Fantasy Football 2015-16: Week 17 Sleeper Picks
Taking a Look at the Week 17 Waiver Wire Trends and Sleeper Pickups
January 1, 2016
It’s Friday, and around here that means it’s time once again for us to check out the fantasy football sleepers heading into the weekend. This edition is for Week 17, the final installment of the NFL’s regular season. Let’s take a closer look at some of the trending plays and see who might make a good low-end start in your seasonal or weekly league.
Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams: With Todd Gurley sitting out of practice this week, Mason takes a step up on the waiver wire radar. He doesn’t have a whole lot of stats to speak of, however, with his last notable performance coming in Week 8 against the Niners with 15 carries for 46 yards.
That said, the Rams probably won’t risk Gurley on a meaningless game here, so Mason should see plenty of work.
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Nate Washington, WR, Houston Texans: Washington looks like a nice play heading into Week 17. He’s coming off three catches (five targets) for 42 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee.
With Cecil Shorts likely sidelined (groin), Washington should be stepping up. You can expect another heavy-usage day here, so he makes a solid sleeper play.
Brian Hoyer, QB, Houston Texans: There’s another Texan worth monitoring as a sleeper prospect this week against Jacksonville, and that’s Hoyer. He’s coming off his latest concussion, but looks like he’s good to go for his first start in three weeks.
Hoyer will need to put up some numbers to get himself playoff-ready, and that shouldn’t be too tough against the Jags, who have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year.
Washington Redskins Defense: The Redskins are coming off a pretty strong showing in Week 16 against Philly, logging five sacks, two fumbles and a defensive touchdown for 16 points overall.
The Redskins have the division locked up, but won’t hesitate to take out a few frustrations against the Cowboys in Dallas this weekend. They’ve given up the third-most fantasy points to defenses this year.
Jonas Gray, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Gray’s a pretty deep sleeper this week, but one that could pay off. He got just five carries for 31 yards in New Orleans last wek, but should see significantly more reps in the finale.
The Jags will likely be taking a good look at Gray to see what they have, so double-digit touches aren’t out of the question.
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