Fantasy Football 2013: Week 17 Sleepers
Week 17 Sleepers: Who to Target in Fantasy Football
December 27, 2013
It’s the final week of the fantasy season, and Week 17 will be an all-or-nothing gambit for countless teams out there. Lineup decisions will be tricky this weekend, as we’ve got to take playoff positioning and risk-reward potential into consideration. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few sleeper prospects that enterprising owners may be able to utilize in the upcoming matchups. Let’s take a closer look.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders: Now that Pryor is supposedly healthy following his sprained knee, he makes an intriguing fantasy option heading into Week 17 against the Broncos. He managed 281 yards and a TD against them the last time they faced, and also added another 36 on the ground.
If Pryor can get off to a quick start, he’s got a chance at delivering for needy fantasy owners who are looking for a sleeper option at quarterback.
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Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Jones should definitely be on your radar this week, and in the lineups in most fantasy leagues out there. He’s coming off a six-catch, 85-yard day against the Vikings, which was his third consecutive week with at least eight fantasy points. That makes 11 catches in his last two outings.
With Andy Dalton playing well, Jones makes a lot of sense as a fantasy option for the Sunday game coming up against the Ravens at home.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: We won’t know for sure what Eddie Lacy’s status is for Sunday’s game, but regardless if he misses or not, Starks still holds fantasy value. The Pack are facing the Bears, who have been beaten up all season by opposing running backs--most recently Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy, who shredded them in Week 16.
Starks played pretty well last week, with 10 carries for 47 yards and a TD. If Lacy is out, he’s a top-tier start. If not, he’s still worth a look as he should come away with a nice line due to the stellar matchup.
Edwin Baker, RB, Cleveland Browns: Baker’s matchup is just so-so this week--he’ll be facing the Steelers--but he’s in line to get a decent amount of looks. He’ll be the feature back on Sunday, and though he won’t be the workhorse moving forward, he may be able to endear himself into a backup job over the next few seasons. Baker has scored in two straight weeks, and posted a pretty good game against a good Jets run defense in his last outing.
Indianapolis Defense: The Colts defense usually isn’t much to ooh and ah over, but they’re heading into a pretty good situation. They’ll face Jacksonville at home, and the last time these two teams met they limited the Jags to just three points.
Indy is coming off a very good game against a normally reasonable-scoring Chiefs offense (they scored once in the first, then never got back on the board), and should be able to put up some decent points for owners in need.
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