NFL Sleeper Cell Week 16: Christmas Eve Edition
THE 3 UP, 3 DOWN
NFL SLEEPER CELL FANTASY LEAGUE
PRE-WEEK 16 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 16 PICKS
9. Joanna Krupnick - 211.16
Dwayne Allen - TE, New England Patriots
With Gronkowski out this week serving a suspension, look for Dwayne Allen to take his snaps and targets. Seriously. This guy is about to go off.
7. Andrew Wilhelm - 265.82
Kenny Golladay - WR, Detroit Lions
TJ Jones is hurt. I need the Lions to win out. So... this is a homer pick. I’m okay with it.
4. Jake Bridges - 402.75
Blake Bortles - QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
I’m taking Blake Bortles. I no longer have self-respect and am a glutton for punishment. He’s facing a terrible San Francisco 49ers defense, and he has Dede Westbrook and Keenan Cole to throw to. San Fran is 29th against opposing Fantasy QBs this year, which has me licking my chops for the UCF product. I need A LOT of points, so none of you choose Bortles in your lineups, k?!
3. Ned Donovan - 532.46
Paul Richardson - WR, Seattle Seakhawks
Remember the beginning of the season, when both of these teams were talked about as contenders for the NFC championship? My how the mighty have fallen. So why am I picking this game? Because both teams still have playoff aspirations, and the loser of this game is out. Kaput. You're about to see two teams fighting to prove who wants it more, this is the game of the week, in my mind. I was torn about which side to pick, but with the return of a fully healthy Ezekial Elliot, I don't expect Dak to be taking it to the air too much. Enter Paul Richardson. All year he has been the downfield threat for the Seahawks, albeit, quietly. He hasn't really had many games that have blown us away, but I think that changes this weekend. The Cowboys have had a relatively stout pass defense this year, not the best, not the worst, but they know that in order to stop Seattle they have to shut down Doug Baldwin. Usually, that means also shutting down the WR2, Richardson, but I'm relying on the name recognition of Tyler Lockett to leave Richardson considered as the WR3. We haven't seen Wilson airing it out too much this season, but with the season on the line, and Elliot carving up a beat up Seattle D line, I think Richardson is primed for at least one TD and at least one catch of over 40 yards.
2. Justin Colombo - 574.4
Wayne Gallman - RB, New York Giants
I'm going back to Gallman for a very simple reason: Eli Manning. Gallman has seen a solid number of targets and rushing attempts in the past few weeks and I expect that to continue this week. Gallman has a tendency to make the most of every time he touches the ball. That's going to continue. That's in his nature.
1. Andrew O'Neill – 582.82
Mohammed Sanu - WR, Atlanta Falcons
Times are hectic in the Sleeper Cell. Justin was in my rearview but now is creeping up alongside me, like a Fast & Furious race. Since we're both the hero, I can't tell yet who has the NOS.
Times are also hectic in the NFC South, with Atlanta, New Orleans, and Carolina all still vying for the division and playing against each other to finish the season. For the Falcons, the playoffs have begun two weeks early, with a repeat run still in their sights but with no more losses to spare if they are to realize it. The Saints have great corners, and with Sanu working in the middle of the field, he might be the one Matt Ryan turns to most often.