Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 13
Taysom Hill (QB) New Orleans Saints
By the time you’re reading this Hill’s status for Thursday Night Football has probably been cleared up, but all signs point to him taking over the job this week. We are just awaiting confirmation regarding his health. Last season when he took over as the starter in Drew Brees’s absence he was consistently putting up QB1 numbers most weeks thanks to his rushing baseline giving him both a high floor and ceiling. If he is on your waivers he should be added before TNF kicks off. He’s an outstanding backup and streaming option with the potential to become your QB1. Go scoop him up and throw him in your lineup if you need a QB.
Teddy Bridgewater (QB) Denver Broncos
Bridgewater is far from a world-beater, however, he has had his flashes and in a matchup this week against the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football he has his shot to put up big fantasy numbers. Despite the Chiefs’ offense not quite putting up the points we expected and their defense not being quite as atrocious as they were earlier in the season, this is still an ideal matchup for Teddy. He also has his full complement of weapons which hasn’t happened often this season. If you are scrounging through your waiver wire for some reprieve at the quarterback position Bridgewater is a nice option to slide into your lineup.
Jermar Jefferson (RB) Detroit Lions
With D’Andre Swift sidelined for at least this week and potentially more moving forward, Jefferson slides into the RB2 role in Detroit. Jamaal Williams is the obvious plug-in-play for Swift, but that doesn’t mean Jefferson won’t have value and we’ve seen flashes from him already this season with limited opportunities. Detroit likes to use two backs and Williams has had injury issues this season. Jefferson is a risky option but shouldn’t be ignored in DFS tournaments and as a potential Sunday morning stash.
Qadree Ollison (RB) Atlanta Falcons
Ollison had a breakout game two games back with Cordarrelle Patterson and unfortunately was unable to suit up last week due to injury. He’s back at practice and looking good for Week 13. There is a real chance he takes over the role Mike Davis has blundered away with his miserable showing this season. If Ollison can fully take over that role there is plenty of value to be had. He has the potential for double-digit carries and a handful of targets. The question then becomes what can he do with them? While the offense, in general, is a big part of the team’s shortcomings on the ground, I expect he’d outperform anything Davis has accomplished this season.
Phillip Lindsay (RB) Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins claimed Lindsay off waivers last week and immediately integrated him into their offense. His touches were very limited in the first half, but he ended up getting 12 carries for 42 yards. The concern is that most of those carries came with Miami up by three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. At the very least he likely will take over the Salvon Ahmed RB2 role, who was a healthy scratch just two weeks ago. Lindsay is still clearly behind Myles Gaskin and not a threat in the passing game, nevertheless, he could be in line for double-digit carries and potential goal-line work. We also have evidence that he is the clean-up back and with Mike Glennon starting for the Giants against the Dolphins this week, this game could get ugly in a hurry.
Josh Reynolds (WR) Detroit Lions
All offseason we questioned who was the Lions’ wideout to own this season. Turns out it was none of them. However, Reynolds was waived by the Titans in season, which appeared to be a mutual decision. This past week he may have separated himself as the WR1 there with a three catch, 70 yards, and a TD day while leading their receivers with five targets. He is risky, but he also takes on a Vikings’ secondary this week who is allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts. If you are rolling with any Lions’ pass-catcher this week, Reynolds is your best bet.
Jauan Jennings (WR) San Francisco 49ers
Deebo Samuel was ruled out almost immediately this week and the team announced that Jennings would be sliding in as the WR2. We saw him come on late last week with three targets and a touchdown reception after Samuel left injured. This week the 49ers take on the Seahawks who are a dumpster fire right now on all sides of the ball. The 49ers will have to manufacture a lot of missing offense this week without Samuel and I believe they will be able to do just that. I expect Jennings to be near the top of the team in targets and hopefully, they look for him around the end zone again this week. Both the matchup and opportunity are there for him.
Jack Doyle (TE) Indianapolis Colts
Doyle was the TE1 last week seemingly out of nowhere. And while it was a shock and I don’t expect the same results this week, he has been fully taking over the TE1 job in Indianapolis. It looked like Mo Alie-Cox may finally be breaking out earlier in the season, but Doyle now looks like he’s managed to hold him off for yet another year. Last week he caught six of his seven targets for 81 yards and a TD, while Alie-Cox caught one pass for eight yards. The previous week was much of the same as Doyle led the team with 30 receiving yards to Alie-Cox’s zero. It continues like this back to Week 9. This is Doyle’s job and he’s the second-best option in this passing attack right now.
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