If you got out of the gate with a win this past week, congrats! If not don’t fret, it’s early and there is plenty of time to right the fantasy ship! Aside from sticking with your quality starters, here is a list of some players who might be under the radar, yet could perform a little better than expected! How about we check out some receiver and tight end sleepers!
Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins – Despite putting his foot in his mouth earlier this week, look for the Dolphins to make every attempt to put the ball in his hands week two against the Indianapolis Colts. His involvement will be necessary if Miami expects to have any chance against the Colts. Wallace should respond.
Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons – Until WR Roddy White is 100% healthy (screw the streak, Roddy – take a seat and GET WELL) Douglas will get looks and will make plays. This weekend against the St. Louis Rams, I would expect him to be rather effective as the Falcons look to recover from a week one loss at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. If White plays and is again limited, no doubt Douglas will step up and perform.
Cecil Shorts III, Jacksonville Jaguars – If I think QB Chad Henne is set up for a solid performance against the Oakland Raiders, I would have to think that one of his receivers would be the benefactor of his stellar afternoon, right? Since there is only one on the team with fantasy merit, my decision is easy. Note that historically with Henne in the lineup, Shorts production dramatically increases and this weekend he’s primed for a rock solid outing. If there is a week to start Shorts it is this week.
Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills – If the Carolina Panthers continue to give up 300 yards passing like they did in week one against the Seattle Seahawks, opposing wide receivers are definitely worth considering. Rookie QB E.J. Manuel is just getting his feet wet, but did find both Woods and Johnson last week for scores. If the defense is giving up three bills through the air (no pun intended) they both could be in for quality performances.
Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders – His teammate, WR Denarius Moore got the touchdown love this past week, but this is the game where I think Streater really makes some noise. He is a quality target, out-targeted Moore and thus far has a superior yard per catch average. Streater is a big body who could give the Jaguars some matchup issues and he’ll likely cash in with his first score of the season this week.
Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams – See QB Sam Bradford in my QB / RB Sleepers piece. He has the skills, the speed and should be able to separate from defensive coverage all afternoon.
Brandon Myers, New York Giants – He was a factor last week, earlier than many predicted, and I see no reason why this trend wouldn’t continue this week against the Denver Broncos. Dare I say he out-performs Waiver Wire darling Broncos TE Julius Thomas???
Dallas Clark, Baltimore Ravens – With WR Jacoby Jones out 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL, the Ravens will find themselves relying other options to get by. Aside from WR Marlon Brown, look for the savvy veteran Clark to jump into the fray and contribute. He was targeted 12 times last week by QB Joe Flacco, and that should continue this week against the Cleveland Browns. Turn back the clock, baby!
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins – Granted, I am digging deep in the sleeper barrel with this one, folks. TE Fred Davis is still listed above Reed on the depth chart, but Reed has been proving more productive and we all know Head Coach Mike Shanahan is not afraid to shake things up. Reed is a young player with a lot of potential, and Davis is working back from an Achilles injury and a short-timer with a one year contract. Against Green Bay this week, Reed could continue to impress, as the Packers can be exposed in the passing game.
Be sure to check out the QB and RB Sleepers for Week 2 – Just posted!
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