Fantasy Football 2013: Week 14 Sleepers
Week 14 Sleepers: Who to Target in Fantasy
December 6, 2013
It’s Friday; time once again for our weekly batch of fantasy football sleepers for this weekend’s NFL games. We’ve got the usual mix of underused players today, and this group could very well help your team get past the opening round of the playoffs in your league. Here’s a closer look at the potential breakouts for Week 14.
Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Glennon is coming off a bad week. He posted just 180 yards, no touchdowns and an interception against the Panthers, but keep in mind they’re a great defense. In the two games before that, he totaled 478 yards and four touchdowns.
He’s hardly a top-shelf fantasy option, but could work if you’re in a pinch. Glennon will face Buffalo this weekend, and although the Bills D is much improved, he should be able to post a bounce-back game.
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Willis McGahee, RB, Cleveland Browns: As with all great quarterbacks, the formula for an opposing team’s victory is to keep Tom Brady off the field. That should be the M.O. for the Browns on Sunday, and that means a heavy dose of McGahee.
The Pats defense isn’t so good against the run, so he should be able to find at least a little room. McGahee posted 71 total yards and a TD in Week 13.
Jacoby Jones, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Jones is a popular WR sleeper pick for Week 14, and we’re inclined to agree here. He’s gotten some extra attention over the past couple of weeks, tallying eight grabs for 156 yards and a score.
Perhaps the most enticing reason to start Jones, however, is his matchup. He’ll be facing the Vikings, and their secondary is pretty bad, to put it bluntly. There should be plenty of passing yards to go around here.
Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins: Hartline’s matchup in Week 14 isn’t the greatest--he’ll be facing the Steelers in Pittsburgh--but his recent performances have given us some hope for a sleeper breakout.
Last week, he posted 127 receiving yards and a TD against the (admittedly bad) Jets secondary. In the three games before that, Hartline posted 15 receptions for 200 yards. With the extra attention focused on Mike Wallace (who is returning to face his former team) Hartline may be able to take the Steelers by surprise.
St. Louis Rams Defense: If your No. 1 fantasy defense has an iffy matchup this week, it may be time to consider St. Louis. They play better at home, but shouldn’t have too many issues with a trip to Arizona this weekend.
The stats probably won’t be mind-boggling--we’d imagine they’ll post a handful of sacks, allow 20-odd points and maybe snag a pick or two. If they can fluster the hot-and-cold Carson Palmer in some way, the Rams D could end up with a double-digit fantasy day.
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