Fantasy football playoff sleepers for Week 14

by KFFL Staff on December 5, 2013 @ 07:30:08 PDT

 

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In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Note: All statistics are from Week 10 through Week 13, unless otherwise stated.

Quarterback

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos

The substitute for Jake Locker (season-ending foot injury) has averaged 22.5 standard fantasy points a game in what amounts to four starts in the past month. Fitzpatrick's athleticism has allowed him to tack on a couple of scores on the ground in that time, and the Titans have a diverse group of young receivers.

Fantasy owners should temper expectations a bit if neither of Tennessee's concussed tight ends -- Delanie Walker and Craig Stevens -- can go. The absence of both put a strain on the team's offense in Week 13. However, with a week to prepare and to adjust, and with a possible need to play catch-up, this O should give Fitzpatrick opportunities to post points.

Broncos vs. QB position ( per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
30
4
22.8
25
42
60.2
271.3
2.00
0.25
4.0
26.3
0.00
0.25
2.5

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins vs. Kansas City Chiefs

RG3 has put up some real duds in a few contests this season, but at least he's been a high-end QB1 in a handful of others. Unfortunately, he hasn't necessarily played soundly just because he's racked up fantasy points, and he's been a bit unpredictable. He's turned over the ball 15 times, too.

Thankfully, Griffin should get some reprieve in Week 14. KC's supposedly menacing defense has been whimpering in the last few weeks in the presence of quality opponents. Washington isn't categorically one of those, but Griffin should be thrilled to face a team whose pass rush -- which made the whole thing work -- evaporated in Week 8 and hasn't returned. It won't hurt if Jordan Reed (concussion) is cleared to play this time, either.

Chiefs vs. QB position ( per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
32
3
29.0
24
38
64.0
372.7
3.00
0.67
1.7
-0.7
0.00
0.33
0.3

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens vs. Minnesota Vikings

This hasn't exactly been the kind of follow-up to a career year and Super Bowl MVP performance that Flacco imagined or that his owners, perhaps, expected.

But all hope isn't lost: Baltimore's offense is jelling as it aids the team's last-ditch effort to make the postseason. The Ravens have been forced to learn about their array of targets outside Torrey Smith. Heck, Dennis Pitta (hip surgery) might even return soon. And, of course, it never hurts to face Minnesota's awful secondary.

Vikings vs. QB position ( per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
Com
Att
Com%
PaYds
PaTD
Int
RuAtt
RuYds
RuTD
FumL
Sck
31
4
25.8
22
37
60.5
297.0
2.00
0.00
4.0
26.5
0.25
0.00
2.8

Running back

Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Buffalo Bills

It's been a tough go for Rainey since his breakout Week 11, as the sophomore has averaged just 2.8 yards per tote in 35 over his last two contests. Those came against the stalwart Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers. This time, he gets Buffalo, who has a solid front but chiefly on the pass rush. It'll be a great bounceback to jump-start what some, including Nick, call the best playoff schedule for RBs.

Bills vs. RB position ( per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
26
3
22.0
26.7
123.3
4.6
1.67
4.00
24.3
6.1
0.00
0.00

Roy Helu, Washington Redskins vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Expect Robert Griffin III to hand the ball off plenty against this defense, who got some teeth back despite eventually falling apart against Denver on Sunday. What makes KC more attractive is that Helu could have a Knowshon Moreno-type day in the receptions column as Washington calls plenty of no-huddles. PPR readers should take note.

Chiefs vs. RB position ( per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
30
3
26.3
29.7
114.0
3.8
1.33
5.00
48.7
9.7
0.67
0.00

Fozzy Whittaker, Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots

Ben Tate gashed the Pats on Sunday, exposing the constant holes along the D-line after all the Patriots' injuries. With Aqib Talib expected to shadow Josh Gordon much of the day and the Browns' QB situation up in the air, all three RBs should get involved frequently. NE has limited RB receptions in the last month, but Cleveland will check down a lot one way or another, using Whittaker's shiftiness in the process. Flex value awaits.

Patriots vs. RB position ( per-game averages)

Rank
G
Avg Pts
RuAtt
RuYds
YPC
RuTD
Rec
ReYds
YPR
ReTD
FumL
28
3
22.7
29.3
145.3
5.0
1.33
2.33
15.0
6.4
0.00
0.3

WRs and TEs

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