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Fantasy Sleepers going into Week 17

Week 17 is here and many season long fantasy leagues are finished. There are still a few still going, and many of you have your league championship this week. Here’s a look at some fantasy sleepers that could lead you to the promised land courtesy of our friends at numberFire.

Brian Hoyer, QB, Houston Texans

Brian Hoyer checks every requisite box on the Week 17 quarterback sleeper list — well, he would if such a list existed anyway.

1. Capable of producing big fantasy stats? Check.

In games that he’s finished this season, Hoyer has averaged 2.43 touchdown passes.

2. Great matchup? Definitely.

He’ll face a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that ranks 30th in terms of our Adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) per play metric

3. Does his team have anything to play for this week? You bet.

The Texans will clinch a playoff berth with a victory.

Some owners may be a bit hesitant to start Hoyer due to his recent concussion struggles. However, his upside against this generous Jaguars’ secondary should outweigh such concerns for quarterback needy teams still alive this week.

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

I’m not sure if Matthew Stafford still qualifies as a sleeper after his minor resurgence of late, but he still isn’t universally owned and is in a great spot this week. Stafford has averaged 2.8 touchdown passes per game over the previous five weeks and will now get to take on a Chicago Bears team that is 24th in our Adjusted Defensive Passing NEP metric.

Over the previous three weeks this Bears defense has allowed an average of 24.35 standard fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. With Stafford flourishing under new Offensive Coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, expect much of the same this week in Chicago.

Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears

While Jeremy Langford‘s role has certainly changed since Matt Forte has returned from injury, he has refused to go away completely. He has now logged at least 10 carries in every game since the beginning of November.

Forte has been limited in practice this week and while he is expected to play, we may be in for an extra dose of Langford this week. The Lions rush defense is no longer the impenetrable front of the past few seasons — they currently sit 21st in our rankings — making this an interesting spot if we hear that Forte’s workload will be dialed back at all. It would be ideal to see reports speaking to Forte’s availability prior to game day, but Langford’s recent usage and this matchup make him playable either way.

C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos are one of a few teams remaining that have something to play for this week, as a bye and potentially home-field advantage are on the line. Because of this, we should see all of the usuals available for them, including C.J. Anderson.

Anderson has been more productive than Ronnie Hillman of late — Hillman has now gone over a month without averaging 4.0 yards in a single game — and appears to be largely healthy. Facing a San Diego defense that ranks 29th in terms of our Adjusted Defensive Rushing NEP metric, Anderson is a nice upside play this week.

The Chargers have been better against the run over recent weeks, but also just allowed Latavius Murray to post 79 rushing yards and a touchdown last Thursday. As those who’ve owned him this year will attest to, there’s plenty of risk associated with him, so be sure to weigh it appropriately when making your lineup decisions this week.

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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...