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Fantasy Football: 10 Championship Week Sleepers!

The Former No. 1 Fantasy Football Player in the World Mark Deming provides his weekly legitimate sleepers list from a season-long and NFL DFS perspective!

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*** Criteria for Sleeper QBs is players $5,000 or under on DK. Criteria for Sleeper WR/RB/TEs are players $5,000 or under on DK. This sleepers article is designed to accommodate both DFS and season long players.

QB Matt Barkley, Chicago Bears

With an underrated running game and a group of healthy WRs, Barkley is worth a look in Week 16 vs. the Skins. Barkley is priced low on DK and is coming off a performance with 362 yards and two TDs while averaging 18.36 DK points in his last three home starts. The Redskins have allowed an impressive 20 TD receptions to opponents this season, but 6 of the 20 have come over the last three games. The Skins enter Week 16 with bruised egos and slim playoff hopes, and the scrappy Bears will fight for all four quarters.

QB Tom Savage, Houston Texans

When we drafted DeAndre Hopkins we thought he was matchup-proof because Nuk put up great numbers with Brian Hoyer, T.J. Yates, Ryan Mallett, and Brandon Weeden at QB in his 2015 breakout season, Osweiler has been that bad this year, but backup QB Tom Savage resurrected Hopkins, who had his best day since Week 6. Savage will be playing in front of a raucous Christmas Eve Texas crowd that will go bananas when Savage makes plays. In a short week, this game be played with a loose strategy and eclipse the projected Vegas total of 41 points.

RB Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints

Ingram is not typically a sleeper player but priced at $4,800 on DK and with Tim Hightower in the mix, consider Hightower as an RB2 or flex in Week 16. The Saints offense heads into Week 16 flying high, and Tampa faces its second consecutive challenging road game. Ingraham is coming off a 17-carry game where he averaged 4.6 YPC. The 52-point Vegas total is the 2nd highest on the board and Ingram has upside in Week 16.

RB Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta's offense is humming at the right time, and Coleman is a value play worth a closer look. Seven of Coleman's nine TDs have come in road games. He also averages 19.3 DK points in road contests. Atlanta will continue to lean on both Devonta Freeman and Coleman while the WRs heal up. The former Indiana RB will be owned at low rate and according to the numbers, Coleman is due.

RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

A crafty Week 16 sleeper could be Derrick Henry as the Titans are fine-tuning their dual RB attack for a potential playoff run. The underrated offensive line of the Titans continues to dominate the line of scrimmage and Henry is getting goal-line carries. If the Titans build any kind of lead, Henry will get an increased workload. As the Titans will want to keep DeMarco Murray healthy and fresh.The Jags have allowed 12 rushing TDs to RBs, tied for fifth-most in the league.

RB Dion Lewis, New England Patriots

I like the way Lewis played in Week 15 (18 for 95/5.3 AVG), and I expect that determined runner to make some hay in Week 16 vs. the Jets. Bill Belichick is known for running it up on the Jets, and if the Pats get up big, Lewis could have a nice RB2 or flex stat line. James White had a costly fumble in Week 15, and the Pats may keep Blount fresh for the playoffs, both increase the value of Lewis in Week 16. At $4,100 on DK, this could be a steal.

WR Travis Benjamin, San Diego Chargers

If you believe in players seeking revenge vs. former teams, Benjamin is a wise choice. Furthermore, when in doubt, insert WRs vs. the Browns’ sketchy defense. Travis Benjamin is your guy in Week 16. Benjamin should be low owned but don't underestimate the revenge game for Benjamin who scored four of his five TDs last season at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns have allowed 17 TDs to WRs.

WR J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals

Nelson will have a low ownership in Week 16 thanks to playing at Seattle but don't fear the matchup. Speedy slot receivers like Nelson give the Hawks problems, and a healthy Nelson has a chance to put up solid numbers vs. Seattle. Nelson is averaging 17.1 DK points over his last two games and led the Cards in targets with 11 in Week 15. Nelson looks fast right now, real fast.

TE Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers

Jared Cook ranked second in targets, receptions and receiving yards and made crucial key catches to keep drives alive last week. I believe that Rodgers will continue to increase opportunities to Cook due earning Aaron Rodgers respect. Green Bay TEs have a history of big December performances, and Cook is heating up at the right time, especially at the $3,000 DK price level.

TE Ryan Griffin, Houston Texans

Several crafty players were on Griffin last week, and I endorse that hunch even more in Week 16. Savage was targeting Griffin often, and Griffin responded with a clutch performance hauling in all eight targets for 85 yards. This Christmas Eve throwdown is coming on a short week and look for Savage to target Griffin often vs. a Bengals defense that has allowed 88 receptions (second-most) and 1,021 yards (second-most) to TEs.


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