Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 13
The word “Sleeper” is usually avoided in our business, mainly because a sleeper in an 8 man fantasy league is not a sleeper in a 16 man PPR IDP league. To get around the definition of the word, we’re using ESPN’s starting percentage number to create a weekly Gridiron Experts Sleeper challenge for bragging rights.
- Each Writer must recommend one player who is being started in less than 50% of all ESPN fantasy leagues.
Rueben Randle | WR 19.6%
At this point, it’s safe to say that Randle has surpassed Hakeem Nicks as New York’s second receiver behind Victor Cruz. In fact, Randle has been the Giants’ best fantasy receiver over the past month and leads the team in touchdowns. Nicks is looking very iffy this week, so Randle seems poised for another nice performance against Washington’s 27th ranked pass defense.
Shane Vereen | RB 12.9%
The fact that Shane Vereen has eight catches in each of his last two games since coming back from injury is a testament to just how valuable he is to Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense. Vereen is an elite PPR running back and will continue to see his fair share of targets against the Texans.
Marvin Jones | WR 2.1%
He’s due for an upswing. Fantasy owners seem to be losing faith in Jones since he’s gone cold following his massive 4 TD game. A trip to San Diego could be just what he needs. It’s likely that Andy Dalton will need to air-it-out a little in this match-up. The Chargers are not so “super” at pass defense and rank 29th vs. fantasy WRs.
Chris Ivory | RB 21.8%
Geno Smith has been woeful the last few weeks. If the Jets are going to find success against Miami on Sunday, it’s going to have to come on the ground. The Dolphins rank 26th against the run; an ideal match-up for Ivory, who’s put up at least 15 points in 2 of his last 3 contests. If not for an early ankle injury sustained against the Ravens, Ivory could have been on his way to another strong effort. Reports out of Jets camp indicate Ivory practiced fully on Friday. He should be a good play this week against the Dolphins.
Michael Floyd | WR 12.3%
In the last two weeks, Michael Floyd has 13 catches for 297 yards and a touchdown. While it’s certainly the best two-week run of his young career, Floyd has been a productive receiver for most of the season. He’s had five or more catches in six games this year and at least 40 receiving yards on eight different occasions. With a match-up against the league’s worst pass defense on tap in Week 13, I’m not sure why Floyd isn’t getting more fantasy love.