Fantasy Football 2013: Week 16 Sleepers
Fantasy Football Week 16: Matchup Plays and Sleepers
December 20, 2013
So you’ve made it into the championship game (or at least close to it) in your fantasy league. Those lineup decisions are more important than ever heading into Week 16, and you might have to rely on a less-than-ideal prospect to help put your team over the top. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few lower-level lottery tickets who could come up huge as sleeper players this weekend.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: Cousins is a popular sleeper pick for this weekend, and we’d tend to agree there. He’s coming off a pretty impressive performance filling in for the shut-down RG3, with 381 yards and three touchdowns against the Falcons in Week 15.
Cousins and company will face another porous defense on Sunday at home against the Cowboys. Dallas has been lit up by virtually every quarterback they’ve faced, and there’s not much hope they’ll be able to stop even an average Redskins passing attack.
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Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Like Cousins, Rainey is another popular pick, and probably one of the better bets in low-end RB names out there. He ran into a brick wall against the Niners last week, but that’s understandable. He’s been better against less-than-stellar competition, and the mid-level Rams fit that bill.
With any luck, Rainey will get around 20 rushes and flirt with 100 yards or so. That makes him a reasonable play for those in need of a flex or low-level RB.
Greg Little, WR, Cleveland Browns: Little hasn’t been tearing things up by any means recently, but his game against the Bears in Week 15 should offer some hope. He posted four catches for a team-high 68 yards and received seven targets.
That’s good news heading into the weekend matchup against the Jets. New York has been solid against the run but has struggled mightily in pass coverage. With their season in the tank, you can expect another sub-par outing from the Jets D. With all the attention on Josh Gordon, Little could find some room.
Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins: Clay’s stats from Week 15 are nothing to get excited about. He had just one catch for six yards, but it came on a key play that helped the Phins take a shocker against New England. In the two games before that, however, he notched 14 grabs for 177 yards and a pair of scores.
It wouldn’t be surprising at all to see Clay jump back into the fray against the Bills this week. He’s a reliable option and has built some trust with his QB Ryan Tannehill. Consider him if you’re down a TE.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense: There are a handful of potentially viable defenses out there who can offer assistance to needy owners this weekend. The Buccaneers are certainly among them, and if they can keep the Rams’ running game in check they should be able to find some success.
Tampa Bay is coming off an unimpressive week (that included a couple of near misses for scoring), but should be able to bounce back with a reasonable effort here.
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