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NFL Sleeper Cell Week 9: Garoppal-ing With The Future

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NFL Sleeper Cell Week 9: Garoppal-ing With The Future

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10. Charlie Forray – 48.97

9. Joanna Krupnick – 103.96

8.  Andrew Wilhelm – 107.56

7. Kevin Morin – 124.03

6. Meg Schneider – 149.85

5. Andrew O’Neill – 195.47

4. Ryan Kelly  – 211.56

3. Ned Donovan – 246.96

2. Jake Bridges – 271.58

1. Justin Colombo  – 278.59


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.


9. Kevin Morin – Deonte Thompson – WR, Buffalo Bills – 3

8. Meg Schneider  – Bennie Fowler – WR, Denver Broncos – 4.8

7.  Jake Bridges  & Andrew Wilhelm – Tyler Kroft – TE, Bengals – 8.01

5. Joanna Krupnick – D, New England Patriots – 8.44

4. Ryan Kelly – Darren Fells – TE, Detroit Lions – 11

3. Ned Donovan – Cordarelle Patterson  – WR, Oakland Raiders – 22

2. Justin Colombo – Jamaal Charles – RB, Denver Broncos – 26.4

1. Andrew O’Neill – T.J. Jones – WR, Detroit Lions – 64


10. Charlie Forray – 48.97

Orleans Darkwa – RB, New York Giants

Ugh, fine! I’m in last place. But that means you have to read my pick first. I pick Orleans Darkwa and dag-nabbit if he isn’t gonna score a bajillion points this week then no one will. Literally, no one has a better shot at a blow-up week than Darkwa. Facing the Rams Defense, Darkwa has a shot to average 5+ yards per carry. (The Rams are currently giving up 4.54 yards per carry to opposing running backs.) Expect TDs as the Giants pull out of their tailspin and face the Rams this weekend. It will be a very high scoring game. Or atlas it better be. I would like to catch up in this league.

9. Joanna Krupnick – 103.96

DeMarco Murray – RB, Tennessee Titans

Remember DeMarco Murray? Most DFS players won’t. Worth the misdirection.

8.  Andrew Wilhelm – 107.56

Damien Williams – RB, Miami Dolphins

With Jay Ajayi traded everyone expects Kenyan Drake to be the lead back for Miami. But Dolphins’ head coach Adam Gase was quoted as saying “Damien has impressed me from the get-go. I was told when I got here that when the lights come on Sunday, he’s one of those guys you want with you. He has done nothing but make plays for us.” That’s a head coach believing in a player and that typically leads to good things happening. Also, the Raiders like to give up receiving points to opposing RB and Williams is definitely the better route runner and pass catcher of the two. Is this a huge gamble? Yes, it is. Isn’t that the point?

6. Meg Schneider – 149.85

Deandre Washington – RB, Oakland Raiders

‘Cuz Marshawn Lynch isn’t really Beasting it right now.

5. Andrew O’Neill – 195.47

Damien Williams – RB, Miami Dolphins

The Fins traded away Jay Ajayi, which opens up a ton of touches for a few different guys in the backfield.  Kenyon Drake will be first on the depth chart, but Williams may get as many touches and will likely see more action in passing down

4. Ryan Kelly  – 211.56

Brandon Coleman – WR, New Orleans Saints

Gotta love this matchup. Drew Brees against a weak Tampa pass defense is hard to pass up, and I like Coleman to make a few big catches this week. He’s a leader in offensive snaps among Saints WRs, and while the production hasn’t always been there, he’s almost always on the field. If the ball goes his way a few times on Sunday, expect a solid fantasy performance from this WR who’s averaging nearly 20 yards per catch this season.

3. Ned Donovan – 246.96

Josh Doctson – WR, Washington Redskins

What an interesting week for matchups this is! Some of the better offenses are going to be feasting on some of the worst defenses, but some of the offenses with the best matchups have injured quarterbacks. Who to pick?!

For me I have to look at what could become a day of passing numbers. Seattle vs. Washington. Yes Seattle’s defense is downright scary in concept, ranked 9th in the league overall against the pass, but you know who’s in 10th? Washington. I see a lot of check downs coming in this game. Both teams will try to run but it won’t work, and they’ll resort to a Kirk Cousins vs. Russell Wilson battle. Who’s going to see a lot of receptions? WR3s that’s who. Josh Doctson is quietly having a great season as the checkdown when Terrelle Pryor is covered, and he’s found the end zone 3 times this season. If Washington wants to win this game they’re going to have to have success through the air, and when you’re up against Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and more, you’re gonna be throwing to your 3rd and 4th option a lot. Have yourself a game, Doctson.

2. Jake Bridges – 271.58

Drew Stanton – QB, Arizona Cardinals


Well, I’ve fallen back after picking a pretty mediocre Tyler Kroft last week. He got a couple of catches, but he was unable to get in the end zone, which would have salvaged my day. Back to the grind. This week, I’m picking Carson Palmer’s replacement in Arizona, Drew Stanton. We all know Drew Stanton. We’ve seen him before. He’s a very mediocre backup QB but give the dude credit. He’s been around for what feels like 15 years.

The track record is not good, but I love the matchup with the winless San Francisco 49ers. They are just so bad, and even if Stanton has just an ok day, I will feel great about this pick. The Niners have given up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing QBs, and so I feel like, at the very least, I can get replacement level. If he can find Larry Fitzgerald a few times, and dump off to his pass-catching back like Andre Ellington a few times, I think he could get it done. I’m shooting for 150-200 yards and 2 TDs here.

1. Justin Colombo  – 278.59

Curtis Samuel – WR, Carolina Panthers

Everyone is gonna go Funchess, Dickson or McCaffrey in this game. Go Samuel and don’t look back. On a team that just lost their biggest threat, they’ve been surviving with Funchess as the #2. How it’s the top receiver and Samuel falls into that #2 spot nicely. He takes home Funchess’ workload and takes home his points.


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