Fantasy Sleepers Week 16: Must-Add Players for Fantasy Playoffs (Deep League Options)

by Theo Gremminger · Analytics & Advanced Metrics

This is Fantasy Sleepers Week 16!


Joe Flacco | Cleveland (32%)

Flacco continues to deliver. He threw for 374 passing yards in Week 15’s win over Chicago. His level of play this late in the season, after missing the entire start, is borderline legendary at this point. Flacco has passed for his most yards since 2018 in back-to-back weeks.

He also has been highly predictable with his passing volume, with at least 44 pass attempts in each game as starter. With seven TD passes in three games, it is easy to get excited about Flacco especially this week with the Houston Texans on tap. Houston has been shredded by opposing signal callers. If Zach Wilson can pass for 300 yards against The Texans, then Joe Flacco managers could be in for a smash game. 

Nick Mullens | Minnesota (11%)

There were more positives than negatives with Mullens in his first start of the season. He passed for 303 yards and two TDs. His day could have been even better, but he tossed two costly interceptions in Bengals territory. Justin Jefferson is healthy, and with Jefferson, Hockenson, and Addison (two TDs in Week 15), all Mullens has to do is a good Kirk Cousins impersonation and he is a high end QB2. Ty Chandler‘s ascent also helps the entire offense and could lead to more scoring opportunities.

Running Backs

Roschon Johnson | Chicago (22%) 

I hate how the Bears make this a weekly guessing game, but there were signs of life in Week 15 with Johnson. He led Chicago in RB touches and yardage and had a promising six targets. Could we see three straight Roschon games to end the season? Arizona was shredded by San Francisco in Week 15, and the Bears are favored at home.

This could be a sneaky game for the rookie to build some late season momentum. 

Chase Brown | Cincinnati (20%)

Brown has had three straight games with at least nine touches, despite playing limited snaps. With Ja’Marr Chase injured, look for the Bengals to lean on Joe Mixon and Brown, and there could be increased touches for the RB position. Brown is explosive and dangerous in the passing game. He has had back-to-back games with three catches. Treat him as a low end RB3 with upside this week. 

Justice Hill | Baltimore (17%)

Keaton Mitchell is done for the season, and Hill will look to fill in. The veteran RB should inherit Mitchell’s targets and receive 8-10 carries. We have not had a single big fantasy performance all season from Hill, but we have seen some decent volume games. This is a gut shot play for desperate fantasy managers. 

Isaiah Spiller | Los Angeles Chargers (1%)

Spiller is a stash more than a start. The Chargers seemingly have no direction, but Spiller did set career highs in carries (16) and yardage (50) in Week 15. This may be a sign of things to come, and Spiller will tote the rock for the rest of the season. 

Tight Ends

Tucker Kraft | Green Bay (15%)

Kraft tied a season-high with six targets and scored his second TD in four weeks.

He finished with four catches and 57 yards and will look to build on those numbers with multiple Green Bay WRs banged up. Kraft has become a reliable weapon for Jordan Love

Tanner Hudson | Cincinnati (5%)

Hudson is our new favorite break glass TE option in case of an emergency. In Week 15, he caught five passes and finished with 49 receiving yards. Hudson becomes an even safer play with Ja’Marr Chase out with a shoulder injury. This is more of a floor play, with Hudson only catching one TD this season. ‘Tis the season for random TE TDs.

Michael Mayer | Las Vegas (7%)

Hunter Henry just shredded the Chiefs defense to the tune of seven catches, 66 yards, and a TD. Mayer is a gut shot play this week and could look to build off of a TD grab in Week 15. It only makes sense for another 2023 TE class player to gain some steam heading into the offseason. 

Wide Receivers

Dontayvion Wicks | Green Bay (9%)

Wicks is my favorite WR streaming option this week. Jayden Reed looks like he will miss, and Christian Watson probably misses another game. Wicks could be in for a big game. The rookie had his most productive game of the season in Week 15, finishing with season highs of six catches and 97 yards.

His seven targets were also a season high. Wicks has the talent and opportunity to make an impact not only this week but in Championship week as well.

Jameson Williams | Detroit (22%)

Williams had a season high seven targets in Saturday night’s win over Denver. While seven targets may not sound like a lot, it is a significant leap forward for Williams who had not received more than six since Week 7. This week in a tough divisional matchup against a solid defense like Minnesota, the speedster could find himself in some advantageous matchups while Minnesota keys in on Amon-Ra St. Brown, Sam LaPorta and Jahmyr Gibbs

Wan’Dale Robinson | New York Giants (11%)

Robinson had a disappointing Week 15 performance against the Saints but is a sneaky flex consideration against a generous Philadelphia secondary this week. There is risk in using any New York pass catcher, but Robinson should have a built-in floor. Two weeks ago, Robinson had season highs of eight touches and 115 yards.