Week Two Fantasy Sleepers
As we approach week two now, fantasy football is in full swing. We have seen some injuries already that may have put several fantasy teams at risk. So, each week I will come out with 10 fantasy football sleepers who have solid match-ups that you may not be thinking about starting or even owning. Let’s get to it.
Matt Ryan | QB
Falcons (vs. Raiders)
Ryan had a solid week one against the Buccaneers, going for over 330 yards and a pair of touchdowns. This week, he gets to face the Raiders, who gave up 423 yards and four touchdowns to Drew Brees over the weekend. While Ryan may not put up those types of stats, he is a solid bet to throw for over 300 yards again to go with at least two touchdowns. This match-up has the makings of a high-scoring affair, which will only help Ryan put up more stats for fantasy football owners. With Julio Jones, Tevin Coleman, Devonta Freeman and even Mohamed Sanu to throw to, Ryan has plenty of play-makers to utilize. Ryan has a chance to finish in the top 12 for week two in this match-up.
- Matt Ryan was also our suggest DraftKings Bargin for Week 2
Josh McCown | QB
Browns (vs. Ravens)
After sitting week one with Robert Griffin playing, McCown will resume his old post as the starting quarterback with Griffin on injured reserve. That is not only good news for Gary Barnidge owners, but also Duke Johnson owners as well. While Baltimore only gave up 111 yards to Tyrod Taylor in week one, there is still reason for optimism for this match-up. McCown torched Baltimore last season for over 450 yards passing and two touchdowns last season. Not to mention he has an offensive mastermind as a head coach and more weapons to throw to including Barnidge, Johnson, Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman as well. Buffalo is a run-first offense, which attributed to Tyrod’s sub-par performance against the Ravens. McCown could have a great game against the suspect Ravens secondary.
- Josh McCown made the list as a solid depth player suggestion in our Waiver Wire Article for week 2
Dak Prescott | QB
Cowboys (vs. Redskins)
With all of the hype Prescott received during the preseason, you’d expect him to be everyone’s QB1, right? Well, he had a decent showing in week one with 227 yards passing (for a rookie that is). He had opportunities for two touchdowns, but Cole Beasley dropped a pass and Dez Bryant didn’t complete a “catch” (I don’t even know what that is at this point). Fortunately, Prescott has a solid match-up against the Redskins, who gave up 300 yards passing and three touchdowns to Ben Roethlisberger on Monday night. He also ran for 12 yards, so he has the chance to add some points through running the ball. He is a solid mid-tier QB2 that has the potential to finish better than top 15.
Christine Michael | RB
Seahawks (vs. Rams)[the_ad id=”58837″]The darling of fantasy football, Michael is coming off a solid workload game (15 carries, two receptions) in week one. This week, he gets the Rams, who gave up 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns to San Francisco’s running backs on Monday. While Thomas Rawls is a threat to make him and Michael a committee, the fact that Russell Wilson is injured may cause the Seahawks to run the ball more in week two. Michael has a solid match-up and will probably see around 15-20 touches again. He could sneak into top 25 value for week two.
Tevin Coleman | RB
Falcons (vs. Raiders)
Coleman is coming off a very good game against the Buccaneers on Sunday. He had eight carries for 22 yards but five receptions for 95 yards. He out-gained Devonta Freeman 117 yards to 40 yards from scrimmage and had one less touch than he did. This week, Coleman and the Falcons face the Raiders, who gave up 128 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown to running backs in week one. With Freeman also hobbled with a quad injury, Coleman could siphon a few more touches even from him. Coleman is a high-end RB3/FLEX play in PPR leagues this weekend with the ability to do more.
Tajae Sharpe | WR
Titans (vs. Lions)
The fifth round rookie out of UMass went from a back-up wide receiver to arguably the Titans number one wide receiver in a matter of a few months. And he showed why he deserves that spot. He finished with 11 targets, seven receptions and 76 yards (all three were the most among all Titans wide receivers). Sharpe appears to have carved out a solid role for the Titans and will head into week two with a chance to do even more damage. He faces the Lions this week, who gave up 237 yards and a touchdown to Colts wide receivers in week one. Sharpe may have his doubters, but it’s clear that the Titans value him a lot. He is a solid mid-tier WR3/FLEX this week with the ability to possibly slip into the top 20 in scoring.
Eli Rogers | WR
Steelers (vs. Bengals)[the_ad id=”63198″]Behind Antonio Brown, Rogers had the most receptions and receiving yards (and a touchdown to boot) out of all Steelers wide receivers. He was functioning as the team’s slot wide receiver and thrived with six receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. With the team lacking Markus Wheaton and Ladarius Green due to injury, Rogers has stepped up and shown to be a reliable target in practice and now in a game for the Steelers. Rogers faces the Bengals this weekend, who gave up over 50 yards and a touchdown to the Jets slot wide receiver Quincy Enunwa on Sunday. Rogers has the chance for another solid WR3/FLEX week, with the chance to do more with the Bengals worrying mostly about Brown.
Sterling Shepard | WR
Giants (vs. Saints)
While he only had four targets on Sunday, Shepard made the most of them with three receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys. He functioned as the Giants number two wide receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr. and will continue to most likely as the season goes on despite Victor Cruz’s solid performance. He faces the Saints this week, who gave up 243 yards and a touchdown to Raiders wide receivers in week one. Needless to say, he has a very good match-up and has the chance to do even more damage. He has solid WR3/FLEX appeal to him this week.
Dennis Pitta | TE
Ravens (vs. Browns)
After dealing with hip injuries over the past two seasons, Pitta is finally back on the field and had a good week one (four targets, three receptions, 39 yards) considering how long it had been since he last played. He functioned as the Ravens number one tight end after Benjamin Watson went down with a season-ending Achilles injury. He faces the Browns this weekend, who gave up seven receptions and 69 yards to Zach Ertz and Brent Celek in week one. With the tight end position being as crazy as it comes to predict, Pitta could make his way into low-end TE1 territory in week two.
Brent Celek TE
Eagles (vs. Bears)
While Celek functioned as the number two tight end in week one for the Eagles, that was before Zach Ertz went down with a rib injury. Ertz is expected to miss week two as he recovers, allowing for Celek to take the mantle of the starting tight end spot for Philadelphia. That could be a very prosperous role for fantasy football owners as he could slide in as produce something like what Ertz was doing (six receptions, 58 yards in week one). He faces the Bears this week, who gave up six receptions for 48 yards in week one to the Texans tight ends. Celek has the chance to be a top 15 tight end this week with a bigger role in the offense.[the_ad id=”65749″]
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Doug Moore is a fantasy football writer for Gridiron Experts. He has previously written for sites such as ESPN, SBNation, FFToday & Inside The Pylon. He also was the co-host for the highly-rated fantasy football podcast Overtime Ireland for several years. You can find him on Twitter at @DMooreNFL