Deep Fantasy Football Sleepers | Week 3
Week 2 in fantasy football is done and gone. Last week we featured guys like Andrew Hawkins, Kevin Kolb, and Christian Ponder for week two, and each of those guys had very solid weeks.
There are always sleepers in fantasy football that will surprise us, and NFL Soup will continue to provide you with key names on the waiver wire to watch out for.
Those of you in deep leagues should be scouring the waiver wire regularly to find that next gem, whether it’s for a week or a season, and we have week three’s deepest sleepers to follow.
Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (5.3% of ESPN standard)
Despite an injury to his glute, Gabbert is expected to be ready to go this week, although he will be limited in practice.
He will face a Colts defense that is less than average, and is coming off of an 18 point performance in week one against the Vikings. Week 2 against a very tough Texans defense, Gabbert struggled, but he should rebound this week.
Dante Rosario, TE, San Diego Chargers (3.9%)
If Antonio Gates is a no-go this week, Rosario looks like the tight end to start, rather than Randy McMichael.
Rosario is not usually known for his ability to catch passes, but he is a big target in the red zone and Philip Rivers seems to have a bit of a connection with him, after he caught three touchdowns in Sunday’s win.
Rams Defense (3.7%)
This is a Rams defense that has given up 27 and 28 points in the last two weeks respectably, but they gave it up to high powered offenses of Detroit and Washington.
This week they face a Chicago Bears team that is likely without Matt Forte and interception prone Jay Cutler throwing the football.
With Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins at corner and a talented defensive line that can put pressure on quarterbacks, I have the Rams as a nice sleeper this week.
Donnie Avery, WR, Indianapolis Colts (3.4%)
Austin Collie isn’t likely to make a comeback this week, and with 10 targets in week two, Avery is likely to produce at least a little bit with Andrew Luck.
Aver has scored nine points and 11 points in week one and two, and looks to be another solid play this week against the Jaguars secondary that needs plenty of work.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins (2.7%)
The verdict is still out as to whether Reggie Bush’s backup Daniel Thomas (concussion) will play in week three, but if he does not go, then, Lamar Miller could be a nice risk.
In a route of the Raiders, Miller rushed 10 times for 65 yards and a touchdown. He was easily one of the most talented backs of the 2012 NFL Draft and can make plays.
The Jets defense is tough this week, however, which could be a turn off.
Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns (2.2%)
Despite Weeden’s first week performance in which he scored -2 fantasy points, I still think he could be a decent QB2 this week against a Buffalo Bills defense that can’t seem to shut any quarterback down.
They have struggled against the mediocre passers of Mark Sanchez and Matt Cassel to start the season, and Weeden really looked in sync on Sunday afternoon as he threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns and most importantly no turnovers.
Donald Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills (1.4%)
Jones scored 11 fantasy points in week one, but dropped the ball in week two catching one pass for -2 yards. However, he is the official #2 receiver in Buffalo.
What makes this a more intriguing play is that the Browns are without top tier cornerback Joe Haden for three more weeks, so Jones will likely be matched up on Dimitri Patterson or Buster Skrine, a match-up that he could win if Ryan Fitzpatrick learns to throw a football anytime soon.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (1.8%)
Ben Roethlisberger is looking Sanders’ way, giving Sanders 12 targets in the last two weeks.
While Sanders is not a sure thing, he can make plays down field, and has the ability to run after the catch.
He faces a beat up secondary of the Raiders who just have looked terrible so far, and even made rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill look solid in week two.
Tony Moeaki, TE, Kansas City Chiefs (0.9%)
Kevin Boss (concussion) may be out for week three, and it’s time for Tony Moeaki to reclaim his job.
The Saints are the match-up for Kansas City and are currently dead last against the run and pass, and if Boss does sit out, Moeaki could get back into being a legit fantasy tight end at some point.
Rob Housler, TE, Arizona Cardinals (0.0%)
Todd Heap took a tough shot to the head on Sunday, and may be out for week three against Philadelphia.
While Jeff King is likely to get the most snaps, I have to think that Housler sees more playing time as the season progresses. He’s too talented a tight end to keep sitting, and Kolb does a nice job of getting the ball to his tight ends.
Housler can be a play maker over the middle of the field, so monitor his situation closely.