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Fantasy Football Sleepers: WR - Week 15 (with video)

By Tim Heaney
Edited by Keith Hernandez

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 Weeks 11 through 14, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

Kansas City Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster
More opps for McCluster

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2

  • The recipient of five-plus looks in three of his last four games (including contests with nine and 12), Hilton has registered 50 or more receiving yards in three of his last four games, and four of his last six. Plus, he's topped the century mark thrice and scored four times since Week 8. He's cemented a weekly role in Andrew Luck and Bruce Arians' wheeling and dealing passing game, even if he sometimes whiffs on fantasy output.
  • It shouldn't take you much convincing to start him in most setups, but Hilton gets an early holiday present when he faces a battered, hole-filled Texans secondary who'll have Johnathan Joseph lined up on Reggie Wayne, most likely. Luck has proven able to replicate or surpass the aerial prowess shown versus this unit by Chad Henne, Matthew Stafford, Jake Locker and, most recently, Tom Brady.
  • The spotty depth, which has contributed to allowing 13.0 catches, 265.0 yards and 1.75 scores per game to this position, should mean a field day for the secondary options. The average allowances of 20.4 yards per grab and 35.8 standard fantasy points are the highest in the league and should reward Hilton.

Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2

  • He rotates snaps with Marvin Jones, but Hawkins has been the slightly safer play. He has seen eight targets in each of his last two games (while compiling 11 catches, 91 yards and a scoring haul), and no fewer than five in five of his last six. He's caught a respectable 65.2 percent of them this year. He doesn't go downfield much, but after a reception, he's dangerous.
  • PPR players should value that dump-off potential if they're looking for a pickup. The ghastly Eagles secondary has been kind to this position all year. Of late, they've allowed 10.0 grabs, 177.8 yards and two scores per contest. The resulting 28.0 average fantasy points make up the second highest figure in the league.

Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders

Fantasy value: High-end No. 3

  • Injured Reserve has Dwayne Bowe's name on it given his rib injury. This opens up KC to try other options. Jonathan Baldwin, Steve Breaston and others will get a shot. McCluster, the shifty two-way commodity, has the most upside as his ways to contribute increase.
  • The Silver and Black will host auditions for the biggest beneficiary. They'll be lenient judges because they've surrendered 11.0 catches, 177.3 yards and 1.25 touchdowns per game to this position. In situations like this, a playmaker of McCluster's caliber can overcome the low standards his performance has set this year.

Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets at Tennessee Titans

Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex

  • With Larry and Mo also playing on this offense, Kerley hasn't done much; his 86 receiving yards on seven catches in Week 12 was his highest total since Week 7 (120). Maybe new-oldcomer Braylon Edwards will draw some attention to give Mark Sanchez more time to do ... whatever he does.
  • Not a bad time to take advantage of this if you're desperate, though. Tennessee ranks tied for eighth with 23.3 fantasy points (standard) coughed up to this position per week: 10.67 catches, 162.3 yards, 1.33 touchdowns.

NEW - Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex

  • Moore has been targeted an average of 6.25 times but has caught only a pair of passes per game. He has averaged 25.8 yards, while hauling in just one touchdown. It hasn't been for a lack of trying, and KC brings a friendly matchup Moore's way.
  • The Chiefs have given up 23.5 standard fantasy points per matchup to wideouts, which ties them for the sixth-most allowed in the past four weeks. Those points are the result of yielding 11.00 catches for 166.0 yards and 1.25 touchdowns per outing.


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