“Shore Thing Sleepers” isn’t your ordinary fantasy football Week 14 start/sit article. Instead, our analyst duo of Seth Woolcock and Nate Polvogt highlight lower-valued players that can provide starting-caliber production for a specific week. These are usually players near the end of your bench or even on the waiver wire/free agency. You can catch an additional sleeper pick live at the end of our weekly in-season Friday podcast episode.
Rostership percentages are based on ESPN Points Per Reception (PPR) redraft fantasy football leagues.
Week 14 Start/Sit Consideration: Shore Thing Sleepers
Tyler Huntley (QB, Baltimore Ravens) | 26.2 Percent
You would not often consider starting a backup quarterback the week before the fantasy football playoffs. However, Ravens signal-caller Tyler Huntley isn’t your average backup. With Lamar Jackson out with a knee injury, Huntley will be behind center for the Ravens this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the Steel City defense has been better the last few games, they have had issues against quarterbacks, giving up the ninth-most fantasy points (18) to the position in 2022.
Huntley is no stranger to filling in for Jackson. He did so five times in 2021 and took the majority of snaps last week after the injury. He’s been efficient and is a threat running the ball. Last season, he averaged 6.3 Yards Per Carry (YPC) on the ground, finding the end zone twice.
Pittsburgh shut Huntley down at the end of last season, allowing him to notch a paltry 4.8 fantasy points. However, Steelers defensive end T.J. Watt reportedly aggravated the injury that kept him sidelined through Week 10 and could be inactive Sunday. The absence of Watt will open up the rushing game for Huntley and the Ravens, giving him a QB1 upside in Week 14. – Polvogt
Tyler Boyd (WR, Cincinnati Bengals) | 77.6 Percent
Tyler Boyd has been a curious case this season. He’s actually been better with Ja’Marr Chase in the lineup, averaging 17.4 PPR points on 6.7 targets in the last three outings with Chase active. I specifically like his matchup against the Cleveland Browns, who have been leaky to slot receivers over the past month. They’ve allowed everyone from Chris Godwin to Trent Sherfield to produce at a high level. Since breaking out as a fixture in the Bengals’ offense in 2019, Boyd has averaged 15.7 PPR points per game against Cleveland. – Woolcock