Week 14 Fantasy Football Breakouts and Week 15 Fantasy Football Sleepers
The Ninja’s Week 14 Sleeper Stats: (PPR Scoring)
Week 13 Sleeper Stats: (PPR Scoring)
QB- Nick Foles= 381 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, 27 rush yards, 1 rush TD. (35 points)
RB- Shonn Greene= 77 rush yards, 1 rush TD. (13 points)
WR- Kevin Walter= (0 points)
Fantasy Football Week 14 Breakout Players:
QB= The Ninja’s Breakout QB in week 14 was Philadelphia Eagle Nick Foles. Foles was the Ninja’s week 14 sleeper QB and turned in the best QB performance of week 14 as he threw for 381 yards, 2 passing TDs, 27 rushing yards, and 1 rushing TD as he led his Eagles to their first win in 8 weeks. Since Foles has been named the starter for Philly he has gotten better each week and had his best game of his career last Sunday vs. the struggling Buccaneer pass defense. Foles week 15 matchup is not as friendly as he goes up against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football who are currently ranked in the top ten around the league at stopping the pass as they only give up 222 yards a game through the air. If you have a game this week you are into the second round of your leagues playoffs and probably do not have any problems at the QB position. However, if you are looking for Foles to be your guy because of last week’s performance you should look elsewhere as the majority of his success came from virtue of a great matchup.
RB= The Ninja’s Breakout RB in week 14 was New York Giant David Wilson. Wilson ran for a career high 100 yards and 2 rushing TDs last week against the New Orleans Saints. Wilson also added 227 return yards and a kick return for a TD which brought his overall fantasy total to 37 points and well into the forties in leagues that use accelerators. Wilson is expected to see more carries after his explosive week 14 performance and with Ahmad Bradshaw undergoing tests on his knee Wilson’s stock seems to be rising. If Bradshaw is cleared to play he will be the Giants starting RB but look for Wilson to receive anywhere from 12-17 carries against the NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons who give up 127 yards a game on the ground. The Giants have wanted Wilson to take on a bigger role in the offense all year but due to his early season fumbling issues this has not been the case. It looks like Wilson has fixed the fumbling problem and should be more involved in the Giants’ offense from here out.
WR= The Ninja’s Breakout WR in week 14 was Chicago Bear Brandon Marshall. Marshall continued his season long dominance this past Sunday as he ripped up the Minnesota Vikings secondary for 10 receptions, 160 receiving yards, and a TD. Marshall has pushed his fantasy point lead to 20 over Calvin Johnson and is comfortable in first place with 288 fantasy points on the year. Marshall has now surpassed the 100 catch mark and the 1,300 yard mark on the season while being one touchdown shy of 10 on the year. The Bears are taking on the division rival Green Bay Packers this week who are currently ranked 16th in the league at stopping the pass and are decimated with injuries on all three layers of the defense (lineman, linebackers, secondary). Look for Marshall to have another big game.
Fantasy Football Week 15 Sleepers:
QB= The Ninja’s Sleeper QB in week 15 is Cleveland Brown Brandon Weeden. Weeden can be a good plug in for fantasy owners that our in a tight spot this week and should put up anywhere from 15-20 points against the struggling Washington Redskins pass defense. Weeden only threw for 217 yards last Sunday vs the Kansas City Chiefs but had the offense in the red zone three separate times as the opportunity for a TD was there. The Browns lead most of the second half and ran the ball on the majority of offensive plays which hindered Weeden’s opportunity to add to his stat line. Weeden has been playing better of late and did not turn the ball over last week which is a good sign for Browns fans. Weeden is currently available in 87% of leagues according to Yahoo Sports and has a favorable matchup this week against the Washington Redskins who are currently ranked 31st in pass defense as they give up 289 yards a game in way of the pass.
RB= The Ninja’s Sleeper RB in week 15 is Detroit Lion Joique Bell. Bell rushed for 49 yards last Sunday vs. the Green Bay Packers and added 5 catches for 47 yards to bring his fantasy total to 13 points. Mikel Leshoure (the Lions RB Bell shares time with) received 14 carries last week compared to Bell’s 12 but rushed for the same amount as Bell with 49 yards. Bell has proven over the past couple of games that he can catch the ball coming out of the backfield and this may keep Bell on the field more moving forward as the Lions are thin at the wide receiver position. Bell has a great matchup this week against the Arizona Cardinals who give up 140 yards a game on the ground and are currently ranked 30th in the league at stopping the run. Bell can be a solid play at the third running back position or in the flex spot this week for your team and should score anywhere from 12-15 points with the capability to reach 20.
WR= The Ninja’s Sleeper WR in week 15 is Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Williams. Williams is coming off of a quiet week where he only scored 10 fantasy points and if not for catching a TD pass would have only scored 4 points. Williams ended the day with 3 catches for 18 yards and a TD but did receive seven targets which make fantasy owners breathe easy. As long as William’s keeps getting his targets he should keep performing, especially this week as he faces the New Orleans Saints secondary which is ranked 30th in the league at stopping the pass. Williams and Freeman have found a rhythm this year that simply was not there last year and the presence of Vincent Jackson lined up on the other side does not hurt any. Look for Freeman and Williams to stay in rhythm this Sunday vs. the Saints as Williams should put up anywhere from 13-20 points and is a solid play at the flex position this week.
Deep Sleeper of the Week:
Carson Palmer (Available in 38% of leagues)
QB- Drew Brees, Josh Freeman, Colin Kaepernick
RB- Doug Martin, Reggie Bush, Chris Johnson
WR- Marques Colston, Dwayne Bowe, Roddy White
QB- Tony Romo, Jake Locker, Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB- Marc Ingram, Donald Brown, Stevan Ridley
WR- Wes Welker, Dez Bryant, Randall Cobb
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