November 29, 2023, 8:46 pm
In fantasy football, there are oftentimes players that go overlooked heading into a week of games. Sleepers are left on benches every single week, but sometimes that “big game from out of nowhere” could have been easily predicted and utilized in starting lineups. In this piece, I’ll be tiering and listing some of the sleepers I’ve identified ahead of Week 13 of the 2023 fantasy football season. If they’re on your bench, feel comfortable playing them over a starter with a worse outlook for Week 13. There’s also a chance they could be on the waiver wire, so snatch them up if you’re in need of their services.
I’ll be looking at players rostered in at least 50% of ESPN leagues and tier them in descending order of their percentage started on fantasy teams. In other words: the further down the list, the deeper the sleeper for Week 13’s matchups. If you’re looking for this week’s top waiver wire adds, check out this essential piece from Shane by clicking the link below!
Tier One: Started in 25-50% of fantasy leagues
RB Jaylen Warren – Pittsburgh Steelers (80% rostered / 49% started)
In the first week after the firing of offensive coordinator Matt Canada, the Steelers looked like a revamped offense vs. the Bengals in Week 12. While Jaylen Warren had been the hot hand out of the backfield for much of the season, it was Najee Harris who saw more success last week, logging 15 carries for 99 yards and a score. Jaylen Warren didn’t see a dip in snaps, but recorded 13 carries for 49 yards and catching all three of his targets for 13 yards through the air. Warren lost a fumble early in the game, but thankfully wasn’t put in the dog house. If Warren gets a similar workload in Week 13 vs. the Cardinals, he could be in line for an explosive game as Arizona surrenders the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs on the year.
WR Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos (86% rostered / 38% started)
Courtland Sutton has quietly had a very impressive 2023 fantasy football campaign, as he currently stands as the PPR WR26 on the season. He’s averaging over 13 PPR fantasy points per game, and Week 12 was only the second outing this season where he failed to break double-digit fantasy points on the day, but he still had three catches for 61 yards against a stingy Browns defense. Sutton should look to continue his hot streak vs. the Texans in Week 13, who have invited shootouts all season long. He’s scored a touchdown in all but three contests this season, and should be a great WR play as the Broncos could air it more against a more forgiving defense.
RB Devin Singletary – Houston Texans (73% rostered / 34% started)
On the other side of the ball, Devin Singletary is an intriguing option at running back heading into Week 13. In Dameon Pierce’s first game back from injury, Singletary’s role did not change as the workhorse back for the Texans. What did hurt his production was the game script, which was pass-heavy, as the Texans trailed for a majority of the game vs. the Jaguars in Week 12. Still, Singletary showed skills as a pass-catcher, reeling in 6-of-7 targets for 54 yards to make up for the lackluster day on the ground. As we know, the Texans have a date with the Broncos in Week 13, and they allow the most fantasy points to opposing RBs on the season. If Singletary can keep his hold onto the workhorse role for at least another week, he could be a smash sleeper running back vs. Denver.
Tier Two: Started in 10-25% of fantasy leagues
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