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NFL Sleeper Cell Week 12: A Kupp of Cheer

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NFL Sleeper Cell Week 12: A Kupp of Cheer

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10. Charlie Forray – 95.4

9. Joanna Krupnick – 129.96

8. Meg Schneider – 186.51

7.  Andrew Wilhelm – 209.12

6. Kevin Morin – 225.43

5. Ryan Kelly  – 232.99

4. Jake Bridges – 336.47

3. Ned Donovan – 350.06

2. Justin Colombo  – 400.69

1. Andrew O’Neill – 409.62


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. Joanna Krupnick – 129.96

Cameron Brate – TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With everyone doubting FitzMagic, I’m gonna take a chance on the Harvard Grad opening his eyes and seeing THE OTHER HARVARD GRAD Cameron Brate for what he truly is: open down low.

7.  Andrew Wilhelm – 209.12

Emmanuel Sanders – WR, Denver Broncos

The Raiders just fired their defensive coordinator. That’s enough for me. But the Broncos offense hasn’t looked great lately and I’m banking on that changing this week…

…Okay, about 2 hours after I picked Sanders for Sunday, the Broncos went and announced Paxton Lynch would be starting the game. My brain is telling me to change this pick. But I’m not going to. This is the biggest gamble but we’re running out of weeks and I’m in need of points. Nothing about this is a good pick. Nothing. Let it ride.

6. Kevin Morin – 225.43

Bruce Ellington – WR, Houston Texans

Ellington has continued to see an expanding role in the Houston offense. He’s becoming an increasingly solid option behind Hopkins and Fuller and, depending on which Baltimore D shows up, he could get a solid number of opportunities.

5. Ryan Kelly  – 232.99

Martellus Bennett – TE, New England Patriots

I think this is the week Bennett can find the end zone for the first time since rejoining the Pats. This game against Miami could get out of hand in a hurry if New England continues to roll, and if so, Bill might lean towards keeping Gronk off the field to leave him fresh as the postseason draws near. Cue Bennett for some increased snaps.

4. Jake Bridges – 336.47

Taylor Gabriel- WR, Atlanta Falcons

My how the mighty have fallen. After dominating this competition for most of this year, I can’t seem to get anything right. Last week, I hit rock bottom with Nathan Peterman, and then Vernon Davis put up a big fat goose egg for me on Thanksgiving Day. He was targeted just once, and life just sucks right now for me. On to the next…

For my Sunday pick, I’m digging deep and going with Falcons’ WR Taylor Gabriel. He’s 3rd on the depth chart behind Julio Jones and Mo Sanu, but I’m feeling lucky. First of all, Devonta Freeman will be out, which means a heavier rushing workload for Tevin Coleman. He’s used a lot as a pass catcher, but I figure he’s rushing load will mean more targets for other wide receivers. Also, the Bucs are the worst in the NFL against the WR in fantasy this year. Matty Ice likes to throw a lot, and with Julio a little banged up, I’d like to think more targets show up for Gabriel. RISE UP!

3. Ned Donovan – 350.06

Keelan Cole – Jacksonville Jaguars (WR):

I’ve been sitting on this picks for WEEKS just waiting for the matchup where it makes sense. Cole flashed brilliance in the preseason and has had a healthy share of targets this season. He’s solidly behind the top receivers and with the emergence of Marqise Lee he’s still a boom or bust pick, but I think with the Cardinals Defense distracted by Lee and Allen Hurns, and Arrelious Benn a WR4 who’s used exceedingly sparingly, Cole is set up to have a super high ceiling if the inconsistent Bortles actually goes through his projections. That in and of itself is a long shot.

2. Justin Colombo  – 400.69

Cooper Kupp – WR, Los Angeles Rams

I have gone to Kupp before and I am coming back again for two reasons. ONE, the Saints Secondary is weakened by the loss of Marshon Lattimore, who’s been having a great season as a shutdown corner. TWO, because of that, everyone’s gonna hop on that good old-fashioned Sammy Watkins wagon. Don’t fall for it. Kupp is where it’s at.

1. Andrew O’Neill – 409.62

Jonathan Stewart – RB, Carolina Panthers

OK, so after a second complete miss on a rookie WR, I’ll take a veteran in Jonathan Stewart.  Stewart is enjoying a rare 10+ year career as an NFL RB, and has looked steady as ever in 2017 as the Panther’s north & south runner.  The Panthers are looking like one of the best teams in the NFC as December approaches, and the Jets should be no match.  The expectation is for Carolina to be playing with the lead, and feeding the ball to Stewart to shorten the game.


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