Beyond TDs and Tackles: Week 17

Beyond TDs and Tackles: Week 17


Beyond TDs and Tackles: Week 17


FIRST DOWN – Top 10s for 2015

Is it ever too early to take a look at the top-10 for next year? Of course it’s not. The draft and free agent signings will likely impact these rankings but until that happens here they are in all their early glory. Guys that just missed making the cut; Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger at QB, Jonathan Stewart (yes, JStew), Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin at WR and Tyler Eifert at TE.

1 Aaron Rodgers Le’Veon Bell Julio Jones Rob Gronkowski
2 Andrew Luck DeMarco Murray Calvin Johnson Jimmy Graham
3 Cam Newton Eddie Lacy Dez Bryant Travis Kelce
4 Drew Brees Jamaal Charles Odell Beckham Jr. Greg Olsen
5 Matt Stafford Jeremy Hill Antonio Brown Zach Ertz
6 Russell Wilson LeSean McCoy Jordy Nelson Martellus Bennett
7 Peyton Manning Arian Foster A.J. Green Julius Thomas
8 Eagles QB Carlos Hyde Demaryius Thomas Dwayne Allen
9 Ryan Tannehill Matt Forte DeAndre Hopkins Jordan Reed
10 Jay Cutler Tre’ Mason Josh Gordon Jordan Cameron

SECOND DOWN – Steve’s Seven Sleepers Recap

I unfortunately didn’t start my seven sleepers in week one which is why they start at week 3. What I think this exercise proved is that QB can be streamed and streamed successfully. Yes, Johnny Manziel and Josh McCown really hurt my average with their week 15 and 16 performances. Back those out and the rest of the QBs would have extrapolated out to a QB12 value. At RB, it’s hard to find and mine consistent value off of the waiver wire. WR isn’t as bad as RB and even though I had misses, there were still plenty of options that put up points. For the year the WRs would have extrapolated out to WR34. TE and DL are very similar in that beyond the top options they are two of the most difficult positions to project let alone stream the waiver wire with. That’s why in my player write-ups I’m always saying that with the top DLs and upside DLs that you just have to plug and play them and live with their highs and lows…TE feels that way to me.

Name FPts Name FPts Name FPts Name FPts
3 Kirk Cousins 29.58 Reggie Bush 21.90 Allen Robinson 14.90 Dwayne Allen 14.30
4 Ryan Tannehill 22.62 Donald Brown 9.40 Mike Evans 16.50 Brandon Meyers 0.00
5 Austin Davis 30.00 Bishop Sankey 2.70 Rueben Randle 13.30 Garrett Graham 1.30
6 Mike Glennon 20.56 Bishop Sankey 7.80 Torrey Smith 21.10 Luke Willson 3.10
7 Derek Carr 7.12 Lorenzo Taliaferro 0.30 Jermaine Kearse 8.00 Jared Cook 5.50
8 Andy Dalton 24.04 Bryce Brown 1.50 Jermaine Kearse 3.50 Jermaine Gresham 7.40
9 Brian Hoyer 19.90 Mike James 0.90 Jordan Matthews 13.00 Clay Harbor 0.00
10 Zach Mettenberger 11.16 Charles Sims 6.00 Justin Hunter 2.70 Scott Chandler 4.70
11 Brian Hoyer 16.60 Ryan Mathews 8.50 Miles Austin 1.00 Kyle Rudolph 0.00
12 Josh McCown 18.84 Isaiah Crowell 20.80 Kenny Stills 17.60 Vernon Davis 5.10
13 Zach Mettenberger 12.26 Tre’ Mason 37.40 Donte Moncrief 29.00 Charles Clay DNP
14 Shaun Hill 16.42 Jonathan Stewart 21.50 Cecil Shorts III 2.30 Kyle Rudolph 2.90
15 Johnny Manziel 4.50 Chris Johnson 5.50 Marqis Lee 5.40 Ryan Griffen 3.10
16 Josh McCown 5.88 Lance Dunbar 3.40 Dwayne Bowe 11.70 Andrew Quarless 3.70
AVG   17.11   10.54   11.43   3.93

On the defensive side of the ball, as I pointed out above, the DL position is much like TE and is very difficult to mine. That’s a big part of why I suggest hitting the DL position before LB and DB in drafts. It’s also why I don’t have a ton of issues with going super early and trying to land two of the top-5 at the position. At LB, I got out the gates very slowly with 3 points from Perry Riley and zero points from Sam Barrington but then I rebounded and for the year the LB sleepers extrapolated out to what would have been LB28. At DB, I always say to wait on the position and that there is zero reason to pick one early. Well, the sleepers show that it is possible to wait on DB. For the season their 13.14 PPG would have extrapolated out to 197.10 points which would have been DB7.

Name FPts Name FPts Name FPts
3 Ziggy Ansah 4.00 Perry Riley 3.00 Matt Elam 4.00
4 Akiem Hicks 4.00 Sam Barrington 0.00 Kenny Vaccaro 17.00
5 Wallace Gilberry 10.00 Jerrell Freeman 12.00 Kemal Ishmael 23.00
6 Mathias Kiwanuka 7.00 Anthony Hitchens 13.00 Usama Young 13.00
7 Jeremy Mincey 1.00 Malcolm Smith 23.00 Terence Newman 6.00
8 Michael Johnson 4.00 James Thomas 13.00 Alterraun Verner 17.00
9 Dontari Poe 11.00 James Thomas 15.00 Major Wright 20.00
10 Akiem Hicks 1.00 Telvin Smith 6.00 Will Hill 5.00
11 George Johnson 0.00 Ryan Kerrigan 5.00 Andre Hal 2.00
12 Vinny Curry 2.00 Anthony Hitchens 11.00 Louis Delmas 17.00
13 Justin Tuck 8.00 James Thomas 27.00 Pierre Warren 11.00
14 Damontre Moore 10.00 David Hawthorne 9.00 Marcus Gilchrist 13.00
15 George Johnson 6.00 Devon Kennard 19.50 George Wilson 18.00
16 Vinny Curry 0.00 Steven Johnson 4.00 Bradley McDougald 18.00
AVG   4.86   11.46   13.14

NOTE: When I say I’m extrapolating out numbers I’m doing so on 15 weeks in a 16 week regular season because that’s how many games a player could have logged.

THIRD DOWN – Steve’s Seven Sleepers

It’s week 17 and if you need sleepers for a week 17 championship you have problems. In any event, let’s see if we can help you out.

Week 17
Position Sleeper
QB Blake Bortles
RB Joseph Randle
WR Chris Hogan
TE Tim Wright
DL Damontre Moore
LB Gerald Hodges
DB Brandion Ross

Good luck if you are in a championship game and I hope that my sleepers have either helped you get to your championship game and/or won it.


In a winner take the division title here’s a look at how the Packers and Lions matchup.


Cardinals Rushing Offense


Lions Rushing Defense


Cardinals Rushing Offense


Lions Rushing Defense


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