Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 14

In this article KFFL breaks down 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 that you wouldn’t necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

Brett Favre, New York Jets at San Francisco 49ers

Fantasy value: Weak No. 1

  • Favre had a rough go of things in Week 13, completing a season-low 53.5 percent of his passes for 247 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.
  • It was the third time this year the veteran has failed to throw a touchdown pass in a game.
  • Despite a strong showing this past Sunday, the 49ers still rank dead last in the league in passing yards allowed per game (292.3) to opposing quarterbacks during the past month.
  • Look for Favre to bounce back following New York’s disappointing home loss to the Denver Broncos.

Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots

Fantasy value: Weak No. 1 or bench

  • The Seahawks were run off the field on Thanksgiving Day, but Hasselbeck showed some life, passing for a season-high 287 yards.
  • He struggled in the red zone, though, and failed to throw for a touchdown for the third time in seven starts this season.
  • New England was throttled at home in Week 13. They have yielded 224.5 passing yards and two touchdown passes per game to enemy signal callers during the past month.
  • The Pats have allowed three straight quarterbacks to throw for multiple touchdowns against them.

Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs

Warrick Dunn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • The diminutive back carried the load in Week 13, toting the rock 22 times for 74 yards.
  • Tailback Cadillac Williams (knee) returned in that game but carried the ball on just four occasions, though he did score a touchdown.
  • Carolina has allowed 157.5 total yards per game to opposing backs during the past four weeks, good for eighth most in the league.
  • Dunn ran 22 times for a season-high 115 yards against the Panthers in Tampa Bay’s Week 6 dismantling of Carolina.

Tim Hightower, Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams

Fantasy value: Weak No. 2 or strong No. 3

  • Hightower has really struggled since running for 109 yards in Week 9 – in his last four games, the rookie has amassed just 85 rushing yards combined on 42 carries, a miserable 2.0 yards per carry.
  • The good news is that his 109-yard effort came against the Rams, who visit Arizona this Sunday.
  • In the past month, the Rams have surrendered 198.6 total yards (second most) and 2.25 touchdowns (tied for second most) per game to opposing running backs.
  • This looks like a good week for Hightower to get back on track.

Le’Ron McClain, Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Redskins

Fantasy value: Weak No. 2 or strong No. 3

  • With running back Willis McGahee watching from the sidelines, McClain carried the ball a career-high 25 times this past Sunday. It marked his second straight game with better than 85 yards rushing.
  • Head coach John Harbaugh has indicated all three backs – McClain, McGahee and Ray Rice – will continue to see touches down the stretch, which makes it difficult to be certain who will get the majority of the carries in a given week, though McClain has seen most of them recently. Keep in mind that Harbaugh said the Ravens intend to lean on McGahee a good bit down the stretch.
  • Only six clubs have allowed more total yards per game to opposing backs than the Redskins (162.3) over the last month.

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