Rotoprofessor’s Sunday Sleepers – Week 2

Sep 16, 2010

By Eric Stashin, www.rotoprofessor.com
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Looking for a sleeper option who may be available on your waiver wire who could make a major impact this week?  Let’s take a look at a few options (for consideration on this listing from week-to-week, a player must be owned in less then 50% of both Yahoo and ESPN leagues):
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Quarterback:
Jason Campbell – Oakland Raiders

It’s easy to ignore Campbell, given the state of the Raiders passing game.  Of Campbell’s 180 yards through the air, 74 went to running backs (led by 55 to Darren McFadden) and 48 to tight ends (led by 43 to Zach Miller).  While that isn’t ideal, let’s not completely write things off as a disaster after just one week.
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The Raiders take on the St. Louis Rams, who gave up 297 yards to the Arizona Cardinals despite Derek Anderson’s inability to connect with Larry Fitzgerald (3 receptions on 15 targets).  What worked was the short passing game, using Steve Breaston (7 receptions on 7 targets) and Tim Hightower (4 receptions on 4 targets).  That type of passing game seems to fit the Raiders personnel, doesn’t it?
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I’d look for the Raiders to work the short passing game, utilizing the talents of Miller and McFadden, as well as Louis Murphy.  The threat of taking shots deep to Darius Heyward-Bey will do just enough to continue to keep the Rams off balance.
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It would be nice if we felt that he could hit a home run at any given moment, but even without that, he has the potential to be a solid option this week.  If you are in a two-quarterback format, he’s certainly worth rolling the dice on.
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Campbell is currently owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues and 9.9% of ESPN leagues..

Wide Receiver:
Jerricho Cotchery – New York Jets

Let’s get one thing straight; I don’t trust Mark Sanchez.  He looked awful in Week 1.  He looked like he had no confidence and checked down off the deep ball before giving the play a chance to develop.
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That said, they still could try to take advantage of a weak Patriots secondary with a controlled passing game.  Cotchery would play into that, as he is the steady presence on the outside.
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In two games against the Patriots in 2009 he had 7 catches for 171 yards and 1 TD.  In his second game against the Patriots in 2008 he had five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.  In fact, he has posted three straight games against the Patriots with at least 84 yards, as well as being able to find the end zone.
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While there are justifiable concerns, we have to like his current track record and opportunity for success.
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Cotchery is currently owned in 44% of Yahoo leagues and 18.2% of ESPN leagues.
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Running Back:
Peyton Hillis – Cleveland Browns

I’ve spoken about Hillis in the past, and the injury to Monario Hardesty appears to have opened up a significant role in the offense for him.  In Week 1 he had nine carries for 41 yards, as well as making four catches for 24 yards.  Yes, his pair of fumbles could land him in hot water with Eric Mangini, but the Browns lack sufficient depth to just ignore him.
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While he could see his role reduced (he had the same number of carries as Jerome Harrison), the matchup with the Chiefs could lead to him again playing a major role.  While they were exposed in the passing game in Week 1, the potential for Jake Delhomme missing the game will likely cause the Browns to go after them slightly differently.  Seneca Wallace would start in his place and that has to scare fantasy owners, as well as change the game plan.
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Unleashing a short passing game, and a two-headed monster of Hillis and Hardesty, could be potent.  The Chiefs did allow 3.8 yards/carry in the opening week, putting them in the middle of the pack.  Considering the Browns averaged 4.5 yards/carry, there is a chance that could excel.
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Hillis is currently owned in 19% of Yahoo leagues and 18.7% of ESPN leagues.
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What are your thoughts of these players?  Would you use any of them in Week 1?  Have any other sleepers you’d suggest?
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Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 2 Rankings:


You can also check out our rankings:
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- Week 2 Fantasy QB Rankings
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Week 2 Fantasy RB Rankings
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Week 2 Fantasy WR Rankings
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Week 2 Fantasy TE Rankings
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Week 2 Fantasy K Rankings
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Week 2 Fantasy DEF Rankings
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Week 2 Fantasy IDP Rankings

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