With four teams (Patriots, Colts, Eagles, and Dolphins) saying their goodbyes and plenty of teams in multiple tournaments, Week 14 was a week that was sure to terrify many – especially owner Jonathan Taylor. Identifying the sleepers will be important to not only Taylor owners, but Jalen Hurts owners Jaylen Waddle, Mike Gesicki and Damien Harris – not to mention those with injured players and multiple D/ Common STs. More than ever, owners will be looking for one-week streamers as we move towards the fantasy knockout.
As always, we’re here to help you identify specific below-allowed values for this week. Whether it’s with players on your roster or those sitting on the ropes giving up, there are always guys, such as recent breakouts D’Onta Foreman and Taysom Hill, with sneaky messes. Lush is ready to join your squad and be on our Week 14 fantasy sleepers list.
It should be noted that any of our selections maybe bust this week, but also good studs. We’re taking some opportunities here, because we don’t want to make anyone too obvious. A list of easy choices won’t do anyone any good. You won’t start the ones below over consistent, proven manufacturers, but you probably won’t be looking for fantasy sleepers if your lineup is already established. Even so, however, our list of players can help you find value in DFS competitions, as the prices of these players are affordable.
In Week 13, we beat RB with Matt Breida and Boston Scott, though weather and illness certainly played a role in both’s struggles. However, it was the sleepiest week of the year for us. Kenny Golladay, Rashod Bateman, Jauan Jennings, Foster Moreau and Tyrod Taylor are a few of our big mistakes, but we’ll move on to the next playthrough and try to correct our mistakes.
Week 14 Dream Sleepers: Running Back
D’Onta Forman & Dontrell Hillard, Titans vs. Jaguars (Jackson Sparks). It’s virtually impossible to tell where the Titans’ RB has an advantage here, but both can be seen as versatile options in a heavy game scenario combined with a lot of Ryan Tannehill’s bugs. This game is struggling without AJ Brown (chest), and even with Julio Jones (hamstring) playing, Tennessee should rely on their explosive RBs to equalize this one. Team Jags gives the 10th most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to RB, so both can produce solid numbers like they did with New England in Week 12.
Rex Burkhead, Texas vs. Seahawks (Vinnie Iyer). This may not sound like an inspiring choice, but Burkhead has the opportunity in the next few weeks to wrap up the season in some more favorable location for the running game. He also gets some checks in junk time.
Chuba Hubbard, Panthers and Falcons (Matt Lutovsky). We had Mark Ingram here at first, but after he got on the reserve/COVID list, we’re redirecting to another NFC South that’s back up and running. With Christian McCaffrey (ankle) out, Hubbard is an obvious choice, but with Ameer Abdullah recently getting more playing time, some may be worried about Hubbard. We still think he’ll see the majority of touches, and against an Atlanta defense that allows FPPG 10th to RB, Hubbard will have his RB2 level of success.
Week 14 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Quartet
Taysom Hill, Saints @ Jets (Sparks). Hill had a lousy day against Dallas but managed to get up for 101 meters and cause two touchdowns. The Jets’ defense was terrible against almost all positions, and any QB that can actually go more than 40 yards has a safe spot. Especially if Hill gets the rush job in the red zone, he’ll be QB1 again.
Cam Newton, Panthers and Falcons (Iyer). Newton loves playing against Atlanta because his hometown team’s defense tends to be bad, and the most recent game was no exception. He should feel it more in the passing game after goodbye in a new offense.
Taylor Heinicke, Washington vs. Cowboys (Lutovsky). Heinicke has played solidly, if not consistently this year, and his ability to dive in unappreciated gives him enough points to be playable in games like these. Dallas allowed the FPPG to finish 11th for QB, so Heinicke should have a chance to build his solid total in two of the past three games.
Week 14 Fantasy Soccer Sleepers: Wide Receiver
Jamison Crowder, Jets vs. Saints (Sparks). Corey Davis (core) will undergo season-ending surgery, so Crowder will see his ranking rise for the rest of the season. He’s always had the potential to take five plus targets, and since the Saints gave up the fourth-placed FPPG for WRs, Crowder not only has a safe floor, but a decent ceiling. (Update: With Elijah Moore also sidelined with a quadriplegia, Crowder is even more likely.)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers vs. Bears (Iyer). The Bears stinks in second place away from Jaylon Johnson, so this MVS shout out will do a long play or two to get Davante Adams’ attention.
Jalen Guyton, The Charger and the Giant (Lutovsky). Guyton had a big game last week, but the reason he’s on this list is because his role would increase if Keenan Allen (sub/COVID) was absent. The Giants are below average compared to the WR, and we know the Charger will keep cutting it regardless of available password catchers. (Update: Allen is out.)
Week 14 Fantasy Soccer Sleepers: Tight Ending
Gerald Everett, Seahawks @ Texans (Spark). Everett has hit 36 goals in six games with Russell Wilson, and he’s hit that target with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett over the past few weeks. He was targeted twice in the red area against Arizona, but he ended up dropping a pass and fumbling for another catch at the one-yard line. Hopefully, Wilson will still trust him, and he’ll have a great day against a defense that stopped sixth-worst TE in Houston.
Evan Engram, Giants @ Chargers (Iyer). Throw-in from the corners and against the full-backs is the best way to move the ball over the Chargers, so Engram should make lots of short passes in wasted time.
Austin Hooper, Browns @ Ravens (Lutovsky). Two weeks ago, we picked Hooper as the sleeper against Raven, and he was immediately eliminated. We’ll be back at the well this week – and not just because it’s a good match. Harrison Bryant (ankle), who caught three passes from 50 yards in that game, is likely to be disqualified, and David Njoku (sub/COVID), who caught three from close range 35-gauge cups and scoring, can also not work. That should make Hooper take in all the delay, which should translate into solid stats.
Week 14 Fantasy Soccer Sleepers: Defensive
Seattle Seahawks @ Texans (Spark). Seattle will be a top streaming D/ST regardless of Houston’s quarterback. The Texans give up the fifth most FPPGs for D/STs and have perhaps the worst “real life” offense in the league.
Green Bay Packers vs. Bears (Iyer). Fuel them up for an emotional start to the house that’s about to say goodbye. Packers should attack the opponents they own at night, during the day, and at any other time.
Los Angeles Charger vs. Giant (Lutovsky). The Giants could take Jake Fromm down in QB, but whether it’s him, a concussion Mike Glennon, or a Daniel Jones (neck), the Chargers defense should take advantage of a very favorable home game. this.