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Sometimes because of match-ups you have to roll out less than ideal lineups, especially when your players are nicked up. That’s the nature of the beast. Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here are some of the under the radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you.
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Mike Glennon, QB, Chicago Bears – Likely playing from behind, which translates into a lot of pass attempts.
DeShone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns – Same deal for Kizer. He ran for 992 yards and 18 touchdowns in college. His rushing ability aids his fantasy prospects.
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots – The Pats backfield is a mystery as usual, but Burkhead could see a slew of targets in the passing game.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals – I know the Bengals have a crowded backfield, but Hill is likely to get the short touchdown opportunities. He has 29 TDs in three years.
Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs – Kareem Hunt will get the first crack, but if he struggles West could find himself in a bigger role.
Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers – If converted WR Ty Montgomery struggles, Williams could see additional looks.
Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots – There are targets to be had with Julian Edelman out.
Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions – He’s pretty overlooked or a guy that has improved each year, including 930 yards last year. If Patrick Peterson shadows Golden Tate, Jones could be a preferred target.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants – Odell Beckham could be out of limited (ankle) so Shepard could find himself busier than usual. He scored a TD against Dallas last year.
Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears – Glennon will have to throw to someone. Wright figures to lead the team in targets. Volume based option.
Dwayne Allen, TE, New England Patriots – Anytime you have Brady throwing it to you and Gronk to draw attention away, you’re a good bet to be open in the red zone.
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants – The Cowboys struggled against tight ends last year. The rookie could make a splash in his debut.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears – As long as he’s healthy he should give you some low-end value based on volume.
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Sometimes because of match-ups you have to roll out less than ideal lineups, especially when your players are nicked up. That’s the nature of the beast. Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here are some of the under the radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you.
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Brock Osweiler, QB, Houston Texans
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots
Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears
Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Clive Walford, TE, Oakland Raiders
Virgil Green, TE, Denver Broncos
Will Tye, TE, New York Giants
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Even though it’s Week 1, that doesn’t mean that there is no need for a low-end option that is currently flying under the radar.  Let’s take a look at a few players who are likely available in your league and may be in store for a big opening week:
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Quarterback:
Derek Anderson – Arizona Cardinals

While he had his struggles in 2009 while playing for the Browns (888 yards, 3 TD, 10 INT), whenever you have Larry Fitzgerald at your disposal the prospects of a big day increase.  Throw in a date with the St. Louis Rams, and Anderson could quickly establish himself.
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  • The Rams allowed the second most points in 2009 – 436
  • They allowed the eighth most passing yards per game – 235.2
  • They tied for the fewest number of interceptions – 8

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How did they improve their secondary?  Well, they brought in Kevin Dockery from the Giants, with three career interceptions, while drafting Jerome Murphy in the third round.  Is that really enough to excite us?

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I’d give Steve Breaston a nod as well as a potential sleeper, but I’d look for Anderson to make those in two quarterback formats a happy camper in Week 1.
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He’s owned in just 17% of Yahoo leagues and 11.4% of ESPN leagues
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Running Back:
Fred Taylor – New England Patriots

With the number of RB owned, it’s not as easy to find a sleeper that is going to be available in the majority of leagues.  Taylor has been named the starter in New England, however, which will put him in the position to have a strong game.
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Clearly, there are concerns:
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  • Injuries are always an issue, having failed to play a full year since 2003
  • Laurence Maroney is the backup, and has the potential to overtake Taylor if given the opportunity
  • In Week 1, he gets a strong Bengals defense who allowed less then 100 yards/game on the ground in 2009

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Still, Tom Brady could help loosen things up in the passing game, and may even get Taylor involved a bit there (he has had as many as 49 receptions in a season).  With opportunity comes potential success, so he’s worth rolling the dice on if you are in need of a running back this week (and potentially beyond).
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He’s owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues and 16.7% of ESPN leagues
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Wide Receiver:
Louis Murphy – Oakland Raiders

He’s the number one receiver, and while the offense is not likely to be “high octane”, his matchup against the Titans is certainly a favorable one.  The Titans were among the worst defenses against the pass in 2009, allowing 258.7 yards/game and 31 TD.
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With Michael Bush hurting, the Raiders could look to shelter Darren McFadden, to an extent, and put the ball in the hands of new QB Jason Campbell a little bit more.  Considering that Chaz Schillens is hurt and Darius Heyward-Bey continues to be an epic bust, Murphy and TE Zach Miller would be the biggest benefactors.
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Murphy showed a little something in his rookie year, picking up 34 catches for 521 yards and 4 TD.  Keep in mind the QB before you scoff at the numbers.  As the Raiders top receiver, he could potentially double his production across the board this year.  This matchup gives him an opportunity to get off to a great start.
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He’s owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues and 16.5% 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 our Week 1 Rankings:
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