After the proverbial clean sweep to wash the awful taste of the previous week out of our mouths, we look to tackle Trophy Winning Sleepers for Week 14.
This column has its ups and down. It makes sense, given the nature of the column is betting on players the industry is down on for a particular week. But I still never want to see a terrible performance as I had in Week 12.
The failure in Week 12 is what makes Week 13 so sweet. We followed up the first 0-4 column with four perfect predictions. All of our dumpster dives finished in the top 12 at their position.
The proverbial clean sweep to wash the awful taste of the previous week out of our mouths. Let’s see if we can do it again after we recap the week that was!
Goff goes off!
Jared Goff finished as the QB4 on the week after throwing for 340 yards and two touchdowns with no picks. Not a bad return for a guy ranked as the consensus QB20. Unfortunately, one of our fades had to be among the three quarterbacks who outscored him.
Betting against Geno is never smart; we will take that as a lesson learned.
Touchdown or Bust
We told you in the column: all Zeke does is score touchdowns. Getting in the end zone is what he did again this week on his way to an RB9. Elliott, the consensus RB18 on the week, and teammate Tony Pollard ran wild on the Colts last week. Unfortunately, Tony Pollard, not Zeke, got the extra touchdown leading to another three-for-four lineup advice call.
Just as we predicted, AJ Brown overshadowed teammate DeVonta Smith. However, Smith’s performance was still good enough for a WR11 finish. Smith continued to grab targets with Dallas Goedert out, and the consensus WR25 turned eight targets into 102 yards and a TD.
Just Get In the End Zone
In an incredibly messy week for tight ends, consensus TE20 Evan Engram put up 14 PPR points—good enough for TE4 on the week. He was only .8 points off the top spot. Five catches for thirty yards and a touchdown is hardly a massive week, but it is the best we can expect for this wasteland of a position.
So there you have it, four top 12 finishes on the week. I can’t blame you if you didn’t tail these picks after a particularly awful Week 12, but I appreciate all of you still riding with us, and I hope this helped lock up a playoff spot or some DFS cash.
Let’s look at where we stand heading into Week 14.
Trophy Winning Sleepers Record Going Into Week 14:
Top 12 Finishes - 20-33
Lineup Advice - 133-80-1
Not bad at all for the season. But we are only as good as our next picks, so let’s get to another bye week depleted slate and see what we can pull out of the dumpster to lead you to that championship belt!
Sleepers In a High-Scoring Affair for Week 14
Ryan Tannehill is coming in at consensus QB17 despite facing a Jaguars defense that is 26th against opposing quarterbacks. Before an awful week against an outstanding Philly defense, Tannehill had been serviceable for three straight weeks—all you can ask for with six teams out on bye.
Sure, Derrick Henry will get his, but his production could come from the screen game. He is just one week removed for 79 yards receiving, so King Henry could drag Tannehill to a top 12 finish.
I suggest putting Tannehill in over Tyler Huntley, Trevor Lawrence, Kyler Murray, and the trash-bag quarterback in Cleveland.
Jumping Ship On Sleepers for Week 14
Seriously, Jeff Wilson Jr has been fantasy gold before getting shut down by an excellent San Francisco defense, and now he is ranked as the RB22. In Week 14, he faces a Chargers front seven who ranks 31st against opposing running backs despite inferior matchups. Wilson is a smash play of all smash plays based on recency bias. We love exploiting sleepers in these scenarios, especially in a bye-riddled Week 14.
Give me Wilson over Dameon Pierce, James Conner, Latavius Murray, and Najee Harris.
Choo-Choo! Hop On the Hype Train
Man, this Cowboys team has been fun to watch since Dak Prescott returned. In Week 14 they get the Houston Texans in a game that is over before it starts. Now sure, playing passing game players in what should be a blowout is always scary, but this value was too good to pass up.
Michael Gallup is coming in at WR34 on the week despite seeing 15 targets in the past two weeks and looking ridiculous in the process. Give me Gallup as one of my sleepers to have top 12 numbers in Week 14 before the end of the 3rd quarter.
I’d play Gallup over DJ Moore, Gabe Davis, Adam Thielen, and Mike Evans.
Play Your Sleepers Against the Cardinals—Especially in Week 14
That’s all I need to see when picking one of my sleepers at tight end in Week 14. The Cardinals cover tight ends worse than the quarter zips I used to wear to middle school to cover up hickeys (not sure if those are still a thing, but look them up if you have to, kids—but don’t do it, it’s weird.)
Anyway, Hunter Henry is the guy you want here. He is coming in at TE19 despite the dream matchup and ten targets in the past two weeks. Couple that with a Jakobi Meyers injury; this is the fantasy gold you want at the position.
I expect him to smash his rankings and easily outscore Dawson Knox, Evan Engram, Mike Gesicki, and Tyler Conklin.