Week 16 WR Sleepers and Landmines
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.
John Ross $4,800
Remember when the Bengals were 3-1? AJ was doing his thing, Boyd was becoming a force and Ross would pop up for a random touchdown. Good times. Well AJ is on the IR and Boyd hasn’t been able to practice all week. This should put Ross in place for his best target totals on the season. He has put up four touchdowns over the last six games and the Browns have given up the fourth worst yards per game to wide receivers this season. This is the time of year where young players on bad teams, especially where there will likely be a coaching change, like to put a big game on film to help their chance for consideration next season. – Sal Leto
Tim Patrick $3,800
Life after Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders was supposed to lead to heavy doses of Courtland Sutton. Instead, we have seen fellow rookies DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick step up. Patrick in particular has been a target of Case Keenum’s affection, earning 18 looks the past two weeks and turning them into a strong 12 receptions for 150 yards. The Raiders have respectable numbers against receivers this year, but they have been aided by facing the fewest pass attempts against. There is nothing imposing about this matchup, and Patrick is getting hot at the right time with loads of opportunity available in the Denver passing game. Given the number of receiver injuries and Patrick’s target share, he’s a fine Week 16 play. – Rob Willette
Kenny Golladay $6,700
There’s no doubt he’s the main weapon in this offense now but boy has this offense become a disappointment. Injuries, trades and poor play have rendered this once dangerous pass game below average. Golladay has no doubt showed he has the makings of a big threat player in this league but this week runs into a top flight pass defense that has specifically shit down the slot in recent weeks which is where he did the bulk of his damage a week ago. – Sal Leto
Adam Thielen $8,200
There have been many reasons Adam Thielen has cooled since his scorching start. The most recent development has been the Vikings’ re-commitment to the run game following the ascension of Kevin Stefanski to Offensive Coordinator. While game script is not always going to allow the Vikings to be a voluminous and efficient rushing attack, it should be kind to them this Sunday against a Detroit team who is so limited offensively they may struggle to move the ball past midfield. Rushing volume should be there for Minnesota this Sunday, and limiting Cousins’ attempts is bad news given Stefon Diggs also demands looks on the other side. Thielen will best his 2 for 19 bottoming out from a week ago, but he is no longer the locked-in WR1 he was during the season’s first half. – 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.