Fantasy: Week 13 Sleepers

December 02, 2017 - 10:00 pm
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Derek Kramer
@DerekKramerWGR

It's Week 13. For a lot of fantasy football leagues, this is the final game of the regular season. For the minority of leagues, it's still only two or three weeks to playoffs. To say that a win in Week 13 for a fringe playoff team is huge would be the understatement of the year. 

Here are some players that are either available in a decent amount of leagues or stashed on a roster for depth or flex purposes. Here's to hoping they propel you to the postseason! If you have any questions on your lineup, listen to Breakfast with the Bills - Fantasy Style at 7am on Sundays or tweet @DerekKramerWGR or @DiBiaseWGR tomorrow for their advice! 

QUARTERBACK: 
Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings (at Atlanta 1PM)

If you don't feel like reading why Keenum is a great play, it's really this simple, a QB on fire facing a weak defensive unit. 

Keenum is only owned in 57.4% of ESPN leagues, despite torching the league lately. Keenum has thrown for at least 280 yards in each of his last 4 games, with 9 touchdowns in that span. Keenum is fighting to keep a grip on the starting job in Minnesota and is doing so in incredible fashion. In Week 13 he faces Atlanta, a defense with only 3 interceptions in the 2017 season! Keenum takes risks, but has receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs to help him rack up the points. Snag Keenum while you can, he may be the difference between caring about the final weeks of the season or sitting in fantasy purgatory. 

As a matter of fact, I'm starting the man myself with the postseason on the line. Join me in celebration of making the playoffs (or the pit of misery, dilly dilly). 

RUNNING BACK: 
Dion Lewis, New England Patriots (at Buffalo 1PM)

Sorry, Bills. I don't want to be the bad guy here. Look, the Bills always seem to have issues with the Patriots and it's not always because of Tom Brady. Yea, I know, real stretch there. Lewis is owned in a large amount of leagues (87% in ESPN leagues), but is not a consistent play due to how Bill Belichick deploys his running backs. However, lately, the top man is Lewis. In the past three weeks, Lewis has put up at least 10 points per game in even non-PPR leagues. Add in that the Bills have given up points in bunches to running backs this season, it's not a stretch to put Lewis in with confidence this week. 

WIDE RECEIVER: 
Marquise Lee and Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Indianapolis 1PM)

Yes, Blake Bortles flip flops from competent to disaster from week to week. And yes, Lee had a whopping one catch for 13 yards last week. However, the Colts are a terrible football team and Lee can exploit one of the softer defenses in the NFL this week. It may be risky, but Lee (owned in just 57% of ESPN leagues) already put up nice numbers the Colts this season with 4 catches and 72 yards back in Week 7. Westbrook (owned in merely 10% of ESPN leagues) has already reeled in 9 catches in the two games he's been active. Westbrook is more of a PPR format suggestion, but both can be dangerous on Sunday. 

TIGHT END: 
Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders (vs. New York Giants 4:25PM)

With both Amari Cooper (injury) and Michael Crabtree (suspension) both out for this game, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will be looking Cook's way often. While the tight end position has been underwhelming as a whole this season, Cook at least provides upside in a juicy matchup and a situation where he is likely the top target for the Raiders offense. Cook's stats are very up-and-down this season, and he's currently on a down slide over the past two weeks. It all adds up for a random blow up for Cook's stat line. 

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