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September 11, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

2012 Fantasy Football: Week Two Offensive Sleepers

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Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position.  Hit by injuries?  Low in the waiver priority order?  Try one of these guys out.  For the first four weeks sleepers are based on live draft results.  Players must be outside the top 15 QB, top 25 RB, top 40 WR, and top 15 TE.

 

Quarterbacks

 

Matt Cassel:  When Mark Sanchez torches a defense for three touchdown passes they are on notice as being vulnerable.  That happened to the new look Bills last week and Cassel gets the next crack at them.  In a blowout loss to Atlanta he managed 258 yards and 7.3 yards per attempt.

 

Christian Ponder:  He was 20-27 Sunday and averaged 9.9 yards per pass.  His 105.5 QB rating was higher than any game in 2011.  The Vikings travel to Indianapolis, who allowed 41 points to the Bears.

 

John Skelton:  He sprained an ankle but could suit up as soon as Sunday.  Despite holding Tennessee to thirteen points New England still allowed over two thirds of the Titans’ passes to be completed.  Continue to treat them as a very vulnerable pass defense.

 

Running Backs

 

Jonathan Dwyer:  He was Pittsburgh’s most effective runner by far, averaging 4.8 yards per carry while no other RB exceeded 2.5.  This continued momentum he established in preseason games where he carried 28 times for 143 yards.  The Steelers’ backfield remains muddled long term but until Isaac Redman and Rashard Mendenhall are healthy Dwyer should be featured.

 

Kendall Hunter:  Frank Gore received half of the 49ers’ 32 rushes but Hunter got his hands on the ball nine times.  San Francisco could be one of the only teams to run more than pass this year so it is a good place to go for a backup running back.  Against Detroit’s stout defensive front getting the ball to Hunter in space could be a preferable strategy.

 

Ben Tate:  Houston opens the year with two soft opponents, Miami and Jacksonville.  Tate did not do much on the ground against the Dolphins but proved himself with four 100-yard games last year.  Expect the Texans to get a big lead and rotate their running backs freely.

 

 

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

Wide Receivers

 

Randall Cobb:  Aaron Rodgers was 9/9 when throwing his way, as Cobb established himself as a greater part of the Green Bay offense.  This should be more exciting to owners than his punt return touchdown, which cannot be counted on consistently.  If Cedric Benson is stopped in his tracks again the Packers will throw lots of passes.

 

Alshon Jeffery:  He was targeted and produced like Chicago’s #2 wide receiver in their blowout of Indianapolis.  The turnaround is quick but he will see another soft secondary when the Bears travel to Green Bay Thursday night.  The combination of Jeffery and Brandon Marshall is a nightmare for undersized cornerbacks.

 

Dexter McCluster:  He will not be running the ball much unless Jamaal Charles is injured again but Matt Cassel tossed ten passes his way last week.  He did not run any deep routes yet managed 13.7 yards per catch.  The Bills allowed three passing touchdowns last week including one to New York’s slot receiver.

 

Tight Ends

 

Coby Fleener:  Andrew Luck’s college teammate was the second most targeted Colt and also the second most targeted tight end in Week One.  The Vikings have a poor secondary and Marcedes Lewis scored against them last week.

 

Heath Miller:  He was often an afterthought in the passing game last season but was very involved Sunday.  Four of his seven targets were in the red zone and he cashed one in for a touchdown.  The Jets allowed 973 yards to opposing tight ends last year, a mark among the ten highest teams.

 

Dennis Pitta:  Both he and Ed Dickson were injured in preseason but Pitta looked far more ready Monday night.  He led Baltimore with nine targets, catching five for 73 yards and a touchdown.  He carried a higher percentage of his team’s targets than any other tight end.

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