NFL Sleeper Cell Week 15: The One Where We All Try To Win
THE 3 UP, 3 DOWN
NFL SLEEPER CELL FANTASY LEAGUE
PRE-WEEK 15 LEADERBOARD
HOW IT WORKS
Each week our writers will make one sleeper pick each, in the hopes of that guy pulling through and exploding for a big week. We'll note reasons why we like that player over another so on and what not. Each writer will accrue points every week from their pick, but there's a catch.
Since it’s about sleepers, we’re going to take the DraftKings ownership percentage and subtract that amount of points. For example, if you select Drew Brees as your pick and he scored 50 points, but his ownership is at 50%, you’ll only score 25. If your Running Back, Wide Reciever, Tight End, or Defense's ownership is under 5%, your points will multiply, 5% is multiplied by 1.5, 4% by 2, 3% by 3, 2% by 4, 1% by 5, and less than 1% by 6. For Quarterbacks, the multipliers are halved, 4% by 1.25, 3% by 1.5, 2% by 2, 1% by 2.5, and less than 1% by 3.
At the end of the season, the top 2 writers with the most points will split a $100 prize pool $75/$25.
WEEK 15 PICKS
9. Joanna Krupnick - 168.36
Randall Cobb - WR, Green Bay Packers
Cobb has been quiet this year and I attribute that to the severe lack of Aaron Rodgers in Wisconsin. Well... guess who's back this week? That's right. Aaron Rodgers and RANDALL COBB.
8. Meg Schneider - 196.66
Marcus Mariota - QB, Tennessee Titans
Okay. I'm going with Marcus Mariota this week, for a couple reasons. I drafted him early, for lots of money, in my dynasty league because I believe in him and the Ducks. (The power of Puddles!!) Also, he has a ton of heart and I think he should have already been having a better season than he is. This is the most explanation I've given a pick thus far and I stand by it...mostly because of Puddles. Please insert a picture of Puddles. Do people know that that's the mascot of Oregon? Important
7. Andrew Wilhelm - 261.01
Jordy Nelson - WR, Green Bay Packers
Because of A A Ron.
6. Kevin Morin - 318.42
Corey Coleman - WR, Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon is back and he’s drawing coverage. Baltimore gave up 39 points last week. Here’s hoping.
5. Ryan Kelly - 382.42
Ricky Seals-Jones - TE, Arizona Cardinals
Welp... probably should have been doing this the whole time. Going back to my fantasy football bench and picking Ricky Seals-Jones, who will likely score at least two TDs because I'm not playing him. The only thing I can count on reliably is the mocking of the fantasy football gods, so there may be no absolute lock of a sleeper pick than the most obscure of the seven guys on my bench.
4. Jake Bridges - 399.72
Dede Westbrook - WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Just call me the Kansas City Chiefs of this competition because the wheels have come off in the blink of an eye. After being ahead of the pack for most of the year, I’m just trying to salvage respectability at this point. That being said, I’m going with Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook. He’s a hot waiver wire add this week for teams in the playoffs in season-long leagues, and I’m following suit in this format because he’s red hot. He’s leading the Jaguars in receptions and yards over the last month with double-digit points in 3 straight contests. The Texans are in the bottom 10 in the NFL in yards given up to opposing WRs this year, and so I expect a big day from Bortles’ new favorite target. The Jags are also trying to secure their first playoff spot since like 1936, so I’d expect them to be very aggressive against the Texans.
3. Ned Donovan - 508.46
Ryan Grant - WR, Washington Redhawks
Alright, this thing where I pick WR2/3 on teams with favorable matchups worked well two weeks ago and then did NOT last week. Let’s go for broke and do it again.
Enter Ryan Grant. This dude has been quietly performing all year. He has at least one reception in every game, he’s got 4TDs, and he tends to hover near the 30-yard mark each game. Sounds like a candidate for a breakout game to me. What else does he have going for him? I’m glad you asked. Arizona is middle of the pack when it comes to Pass Defense in pretty much every metric — Total Season Yards, Yards/Attempt, TDS Allowed, INTs, etc. why does that give me hope? It means that they’re good enough to cover a #1 receiver, but they’re not well rounded enough to compete when a quarterback can go through his progressions. Kirk Cousins? Dude knows how to check down a pass. Now the wild card here is will Crowder be covered and leave Doctson open, or vice versa? Are the Cardinals good enough to only cover 1? No I don’t think so. I think Ryan Grant operates as the safety valve to the passing game that keeps the Redskins running to a victory.
2. Justin Colombo - 514.4
Jarvis Landry - WR, Miami Dolphins
Couple of things here. First off, Andrew O'Neill is my cousin. He's my oldest cousin and whether it was because my brothers and his brothers were the same age or them being my first male cousins, I consider his family to be closest to my own. We would even spend time at their amazing house in New Hampshire when we were kids. Some of my most cherished memories were spent there, like the time I almost died on their trampoline, or when we slept in their camper, or seeing Austin Powers 3: Goldmember in a Drive-In movie theater, or even the time that my younger brother Dan terrorized their rooster so much in a three-day span that it had to be shot. (Sorry if I'm outing you on this one, Dan.... but like we're adults now and like... you should own that.) Why is any of this important? One reason...
... I want to crush Andrew this week.
Secondly, I'm in the semi-finals of the Kinky Boots Fantasy Football League. YES. BROADWAY SHOWS HAVE FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUES. In fact, it's one of the most cutthroat, no-nonsense leagues I have been in. Seriously. Imagine being a lead role in a Broadway show only to have a crew member whisper to you that Greg Olsen just went to the locker room with a leg injury or look you dead in the face and say "Those Latavius Murray points that are sitting on your bench are starting to pile up, huh?" and then performing a scene in front of 1.000 plus people. That happens. It happens a lot. I have very rarely made it to the finals of any league and I am hell bent on getting there this year. What does this have to do with Jarvis Landry? He's the weak spot on my squad and I need him to pull through.
So I'm picking Landry to go off this week not because I think he'll go off, but because I NEED HIM TO BE A BEAST THIS WEEK SO I CAN WEAR HIGH HEELED BOOTS AND FEEL PROUD OF MYSELF FOR WINNING 7 WEEKS IN A ROW AND CLIMBING TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN.
1. Andrew O'Neill – 571.62
Tyler Lockett - WR, Seattle Seahawks
You never know what you'll get from a Seahawks game, a game of HORSE between the kickers or a display of offensive fireworks. One thing that's certain is Russell Wilson is having the most prolific season of fourth quarters in NFL history, and at home in a huge division game v. the depleted secondary of the L.A. Rams, expect to see Russ and Co. get loose. Lockett doesn't see the ball a lot, but when he does its in attempt of a big play. And in the Sleeper Cell, it only takes one.