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.
LAST WEEK’S PICKS
10. Charlie Forray – 78.67 – Eli Manning – QB, New York Giants – 16.74 POINTS
9. Joanna Krupnick – 116.16 – Darren McFadden – RB, Dallas Cowboys – -1.2 POINTS
8. Kevin Morin – 124.03 – Devontae Booker – RB, Denver Broncos – 23.4 POINTS
7. Meg Schneider – 161.85 – Alvin Kamara – RB, New Orleans Saints – 24.66 POINTS
6. Andrew Wilhelm – 198.06 – Alfred Morris – RB, Dallas Cowboys – 4.96 POINTS
5. Ryan Kelly – 218.36 – Adam Humphries – WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 3.23 POINTS
4. Andrew O’Neill – 285.97 – Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 10.65 POINTS
3. Ned Donovan – 291.46 – Chris Godwin – WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 47.2 POINTS
2. Justin Colombo – 305.39 – Giovani Bernard – RB, Cincinnati Bengals – 58.8 POINTS
1. Jake Bridges – 317.3 – Garrett Celek – TE, San Francisco 49ers – 25.05 POINTS
THE 3 UP, 3 DOWN
NFL SLEEPER CELL LEAGUE
PRE WEEK 11 LEADERBOARD
10. Charlie Forray – 95.41
9. Joanna Krupnick – 114.96
8. Kevin Morin – 147.43
7. Meg Schneider – 186.51
6. Andrew Wilhelm – 203.02
5. Ryan Kelly – 221.59
4. Andrew O’Neill – 296.62
3. Ned Donovan – 338.66
2. Jake Bridges – 342.35
1. Justin Colombo – 364.19
This Week’s Picks
8. Joanna Krupnick – 116.16
T.J. Yeldon – RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
I’m YELL-don it it from the rooftops this week. I’m ROLLING with the Alabama product this week.
7. Kevin Morin – 124.03
Corey Clement – RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Even though Ajayi has become more familiar with the playbook, and has had an extra week to do so, I still think Clement plays a solid role against Dallas. Philly is going to need to mix up some looks, and I’d look for Clement in pass heavy packages. I’m not disillusioned enough to think he’s going to go off like he did last week, but watch out for a strong performance anyway.
6. Andrew Wilhelm – 198.06
Rex Burkhead – RB, New England Patriots
You don’t pick Patriots RBs. Especially after they have a good week. But his name is too good to not give it a go.
5. Ryan Kelly – 218.36
Bruce Ellington – WR, Houston Texans
The last time I picked a WR from Houston I put up a cool 0.0 points on the board. But, since my picks of late have been the hottest of garbage, I figured I’d keep stats and gameplanning to a minimum and go with my gut. Why is he a good pick? I don’t know. But what I do know is that Bruce is putting up at least 50 yards and a touchdown this week. Boom. Tune in Sunday at 1pm for the Bruce Ellington Show.
4. Andrew O’Neill – 285.97
Latavius Murray- RB, Minnesota Vikings
The game of the week this week is without a doubt the Rams/Vikings in Minnesota. Both teams are on a tear, with the Rams offense looking like maybe the best unit in all of football. The Vikings have ridden Case Keenum to 7-2, with Keenum’s play being the among the most surprising storylines of the season. Murray has big play ability, and the Rams are likely to game plan alot of defense around Jerrick McKinnon, who they’ll see alot of on tape this week.
One way to stop Goff and the offense will be for Minnesota to keep their own on the field. If Murray can run strong and move the chains, he will be a weapon.
3. Ned Donovan – 291.46
Bruce Ellington – WR, Houston Texans
You know what’s not fun? Relying on Tom Savage being predictable for your sleeper to work. However I think there’s a great case for Ellington this week. Cousin of underutilized passing RB, Andre Ellington, Bruce will be playing in place of the injured Will Fuller. Fuller in many situations this season has been the #1 look, using Superstar Deandre Hopkins as bait. Well Ellington had his best receiving line last week, has had 8+ looks in back to back games, and has been targeted in the red zone for 3 games straight. Watch Patrick Peterson shadow Hopkins all over the field, and leave the rest of the middling Cardinals defense to contain everyone else. Ellington can become the WR sleeper of the week in those circumstances.
2. Justin Colombo – 305.39
Danny Woodhead – RB, Baltimore Ravens
I’m gonna keep this short and sweet. I four football jerseys. A Danny Amendola Patriots Red Throwback, A Home Navy Blue Rob Gronkowski (THANKS TEWKS), and TWO Danny Woodhead jerseys, one Patriots and one Chargers. I don’t play around. Danny Woodhead all day.
Also, if you’re into prop bets, I’m sure there’s a good one about whether or not he gets inured in the first half.
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1. Jake Bridges – 317.3
Nathan Peterman – QB, Buffalo Bills
One of the more mystifying moves of the week was the Bills’ benching of Tyrod Taylor. The team has played well this season. They’re 5-4 and currently own the #2 Wild Card spot in the AFC and only find themselves 2 games behind the Patriots with plenty of football to be played. Doesn’t seem like a change is in order, but here we are. Ok, so maybe Taylor hasn’t been the most efficient passer in the league this year, but do the Bills actually think Nathan Peterman gives them a better chance to win?
With that being said, the Bills front office gets paid to know about these things, and I do not. I haven’t watched every snap of the Bills this year, so I guess someone out there is more informed about this than me…which is why I’m going to make like the front office in Buffalo and roll with Nathan Peterman. Hear me out. I know the Chargers are pretty middle of the road against the pass, but this is all about opportunity. Here’s a QB that’s produced very little tape in the NFL with Shady McCoy, Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews, and Charles Clay at his disposal. I think that talented core hides a lot of mistakes for an inexperienced QB against a middling Charger D. Hey…it is called a “sleeper” right? Let’s roll those dice baby!!!