Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 14
Last night, we saw the official start of the Baker Mayfield era in Los Angeles as he led the Rams to a win against the Raiders after being down 16-3 at the start of the fourth quarter. Put on your seatbelts because this could be a wild ride this week in fantasy football. Here are my recommendations for fantasy football sleepers week 14.
Ravens @ Steelers | 1:00 pm EST Sunday
Starting quarterback Lamar Jackson is currently labeled week to week with a knee injury that he suffered during the first quarter of the game against the Broncos in week 13. Huntley is in line to start against the Steelers in week 14. Huntley was called into action at the start of the second quarter after Jackson was injured, but was unproductive in Baltimore’s win over Denver 10-9. Huntley should play much better this week as he is playing in a favorable match-up against the Steelers defense that on average allows 20.9 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. I expect Huntley to perform well against one of the worst passing defenses in the league and could become a potential sleeper you do not want to miss out on.
Jets @ Bills | 1:00 pm EST Sunday
In somewhat of a surprise, the rookie took the majority of the carries with 15 resulting in 90 yards rushing in the Jets week 13 loss to the Vikings. The one they nickname “Bam” is turning heads in practice this week and is slated to start for the Jets on Sunday according to various news sources. Knight is one of the top leading rushers in the NFL in average scrimmage yards per game with 110.5, only sitting behind Josh Jacobs, Tyreek Hill, and Derrick Henry. I understand that the match-up against the Bills is not the best scenario for a running back, but I believe we should trust the young running back this week as we have not seen his full potential yet. If he puts on a good performance against the Bills defense that on average allows 14.5 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs and exceeds expectations, then it is safe to say that he will be a reliable choice as a solid RB2 or flex play for your fantasy team in the playoffs.
Panthers @ Seahawks | 4:25 pm EST Sunday
Starter Kenneth Walker III and back-up running back DeeJay Dallas were both taken out of the game last Sunday with ankle injuries, which leads us to conclude that Travis Homer will be the starter for Seattle this Sunday against Carolina. Homer is a stocky running back who contains the power to break tackles and is an aggressive runner that can take over the course of a game. Fortunately, the match-up against the Panthers defense is very favorable with their rushing defense giving up an average of 18.4 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, and as a result, I expect Homer to put on a good performance as a solid RB2.
D.J. Chark Jr.
Vikings @ Lions | 1:00 pm EST Sunday
Chark Jr. performed well last week against his former team catching 5 of his 6 targets for 98 yards receiving. After looking back at his performance from week 13, this may be his chance to receive a bigger role in the offense as they start to get in a groove. Quarterback Jared Goff has looked solid the past few weeks, throwing for a total of 745 yards and 4 touches over the course of three weeks. Against the Vikings defense that on average allows 23.0 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. I expect Chark Jr. to become a solid WR2 in week 14.
Jets @ Bills | 1:00 pm EST Sunday
Davis is having a solid season so far alongside fellow receiver and teammate Stefon Diggs. I do not expect that to change as the Bills take on their AFC East rival the New York Jets on Sunday where the Bills look to solidify themselves as the top team in the East. Davis has scored six touchdowns so far this season and is on track to get himself another one this week. Do not think this is going to be a repeat from the November 6th match-up where the Jets defeated the Bills 20-17 which the Bills had a bad game offensively. I fully expect the Bills to look for revenge and defeat the Jets decisively where I expect Davis to perform as a solid WR2 in week 14 against New York.
Patriots @ Cardinals | 8:15 pm EST Monday
Smith is a compliment to Hunter Henry whom I recommended to absolutely start this week in my “Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em” article that was published on Wednesday. Smith has an incredible match-up against the Cardinals which ranks the worst in fantasy points allowed to tight ends per game with a total of 11.4. The Patriots have been getting their tight ends involved more in the passing game and should be preparing a game plan against the Cardinals defense in which their top weakness is against the tight end position. I can see him becoming a solid TE3 and a viable option for fantasy owners looking for a streaming option in deeper leagues.
Lawrence is a fan of the Green Bay Packers. He is currently a graduate student at William Paterson University pursuing a master’s degree in Financial Planning. His hobbies include all things fantasy football, weightlifting, collecting Yu-Gi-Oh trading cards, and playing Madden. He specializes in dynasty fantasy football having won two championships in the past five years. He is also a college football fan who loves to watch his Buckeyes play on Saturdays while drinking pumpkin-flavored coffee. He is always looking to evolve his game as a fantasy football player and one of his goals is to help other players do the same.