So, you’re trying to earn some extra points in your fantasy lineups I see.
I see you being sneaky, coming to a place looking for possible waiver wire adds, a case to play someone you’re unsure about over another, or simply seeing if it’s worth taking a risk on a guy that on first glance makes your opponents go “wtf”, because they don’t have the insight you have.
You know me from my 2019 “Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em’s” on Full Press Coverage, but this season, I’m taking on a new task – rolling with a completely sleeper article.
If you’re new to mine or FPC’s fantasy content, I just celebrated my first full year on the most successful podcast at FPC: The Full Press Fantasy Pod. My 2019 fantasy articles got thousands of views most weeks and I specialize in deep NFL offensive player analysis, both here and on the podcast. This is also my 13th year playing fantasy football.
If you drafted a top quarterback, running back, wide receiver, or tight end, you don’t need me to tell you to play them. What you may need though is help on whether you should play a second string receiver over another second string receiver because someone like Michael Thomas is out or DeVante Parker may not see a full game this week. Did you take a first round pick on Thomas or expect Parker to be a solid starter weekly after his 1,000-yard season last year? Me too. You’re not alone.
But here we are, injuries already. So what do you do? Let’s find out.
Editor’s Note: I’m not limiting myself to a certain number of sleepers per position. If a player should be played and fits the sleeper description, he’s here. Will I mention every possible sleeper each week? Absolutely not. But, I’ll make sure you know the ones I personally would start and have confidence putting my team(s) on the line for.
If I’m not already starting them or am not comfortable starting them, they’re not in this article.
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1) Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee vs Jacksonville
Yeah, yeah we all saw head coach Mike Vrabel’s mask about feeding RB Derrick Henry. He clearly did that as Henry got 31 rushing attempts. I expect Henry to be fed again, however, Ryan Tannehill still attempted 43 passes (29 completions) for 243 yards and two touchdowns against a Denver defense that is viewed as a top lockdown secondary. They play the Jaguars this week, who are not tanking, but aren’t elite on either side of the football by any means. Jacksonville gave up 357 yards through the air last week, as well as a score. While I was surprised to see WR Corey Davis resurrect and TE Jonnu Smith find the end zone, Tannehill had two passing and two rushing TDs against the Jaguars last year in his only meeting with them. An increase in yards and scores? Start him.
2) Josh Allen, Buffalo @ Miami
The Dolphins are the No. 1 passing defense in the league heading into week two, yes you read that correctly, after giving up just 155 yards to Cam Newton last week. However, they’re a league-worst in rush defense after giving up nearly 300 yards on the ground to Newton and the Patriots RBs. Josh Allen is a mobile QB and will test a rebuilding Miami secondary heavily, even if he gets “boo’s” from the fans in the stands that will be present at one of the only venues this weekend. He had three scores (two passing, one rushing) and the first 300-yard passing game of his career last week. Allen has WRs in Buffalo, where Newton really doesn’t in NE unless it’s Julian Edelman out of the slot. 37 fantasy points last week (give or take based on scoring settings)? I’m sorry I benched him.
1) Kareem Hunt, Cleveland vs Cincinnati
I don’t think Kareem Hunt will outrush Nick Chubb this week, but you can’t ignore his 19 total touches and 75+ yard game. I’m nervous that QB Baker Mayfield will struggle and he will need to lean on his backs despite reports about Cleveland wanting to get its receivers more involved. If the script does lean that way, Hunt still benefits. He’s the pass-catching back and should be able to be used heavily in the short field against a vulnerable Bengals defense who will likely be more focused on WRs Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, who is expected to play despite a hip injury limiting him in practice. TE David Njoku, who caught the Browns’ only TD last week, is on injured reserve and that red zone target should go to Hunt.
2) David Montgomery, Chicago vs New York Giants
The Giants are entering the game on a short week and are on the road. They just gave up a 100-plus yard game to Pittsburgh Steelers backup Benny Snell on Monday night and I don’t think that’s because they weren’t prepared for him to come in to play for an injured James Conner. The Bears are favorites at home and Nagy should pound the ball to avoid the likes of a turnover-hungry Steelers secondary who could be on the field a lot. I like RB Tarik Cohen too, but Montgomery makes way more sense.
3) Devin Singletary, Buffalo @ Miami
Welcome home, Devin. The south Florida native is returning home to beat up some more on a poor rush defense. Singletary makes more sense as the rushing favorite this week over pass-catching back Zack Moss. I expect Singletary to be on the field more than Moss and get a rushing score. He also has the potential to see a huge increase in handoffs and see his short-yardage gains stack up more and more as the game goes on. With Miami cornerback Xavien Howard confirmed to be getting more snaps post-injury, Buffalo WRs Stefon Diggs and John Brown are going to line up with Howard and CB Byron Jones. No thank you. The receiving game could turn to WR Cole Beasley and Moss in the middle of the field, but Buffalo is a running team who should use Singletary.
4) J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore @ Houston
Holy cow, already? Yes. J.K. Dobbins played more snaps than Mark Ingram in week one and scored twice. Although Dobbins had less carries than Ingram, it was only by three (10-7). Dobbins also caught the football and Ingram didn’t. Ingram also battled time with Gus Edwards and I seriously doubt anyone saw that coming. I’m pretty sure Houston is still trying to tackle Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and even though I can see Baltimore running all over Houston, it won’t be Ingram doing the running. Dobbins should get the goal-line work, and even if he loses it to QB Lamar Jackson, the Ravens look to be relying on Dobbins on all downs all over the field. His carry total should increase and Baltimore should have more rushing scores than passing scores this week, especially when it takes the lead early.
1) Russell Gage, Atlanta @ Dallas
Who? That’s why you’re here, right? Russell Gage posted a career-high 114 yards on nine catches (12 targets) last week in a shootout with Seattle. When your quarterback throws for 450 yards, the most of anyone in the league, all receiving options are fair game. Gage had as many catches and targets as No. 2 Calvin Ridley, but Gage didn’t make headlines because he didn’t have a touchdown. Dallas gave up 267 yards through the air to Jared Goff last week (yikes) and Matt Ryan is a much better, more experienced QB. The Cowboys saw CB Byron Jones leave for Miami in free agency and they have holes all throughout their secondary. LBs Leighton Vander Esch and Sean Lee are also both out, and in what should be another shootout matchup for the Falcons, I can see a similar line for Gage this week. Also, did you see that Julio Jones could be a game time decision because of his hamstring? Go get ‘em, tiger.
2) CeeDee Lamb, Dallas vs Atlanta
I’m going for it. Are you? Promising tight end Blake Jarwin is done for the year after tearing his ACL, and all the season targets that would’ve gone to him, along with making up the targets from WR Randall Cobb’s departure, all fall on CeeDee Lamb. WR Amari Cooper was the No. 1 option for now (10 catches, 81 yards) while No. 2 Michael Gallup was held in check (three catches, 50 yards). RB Ezekiel Elliott is top point-getter for this team, but there’s a reason QB Dak Prescott is touted so high. He will get the ball around, and I expect a weak Falcons secondary to open up big days either in terms of yards or scores through the air this week. Even if Lamb is the fourth option on this team, this should be a shootout, and fourth best worked for WR Gage last week, why can’t it work for Lamb?
3) Anthony Miller, Chicago vs New York Giants
No, this has nothing to do with Allen Robinson possibly wanting out of Chicago. However, if that does moronically happen, then boom, you picking up Miller suddenly gives you a No. 1 WR.
Anyway. Anthony Miller quietly had a TD and 76 yards last week in a game it seemed like not too many people paid attention to nationally. He finished third on the team in targets, but I don’t expect TE Jimmy Graham to keep pace with his seven targets from week one. Miller should be good for a score again this week and optimal yardage against a Giants secondary that just allowed three passing scores on a short week.
4) Emmanuel Sanders, New Orleans @ Las Vegas
Michael Thomas is out for a few weeks with an ankle injury leaving former No. 1 WR Emmanuel Sanders to resume a familiar role. Normally I’d be afraid of cross-country road trips, but this game is on Monday night, so I’m not. While I think RB Alvin Kamara benefits the most from Thomas’ injury in terms of fantasy points and usage, Sanders would be a No. 1 WR on most teams. Despite minimal yards last week, Sanders still found the end zone. Add more targets and yards to an already-made red zone threat, sign me up. TE Jared Cook and WR TreQuan Smith are also in the mix as sneaky sleepers, because frankly, the Raiders aren’t very good.
1) Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia vs Los Angeles Rams
Dallas Goedert was the best receiving option in week one against a surprisingly strong Washington Football Team secondary. He was top-10 in PPR leagues last week with eight catches for 101 yards and a score. WR Alshon Jeffery is likely out and Philadelphia won’t be using WR Jalen Reagor much either with his adjustment to the NFL still in the early stages. I’ll bet on Goedert, even with a frustrated Zach Ertz, who will likely see more looks. Even if RB Miles Sanders plays, the Rams are vulnerable.
2) Hayden Hurst, Atlanta @ Dallas
Hayden Hurst only saw 38 of QB Matt Ryan’s 450 yards in his Falcon’s debut which is less than optimal. But, he was hand-picked by the organization to take over for TE Austin Hooper. He also faces a Dallas defense this weekend that allowed 104 receptions to TE’s in 2019. If he can be on the plus-side of six catches he should be an end zone candidate with the likes of getting around 60 yards give or take. If Hurst fares well this week, he has similar defensive matchups in the upcoming weeks in terms or defensive strength that could really see him take off. Keep an eye out if you’re not sold for a start this week.
– Kayla Morton is the Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Miami Dolphins. She is also a co-host on the Full Press Fantasy Pod. Like and follow on Follow @northdakayla74 Follow @FPC_Dolphins and Facebook.