2015 Fantasy Football: Week 16 Deep Sleepers
Everybody knows to start Adrian Peterson, Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. In this article we will be covering deep sleepers., guys that a lot of people may be able to find on their waiver wire. If you’re desperate for an emergency play or a cheap DFS option, this is where you find those guys. Just remember all these guys are longshots. Don’t bench your stars for them!
QB Kellen Moore, DAL
The Cowboys have mercifully sat down the nightmarishly terrible Matt Cassel after he took a 19-yard sack last week and threw an interception so bad that he was penalized for intentional grounding. While Moore made two awful blunders on interceptions, he actually ignited the offense a bit and moved the ball downfield. He certainly deserves some attention as a deep sleeper option this week. Dez Bryant continues to get healthier and the Bills defense has been a major disappointment this season. They have lost their No. 1 cornerback Stephon Gilmore, and they’re really not all that good at slowing down the passing attack. The vanishing production of Mario Williams has had a catastrophic impact on the front seven. Moore may make a handful of mistakes, but he should also make plays as well. That’s something no quarterback has been able to do in Dallas this season. Moore is not an ideal option, nonetheless, he has upside and is a deep sleeper.
RB Mike Gillislee, BUF
LeSean McCoy tore his MCL last week and both Gillislee and Karlos Williams handled four carries a piece. Gillislee rushed for 81 yards and a TD, while Williams totaled just 41 yards. Williams was returning from a shoulder injury and was utilized cautiously. All of a sudden many owners are undecided between the two RBs. If Williams is healthy, he is by far the superior player. Do not kid yourself, the talent level is not comparable between the two. Everything seems to point to Williams being a full go on Sunday. Nevertheless, although Gillislee does not have close to the upside of Williams, he is worth a deep sleeper look. It’s possible he completely falls flat. Still, it’s also possible Williams is more hurt than expected and he could have a very good outing. The Bills are the top rushing team in the NFL and the absence of McCoy will not discourage Rex Ryan from running the ball. The Cowboys are allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. There will be plenty of fantasy points to go around amongst the Bills’ backfield options.
WR Rishard Matthews, MIA
Matthews is expected to return this week and will take his starting job back from rookie DeVante Parker. Apparently everyone has forgotten about this guy. I’ve seen him ranked outside of the top 100 on multiple sites. Need I remind you that he piled up 43 receptions for 662 yards and four touchdowns in just 10 games before injuring his ribs. He should be a sleeper at worst, nonetheless, he has been virtually disregarded by everyone. Well not me. I’m here to remind you that Matthews is still a starting receiver and is expected back this week. To make him even more intriguing, he’s a WR2 playing against the Indianapolis Colts, where WR2’s flourish. With Vontae Davis on the top wideout, Matthews should be able to exploit a despondent Colts pass defense outside of Davis. There other corners are all utterly inept. If you are searching for a wideout and Matthews is available, he’s a must-add.
TE Tim Wright, DET
Wright is definitely a deep deep sleeper, but he is worth mentioning. With Brandon Pettigrew out for the season with a torn ACL, Wright will be active and could see targets. It’s also very possible he doesn’t catch a pass, however, Matthew Stafford has targeted him in the end zone this season when he was standing in for either Pettigrew or Eric Ebron. The hope is he can catch two or three passes and maybe one of them is in the end zone. Wright is owned in very few leagues so he should be available in even the deepest of leagues. If you’re in a 14-team league that starts two TEs, odds are you can still pick him up. I went very deep with this one, still, it may be necessary with all the injuries to an already thin position.