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I will be going over the sleepers of the week, the players that are undervalued that should exceed their expectations. There are always a few surprise performances out of players that weren’t projected highly. These are extremely hard to predict because they occur randomly and can be virtually anyone, but here are the players that I think will play major roles this week.
Opponent: Miami Dolphins
Adrian Peterson has been more so quiet this year, especially with the Redskins’ offense looking horrible. He has also been terribly inefficient with the ball, averaging just over 2 yards a carry in each of the games he has played in. This does not seem like the Adrian Peterson that used to be the top back in the league for many years. Peterson has all kinds of skills and has a big opportunity this week to break out. The Dolphins have allowed the most rushing yards per game in the NFL and Peterson has received the bulk of rushes this year. They have also allowed the most rushing touchdowns this year despite playing one less game from their bye week. This matchup sets up nicely for Peterson to have a big game.
Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Curtis Samuel has begun to show how versatile of a player he is both in the receiving and rushing game. If you look at his numbers for the year, you may not be super impressed because they aren’t very impressive, but that doesn’t take away from his potential. He still has a shot to be the number one receiver on a strong Panthers’ offense. He gets a decent amount of targets which shows they are looking to use him. The Buccaneers have the worst pass defense in the league which gives Samuel a lot of extra value this week.
Opponent: Washington Redskins
It is very hard to say that anything good will come from the Dolphins but it is just a matter of time before Devante Parker has a huge game. Parker has the most average targeted air yards per game. That means that when Parker is thrown the ball, he is far downfield. Parker just needs to complete the passes and he can pull off some monster yards. The Redskins are a good team to test downfield as they have allowed the most passing touchdowns in the league. It wouldn’t hurt to give Parker some endzone targets which is likely to happen.
Opponent: Kansas City Chiefs
I don’t know how it happened, but Carlos Hyde is the main back for the Texans in the run game. Last week he got 21 carries for only 60 yards which are not good, but I would expect that he gets a similar amount of touches again against the Chiefs. The Chiefs have let up the 3rd most rushing yards per game at 155.8. If Carlos Hyde is ever going to get a 100-yard game this season, this should be the game. On top of that, if he finds the endzone once or twice, he will have a large point total this week with all the yards he will get.
Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kyle Allen is facing the best matchup for a quarterback this week against the Buccaneers. The last time he faced a good matchup, he threw for 261 and four touchdowns in Week 3 against the Cardinals. The Buccaneers have been miserable at stopping the pass this year, averaging 339.4 passing yards per game. Curtis Samuel, D.J. Moore, Christian McCaffrey, and Greg Olsen all serve as excellent options to get the offense going. I expect Allen to light up London this week with a star performance.
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