Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football

Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

Week 12 Byes: None.

There are no teams on a “Bye Week” in Week 12, so injuries are your major concern this week that may have your options to Start and Sit limited. Some players in question this weekend are OAK WR Michael Crabtree, NE TE Rob Gronkowski, NO RB Mark Ingram and SD WR Travis Benjamin). Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 12 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions that may still be available in your fantasy football league.

 

Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football

PHIL QB C Wentz ( vs GB )- Packers defense is BAD.

BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor ( vs JACK )- QB Taylor doesn’t put up a ton of points, but this is a great match up.

MIA QB Ryan Tannehill ( vs SF )- I rarely recommend Tannehill, but another good match up. The 49ers are the #26 defense in the NFL.

Deep League Consideration: CLEV QB Josh McCown ( vs NYG )- McCown will start Sunday’s game against the Giants. ( Cody Kessler has his second concussion in a month ). At least McCown is playing at home this week.

 

RB Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football

PHIL RB Wendell Smallwood ( vs GB)- With RB Ryan Mathews likely out, Smallwood is expected to “play a lot” against the Packers on Monday night. Still only owned in 67% of Yahoo leagues.

BUFF RB Mike Gillislee ( vs JACK )- RB McCoy is expected to play with a surgically repaired thumb, but Gillislee should see plenty of action in Week 12.

NO RB Tim Hightower ( vs LAR )- Although RB Mark Ingram is suppose to suit up, Tim Hightower rushed 12 times for 69 yards in Week 11, adding eight receptions for 57 additional yards.

DEN RB Kapri Bibbs ( vs KC )- Bibbs has been given some opportunities in recent weeks, rushing 7 times for 22 yards in the Broncos’ Week 10 win over the Saints.

 

WR Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football

JACK WR Marqise Lee (at BUFF )- 25 touches over the past 3 games and a TD catch in Week 11.

NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( vs CLEV )- Getting more involved in the Giant’s offense every week and a great match up. TD receptions 3 weeks in a row.

CHI WR Cameron Meredith ( vs TENN )- This is going to be a rough outing for the Bears, who have to start QB Matt Barkley. Meredith is a candidate for a trash TD late in the game when Chicago is trailing badly. Meredith caught 4/4 targets for 49 yards in Week 11, where Meredith was the nominal No. 1 receiver. Only owned in 55% of Yahoo leagues.

NO WR Willie Snead ( vs LAR )- QB Brees will have to get everyone involved to win this home game vs a good Ram’s defense.

 

TE Week 12 Sleepers Fantasy Football

CLEV TE Gary Barnidge ( vs NYG)- QB Josh McCown knows to get TE Barnidge involved in the offense. A touchdown reception in Week 11.

SF TE Vance McDonald ( at MIA )- One of the few decent weapons on the SF offense. Miami is #15 vs opposing tight ends.

HOU TE C.J. Fiedorowicz ( vs SD)- 6 receptions ( most for the team) in Week 11 for 82 yards. Fiedorowicz (shoulder) will play in Week 12 against the Chargers. QB B Osweiler finding it necessary to find his TEs when pressured.

 

 

Week 12 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

NYG ( vs CLEV)- Any team vs the Browns.

MIA ( vs SF )- The Dolphins should be able to control this game.

BUFF ( vs JACK)- Great match up for the Bills.

 

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Week 11 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

Week 11 Byes: Atlanta, Denver, NY Jets and San Diego.

Particularly in the larger 12-14 team fantasy football leagues, these four teams on a “Bye Week” may have your options to Start and Sit limited heading into Week 11. You also may be dealing with some fantasy football injury or suspensions concerns in your line ups (such as NE TE Rob Gronkowski, HOU WR Will Fuller or CHI WR Alshon Jeffery). Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 11 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions that may still be available in your fantasy football league.

 

Week 11 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 11 Sleepers Fantasy Football

CLEV QB Cody Kessler ( vs PITT )- HC Hue Jackson said Cody Kessler “is the quarterback” and the Steller’s secondary is actually pretty bad this season.

BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor ( at CINN )- QB Taylor doesn’t make a lot of mistakes and the Bengals are 20th vs the pass, 20th vs the run.

BALT QB Joe Flacco ( at DAL)- The Cowboys are 25th worst team vs the pass.

Deep League Desperate Consideration: KC QB Alex Smith ( vs JACK )-

 

RB Week 11 Sleepers Fantasy Football

DET RB Theo Riddick ( vs JACK )- RB Riddick is back from injuries, and due for a big load vs a weak Jacksonville defense.

OAK RB Jalen Richard ( vs HOU)- Rested from a Week 10 Bye, Richard had 8 carries for 62 yards and caught 2/3 passes for 10 yards in Oakland’s Week 9 win over Denver.

JACK RB C Ivory ( at DET )- Tough to trust any Jacksonville running back, but the Lions are the worst defense in the NFL.

BALT RB Kenneth Dixon ( at DAL)- RB Dixon will get more carries this week against the Cowboys following his strong performance Week 10.

 

WR Week 11 Sleepers Fantasy Football

OAK WR WR Seth Roberts ( vs HOU )- Averaging 5+ targets per game and has 4 TDds on the season so far. WR A Cooper is less than 100%.

CHI WR Eddie Royal ( ay NYG)- Although Royal (toe) was limited in Thursday’s practice, he will suit up for Week 11. With WR A Jeffery on suspension, Royal will get targets.

KC WR Tyreek Hill ( vs TB )- WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) has been ruled out for Week 11. Expect Tyreek Hill to see the biggest bump in playing time in three-receiver sets alongside Albert Wilson and Chris Conley.

JACK WR Marqise Lee (at KC )- 14 targets over the past 2 games.

NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( vs CHI )- Getting more involved in the Giant’s offense every week.

MINN WR Adam Thielen ( vs ARI)- ESPN’s Britt McHenry was told by a Vikings coach that WR Adam Thielen will be “targeted a lot” Week 11 against the Cardinals. Tough match up.

 

TE Week 11 Sleepers Fantasy Football

PITT TE Jesse James ( at CLEV )- The Browns have allowed 9 receiving TDs to opposing tight ends…most in the NFL.

SF TE Vance McDonald ( vs NE )- One of the few decent weapons on the SF offense. TE McDonald caught 4/6 targets for 50 yards in the 49ers’ Week 10 loss to the Cardinals..

BALT TE Dennis Pitta ( at DAL)- The Cowboys are the 8th worst team defending opposing tight ends, and the ravens will likely be trailing for most of this game.

Week 11 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

PITT ( at CLEV )- Any defense vs the Browns.

OAK ( vs HOU)- The Raiders are the 5th worst defense in the NFL, but this is great match up at home.

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Week 10 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

Week 10: 4 teams on a “bye’ this week, Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis and Oakland.

Heading into Week 10 with players from any of these teams, you may be having a shortage of options to Start and Sit. You also may be dealing with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups (such as WASH WR DeSean Jackson, NYJ QB R Fitzpatrick or KC WR Jeremy Maclin). Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 10 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions that may still be available in your fantasy football league.

 

Week 10 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 10 Sleepers Fantasy Football

CHI QB Jay Cutler ( vs TB)- Should be forced to throw a lot if the running game doesn’t catch on early.

DEN QB Trevor Siemian ( at NO)- The Saints are 28th vs the pass. Siemian doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.

Deep League consideration: HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( at JACK )- QB Osweiler will be missing WR Will Fuller.

 

RB Week 10 Sleepers Fantasy Football

TB RB Peyton Barber ( vs CHI )- With RB Antone Smith now on IR, who else is there? RB J Rodgers isn’t back and RB D Martin isn’t ready. Barber generated 31 yards on 11 carries and caught 4/5 targets for 24 yards in Week 9 loss to the Falcons.

WASH RB Rob Kelley ( vs MINN )- Coach Jay Gruden called the Washington’s RB Kelley the ‘ “1st-string” running back. Tough match up but at home with opportunities.

JACK RB C Ivory ( vs HOU )- Easily had the most action last week over RB Yeldon, and is playing at home vs the Houston #28 run defense .

 

WR Week 10 Sleepers Fantasy Football

PIT WR Eli Rogers ( vs DAL)- Calling WRs Wheaton and Coates “disappointments in 2016″ is an under-statement. WR Eli Rogers is healthy now and caught 6/10 targets for 103 yards in the Steelers’ Week 9 loss to the Ravens.

KC WR Tyreek Hill ( at CAR )- WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) has been ruled out for Week 10. Expect Tyreek Hill to see the biggest bump in playing time in three-receiver sets alongside Albert Wilson and Chris Conley.

JACK WR Marqise Lee (vs HOU)- Brutal match up in Week 10 but WR Allen Hurns is in the league’s concussion protocol and QB Blake Bortles has preferred WR Lee all season so far.

LAR WR Kenny Britt ( at NYJ)- The Jets will be without QB Fitzpatrick, so the Rams should have the ball a ton. The Jets are #30 vs the pass.

Also consider NYG WR Sterling Shepard ( vs CINN)- 3/6 targets for 50 yards and a 1 touchdown in the Giants’ Week 10 win over the Eagles.

 

TE Week 10 Sleepers Fantasy Football

CHI TE Zach Miller ( at TB )- Miller is a favorite of QB Cutlers and should see 7-9 targets Week 10, including shots in the end zone.

SF TE Vance McDonald ( at ARI )- Vance McDonald snagged 3/6 targets for 84 yards and a 1 touchdown in Week 9. Tough match up in Week 10.

 

Week 10 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

CHI ( at TB )- The Bucs are without so many weapons due to injuries, and QB J Winston will likely try to do too much and make mistakes.

GB ( at TENN )– QB M Mariota isn’t 100%.

I also like KC ( at CAR)

 

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Week 9 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

A lot of teams on a “bye’ this week, 6 to be exact…Arizona, Cincinnati, Chicago, Washington, New England and Houston. Heading into Week 9 with players from any of these teams, you may be having a shortage of options to Start and Sit. You also may be dealing with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups (such as BUFF RB LeSean McCoy, GB WR Randall Cobb or SF RB Carlos Hyde). Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 9 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions that may still be available in your fantasy football league.

 

Week 9 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 9 Sleepers Fantasy Football

KC QB Nick Foles ( vs JACK )- QB Foles can get the ball downfield, whereas QB A Smith either can’t or won’t. Very friendly match up.

MINN QB Sam Bradford( vs DET )- Detroit is the #32 defense in the NFL….dead last!

Also consider DEN QB Trevor Siemian ( at OAK )

 

RB Week 9 Sleepers Fantasy Football

SF RB Dujuan Harris ( vs NO )- RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) is out for Week 9 against the Saints. RB DuJuan Harris is expected to start. Nice match up.

GB RB/WR Ty Montgomery ( vs IND )- In some leagues, Ty is still considered just a WR. In any case, he’s in the line up Week 9, after sitting out Week 8.

NO RB Tim Hightower ( at SF )- The Saints will have both RBs ( RB M Ingram) getting carries. Ingram is expected to get the start and the majority of the work, but Tim Hightower will get his chances as well.

PHIL WR Darren Sproles ( at NYG)- In Week 8, Darren Sproles rushed 15 times for 86 yards and caught 5/7 passes for 17 yards in Week 8 against Dallas.

 

WR Week 9 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

KC WR Tyreek Hill ( vs JACK)- Hill had 98 receiving yards in Week 8 along with 1 TD. Hill also had a TD reception in Week 7, and now 4 on the season. Only owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues

NYJ WR Quincy Enunwa ( at MIA )- Enunwa caught 4/11 targets for 93 yards and 1 TD in Week 8 and is a favorite of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

OAK WR Seth Roberts ( vs DEN)- Averaging almost 6 targets a game, Roberts had 69 yards and 1 TD in Week 8.

 

TE Week 9 Sleepers Fantasy Football

BALT TE D Pitta (vs PITT )-  Before their Week 8 “Bye”, Dennis Pitta caught 4/10 targets for 40 yards in Week 7.

MINN TE K Rudolph ( vs DET )- Had 3 weeks in a row with a TD reception before the MINN Bye Week, should get back on track Week 9.

 

Week 9 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

DAL ( vs CLEV )- The Browns are still playing musical chairs with their QBs. McCown Week 8…..QB Cody Kessler will start Week 9 against the Cowboys.

LAR ( vs CAR )– The Panthers do not look anything like the 2015 team that went to the Super Bowl.

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Week 8 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

A lot of teams on a “bye’ this week, 6 to be exact…Baltimore, Miami, NY Giants, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Heading into Week 8 with players from any of these teams, you may be having a shortage of options to Start and Sit. You also may be dealing with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups (such as BUFF RB LeSean McCoy, ARI WR Michael Floyd or WASH RB Matt Jones). Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 8 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions that may still be available in your fantasy football league.

 

Week 8 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 8 Sleepers Fantasy Football

CLEV QB Josh McCown ( vs NYJ)- McCown will start Week 8 against the Jets. This may not be such a bad option Week 8. WR T Pryor is healthy ( heathier) and the Jets are 31st vs the pass.

HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( vs DET )- Brock is playing at home in Week 8, vs the #32 Defense in the NFL. Yes, the Lions are dead last in defense.

Also consider KC QB Alex Smith ( at IND )

 

RB Week 8 Sleepers Fantasy Football

MINN RB Matt Asiata (at CHI )- It looks like RB McKinnon will sit out Week 8, so Asiata has the duties all to himself. Not a bad match up either.

HOU RB Alfred Blue ( vs DET )- With RB Lamar Miller ailing, the NFL community is wondering why the Texans would even put Miller on the field. RB Blue should see plenty of action.

very deep leagues DEN RN Kapri Bibbs ( vs SD )- RB CJ Anderson is OUT, so RB D Booker will take over, and he will need to be rested a few times during the game. RB Bibbs is next up on the depth chart.

 

WR Week 8 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

ATL WR M Sanu (vs GB )- The Packers have said this week that WR Julio Jones would be the top focus for the GB defense. If Jones is double covered all game, this may open up opportunities for WR Sanu.

DAL WR Cole Beasley- Even with WR Dez Bryant coming back, there’s no denying that QB Dak Prescott likes WR Cole Beasley. Still only owned in 58% of Yahoo legaues.

OAK WR Seth Roberts ( at TB)- In what looks like to be a shoot out in Tampa Bay, and Roberts has 3 TDs so far this season. ( 15 targets the past 2 weeks)

 

TE Week 8 Sleepers Fantasy Football

IND TE Jack Doyle (vs KC)-  WR Donte Moncrief is likely to return, but TE Doyle is still a great weapon for QB A Luck. How is Doyle still only owned in 53% of Yahoo fantasy football leagues?

MINN TE K Rudolph ( at CHI)- Rudolph has been quiet of late, but before the Minnesota Week 6, he had TD receptions in 3 straight games. This is the perfect game for Viking tight end to get back on track.

 

Week 8 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

CLEV ( vs NYJ )- Ryan Fitzpatrick ( the INT machine) will be the Jets’ starting quarterback after Geno Smith suffered a torn ACL in Week 7. The Browns Defense at home is an interesting play.

BUFF ( vs NE)– The Bills shut out the Pats in Week 4…can they give the Pats fits in Week 8 even with QB Tom Brady?

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Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

Carolina and Dallas are only two teams off Week 7 with a “bye’, but you may be heading into Week 7 with players from these two teams, or with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups. Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 7 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in very deep leagues, or heading into Week 7 with injuries concerns (such as PITT QB B Roethlisberger, SF RB C Hyde or GB RB Eddie Lacy )

 

Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football

KC QB Alex Smith ( vs NO)- Even Alex “Deacon Dunk” Smith should put up nice stats vs this horrible New Orleans defense.

Deep League QB C Kaepernick ( vs TB )- Kaepernick will remain the 49ers’ starting quarterback for Week 7 and plays at home vs Tampa Bay. The Bucs are the #23 ranked defense and they give up a lot of points.

Also consider BALT QB F Flacco ( at NYJ )

 

RB Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football

NE RB LeGarrette Blount (at PITT)- Blount was kicked off the Steelers team in 2014, and this is Blount’s first game back to Pittsburgh. HC Belichick will feed Blount in a revenge game. Also, With QB Big Ben OUT, the Pat’s ought to have the ball of offense a lot.

TB RB Jacquizz Rodgers ( at SF)- With Doug Martin (hamstring) out, Rodgers is expected to start Week 7 against the 49ers. The Bucs showed before their bye week that they will give Rodgers the ball 20+ times.

SF RB Mike Davis ( vs TB)- RB Carlos Hyde has his right arm in a sling last week. If he’s not ready Sunday, RB Mike Davis (averaging 1.8 yards a carry) likely to start. RB Sh Draughn will laso ger touches.

Mike Gillislee ( at MIA)- Even if RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) plays this week, he will be limited. Mike Gillislee should see plenty of action.

 

WR Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football

NO WR Michael Thomas ( vs KC)- In Week 4, prior to the Saint’s Week 5 Bye,  Thomas caught 4/9 targets for 44 yards and a touchdown Week 4 and 78 yards and 1 TD in week 5. Thomas has a TD reception in 3 straight weeks. KC secondary can get burned.

BUFF WR Justin Hunter (at MIA)- will be the Bills’ starting receiver opposite Marquise Goodwin Sunday at Miami. WR Robert Woods (foot) isn’t going to play. Hunter has caught a touchdown in back-to-back weeks.

MINN WR Adam Thielen ( at PHIL )- WR Stefon Diggs (groin) did not practice Monday, but Diggs is expected back this week. Remember however, that 6’2″ Thielen was the QB Sam Bradford favorite in Week 5, with 7/8 targets for 127 yards and 1 TD.

TB WR Cecil Shorts ( at SF)- With WR Vincent Jackson OUT on IR, Shorts will have an immediate impact on the Buc’s offense.

 

TE Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football

IND TE Jack Doyle ( at TENN )- With TE Allen injured, QB A Luck will lean on TE Doyle plenty. WR P Dorsett is also OUT Week 7. Only owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues.

MINN TE K Rudolph ( at PHIL)- Prior to the Vikings Week 6 Bye week, Rudolph had a TD reception in 3 of 5 games in 2016. QB Sam Bradford likes him as a weapon.

 

Week 7 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

NE ( at PITT)- HC Belichick will give new QB Landry Jones fits all day.

OAK ( at JACK)– JACK QB Blake Bortles has 7 INTS already this season, ( vs 8 TDs) and the Jags running game has not been impressive

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Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

There are only two teams off Week 6 with a “bye’, Minnesota and Tampa Bay, but you may be heading into Week 6 with players from these two teams, or with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups. Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 5 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in very deep leagues, or heading into Week 6 with injuries concerns (such as HOU WR Will Fuller, WASH TE Jordan Reed or DET RB Theo Riddick.)

 

Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( vs IND)- The Colts secondary is in shambles, so if Osweiler can avoid hurting fantasy football owners with INTs, he is likely to have a good day. He may be without WR Wull Fuller however in Week 6.

BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor ( vs SF )- The good news about Taylor, if you have to start him this week, is that he only has thrown 2 INTs this season, one of the fewest for any starting QB.  Owned in 62% of Yahoo leagues. ( San Francisco is 19th vs the pass)

CHI QB Brian Hoyer ( at IND)- Hoyer has a very decent match up at home in Week 6 vs the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hoyer completed 33/43 passes for 397 yards and 2 TDs in Sunday’s Week 5 loss to INDY.

I also like BALT QB F Flacco ( at NYG ) if available.

 

RB Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football

DET RB Justin Forsett (vs LAR)- Not the best of match ups, but his workload should be heavy, with injuries to RB Theo Riddick and with RB D Washington likely out. RB Forsett will split carries with RB Z Zenner, but expect Forsett at all goal line carries.

MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( vs PITT)- RB A Foster is expect to test out his injured hamstring in pregame warmups. This doesn’t sound like a healthy player to me, therefore, expect RB Ajayi to handle most of the backfield. UPDATE: NFL Network is reporting that Arian Foster (hamstring) will play in Sunday’s Week 6 game against the Steelers.

JACK RB TJ Yeldon ( at CHI)- Yeldon was amazingly effective before Jacksonville’s Week 5 Bye, and RB C Ivory was just the opposite. Only owned in 73% of Yahoo leagues.

NE RB James White (vs CINN)- White had nearly 100 total yards in Week 5, playing with QB Tom Brady back from suspension. It’s clear Brady likes White as a weapon. Only owned in 56% of Yahoo leagues.

OAK RBs DeAndre Washington/ Jalen Richard ( vs KC)- Each had 14 touches in Week 5, and RB DeAndre Washington received the goal line carries. RB Latavius Murray is OUT for Week 6.

 

WR Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football

PITT WR Eli Rogers ( at MIA)- With WR Wheaton out and Sammie Coates doubtful, Rogers will play play along with Antonio Brown. – Only owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues.

CHI WR Cameron Meredith ( vs JACK) – Despite hauling in 130 receiving yards and 1 TD in Week 5, WR Cameron Meredith is still only owned in 49% of Yahoo leagues. Great match up.

BALT WR Kamar Aiken- ( at NYG )- Last year when QB Flacco was OUT with injuries, Aiken was the star receiver for the team down the stretch. For some reason, Flacco has not jelled with Aiken, but perhaps in Week 6 he will have to. WR Steve Smith Sr. (ankle) is doubtful for Week 6 against the Giants and WR Mike Wallace is less than 100%.

OAK WR Seth Roberts- While defenses are concentrating on shutting down WRs A Cooper and M Crabtree, Roberts is slipping thru coverages and scoring touchdown. He has 3 TDs in 5 Weeks so far this season.

NO WR Michael Thomas ( vs CAR)- In Week 4, prior to the Saint’s Week 5 Bye,  Thomas caught 4/9 targets for 44 yards and a touchdown Week 4 against the Chargers and  actually led the team in targets.

HOU WR Braxton Miller (vs IND)- WR Will Fuller fantasy football owners are not happy, with Fuller likely out in a senasational match up. Perhaps Miller can ease their pain a little.

 

TE Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football

PITT TE Jesse James ( at MIA)- James has already had good rapport with QB Ben Roethlisberger, and has receiving touchdowns. With injuries to WRs Sammie Coates and Wheaton, his targets should increase in Week 6. Only owned in 47% of Yahoo leagues.

IND TE Dwayne Allen ( at HOU)- The Texans will pressure QB A Luck often which will likely mean quick looks for his Luck’s tight end. Allen has been more involved in the INDY offense of late. Only owned in 68% of Yahoo leagues.

 

Week 6 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

TENN ( vs CLEV)- CLEV QB C Kessler is beat up but will try to start in Week 6. The Titan’s defense are licking their chops.

BUFFALO ( vs SF)– SF QB Colin Kaepernick hasn’t started an NFL game in a year. He will be rusted and he will make mistakes.

 

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Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator  Doug Bowles

 

You may be heading into Week 5 with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups, especially in deep leagues and regardless of the league the waiver wire has been picked over. You may also have roster difficulties resulting from the 4 teams on the week 5 Bye. ( JACK, KC, SEATTLE and NEW ORLEANS). Fantasy Sleepers are late-round picks or waiver-wire selections who may exceed their statistical expectations.

Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 5 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in very deep leagues, or heading into Week 5 with injuries concerns (such as OAK RB Latavius Murray, DAL WR Dez Bryant or DET TE Eric Ebron.)

 

Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

 

QB Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

PHIL QB Carson Wentz ( at DET)- Wentz had a bye week in Week, but proved more than capable in Week 3…completing 23/31 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Only owned in 37% of Yahoo leagues. ( Detroit is currently #32 vs the pass….dead last!)

CAR QB Derek Anderson ( vs Tampa Bay)- QB Cam Newton (concussion) is not practicing Friday, leaving Derek Anderson to get the start. The Panthers will release an official injury report Saturday. This is a nice matchup.

CHI QB Brian Hoyer ( at IND)- The Colts defense is bad as usual, currently ranked #30 in the NFL. Hoyer is making the most of his opportunity and could get you through this Bye Week for either JACK, KC, SEATTLE and NEW ORLEANS.

I also like BALT QB F Flacco ( vs WASH) if available.

 

RB Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

OAK RB DeAndre Washington (vs SD)- My #1 Sleeper for Week 5. RB Latavius Murray (turf toe) is out for Week 5 against the Chargers. Washington is the starter and should be considered a borderline RB2 in a plus matchup.

MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( vs TENN)- Coach Adam Gase said using a four-running back committee the past two weeks was “some bad coaching by me,” and he plans to scrap it. IF he commits to Ajayi, he could have a very good game vs the Titans who are ranked #17 vs the run.

NYJ RB Bilal Powell ( at PITT)- Powell rushed 4/26 yards and caught 6/9 targets for 54 yards in Week 4 in loss to the Seahawks. Powell has now touched the ball 10 times each in Weeks 3 and 4. Powell should be owned in all formats, especially with Forte reportedly carted to the X-rays room after the loss. Only owned in 22% of Yahoo leagues.

CAR RB Fozzy Whitaker  (vs TB)- Fozzy Whittaker caught 9/9 targets for 86 yards and rushed 3 times for 6 yards in Week 4. If QB Cam Newton ( concussion) cannot play in Week 5, the Panthers will likely lean on the rushing game. Whitaker is also the preferred receiving back for Carolina, an option QB Derek Anderson may also lean on.

NYG RB Bobby Rainey- With Rashad Jennings (thumb) expected to sit, Rainey should play a big role Week 5 against the Packers.

TB RB Jacquizz Rodgers- could get the start Monday night if Charles Sims (knee) is not able to play.

 

WR Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

DAL WR Brice Butler ( vs CINN)- Despite currently boasting the #7 defense in the NFL, the Bengals secondary is vulnerable, and WR Dez Bryant is still not healthy and will sit out Week 5. Butler caught a TD in Week 4, and he will likely get another in Week 5. Also consider WR Terrance Williams- Only owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues.

SD WR Dontrelle Inman- ( at OAK)- Inman caught 7/11 targets for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers’ Week 4 loss to the Saints. ( WR T Benjamin had a costly fumble in the 4th qtr which may have cost the Chargers the game and QB P Rivers trust)

deep league sleeper NYJ WR Robby Anderson- One of the preseason stars, is expected to have a signifcant role in Week 5 with WR Eric Decker’s (shoulder) absence and now it looks like WR Quincy Enunwa (knee) was added to the injury report Friday and is questionable for Week 5 against the Steelers.

deep league sleeper OAK WR Seth Roberts ( vs BALT )- While defenses are concentrating on shutting down WRs A Cooper and M Crabtree, Roberts is slipping thru coverages and scoring touchdown ( 3 TDs in 4 Weeks so far). WR A Cooper has none.

Also consider MINN WRs Charles Johnson and/or C Patterson ( vs HOU) – Both are getting more targets than ever did in the past 2 years, and new QB Sam Bradford and WrR Stefon Diggs do not seem to be on the same page as of yet.  UPDATE:  Stefon Diggs (groin) is doubtful for Week 5 against the Texans.

 

TE Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football

SD TE Antonio Gates ( at OAK)- Gates (questionable, hamstring) will attempt to play Sunday. The last time Gates was out for an extended period of time, QB P Rivers hit his ‘ol buddy for 2 TDs as defenses put their attentions elsewhere that game.

CHI TE Z Miller ( at IND)- Although listed as questionable for Week 5 against the Colts, Miller did practice Friday’s and should be in no danger of missing Sunday’s game in Indy. Miller has snagged 3 touchdowns over his last 2 games.

PHIL TE Zack Ertz ( at DET)-  Ertz (ribs) is practicing in full for Week 5. Ertz will return this week after missing the last two games with a displaced rib.

I also like TB TE C Brate ( at CAR)-

 

Week 5 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers

PITT ( vs NYJ)- QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is throwing more INTs than any one else in the league.

GREEN BAY ( vs NYG)– On top of WR Odell Beckham’s tantrums, NYG QB Eli Manning is having having his own bad start to the year, failing to throw a TD pass in 2 of his 4 games so far. ( 4 INTs)

 

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Fantasy Sleepers I Keep Getting in Drafts

Fantasy Sleepers I Keep Getting in Drafts by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

I’ve had 6 fantasy drafts so far, 2 dynasty and 4 redraft leagues. My teams seem to have a lot of names in common. As for these 6 teams, I am either going to be very right at the end of December, or very wrong, with regard to my late round sleeper picks. Perhaps the fantasy football owners that I have drafted against do not agree with my assessment of them, or I have just been quicker at drafting them. I am not sure which.

The list of players I have been targeting and getting in fantasy football drafts consists of 2 quarterbacks, 4 running backs, 4 wide receivers and 2 tight ends. I’ve written a brief summary on each of these players and why I want them in 2016. I still have plenty more drafts coming near the end of August. Unless there is big news to change my opinion of these players, with training camp and the preseason games, I am likely to have a lot more teams with plenty of sleeper names in common.

QBs

DET Matthew Stafford- Anyone who knows me, knows that I always wait on drafting a quarterback, and it’s usually paid off. ( In 2013, I had SD Philip Rivers on most of my teams, he was drafted in the late rounds and he ended that season as the #6 QB…not bad) This year Stafford seems to be available late. I want him over Dalton, Tyrod Taylor, Matt Ryan, Derek Carr, and even Tom Brady, all of whom are going earlier in drafts. ( I’ve also drafted Brees surprisingly late this season)

HOU Brock Osweiler- I can wait until the bottom of most drafts to get this guy as my #2 or #3 QB because no one else seems to think that he will have a good season. I do. He has a cannon for an arm, and I like his weapons. Houston’s division includes Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Tennessee. Although these 3 teams have made strides in improving their defenses, they still are not great and none of them will rank in the top half of the NFL in 2016. I like that for Osweiler.

RBs

PHIL Ryan Mathews- A disaster in San Diego, but he totalled almost 700 yards and 7 TDs splitting time with DeMarco Murray last year for the Eagles. It’s his show in 2016, and with 22 running backs being drafted before him….I say yes and thank you.

CHI Jeremy Langford– Is he Matt Forte? No…no one is. But when successful, HC Fox has shown a propensity to ride one running back, and I think Langford will be successful ( especially a bargain late in drafts where I am getting him)

JACK Chris Ivory- I get it. The Jags only scored 1 rushing touchdown in 2015, and RB T.J. Yeldon is still there. However, the Jags will commit to the run more in 2016, because Ivory is better than Yeldon. Ivory will get most of the carries…because T.J. Yeldon is still there.

N.O. Tim Hightower- RB Mark Ingram is a very good running back. He likes to hit his opponents and maybe he likes to hit his opponents too much. He’s missed 18 games since 2011, which equates to more than one full season. Hightower filled in for Ingram in Weeks 14-17 and he kicked ass! A top handcuff to own.

WRs

SD Travis Benjamin- I was afraid that if I wrote too much about Benjamin, fantasy football owners would prevent me from getting this guy. Not so far! I have him in every league.

PITT Sammie Coates- Last year QB Ben Roethlisberger talked up WR Wheaton, and I believed him. Then he threw the ball to Antonio Bryant and Martavis Bryant, over and over. I think Big Ben likes Wheaton, but the connection isn’t there. I’m grabbing Coates while others grab Wheaton.

NE Chris Hogan- Chemistry is everything with QB Tom Brady, and WR Brandon LaFell did not have it with the Pat’s QB in 2015, so he was shipped. Everything I’ve seen and read says that there is chemistry between Hogan and Brady. If there wasn’t a ridiculous 4 game suspension attached to Tom Terrific in 2016, Hogan would a top sleeper for me, but I still want him.

HOU Will Fuller- Look, I was on board with WR Jaelen Strong for the start of 2015, but when it was all said and done Nate Washington had a better season, and Cecil Shorts had a better season. …way better seasons. I do not believe the noise that Strong has passed/ will pass Fuller on the Houston depth chart. I want him.

TEs

CHI Zach Miller- ARI QB Carson Palmer will not throw to tight ends…it’s a fact. CHI QB Jay Cutler on the other hand, LOVES to throw to TEs, and he has helped the fantasy football relevance of every TE that he has played with. I laugh ( to myself) when fantasy football owners draft TampaBay’s ASJ, or Detroit’s Eric Ebron before CHI Zack Miller…then I say…..yes and thank you.

NE Martellus Bennett- News flash…HC Bill Belichick knows a thing or two about including one and two tight ends in the offensive game plan. ( Even Scott Chandler had a few nice games for the Pats in 2016). Bennett is definitely worth a late round flyer.

BONUS:

ATL Mohamed Sanu- This team has a TON of talent and there is a “must win now” attitude coming out of Atlanta. Sanu isn’t an amazing talent, but he will get lots of targets, he will get touchdown passes and he may throw a couple. With 52 wide outs being drafted before him, I say…..yes and thank you.

So if you’re in a fantasy football draft with me in the next 4 weeks, and you’re up, consider these guys or don’t….I promise you I will.