Week 17 Sleepers

Week 17 Sleepers NFL Fantasy Football

Week 17 Sleepers 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Some fantasy football owners are still competing even into Week 17, and I happen to be one of them. If you are as well, you may have been hit with some key injuries to players on your roster. Hopefully the Week 17 Sleepers NFL Fantasy Football options will help owners recover from roster hits if you may have taken from such players as DAL WR Dez Bryant, CHI WR Alshon Jeffrey, or players on teams that may sit starters in meanless Week 17 games –  Good Luck this week

 

Quarterback Sleepers Week 17

DEN Brock Osweiler ( vs SD )-

QB B Osweiler ended his slump of not scoring in the 2nd half  of games Week 16, and has over 300 total yards in his past 3 games. His match up Week 17 is a good one, vs a San Diego team just wanting the season to end

CINN AJ McCarron ( vs BALT )-

Week 16 vs the #1 Denver defense,QB A.J. McCarron completed 22/35 passes for 200 yards and 1 touchdown ( zero INTS). Week 17 he gets a bad Baltimore defense in a game the Bengals need to win to clinch a 1st round bye

BALT Ryan Mallett ( at CINN )-

The match up is brutal, that’s a given, but Mallett will likely throw over 40 times again ( 41 times in Week 16) and if he can avoid throwing any interceptions ( zero INTs in Week 16)…he might surprise some people with a decent day

 

Running Back Sleepers Week 17

IND Frank Gore (vs TENN )-

It could be tough for RB Gore if the quarterback for the Colts is Josh Freeman, but we know he’ll get a ton of carries and in Week 3 at Tennessee, Gore had 94 total yards and 2 TDs. RB Gore made it clear reaching 1,000 rushing yards this season is important to him. Gore knows exactly how many yards he was away (109) and HC Chuck Pagano also seemed interested in getting Gore to the mark

NYG Rashad Jennings (vs PHIL)-

Hey look….the Giants actually have a running game! A “Waiver Wire Recommendation Week 16″-LINK– Jennings is finally getting the bulk of the carries for the Giants- 52 in the past 3 games

JACK Jonas Gray ( at HOU)-

Jaguars OC Greg Olson said the “plan” is to “get a good look” at RB Jonas Gray in the Week 17 finale against the Texans. If this is true, then RB Denard Robinson’s fantasy value takes a hit and Gray could be worth a gamble in very deep leagues

WASH Pierre Thomas (at DAL)-

In week 16, Thomas had a bigger than expected role last week, catching 7 passes for 67 yards. He could be an interesting play Week 17 if Washington rests their starters in the 2nd half, and I think they will

STL Tre Mason (at SF)-

RB Todd Gurley (foot) is wearing a walking boot, and has not practiced the last two days. The Rams added Malcolm Brown off the practice squad, suggesting that RB Gurley possibly won’t play Week 17- Benny Cunningham is also a candidate

CHI Jeremy Langford (at SF)-

RB Matt Forte isn’t 100% and currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s finale vs the Detroit Lions. This could be Forte’s last game in Soldier Field, so we’ll keep a close on eye on active and inactives for this game. Jeremy Langford would become an instant RB1 if Forte were declared inactive

 

Wide Receiver Sleepers Week 17

HOU Nate Washington (vs JACK)-

WR Nate Washington, one of the Texan’s team leaders, caught 3/5 targets for 42 yards and a TD in Week 16. He has been a frequent waiver wire recommendation of Utter-Fantasy this season and has a dream match up Week 17 vs the Jags

NYG Rueban Randle (vs PHIL)-

WR Odell Beckham Jr’s 1 game suspension is over, and OBJ will want to make a statement Week 17. That said, the Eagles will be paying good attention to #13, which may allow WR Rueban Randle to score ( which he has done in 4 of his last 6 games)

CINN Marvin  Jones & M Sanu (vs BALT)-

QB AJ McCarron is now the quarterback for the Bengals following QB Dalton’s hand injury, and McCarron does a better job of incorporating all the Cincinnati weapons than Dalton did. Week 16 Sanu rushed 2 times for 10 yards and 1 TD and caught 3/3 targets for 29 yards

ARI JJ Nelson (vs SEA)-

Although WR Michael Floyd says he’ll play, he was seen with a bad limp on Friday and one has to wonder why risk anything Week 17

Very deep leagues DEN Jordan Norwood (vs SD)-

Back up QBs tend to practice with back up wide receivers, so it makes sense that QB Osweiler would have some kind of rapport with back up WR J Norwood (  6 targets in Week 16)

 

Tight End Sleepers Week 17

DEN Owen Daniels ( vs SD )-

Week 16 turned around for the Broncos late in the game when QB Osweiler decided to look for TE Daniels. Many of the Broncos 1st downs came from the Osweiler/ Daniels’ connection and it also helped open up the play-action and the running game for Denver ( i.e. CJ Anderson 39-yard touchdown run)

NYG Will Tye (vs PHIL)-

A “Recommended Sleeper” Week 14- LINK– and a “Recommended Sleeper Week 15- LINK– TE Tye has 2 TDs in the past 3 games- A disappointment Week 16, but then who wasn’t for the Giants- Philadelphia is also one of the worst teams defending the TE position

DET Eric Ebron (at CHI)-

Not the best option Week 17, but he is almost guaranteed of getting 5 targets Week 17……something that he has gotten in the past 3 games

 

Defense Sleeper Week 17

TENN ( at IND)-

Only 3 days before the finale week of the NFL, and the Colts don’t even know who their starting QB will be. QBs Luck, Hasselbeck and Whitehurst are all OUT. The Titan’s defense is probably licking their chops with the Colts forced to start either Josh “He’s still around?” Freeman and Ryan “Who?” Lindley at quarterback Week 17

WASH (at DAL)-

Even though Washington has nothing to play for with the No. 4 seed locked in, they still have to play Week 17, and I don’t think they will have much trouble taking on DAL QB Kellen Moore and the Dez-less Cowboys

 

Good Luck in your quest for a championship