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Week 14 Wide Receiver Sleepers.: Gallup to the Semi-Finals

It is the most wonderful time of the year. The Fantasy playoffs. Congratulations if you made it to the playoffs. You are a finalist and have a chance to take this season to the next level. A Fantasy Football Championship. Let’s start your week off right with the Week 14 wide receiver sleepers.

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Honorable Mention

DeAndre Carter, Houston Texans 

Carter filled in for Keke Coutee against the Browns on Sunday. On 59-percent of snaps, Carter caught all six of his targets for 32 yards. If Coutee can’t go, Carter makes for an interesting flex play in PPR leagues against the Colts Thursday night.

Week 14 Wide Receiver Sleepers

Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys 

It took a while for the Cowboys to find their rhythm on offense. Adding Amari Cooper has given Dak Prescott the threat of a No.1 wide receiver and made teams respect the passing attack for the Cowboys. At the beginning of the season, that No.1 wideout was Michael Gallup, a third-round pick out of Colorado State. He could not live up to the bill and fill the shoes of Dez Bryant, although he did have one good game in Week 7 (three catches for 81 yards and a touchdown).

On Sunday, Gallup was on the field for 52 offensive plays (compared to 56 for Cooper) lined up in the Z position. It is here where he thrived catching a season-high five passes for 76 yards on seven targets. Prescott has been taking shots to Gallup downfield when coverage has shifted to Cooper’s side. If Cole Beasley misses Sunday against the Eagles, Gallup could be in store for an even heavier workload.

Jordy Nelson, Oakland Raiders

The Raiders are horrible. There is no getting around that. The only chance they have to compete in games is to let Derek Carr go out there and have fun. And that is exactly what they did against the Chiefs. Derek Carr threw the ball 38 times against a weak Chiefs secondary – and 11 of those attempts were to Jordy Nelson. Nelson caught 10 passes for 97 yards and was on the field for over 90 percent of offensive snaps.

I see the game-script against the Steelers going a similar way. The Raiders will be at home for the second straight week against a high-scoring offense. Derek Carr will have the green light. The Steelers were just gashed by Keenan Allen. Nelson is not Allen but does play a similar role in the Raiders offense as a possession receiver. Nelson can be flexed in 12-team leagues and can be used as a WR2 in a bind.

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