Does your fantasy team need help? Have you lost a key player to injury? Every Wednesday, I will bring you the top sleeper picks for the upcoming week in fantasy football that could positively influence your matchup, along with some players that could sink your team if you make the mistake of playing them.
Last week I offered you some tips for how to win a trade in your fantasy league along with a couple of trading pieces. I first told you to trade for Russell Wilson who this week eviscerated a very good New England Patriots team. He greatly outperformed Hall of Famer Tom Brady. Now, this won’t be the norm for him either, but it does prove his year is coming around. I told you to trade away Brandin Cooks, and after one week that doesn’t look like a good call. But I based my decision of of consistency from Cooks, something that he still hasn’t shown.
C.J. Prosise (Running Back – Seattle Seahawks): Starter Thomas Rawls is expected back this week, so Prosise’s carries should see a slight dip. However, with the significance of the injury Rawls is returning from, Prosise should still get his fair share of carries. Last week, Prosise had over 150 yards of total offense against the Patriots. I expect him to keep his momentum going versus the Eagles next week.
Kenny Britt (Wide Receiver – Los Angeles Rams): Britt has had three games of 10 or more points in the last four games, very impressive for a Rams receiver. His last game he put up 109 yards without a touchdown. I’ve always said that yards are a better indicator than touchdowns, so I am taking this as a good sign.
Taylor Gabriel (Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons): Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is having a great season, but he can’t throw the ball to Julio Jones on every play. Enter Taylor Gabriel, a little known wide receiver who has quietly amassed 220 yards and two touchdowns. I don’t trust Gabriel enough to start, but I definitely recommend using a bench spot for him.
Zach Miller (Tight End – Chicago Bears): Alshon Jeffery was just handed a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy. In the wake of this, a couple of players should see an uptick in touches. One of these is tight end Zach Miller. Miller hasn’t put up great numbers this year, but he’s shown explosive ability and will be seeing the ball more.
Cameron Meredith (Wide Receiver – Chicago Bears): Also a beneficiary of the Jeffery suspension, I expect Meredith to see an enormous uptick in targets. Last week, with Jeffery still in the lineup, Meredith had 50 yards and a touchdown. Next week, he plays a spotty Giants defense and and with fewer options Jay Cutler will have to get him the ball.
Mike Wallace (Wide Receiver – Baltimore Ravens): Wallace put up solid numbers in the absence of Steve Smith. But Wallace failed to perform last week with Smith on the field. I expect this trend to continue. Refrain from using him if at all possible.
Jay Ajayi (Running Back – Miami Dolphins): I’m kind of on a boat by myself on this one, but don’t start Ajayi next week. After Ajayi’s last few weeks he is deservedly getting a lot of praise, but his pace is unsustainable. I’m a believer in rising and falling back to the mean. Is Ajayi a good running back? Absolutely. But his pace has him on a historically great track, something I don’t believe he can maintain. He faces the Rams next week. Los Angeles has a top three front seven and I believe they will be the team to contain Ajayi.