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Week 14 QB Sleepers and Landmines

by , and • December 5, 2018

Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.

SLEEPERS

Baker Mayfield $5,900

Even in a tough matchup last week, Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield threw for nearly 400 yards and managed a mid-range QB2 finish despite a disasterous three first-half interceptions. This week, Mayfield is back home to face the struggling Panthers defense, which has given up four teo-ten fantasy finishes in the past five weeks. This should be another high-scoring game, which also benefits Mayfield. – Ryan McDowell

Josh Allen $5,700

For as much as Lamar Jackson has been discussed as a weekly play at quarterback due to his rushing ability, the same has not yet been said for Josh Allen. The Bills’ rookie has 22 rushing attempts 234 yards and a touchdown the past two weeks, setting him up as somebody who creates a tidy fantasy floor due to his rushing prowess. He’s also added in three passing scores in the two games since returning from injury, a modest number yet one which shows he’s not all rushing value; he’s adding points with his arm as well. Much like Jackson, Allen still has limitations as a passer. But you don’t care about that. You care about how many fantasy he can hang on your opponent. In a date with an unimposing Jets’ defense and with a proven high-ceiling, Allen is a great play this weekend. – Rob Willette

LANDMINES

Patrick Mahomes $8,000

It never seems wise to fade Chiefs breakout QB Patrick Mahomes but he faces his toughest matchup of the season against the Ravens this week. They’ve shut down the Falcons and QB Matt Ryan last week and have held Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and many others below expectation. The Chiefs sudden lack of a running threat could be good news or bad news as defenders sell out to stop Mahomes. If there’s a week to sit him, it’s this one. – Ryan McDowell

Russell Wilson $7,200

It is not so much fading Wilson, as it is fading him as the fourth-most expensive quarterback on the slate. Wilson has been great in 2018, remaining a fantasy mainstay despite volume limitations brought on by Seattle’s newfound commitment and success with the running game. He’s found seemingly every Seattle pass-catcher on the roster for a touchdown this season, and has remained a generally high-floor option. Unfortunately, he gets one of his toughest tests to date against a Vikings defense which is banged-up in the secondary and certainly not impenetrable but one who has still ceded the seventh-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. In a game which figures to be close throughout if not in favor of Seattle, there’s little reason to believe volume will carry the day for Wilson. Wilson will get his, but he’s not one of the top quarterback plays this weekend. – Rob Willette

 

Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.