NFL Soup|Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Week 14 Fantasy Football Deep Sleepers 

Fantasy Football

Could the Saints actually help save your fantasy season?

It’s playoff time in fantasy football. For most folks, anyways. If you’re bogged down by injuries or your lineup is just trash, but you still have something to play for, perhaps the waiver wire can be your final rescue. Even if it didn’t help you all season long, there could still be some deep fantasy sleepers available that could help you out. And I’m talking super deep – like available in 90% or more, deep.

That means that regardless of your league, there’s a pretty good chance you can go grab these guys, and if all works out, they’ll help you win. Anyone can talk about Jake Locker, Vick Ballard or Chris Givens for a regular sleeper/waiver wire column. But the time has passed there, and those guys aren’t available in much more than 60% of leagues. Here’s a list of guys with a chance at helping you out in week 14, and they’re out there for the takings:

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (Available in 93% of all Yahoo! leagues)

Foles has had his rough patches, but he’s proven to be competent and now he gets a terrible Buccaneers pass defense. You could make a case for guys like Mark Sanchez and Brady Quinn this week due to chips on their shoulders, but I’d rather role with Foles who looks to have legit upside this week.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets (92%)

Powell has 10+ carries in three straight games, along with three scores during that span. He shares the rock, but he’s looked good and he gets a weak Jaguars defense in week 14. He’s at the worst a solid Flex play. Playing against him in the same game is another guy worth a look, Jacksonville fullback Montell Owens (available in 80% of leagues), who will start at running back this week.

Mike Thomas, WR, Detroit Lions (95%)

Thomas isn’t the most reliable guy, but he could suddenly have a role worth talking about with Ryan Broyles and Titus Young both sent to injured reserve. He faces a banged up Packers defense this week and will start opposite of Calvin Johnson. There’s risk but major reward here.

Rob Housler, TE, Arizona Cardinals (99%)

Housler isn’t a big name, but he’s been a decent PPR tight end lately, hauling in at least four receptions in five of his last six games. His size and athleticism promote upside, while the return of John Skelton under center give him even more hope for production this week.

Nick Folk, K, New York Jets (97%)

I know the Jets offense doesn’t strike fear into the heart’s of the opposition, but neither does the Jacksonville defense, who Folk and New York face in week 14. Folk isn’t owned anywhere for the most part, and could play a hand in a good amount of points this week.

New Orleans Saints (93%)

The Saints have gotten slammed all year for being a terrible defense, but they actually haven’t been terrible for a while now. They still give up yardage all over the place, but they’ve actually only given up more than 27 points once in their past five games. In fact, the game they did so, Drew Brees was responsible for two pick sixes, which means the defense actually only allowed 17 points. Overall, this isn’t that bad of a unit, and you could do a whole lot worse than them if you’re scraping a D off the bottom of the waiver wire.

About the author: Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts owns and operates NFL Soup and heads the fantasy football division of the site. Roberts also finished 2nd in the Wide Receiver position in Fantasy Pros expert fantasy football rankings in 2010 and 3rd in the Quarterback position in 2011. In addition to running the fantasy football section of the site, Roberts contributes to NFL Soup’s NFL Draft coverage and breaking news reporting. Follow Kevin on Twitter @NFLSoupKevin

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