THE NFL SLEEPER CELL
10. Charlie Forray – 9.1
9. Meg Schneider – 17.11
8. Joanna Krupnick – 21.19
7. Andrew Wilhelm – 21.99
6. Andrew O’Neill – 32.36
5. Justin Colombo – 33
4. Ryan Kelly – 38.46
3. Ned Donovan – 40.26
2. Kevin Morin – 63.3
1. Jake Bridges – 87.35
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.
Editors Note: Before the week’s picks are announced, no one knows each others picks. Every writer sends their picks to me without the knowledge of the other players. Therefore, the genuine disbelief of each writer picking a Cleveland Browns player is singular to each writer. These picks were made 100% organically, without the knowledge of the other picks. Insane.
And now, the picks…
Jake Bridges – 87.35
Kenny Britt – WR, Cleveland Browns
I’m the leader of the pack after two weeks, and so the pressure is on to keep this good thing going. I’ve really nailed it with my sleeper QB picks the last two weeks, but this week I’m going to pivot and go with a wide receiver for the first time. This week, my sleeper is Browns WR Kenny Britt.
I’m a little nervous because well…I’m picking a Cleveland Brown. However, the Browns haven’t looked totally helpless for once on offense. Also, I figured that Rashard Higgins would be the chalky play this week coming off a breakout 7 catch, 95-yard performance against the Ravens. Hopefully, fantasy players and the Colts defense will have their focus on Higgins while ol’ Kenny Britt gets his.
Although this is my first time picking a non-QB, this is the second time I’ve specifically targeted the Colts defense. Have I emphasized enough to you all how bad they are? Sure, I didn’t comprehend just how bad they would be when I picked Goff against them in Week 1, but now we know they’re certifiably bad. They’ve given up the 5th most yards per game this season as well as the 5th most total passing yards. Also, heading into Week 3, only the Saints and Jets have given up more points per game than the Colts. That is not good company to be in.=
Now, normally I would advise against any and all Browns, but this isn’t your brother’s Cleveland Browns. Sure, they aren’t competing for the division anytime soon still, but DeShone Kizer has at least shown a pulse at the QB position. That’s progress in Cleveland. Kizer only has 1 TD on the year so far, but Indy could be the perfect remedy. Remember that Corey Coleman is out for an extended period of time, so there are many targets up for grabs right now in Cleveland. They can’t ALL go to Higgins, and Britt always seems to be good for a handful of big games every year.
Ryan Kelly – 38.46
Rashard Higgins – WR, Cleveland Browns
Picking anyone on Cleveland to have a productive game is usually not a recipe for success, I’ll admit it. But I like what Higgins can do this week against a soft Colts defense. Corey Coleman will be out for a while with a broken hand, and Cleveland has a lack of play-makers at the receiver position. I think Higgins has a shot to become a go-to option for young QB DeShone Kizer if last week is any indication. Higgins had seven catches for 95 yards last week, and I predict a similar productive performance for Higgins on Sunday.
Andrew Wilhelm – 21.99
Rashard Higgins – WR, Cleveland Browns
Hold on. I’m picking a player from Cleveland? CLEVELAND?! I must be out of my gahdamn mind. And yet, the Colts are really that bad. I still think the Factory of Sadness, as my friend who is an avid Browns fan likes to call them, will find a way to blow this game but Higgins could have a big week here. Which will then lead to a bunch of people adding him on waivers in your fantasy league and he will proceed to remember what team he plays for and adjust accordingly.
Ned Donovan – 40.26
Duke Johnson Jr. – RB, Cleveland Browns
Oof. Ned. Picking a player from the Browns. I know, I know, I KNOW. But this should not be seen as a commentary on the Browns so much as a commentary on the Colts. Remember my week 2 pick? Palmer definitely underperformed and yet still had quite a nice day because the Colts are terrible. The Colts are currently ranked 21st in the league against the run after two weeks but remember the Cardinals running backs are without David Johnson and Andre Ellington is the most underwhelming back since Trent Richardson. Last year the Colts ranked 4th to LAST against the run and their defense has slipped, not improved. Isaiah Crowell May be the lead back for the Browns but Duke Johnson is the bright star. Look for him as a receiving back, and a feature on toss and wheel plays to the outside. My only worry? The Colts are so bad he’s everyone’s sleeper. Here we go low ownership!
Meg Schneider – 17.11
Danny Amendola – WR, New England Patriots
Danny Amendola, because a buncha Pats pass catchers are hurt. And WOOPS for not picking one last week..
Joanna Krupnick – 21.19
C.J. Anderson – RB, Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson. All Day. I’m picking a guy based on a bad matchup. Seriously. Buffalo has been very good against the run this year, so why not take the running back for the team going against them? NO ONE WILL SEE IT COMING. I’m looking at Anderson to be a low ownership play getting touches at the goal line, at the every least. BOOM.
Kevin Morin – 63.3
DeSean Jackson – WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I’d expect him to get a whole bunch of targets with Mike Evans double covered. He still remains a deep threat, and even though he’s more of a WR3 at this point, he shouldn’t be counted out. Tampa proved last week they can score some points, so watch out for DeSean.
Justin Colombo – 33
Giovani Bernard – RB, Cincinnati Bengals
First off, let’s go back in time to a Bengals team with a solid running game. Guess who was there? Goo Bernard. With all the questions surrounding the Bengals offense and their new offensive coordinator, I have a strong suspicion that most DFS players will be avoiding Cincy like the plague, especially since Andy Dalton has failed to be an NFL caliber quarterback these past two weeks.
Andrew O’Neill – 32.36
Davante Adams – WR, Green Bay Packers
This week I’m going to once again play the hit-or-miss game of picking a wide receiver. While Cincinnati is the only team he hasn’t defeated, Aaron Rodgers’s arm is one of the few that actually transcends matchups, which is to say that every matchup is a good one for the Packers offense. And Adams has a track record of getting his stats in bunches, so here’s hoping this is one of those weeks. I would also like to take the time to highlight the fact that the current leader in our fantasy challenge is, in fact, our fantasy expert, Mr. Jake Bridges. If that doesn’t lend some legitimacy to this blog and its Bridges of Fantasy County segment, then I don’t know what does…
Charlie Forray – 9.1
Jared Cook – TE, Oakland Raiders
My pick for this week is Jared Cook, TE Raiders. Let me put it like this, a tight end that goes off and catches multiple TDS, will win you your league. This is because it happens once per season for every tight end not named Gronk. I’m betting it’s this week for Jared Cook. He is now firmly rooted in the Raiders Offense as their number 3 target behind Cooper and Crabtree and he is about to face his most generous opponent yet, the Washington Redskins. I’d say if ever there were a time to rack up 9 touchdowns and 11,000 yards in a single game, it’s this one for Cook.