Fantasy Football Deep Sleepers | Week One
As NFL Soup expands and finds more valuable article ideas to help you win your fantasy league, we unleash our Deep Sleepers feature.
Deep sleepers are guys that are owned in less than 10% of ESPN standard leagues, and that could have an impact on your fantasy week due to any number of reasons.
We’ll keep tabs on these guys throughout the season, giving fantasy owners a more in depth view of who is likely on their waiver wire.
Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins (8.9%)
It’s somewhat shocking that not many people are buying into the fact that Alfred Morris could get the most carries between all of the Redskins rushers on Sunday.
At the same time, it’s completely understandable not to take a risk so big as Morris with the way that the Shanahan’s rotate rushers each Sunday.
Still, Morris could keep the hot streak going with a solid performance against the Saints this weekend.
Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins (7.9%)
Moss seems a bit left out in the Redskins offense, but despite his aging, he still possesses down field ability.
He is a slot receiver that likely won’t play a ton of offensive snaps, but he can hit the home run ball, especially with the arm that RGIII possesses.
Isaiah Pead, RB, St. Louis Rams (6.8%)
Pead’s inability to effectively pass block has hurt his fantasy value a bit after he looked like the sole handcuff to Steven Jackson.
However, I still see no reason why he won’t see the field a few times spelling Jackson a bit, along with Daryl Richardson.
Pead’s value lies higher as the season progresses, but he’s one to keep an eye on.
Austin Collie, WR, Indianapolis Colts (6.5%)
Collie (concussion) has not seen any set backs and has not been ruled out for Sunday’s match-up against the weak Minnesota Vikings secondary.
But if Collie plays, he will be targeted by Luck, and is likely to make solid catches. Don’t completely forget about Collie unless his concussions become a problem like in past seasons.
Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers (6.1%)
Despite missing nearly all of training camp with a groin injury, Royal looks like he could be ready to go for week one.
Royal is expected to make plays down field and help create mismatches from the slot. The best news is that he has a quarterback in Philip Rivers who can throw the ball down field and likes to do so often.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos (3.2%)
The future at running back for the Broncos very well could be Ronnie Hillman. The Broncos will use different backs, with Willis McGahee being the primary, especially on the goal line.
However, Hillman’s ability to catch out of the back field and make plays in the open field is something to really keep an eye on if he sees action in week one against Pittsburgh.
Devery Henderson, WR, New Orleans (3.2%)
Without Robert Meachem in a Saints uniform, I’m expecting Henderson to step up and see a few more targets than usual.
His home run threat ability makes him a risky fantasy option in deeper leagues, but with Drew Brees throwing the football, you never know just who can score.
Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (2.8%)
Gabbert looked like a potential NFL quarterback in the preseason, especially once first round receiver Justin Blackmon hit the field.
Blackmon will be his primary receiver against the weak Vikings secondary on Sunday, and Gabbert could surprise a few folks.
Tony Moeaki, TE, Kansas City Chiefs (2.1%)
Kevin Boss is listed #1 on the Chiefs depth chart at tight end, but a healthy Moeaki means more play making opportunities for Matt Cassel.
Moeaki had a very solid rookie campaign before missing all of 2011 with a knee injury.
Do not count out Moeaki this week, or any week for that matter.
Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders (1.2%)
Streater has shown some play making ability in training camp for the Raiders and has seen plenty of reps with the first team offense with Denarius Moore banged up.
If Moore is a game-time scratch, Streater could be a viable option this week against the Chargers on Monday Night Football.