Fantasy football sleepers: WR - Week 17

by Tim Heaney on December 29, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT


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 13 to Week 16, unless otherwise noted.

Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

Austin Collie, Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills

Fantasy value: No. 1 or No. 2

  • The Colts already angered the fantasy football world when they yanked some offensive studs in the third quarter of Week 16. Collie had 10 targets in that game; he was looked at 18 times in the previous three games combined, so he has already been involved. If Indy rests their offensive guns again, Collie would benefit.
  • Buffalo has yielded 10.75 catches, 138.5 yards and 1.25 touchdown grabs to this position per game. Hopefully Curtis Painter could do damage if Peyton Manning can't run the offense. He would probably look to Collie often over the middle, along with other short-range options.
Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3

    LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, San Diego Chargers
    No more Steve Smith for Carolina
  • Wideout Steve Smith (arm) is out for Week 17, meaning Moose will probably assume more targets. He has only seen seven in his last two games combined. New quarterback Matt Moore looked toward Smith feverishly.
  • The Saints have locked up the top spot in the NFC, meaning they may decide to rest some hobbled players, including playmaking free safety Darren Sharper (knee). New Orleans has already allowed opposing passing games to thrive: Wideouts have averaged 12.75 grabs, 191.3 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game against N'awlins.
  • Smith's injury and a potentially voluntarily lacking opposition make Moose a final-week rental. He's available in about 86 percent of polled leagues.
Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers vs. Washington Redskins

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

  • Vincent Jackson will probably see fewer reps with the Bolts clinching a playoff berth. The 6-foot-5 Floyd will have more chances to cause matchup problems with Washington's spotty secondary, which has given up ample big plays this year.
  • The 'Skins have allowed 11.50 catches, 154.5 yards and 1.50 touchdowns per contest to opposing receivers.
  • Floyd should be added because his matchup and his probable increased workload. He's available in about 76 percent of polled leagues.
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