The Sunday Sleeper Squad is a team made up of players that might be hanging around on waivers or offer a contrarian approach and can offer you a helping hand this week if you’re a team in need. Or maybe you have rostered one of these guys and now is the time to unleash them. And at this point in the season, you are probably in need of some kind of fantasy help. These factors could be matchup, injuries, both, or something totally off the wall leading us to our conclusion as to why these players could pay off. Of course, these are the ultimate boom-or-bust plays so may the odds be in your favor if you’re playing someone on this list. Let’s take a look at who made my Week 13 Sunday Sleeper Squad.
QB/ Ryan Fitzpatrick/ Miami Dolphins: Tua and his thumb are a big discussion point leading up to the game against Cincinnati. While his thumb still seems to be bothering it should create another start for Ryan Fitzpatrick in another revenge game for the well-traveled veteran. Fitzpatrick in his last 5 starts has a 69.8 completion percentage, 10 TDs and 4 INTs. Also, the Dolphins are averaging 29.8 PPG and have won 4 of the 5 games.
WR/ Isaiah Coulter/ Houston Texans: There’s a lot of noise about KeKe Coutee being the WR to see a big increase in volume and opportunity but I’m partial to Isaiah Coulter in this situation. Coulter is a rookie from Rhode Island and comes with a 36 inch vertical and 4.4 forty-yard dash speed at 6ft2. He could fill that deep threat role that Fuller provided. Coulter reportedly had a fabulous preseason camp and now he has a chance to show in-game action.
WR/ Breshad Perriman/ NY Jets: The Raiders secondary isn’t good to begin with and should be without starting CB Damon Arnette because of a concussion making the matchup more interesting. Perriman has been a Top 15 WR since Week 9 and kept the good times rolling with Sam Darnold last week after running circles on teams with Joe Flacco. He has scored 10+ fantasy points in each of his last 3 games and has 3 total TDs in that span. Last week, he had 8 targets, which ties his season-high, but Perriman also had 4 targets of 20-plus air yards and caught 2 of those, both also season highs. The Raiders have allowed five Top-20 fantasy WRs in their last 5 games combined. Perriman does come with some boom-or-bust in him but given the way, he’s been playing and the matchup, he is an upside flex option this week. Think back to last year at the end of the year in Tampa Bay when he went on a hot streak. This is what Perriman does.
WR/ Corey Davis/ Tennessee Titans: Davis has played well as the number 2 WR for the Titans opposite A.J. Brown. Now, in Week 13 they both have a great matchup against the Browns. Cleveland is going to be without Denzel Ward and Ronnie Harrison in the secondary. The Browns have allowed 13 TDs to WRs this season. Davis has scored at least 11 PPR points in 7 of the 9 games he’s played this season.
RB/ Devontae Booker/ Las Vegas Raiders: Josh Jacobs is officially out against the Jets creating a bunch of opportunities for Devontae Booker who has shown he can handle a heavy workload in the past. The matchup with the Jets should favor the Raiders meaning the running game should be involved once they’ve built that lead up. The Raiders possess a capable rushing attack and Booker should reward fantasy managers that play him nicely. Booker is a plug-and-play RB that should be considered around a Top 15-20 RB play for the week.
RB/ Benny Snell/ Pittsburgh Steelers: There is a shot James Conner is able to play if he clears COVID-19 protocol before the Monday game but that remains doubtful. So that makes Snell a nice play against WFT. While WFT is pretty decent against the run Snell still makes for a fantastic play in a good offense. Snell will share the backfield with Anthony McFarland but he is the clear lead back while Conner is out. Snell should be considered as a back with serious 20+ touches potential.
TE/ Anthony Firkser/ Tennessee Titans: He is filling in for the injured Jonnu Smith. Firkser had more catches than Smith over the last 5 games heading into the contest with Indianapolis. Firkser has started in place of Smith once this season and had a 21.9% target share while running 29 routes on 46 Ryan Tannehill dropbacks.
FLEX/ Sterling Shepard/ NY Giants: He leads the Giants WRs in targets per game this season at 7.1 and he led in targets from Colt McCoy last week with 4. It is a small sample size with McCoy, but there is no reason to believe he will stop seeing targets, regardless of the Giants QB situation. That is important to know as the matchup could not get any better going up against the Seahawks. They have allowed the most fantasy points and receiving yards to WRs in NFL history on a per-game basis.
FLEX/ Robert Tonyan/ Green Bay Packers: Tonyan is a TE who has been on a recent heater, going for at least 5 receptions and over 40 yards with a TD in each of his past 2 games. Tonyan now has 7 TDs on the season and has established a role as a reliable deep threat for QB Aaron Rodgers. He draws a positive matchup in Week 13 against the Eagles. This is an Eagles defense that has allowed 58 receptions to opposing tight ends this season (7th most in the NFL) and 6 TDs. He could be in for a big day.