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 10 through 13, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs
No Sanu = More Hawkins
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2
- He was a successful sleeper listing here last week after his six-catch, 116-yard (career best), one-touchdown Week 13 affair against the Oakland Raiders. He's been targeted seven times in each of his last three games, registering 15 receptions for a strong 71.4 conversion percentage. Cleveland's brass has cited Gordon's fast growth from being a second-round supplemental draft pick.
- The Baylor alum might have to line up against Brandon Flowers, but that shouldn't deter you from playing him against this secondary, which has yielded 9.5 catches, 144.3 yards and 1.5 scores per game to wideouts. The 15.2 yards-per-grab average is the fifth highest - that plays right into Gordon's strength in his connection with Brandon Weeden.
Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 2
- Another repeat spin on the sleeper wheel from Week 13: Despite catching just two of his eight looks, Britt found paydirt while also logging 40 yards via passes. The Titans have instituted a more vertically focused and receiver-friendly offense to aid Jake Locker's downfield potency. They've also promised to get Britt more involved as the regular season winds down.
- Expect them to stick to their word versus the secondary-challenged Colts. Indy has been welcoming to this position, having allowed 17.0 catches, 193.5 yards and one goal line crossing per game. The resulting 25.0 average standard fantasy points represents the seventh-highest figure in the league.
Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Fantasy value: High-end No. 3
- Jennings' statistical return in Week 13 (four catches, 46 yards) wasn't spectacular, but he was targeted eight times. Jordy Nelson's departure due to a bum hamstring probably contributed to it, but No. 85's immediate dividends are enough to be positive about his contributions for the fantasy playoffs.
- Nelson is looking like a stretch to play in Week 14, which would give Jennings more chances to strike the Lions, whose defensive backfield has hardly been roaring lately. They've coughed up 13.0 catches, 191.8 yards, 14.8 yards per reception and one six-pointer per game to enemy receivers.
Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- Hawkins benefits from Mohamed Sanu's season-ending foot injury. In the former's return from the sidelines in Week 13, he hauled in five passes for 47 yards - not amazing, but reminding us that he has some involvement upside.
- His after-the-catch talent should be on display for the Cowboys, who've failed to wrangle many wideouts lately. A key injury to slot cornerback Orlando Scandrick (hand) should contribute to the massive openings in the middle of this defense, which Hawkins will abuse.
- Against the position, they've surrendered 13.0 catches, 186.8 yards and 1.5 touchdowns. They'll be worried about A.J. Green, too, which should open things up for Hawkins underneath to boost the speedster's point-per-reception value.
NEW - Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- The 6-foot-3 wideout is the definition of sleeper. He gained valuable chemistry working with Nick Foles on the B team earlier this year. He hauled in five balls for 61 yards in Week 11, only to follow it up with a one-catch, seven-yard day a week ago, before finding the end zone once on his two catches Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. The sure-handed red zone threat is finding more passes come his way with DeSean Jackson (ribs) on Injured Reserve.
- The Bucs have yielded the second-most fantasy points (26.5) per game to the position. Wideouts have averaged 13.00 receptions, 190.0 yards and 1.50 touchdowns per outing.
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