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NFL Fantasy Sleepers Week 2
I feel like fantasy football has taken on a life of its own this year. Everyone is talking about how seriously they take it, their league's punishments, and how over-the-top their drafts are. Personally, my fantasy football experience is a bit different. While I set out every year to do one thing and one thing only (dominate) I try not to get involved with any of the stuff that’s too crazy. No “last place gets a tattoo” leagues for me, and I’m never a part of any league that continues on after the season. I just go to yahoo, click “join league” and just ride with it for the entire season.
All that said though, I’ve been playing fantasy football for over a decade now, so this isn’t my first trip around the block. So I know the importance of a good draft, but I also know the importance of a good week on the waiver wire–and that’s what we’ll be talking about today. I’ll be giving out two sleepers per position that are owned in less than 50% of leagues–I’ll even keep a score tally of how all my players do, that way you know whether to fade my picks or ride with them.
Carson Wentz (Owned in 42% of leagues)
Wentz threw two interceptions in Week One, but that’s easy to look past when you see the rest of his stat lines. He threw for 313 yards and tacked on FOUR touchdowns in his Commanders debut, leading the football team from Washington to a 28-22 win over the Jaguars. Wentz and the Commanders will be traveling into Detroit this weekend, who gave up 243 yards on 18/32 passing to Jalen Hurts in week one.
Baker Mayfield (Owned in 13% of leagues)
Baker and the Panthers will be traveling into New York to play the Giants this weekend, who stunned the world and beat the Titans in Week One. While the Giants came out on top, they didn’t do the best job at containing Titans QB Ryan Tannehill, who threw for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns. I think Mayfield and the Panthers will put up a good fight against the Giants this week, and I think they’ll try to work Christian McCaffrey into the gameplan more in Week Two
Running Back Sleepers
Khalil Herbert (Owned in 46% of leagues)
Herbert was out-touched by Montgomery in Week One 21-10, but Herbert still managed to find the endzone with 45 yards of his own–which was 19 more yards than Montgomery managed to tally. The Bears won their week one game, so they may look to keep riding the hot hand and give Herbert more attention in Week two. They’ll be taking on the Packers, who gave up 90 yards to Dalvin Cook in Week One.
Rex Burkhead (Owned in 31% of leagues)
While Burkhead didn’t have an incredible game in Week One, he was targeted eight times by Davis Mills in their week one win over the Colts. He was also handed the ball 14 times, and tallied 70 total yards between rushing and receiving. The Texans are traveling into Denver in week two, who gave up 60 yards rushing to Rashaad Penny, and a plethora of yards to all Seahawk receivers.
Wide Reciever Sleepers
Donovan Peoples-Jones (Owned in 13% of leagues)
Peoples-Jones was targeted ELEVEN times in the Browns week one game in Carolina, and I expect those numbers to continue in week two against the Jets. While the Jets newest Cornerback Sauce Gardner appears to be the real deal, the assumption is that he will have his hands full with Amari Cooper. This will leave Peoples-Jones open for Brisset, who seemed to have fallen in love with him in week one.
Jahan Dotson (Owned in 38% of leagues)
Dotson was one of Wentz’s favorite red zone targets in week one, snagging two touchdowns on five targets and three receptions. They’ll be traveling into Detroit in week two, so I think the Commanders' passing attack will continue to flourish.