Welcome to the fantasy football playoffs! Things are always changing, so the wide receiver sleepers article will always be here to help you with your wide receiver streaming decisions. We help you out with three wide receiver sleepers who are available in at least 50% of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues. I know, that guy is owned in your league. “Wow, I want to play in that league!” you say. Okay, one of these WR sleepers has sub-10% ownership. There, that should quiet you down.
As always, check and see if someone from Waleed’s Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet slipped through the cracks. If none of those guys are available, go ahead and check out the week fourteen wide receiver sleepers.
Week 14 Wide Receiver Sleeper:
James Washington at Arizona (30% Owned)
JuJu Smith-Schuster said on Wednesday that he will “hopefully be back in time to contribute” to a late-season playoff surge for the Steelers. That tells me that JuJu won’t be on the field Sunday in Arizona Sunday when the Steelers play the Cardinals. That’s a beautiful thing to hear for James Washington owners. If Washington’s production over the last four games came in the first four weeks of the season, then we all would have drained our FAAB for him. He has at least 90 yards and a touchdown in three of his last four games, and his 3/49 game in the weird and wild Thursday Night Football game in Cleveland three weeks ago is his worst performance since Halloween.
This week, Washington takes on an Arizona squad that gives up the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers on the season. Patrick Peterson’s panacea proved to be fools gold, as seven WRs have double-digit fantasy days in the four games since he returned.
Week 14 Wide Receiver Sleeper:
Zach Pascal at Tampa Bay (21% Owned)
It’s looking extremely unlikely that T.Y. Hilton will play Sunday in Tampa Bay. Also, Eric Ebron and Devin Funchess are still dead. That brings the quality, NFL level receivers on the Colts to Jack Doyle, Nyheim Hines, and Zach Pascal. Excepting the game where T.Y. Hilton tried to play, Pascal averages 7.25 targets per game over his last four contests. He turned those targets into 7/109 last week against the Titans.
This week, Pascal gets a Buccaneers squad that literally cannot stop opposing wide receivers from having big days against them. They allow the most fantasy points to wide receivers and have allowed eight double-digit fantasy days to wide receivers in their last five games. They’ve allowed twenty-four wide receivers to get either 70 yards or a score against them, or two per game. There’s plenty of fantasy football value to mine from a guy out there in four-of-five fantasy leagues.
Deep Dive Week 14 Wide Receiver Sleeper:
Russell Gage versus Carolina (10% Owned)
While Russell Gage’s Thanksgiving Day output had as much to do with Julio Jones being out as anything else, Jones was available and on the field for Russell Gage’s 8/76 day against the Buccaneers the week before. What I’m trying to say is don’t let Julio Jones’ return from an injury scare you off of Russell Gage. He’s turned into a decent target option for Matt Ryan since Atlanta traded Mohamed Sanu to New England. Gage has at least nine targets in three-of-five games without Sanu. He’s turned that into back-to-back double-digit fantasy days. Gage gets a Panthers team that just fired Ron Rivera, lost Greg Olsen to a nasty concussion, and put Cam Newton under the knife. They’re a squad that packed it in for the season. Before the Panthers packed it in, they allowed the eleventh-most fantasy football points to wide receivers. The Falcons offense should bounce back, and Gage sits in the middle of that rebound.
Also in consideration:
Anthony Miller versus Dallas (17% Owned)
Unfortunately, we exclude Thursday Night Football from this list to help as many people with wide receiver sleepers as possible. That having been said, if you read this before TNF, consider Anthony Miller. He has 33 targets in his last three games and is averaging 90+ yards per game in that span.
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