If you’re reading this, welcome and congratulations to the fantasy football quarterfinals. It’s week fifteen, so ideally you don’t need to find a wide receiver sleeper. But, if you do, we have our weekly wide receiver sleeper article ready to rock and roll for you. To qualify as a wide receiver sleeper, a player must be available on the waiver wire in over 50% of Yahoo! leagues. For deep league players, we provide a wide receiver sleeper available in at least 90% of leagues.
Sleeper Wide Receiver Option #1:
Lynn Bowden versus New England (25% rostered)
Ideally, you would play Lynn Bowden at running back this week, if your client allows it. The RB/WR rookie finally made his way into the Dolphins’ rotation (mostly due to injuries) two weeks ago against Cincinnati. It was the first time he played more than 22 snaps in a game all year, and he responded with 5 touches for 52 yards. Then, last week, he turned 10 touches into 84 yards. He’s become a phenom because people love that WR/RB eligibility, combined with the decimation of the Dolphins’ passing game, with injuries to DeVante Parker & Jakeem Grant (hamstrings) and Mike Gesicki (dislocated shoulder). The only problem? Bill Belichick versus a rookie quarterback. The Pats crushed Justin Herbert two weeks ago, and he has shown himself to be a better QB than Dolphins’ rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa. Rookie WRs have 25 touchdowns and 42 interceptions against Belichick Patriots teams, so that significantly limits his upside this week. Bowden should do well in PPR leagues and has a shot at a touchdown, but don’t expect a home run out of him.
Sleeper Wide Receiver Option #2:
Chad Hansen at Indianapolis (2% rostered)
Chad Hansen is technically a deep wide receiver sleeper, and his continued low roster percentage stands mostly because of the Texans moving to the practice squad in a bout of roster move shenanigans. He has 21% of their targets over the last two weeks, and he turned those fourteen targets into twelve catches for 157 yards over the last two games. He has a bad matchup this week with the Colts, who allow the seventh-fewest fantasy points against wide receivers… just like he had the matchup against the Colts two weeks ago (7/101). Hansen has produced both with-and-without Brandin Cooks in the lineup over the last two weeks.
Deep League Sleeper Wide Receiver Option:
Kendrick Bourne at Dallas (4% rostered)
Bourne is a desperation play for an offense that struggled to move the ball last week. However, Bourne has at least five targets in five-straight games and had seven targets last week in lieu of Deebo Samuel. He’s filled in for Deebo in the past, going 8/81 against Seattle in week eight. The 49ers passing game is sort of a mess outside of Brandon Aiyuk, but Kendrick Bourne has consistent targets since about Halloween. The Cowboys are a disaster against wide receivers, allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to the position this season. Since their week ten bye, six different wide receivers had at least 10 half-PPR points against them. At least two wide receivers have 10 half-PPR points against them in three of their last five games.
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