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Week 15 WR Sleepers and Landmines

by , and • December 14, 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

Jordy Nelson $3,800

Like most pieces of the Oakland offense, veteran WR Jordy Nelson has endured and up and down season. Currently though, Nelson is on the upswing. Two weeks ago, Jordy had a season high ten receptions on 11 targets, finishing as the WR9. He followed that with a respectable 6/48 game last week. This week, Nelson and the Raiders face a Bengals team that has all but given up on the season. The Bengals have allowed 13 top 24 WR games this year including giving up rookie Courtland Sutton’s only good game of the year. – Ryan McDowell

Dede Westbrook $4,500

It’s very likely you had Westbrook on your bench last week just like I did and missed out on a performance that could have won you the week. And justifiably so as the Jags wide receivers have been at best a dart throw all season. The definition of hit or miss Westbrook has six single-digit games and seven double-digit games. The talent is there but can your dart land on the right week. If you are looking for a favorable matchup he has one here against the Redskins who have allowed seven touchdowns to wide receivers over the last three games. – Sal Leto

Robert Foster $4,000

The Bills offense has become, dare I say, exciting? Josh Allen’s renegade style has created some magical moments for the Buffalo offense, and Robert Foster has been one of the big beneficiaries. After making splash plays early in his recent surge, Foster found volume in Week 14 with 8 targets and turned in an impressive 7 catch, 104-yard performance. It was the type of performance which gives you a level of confidence in Foster moving forward, as he showed he is more than just a big play threat with little nuance to his game. A mega-recruit who ended up in Tuscaloosa, Foster has always had skills and looks to be putting his toolkit together. In confluence with a perfect opportunity, it has led to serious results. The Lions are a capable defense against receivers but this offense is hot, at least by Buffalo standards. Foster is an exciting playoff play whose opportunity continues to grow. – Rob Willette

LANDMINES

TY Hilton $7,700

In recent weeks, Colts QB Andrew Luck and WR TY Hilton have been on the same page, leading to some huge performances for both. This week though, the Colts face one of the league’s best defenses in Dallas. We’ve recently seen the Cowboys shut down the Saints high-powered offense and considering Hilton has missed practice this week with an ankle injury, he’s not a sure bet to even play, let alone be effective against the Cowboys big cornerbacks. – Ryan McDowell

Amari Cooper $7,900

It’s so rare to see a mid season trade in the NFL that has such a profound effect on a teams turn around. Cooper has been worth every bit that first round pick as he’s set the league on fire displaying what the Dynasty community (Ryan McDowell) have been preaching about. This week the train will suffer temporary track issues. The Colts are shockingly good at shutting wide receivers down. Not since week four has one gone over 100 yards receiving. It’s been four weeks since anyone had more than four receptions. And over the last five, they let up under a touchdown a game to the position. – Sal Leto

Mike Evans $7,600

Combine dwindling volume with a brutal matchup, and you have a marriage you don’t want to take to the altar. While Evans has a rather robust 111 targets on the season (16th in the NFL) he has rather pedestrian 33 over the past 5 weeks. Jameis Winston has not peppered him with looks to the same degree Ryan Fitzpatrick did. It spells bad news for Evans this weekend against Baltimore, as efficiency is unlikely to be there against one of the league’s most complete defenses, one who is nearly impenetrable at home. Evans can always break a big play, but you’re banking on some fireworks this weekend if Evans is going to return WR1 value. – 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.