Devin Funchess
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.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars – Puts up a few scores against the Jets?
Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins – Picks on Saints’ secondary?
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals – Feeds A.J. Green against the Browns?
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals – Gets going in the passing game out of the backfield against San Fran?
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals – Cheap TD against the Browns?
Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars – Cheap TD against the Jets?
Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers – Only if Randall Cobb is out again.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers – With Olsen out and Benjamin hurting, Funchess should be able to build on 4-58 last week and 4-68 the prior week.
Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Giants – Two catches in two weeks and then 8. Without a ground game, he could continue to see targets.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Buffalo Bills – Will he finally break out for the Bills? They’ll likely have to pass more playing from behind against Atlanta.
Paul Richardson, WR, Seattle Seahawks – Doug Baldwin is hurting. Could Richardson pick up some slack against the Colts?
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins – Solid option if Jordan Reed is out again.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears – Will be playing from behind against the Pack, which should mean more looks.
Benjamin Watson, TE, Baltimore Ravens – Two solid games in a row. Can he put up another one against the Steelers?
Cincinnati Bengals Defense – Cleveland should make the Bengals a nice streaming option.
Cleveland Browns – If Cincy plays like the first two weeks, this is a nice value pick.
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Dak Prescott
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.
Brian Hoyer, QB, Chicago Bears
Brock Osweiler, QB, Houston Texans
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina Panthers
Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants
Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins
Dwayne Washington, RB, Detroit Lions
Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Anquan Boldin, WR, Detroit Lions
Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers
Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers
Detroit Lions Defense
Tennessee Titans Defense
Washington Redskins Defense
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During the bye weeks you often 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.
Bruce Gradkowski, QB, Oakland Raiders:  Gradkowski has had some moments, including a 308 yard, 3 TD game in Pittsburgh last year. Still, he was an afterthough after Jason Campbell came on board. He makes an intriguing play against Houston’s NFL-worst pass defense.
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle Seahawks:  Many thought the Seahawks would start looking to the future with Charlie Whitehurst by now with their early schedule against the Niners, Broncos, and Chargers. Surely they would be 0-3 and there isn’t a better team to debut him against than the Rams. Guess again. The ‘Hawks are 2-1 and Hass has a good chance to put up solid numbers against St. Louis’ 24th ranked pass defense.
Kenneth Darby, RB, St. Louis Rams:  Darby is only on the radar if Steven Jackson’s groin keeps him out of action. If he is, he’s a decent flex play against Seattle.
Justin Forsett, RB, Seattle Seahawks:  It’s easy to overlook the 5’8″ RB, but that would be a mistake. He has 206 total yards through three games and coming off a 94 total yard effort against the Chargers. He’s taking on the Rams, who he bludgeoned for 130 yards and 2 TDs in their last meeting. continue reading »

By Eric Stashin,

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):

Matt Hasselbeck – Seattle Seahawks – at St. Louis

The Rams passing defense has bent, but not broken, in the first three weeks this season.  They are in the bottom 10 in the league in yards allowed, giving up 243.3 passing yards per game.  Yet, they have allowed just three passing touchdowns.

Then again, they haven’t faced the most impressive passing attacks in the league, having played the Cardinals, Raiders and Redskins thus far.  They have actually proven vulnerable to giving up big games:

  • Week 1 – Steve Breaston had 7 receptions for 132 yards
  • Week 2 – Louis Murphy had 6 receptions for 91 yards and a TD
  • Week 3 – Santana Moss had 6 receptions for 124 yards and a TD

Which receiver could Hasselbeck combine with to have a big day?  Deion Branch (12 receptions, 102 yards, 1 TD) or Mike Williams (7 receptions, 106 yards) easily could fit the bill.  Also, don’t forget tight end John Carlson (13 receptions, 145 yards, 1 TD).

You also have to factor in the Seahawks offense, which certainly isn’t run oriented.  Thus far Justin Forsett leads the way in carries with just 32.  Couple that with the Rams first three weeks and you have to like the opportunity Hasselbeck will have to produce this week.

Hasselbeck is currently owned in 43% of Yahoo leagues and 26.4% of ESPN leagues. continue reading »

Written by Eric Stashin the Rotoprofessor

It was a good week of redemption for me when it comes to selecting sleepers, with two of the three picks having solid days (click here to read the column):

  • Jason Campbell – 27-41, 340 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • Chansi Stuckey – 2 receptions for 11 yards
  • Ricky Williams – 55 rushing yards and 1 TD; 4 receptions for 29 yards

This week sleepers become a little bit more critical, with bye weeks playing a role for the first time in the season and injuries beginning to mount.  Let’s take a look at a few gambles that may be worth taking depending on your format:

Kerry Collins – Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
Collins had actually been playing fairly well over the first two weeks of the season, throwing for 460 yards and 3 TD, while being intercepted twice.  That was before he ran into the New York Jets defense, which stymied him down the stretch to the tune of 13 consecutive incomplete passes.  He was held to 170 yards and picked off twice, but with the way that defense has been playing it really is nothing to be ashamed of.

This week he has a chance to get healthy, taking on the defense that has allowed the most passing yards per game in the early going (281.7).  Yes, they have faced three potent QBs in Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner & Matt Schaub, but they still have clearly been porous.

It’s unlikely to be a shootout, which could hurt his numbers slightly with Chris Johnson getting a chance to do some damage, but if you are in a two-quarterback league and are in need of a fill-in he seems poised for a solid game.
Owned in 23% of Yahoo Leagues and 10.7% of ESPN Leagues

Nate Burleson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Indianapolis
You have to figure that the Seahawks are going to have to take to the air a bit more in order to keep up with the Colts offense.  Last week with Seneca Wallace at the helm, Burleson exploded for 9 catches and 109 yards, bringing him to 20 catches on the young season.

It doesn’t seem to matter whom the quarterback is (Wallace or Matt Hasselbeck), he has stepped up his game and is leading the way for Seattle receivers despite the presence of T.J. Houshmandzadeh.  There is no reason to think that is going to change and another solid game could easily be in store for him again.
Owned in 55% of Yahoo Leagues and 36.6% of ESPN Leagues

Glen Coffee – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
This one is a no-brainer, isn’t it?  Frank Gore is out of action and they are playing one of the worst rushing defenses in the league (255.3 yards per game on the ground).  Is it really worth saying anything else?
Owned in 28% of Yahoo Leagues and 29.5% of ESPN Leagues

How do you think these players are going to perform?  Are there any other sleepers you are eyeing?

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