Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings: Sleepers That Deserve a Chance To Start

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 02:  Running back Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers scores a touchdown as free safety Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens tries to tackle him during the third quarter of the Steelers 23-20 win at M&T Bank Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Whether you’re in the first round of the playoffs, stuck in the loser’s bracket or at the tail end of the regular season, Week 14 is a critical time for many fantasy football players.

It’s crucial to make smart decisions in order to maximize point production and give yourself the best chance to win on Sunday, which is why we have identified some key sleepers at the most important positions.

Let’s take a look at some unheralded fantasy players that have a chance to produce big points if you give ‘em a start this week.


QB: Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

The Eagles offense looked great in Week 13, but the defense gave up too many points and allowed the Cowboys to win. For Philadelphia fans, it’s tough, but fantasy owners loved that matchup.

We foresee more of the same when Philly travels to Tampa Bay to take on the Bucs, and Foles should be in line for a huge game against this NFC opponent.

Because of the Bucs' powerful rushing defense (allowing a league-leading 82.3 yards per game), coupled with their atrocious secondary (ironically, a league high of 309.4 yards per game), the Eagles signal-caller will be throwing all day long—a tactic coach Andy Reid has no problem employing.

Expect the rookie QB to have a monster outing and put up points comparable to the best QBs in the league on Sunday.


RB: Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. San Diego Chargers)

While Dwyer only generated 57 total yards as the starter against the Ravens in a tough rivalry game, he’s due for a breakout performance this week.

Dwyer has been the only consistent player out of Pittsburgh’s backfield this season, and coach Mike Tomlin clearly trusts him by giving him the starting job. He still managed to score a TD in Week 13 and should be able to find paydirt at least once in the upcoming contest

San Diego forfeited 118 yards to BenJarvus Green-Ellis last Sunday, and its once-stout rushing D is starting to crack. Don’t be surprised to see Dwyer gash the Chargers for big gains on his way to a 100-plus-yard, two-score performance


WR: Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks (vs. Arizona Cardinals)

The Seahawks are returning to CenturyLink Field to host the slumping Cardinals, and are hungry for revenge against their NFC West rival that beat them in Week 1.

Tate has been finding a rapport with rookie signal-caller Russell Wilson, and the two will surely link up for some big gains against this deteriorating Cardinals defense.

If the young receiver gets at least five targets, expect about four catches for close to 80 yards and a score, which is certainly worthy of a start in three-WR leagues.