It’s survive and advance season, and if you’re reading this, it’s likely due to one of two reasons.
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And with that, this intro has officially gone off the rails and has nothing to do with the sidepiece article, so let’s get to the point and proceed to get loaded!
Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants vs. Miami Dolphins
Here’s a definite boom-or-bust play. When Darius Slayton is good, he’s real good. When Slayton is bad, it’s not worthy of a spot in your starting lineup bad. There’s not much consistency when it comes to Slayton, but a matchup against the Dolphins’ second-to-last pass defense makes Slayton a solid candidate to breakout that you won’t want to leave on your bench. In the return of Eli Manning last week, Slayton proceeded to haul in five of his eight targets en route to 154 receiving yards and two touchdowns. It’s highly unlikely he matches this type of output once again this week, but I don’t think it would come as a huge surprise against this Dolphins’ depleted secondary.
Phillip Lindsay / Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs
You (hopefully) don’t have both of these guys in the same league, but if you have either of them, it may not be a bad week to plug one of them into your starting lineup. Both Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, depending on which you liked more heading into fantasy draft season, have likely under performed this year in comparison to what you had in mind when drafting them. However, the Chiefs’ 30th-ranked run defense presents a solid matchup and the opportunity to plug one of them into your starting lineup and not feel all that concerned about it. Neither have been a player you’ve wanted to rely on at the RB position this year, but hey, this is what the sidepiece is for. Let them do your dirty work this week and advance you to next week’s championship.
Zach Pascal, WR, Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints
I’ll admit it, I’ve been wrong on Zach Pascal more times than I’ve been right on him this season, but I’ve already seen a lot of start/sit questions come in through Twitter that have included Pascal as an option – and I’ve felt very confident telling people to move forward with Pascal this week against the Saints. After being held scoreless three weeks ago against the Texans, Pascal has put up double-digit points in back-to-back games after posting 109 receiving yards against the Titans and following it up with 74 yards and a touchdown last week against the Bucs. Now he gets the Saints who have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, and are fresh off being shred by Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers. While I don’t see the Colts hanging 48 on the Saints like San Francisco did, I don’t think it’s a stretch to expect 80+ yards and a TD from Pascal on Monday night.
Have a Sunday Sidepiece that didn’t make the list? Let us know which sleepers you’re rolling with on Twitter or in the comments below!
Be sure to check out this week’s episodes of the Loaded Box Podcast. Our Week 15 Fantasy Football Preview answers listener start/sit questions and provides DFS advice while our Week 15 Gambling Preview gives you our picks both straight up and against the spread for each game on the schedule.