Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 17


Fantasy football sleepers: Quarterbacks

Seneca Wallace, Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Wallace completed 18 of his 25 passes (72 percent) for a mediocre 175 yards and one touchdown in Seattle’s Week 16 win over the New York Jets.
  • It was Wallace’s third straight start; quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (back) is not expected to return for the season finale, which would give Wallace his eighth start of the season.
  • Arizona has surrendered the sixth most passing yards (248.5) and the most passing touchdowns (3.00) per game to this position in the last month.
  • The former University of Iowa State quarterback qualifies as a solid one-week play this week. He is available in about 91 percent of leagues polled.

Matt Cassel, New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Is Cassel auditioning for a big free-agent contract? The former backup has thrown for 563 yards and seven touchdowns versus only one interception over his last two games.
  • Even if it’s cold in Buffalo this weekend, the bad weather didn’t seem to bother him in New England last week. He threw for 345 yards and three scores against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16.
  • He threw for just 234 yards against the Bills in Week 10. However, he did scramble for 22 yards and one score in the game.
  • In the last month, the Bills have faced just one quality passing attack – Week 16 versus the Denver Broncos. In that game, they allowed 359 yards to Denver quarterback Jay Cutler.

Fantasy football sleepers: Running backs

Justin Fargas, Oakland Raiders at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

  • Fargas ran for 93 yards on 22 carries in Week 16. It was only his second time with more than 90 rushing yards in a game since Week 1.
  • Although Tampa Bay’s run defense didn’t allow a 100-yard rusher last week, they have been burned by the opposing running backs to the tune of 146.5 rushing yards allowed per game (fifth most) in the last month.
  • They are also tied for the fifth most rushing touchdowns allowed per game (1.25) to this position in the last month.
  • Expect the Raiders to lean heavily on the run in order to take pressure off quarterback JaMarcus Russell. The former first-round pick enjoyed arguably his finest game of the season last weekend as Oakland was able to establish a solid rushing attack.

Warrick Dunn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Oakland Raiders

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

  • Dunn received just nine carries for 20 yards last week and caught four passes for only 19 yards. The carries were his fewest in a game since Week 8.
  • Oakland has allowed the sixth most rushing yards per game (140.5) to this position in the last month. They are also in a tie for third most total touchdowns allowed per game (2.00) and have surrendered the seventh most yards per carry (4.8) to opposing backs in the last month.
  • Over the last month, Oakland has allowed the second most receiving touchdowns per game (0.75) to this position, which should benefit a pass-catching back such as Dunn.
  • The Raiders possess one of the top pass defenses and one of worst run defenses in the league. Thus, you can expect a heavy dose of both Dunn and running back Cadillac Williams in Week 17.

Darren Sproles, San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos

Fantasy value: Weak No. 3 or flex

  • Sproles ran the ball just twice for three yards last week, though he caught three passes for 46 yards and one score, which came on a 32-yard run and catch.
  • Denver has given up the third most yards per reception (10.9) to this position in the last month.
  • The shifty Sproles, who is averaging 12 yards per reception and has receptions of 18, 32, 23, 25 and 66 yards this year, should be able to exploit that this week.
  • The Broncos rank in eighth in the league in total touchdowns per game (1.50) allowed to this position since Week 13.
  • Sproles ran the ball seven times for 53 yards while catching two passes for 72 yards and one touchdown against the Broncos in Week 12 this year.

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