Top 7 Fantasy Sleepers for Week 13: Ryan Tannehill to Score Big

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This weekend there is an abundance of quality fantasy sleepers you can acquire to bolster your team. This is especially true for wide receivers like Chris Conley and Darius Slayton, who have excelled in recent weeks. Surprisingly, there are two quarterbacks who are reliable alternatives to help your team if you’re dealing with an injured quarterback, like Matthew Stafford. Also, surprisingly, two Colts players landed on this list due to injuries to T.Y. Hilton, Eric Ebron, and Marlon Mack. Below are my sleeper candidates to help you get an edge over your opponents in week 13.

Sam Darnold

With the New York Jets riding a three-game win streak, Sam Darnold is the best fantasy sleeper in the NFL for the second straight week. Over Darnold’s previous three games, he has scored 20+ fantasy points in each game, while posting a 7:1 TD: INT ratio. In addition, the second-year quarterback is averaging a 120+ passer rating over the past two games. This week, Darnold is competing against a horrible Bengals defense that is surrendering the third-most fantasy points to QBs. Therefore, Darnold is likely to be one of the league’s most productive passers in week 13.

Kyle Rudolph

Despite being one of the NFL’s biggest red-zone threats, Kyle Rudolph is currently owned by less than 55% of fantasy leagues. Over his last four games, Rudolph has scored five touchdowns, and he is currently second amongst healthy Vikings pass-catchers in terms of targets. In addition, he has scored ten or more fantasy points in four of his last five contests. This week, Rudolph will face a Seahawks team that allows the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends, meaning that Kyle will have a great opportunity to go off.

Darius Slayton

This season, Darius Slayton has been a very volatile fantasy player with an enormous upside. With Golden Tate and Evan Engram are dealing with injuries, Slayton currently leads all healthy Giants pass-catchers in target share. Despite having Saquon Barkley, the Giants have the fifth-lowest rushing yardage/game over their last three games. As a result, rookie QB Daniel Jones is going to have to move the ball through the air, and target receivers like Slayton. Therefore, you can expect Slayton to continue to be an integral member of the Giants offense in week 13.

Ryan Tannehill

Similar to Sam Darnold, Ryan Tannehill has made the fantasy sleeper list for the second week in a row. Since being named the starter in week seven, Tannehill has excelled, averaging more fantasy points than every quarterback except Lamar Jackson since week seven. Tannehill currently has the fourth-highest passer rating in the NFL and the highest passing yards/attempt amongst all quarterbacks. Look for Tannehill to have a big game against a Colts team that has been shredded by Nick Foles and Deshaun Watson in back-to-back games.

Johnathan Williams

With Marlon Mack inactive this Sunday, Johnathan Williams instantly becomes a quality RB2 option. Regardless of the running back, the Colts have been excellent at running the ball and are currently ranked third in the league in terms of rushing yards per game. Over his last two games, Williams has scored 15+ points with an average of 18.5 fantasy points. Johnathan Williams is a safe fantasy option with a high ceiling, and you can expect him to be productive against a Titans defense that is giving up over 120 rushing yards since week nine.

Chris Conley

Since Nick Foles took over as the Jaguars’ starting quarterback, Chris Conley has been one of his favorite wideouts. Since week seven, Chris Conley has consistently been ranked in the top two in terms of Jaguars’ target share. Conley also ranks second amongst all Jags pass catchers in terms of receiving yardage, indicating that he’s a safe fantasy bet. This week, Conley is going against a Buccaneers defense that is giving up the most yardage to opposing wide receivers per game, which means that Conley will have a high probability of being a fantasy stud.

Jack Doyle

With Eric Ebron placed on the injured reserve list, Jack Doyle will no longer have to split tight end snaps with Ebron. In addition, Hilton also inactive this week, Doyle currently leads all Colts players in terms of targets and is second in terms of receiving yardage. Even though his quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, is a very conservative quarterback, Doyle should witness an increase in his usage and productivity.

I am a junior at Morehouse College, majoring in economics. I have experience as a data analyst at Pro Football Focus and as a football scouting intern at I enjoy scouting and analyzing NCAAF and NFL games, especially quarterback and running back play.

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