Welcome to Madden NFL 2018. That’s what you would think was happening, as the Monday night game was contested like the difficulty was set to rookie. Kansas City and the Rams put together a record-setting game, totaling over 100 points all while doing their best Big 12 impersonations on defense.
Finders Sleepers Week 12
By Dan Turner
If you had a roster comprised solely of Rams and Chiefs, you probably scored about 500 points. The designers of the rules to limit defense must have had a big party because this is the kind of game the public will be talking about for some time. The problem is that both KC and LA are on bye this week, so neither high scoring offense will be available to fantasy players. In the wake of that, let’s look at some other players that have rebounded, surprised, or popped out of nowhere to see if we can find the right combination to help you overcome the loss of your top players.
QB Jameis Winston- Tampa Bay
Winston came on as a sub after Fitzmagic ran out of tricks, throwing 3 interceptions against the lowly Giants before being benched. Winston proceeded to light NY up, throwing for almost 200 yards and 2 touchdowns despite not playing a full game. Tampa has the 49ers up next, and their defense isn’t exactly the ‘85 Bears. Jameis has a plethora of weapons at his disposal, so taking a shot with him as a high ceiling play would be beneficial for teams still in the playoff hunt.
RB Gus Edwards- Baltimore
Talk about coming out of nowhere. The Ravens were expected to start a flashy rookie in their week 11 game, but no one had any idea that Gus Edwards would take some of the spotlight off Lamar Jackson. Jackson had a good game ( a week 11 Sleeper!), but it was Edwards who proved he should have a much bigger role going forward, as he totaled 115 yards and a touchdown on just 17 carries. The future looks bright for this young man, and he should be considered an add in all formats going forward.
WR Willie Snead- Baltimore
Many people were worried that the switch in QB from Flacco to Jackson would have an adverse effect on the passing game of Baltimore, and to be fair that was the case for most of the game. Snead was one of the few options that were not impacted negatively, catching 5 balls for 51 yards, a solid ten points in PPR. Going forward, look to see about the rapport that is being built between Jackson and Snead, and see if you can snag him on waivers or as a last minute trade target if you are hurting for some WR depth.
WR DJ Moore- Carolina
Welcome to breakout city, population DJ Moore. After a slow start to his career, Moore finally had his breakout game in week 11, going for 157 yards and a touchdown on just 7 catches. Moore has snatched up #1 WR role in Carolina and should be seen no lower than a WR3 in the coming weeks. He has a favorable schedule going into the fantasy playoffs as well. If he is somehow on your waiver wire, snatch him up immediately.
WR Marcell Altman- Oakland
Marcell Altman was given a chance this past week because injuries have decimated the WR corps of the Raiders. Altman had a solid debut in a prominent role, securing 4 catches for 50 yards. Oakland’s season has been over for a while, so it would behoove them to see what they have going forward with their young WR. Altman should be added as a speculative flex play that could be useful if more prominent wideouts sit during the fantasy playoffs.
TE Cameron Brate- Tampa Bay
The injury to star TE OJ Howard has opened the door for Brate to resume duties as a key part of the Bucs’ offense. Brate was a favorite for Winston, especially around the end zone before Howard broke out, so look for him to reclaim that role. While he is TD dependent, he should be getting enough work in the coming weeks to warrant starting consideration for your squad, especially in light of how shallow the TE pool is this year. Grab him if available.