should receive plenty of touches this week and the Chiefs will likely keep their offense relatively simple.
Marcedes Lewis | TE 0.3%
Lewis has a touchdown in each of his last 4 games. He is also is scheduled to count for $8.25 million against the salary cap in 2014. Lewis will have two years remaining on a five-year, $35 million deal, but considering the team is in such turmoil, he needs to show his worth as nobody is safe on the Jaguars moving forward. I expect yet another strong performance so the media can keep his name out of the fire in the offseason articles.
Cordarrelle Patterson | WR 3.3%
The Lions provide an ideal matchup for Patterson. The 18 touchdowns Detroit has allowed to wide receivers are second most in the league. Patterson is also riding a wave of momentum, averaging 7.5 targets over his last five games. He’s not a top tier wide receiver this week, but at worst he’s a great flex play.
Kris Durham | WR 0.2%
I expect the Lions to air on the side of caution with Calvin Johnson (knee). When that happens, Durham gets a bump. He played with Stafford at Georgia and the two have chemistery and are each over due for a big game. They have clicked in the past, like in week 6 when Durham had 8 receptions. The Vikings have a horrible pass defense, so expect lots of space for Durham to make plays.
Edwin Baker | RB 0.2%
Edwin Baker has rushing touchdowns in back-to-back games, while accumulating 102 yards on 25 carries. With only three teams giving up more rushing touchdowns than the Steelers this season, Baker has a decent chance at running his scoring streak to three games in Week 17. Edwin Baker also has six receptions in the last two weeks, giving him further sleeper value in PPR formats.
Kyle Orton QB 0.8%
Tony Romo has officially been ruled out for the year after having back surgery, so Orton will get the start in week 17. While it will be his first start of the year, it will be against the Eagles 30th ranked pass defense. Kyle Orton looks to be a nice under the radar player in 2 QB leagues or daily leagues this week.