Week 16 2018 Fantasy Football Sleepers
By: Dan Turner
Judgement Day has arrived. If you are reading this and are still alive in your league, you must be playing for your championship! You’ve made it this far, through failed draft picks and hurt superstars and bad weeks, all leading up to this point. Now, it is time to take that final step towards championship glory. I also wanted to take this time as we wrap up the fantasy season to thank everyone that has helped me in my inaugural year writing for this site. It has been more fun than I could have imagined, and I’m lucky to be able to write about something I love. I hope I’ve helped you on the road to fantasy glory, and good luck to all players on championship weekend.
QB Sam Darnold- Jets
While playing against the Texans, Darnold managed to put up decent numbers in a pass happy game. He finished with 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns despite facing a top-10 pass defense. Injuries have been mounting to the Jets running backs, so expect Darnold to have to air it out again. While not the most attractive option, there may be plenty of garbage time stats to lift his fantasy ceiling.
RB Jamaal Williams- Packers
Williams stepped in effectively with 55 rushing yards, 42 receiving yards and a 10-yard touchdown run after Aaron Jones went down with a knee injury. Jones may be hurt and may even be lost for the rest of the season. If that is the case, Williams should step in as the bell cow back for the Packers. His bell cow status alone warrants an add in all formats, as he could be a sneaky 20 plus point producer and help win that title.
RB Kalen Ballage- Miami
Ballage got to see his first extended action in an NFL game last week, as Frank Gore got hurt with a knee injury. He ran for a 75-yard rushing touchdown and finished with 123 yards on just 12 carries. Gore may be lost or limited for a game or two, and the coaching staff doesn’t seem to trust Kenyan Drake with the workhorse load. Ballage may be in line for extended touches next week, putting him into the flex conversation.
RB Kenneth Dixon- Ravens
Dixon was supposed to handle an increased workload after Gus Edwards struggled the last couple weeks, but it seems as though he has settled into a more change of pace role. Dixon did ok with his touches, running for 48 yards on 11 carries but only caught one pass on a single target for two yards. If Dixon can provide some pass-catching targets for rookie QB Lamar Jackson, that should put him into flex territory.
WR Daesean Hamilton- Broncos
Hamilton has stepped up with seven catches in each of the 2 games that Emmanuel Sanders has missed since getting hurt. Courtland Sutton was supposed to be the beneficiary of that, but it seems as if Hamilton has vaulted into that role for the Broncos. He had 12 targets last week, and even though they only produced 46 yards, expect that same kind of target share next week. That would put him into the WR3 conversation.
WR Robert Foster- Bills
Everyone has been waiting for Foster to cool off these past couple weeks, and he has just kept on producing. Foster has at least 94 receiving yards in four of his past five games, despite hauling in just 13 catches during that span. Buffalo seems to like airing the ball out to Foster several times a game, and it only takes 1 or 2 of those to connect to have a big fantasy afternoon. Take advantage of Foster’s hot streak and play him as a WR3 this week with WR2 upside.