With the playoffs coming up, we’re narrowing down our sleepers to the three players who are going to have breakout games Sunday. Points are based on ESPN Fantasy standard scoring.
Week 13 picks
Quarterback: Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
Last week’s points: 16, This week’s projected: 20
Smith completed 26-of-44 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown last week. Smith faces Atlanta on Sunday, which has allowed a touchdown on 28.6 percent of opposing drives, the highest in the NFL. Smith will be a good pickup for Sunday.
Running Back: James Starks, Green Bay Packers
Last week’s points: 12, This week’s projected: 10
Starks has been the Packers No. 1 running back because injuries throughout their backfield. His value is high as a pass catcher, and last week he rushed for 41 yards on 14 carries and had five receptions for 27 yards. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown Starks the ball 13 times over the last three games. His ceiling will be high Sunday.
Wide Receiver: Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
Last week’s points: 6, This week’s projected: 12
Boyd was targeted nine times last week, and with the absence of receiver A.J. Green because of injury, Boyd will continue to get a high volume of looks. The rookie led the league last week with a target on 21.4 percent of his routes. The Eagles’ defense struggles covering outside receivers, so Boyd will be a valuable pick-up for a FLEX play Sunday.