Week 3 Fantasy Football Sleeper Picks

Sep 15, 2008

Each week there are hidden treasures that if uncovered could bring you fantasy glory. Let’s take a look at some possiblities for Week 3.

Jake Delhomme – For starters he gets his top weapon back following Steve Smith’s return from John Fox’s two game suspension.  I love that Fox was rewarded with a pair of Ws, which reinforces the value of the team over the individual.  So perhaps Steve Smith will want to prove himself to his teammates and light up the Vikings.  It shouldn’t be hard because they have once again proved vulnerable to the pass.  Everybody knows that your best bet to beat the Vikes is through the air, and they have yet to come up with a solution to their problem.
Bonus Option:  J.T. O’Sullivan – You saw what he did to Seattle.  Imagine Detroit coming to town.

Running Back
LaMont Jordan – Laurence Maroney got banged up.  Surprise, surprise.  He was limited to 16 yards.  I wonder how many fantasy footballers he let down that figured he’d be the main weapon with Brady out.  LaMont Jordan filled in and ran hard.  He racked up 62 yards on 11 carries (5.6 per touch).  Could he repeat that?  You bet he could.  He didn’t factor into the passing game, but you know he’s capable from his Raider days.  Al Davis must want to pull his hair out when he sees his ex-Raiders thriving in New England.
Bonus Option:  Darren Sproles – As long as LT is banged up, Sproles will get his looks.

Wide Receiver 
Bryant Johnson – I mentioned his QB (J.T. O’Sullivan) as a bonus option above.  Naturally a strong QB performance will be accompanied by a strong WR performance.  Isaac Bruce may have had more yards, but Johnson had more catches (6 compared to Bruce’s 4) and a TD.  If he can do that on the road against Seattle, you have to figure he can have success at home.  When you consider how bad Detroit’s Pass Defense has been thus far, you can see both Johnson and Bruce getting good production this week.
Bonus Option:  Steve Smith – Not the nose breaker, but the Giant.

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