Week 3 Fantasy Football Sleepers & Start’ems at the bottom.
We lost a bunch of talent this week due to a bunch of injuries. One man’s injury is another man’s chance to shine though. We’ve seen tons of talent earn starting jobs in the past once given the playing time and snaps. And remember to wait it out a little bit longer with your early round picks. You drafted them with the mindset of having them for 16 or 17 weeks, not just the first 2. Patience is a virtue!
Week 2 Sleepers/Start’ems Recap.
The Good! Recommended starts that made us look good!
Cam Newton Car @ Buf – 21 of 38 for 229yards 2TD 1Int
Robert Griffin III Wash @ GB - 26 of 40 for 320yards 3TD 1Int
Matt Ryan ATL vs STL – 33 of 43 for 374yards 2TD
Jay Cutler Chi vs Min – 28 of 39 for 290yards 3TD 2Int
Ryan Tannehill Mia @ Indy - 23 of 34 for 319yards 1TD
- Running Backs
Chris Johnson Ten vs Hou - 25 carries 96yards
Matt Forte Chi vs Min – 19 carries 90yards, 11rec for 71yards
Darren McFadden Oak vs Jac - 19 carries 129yards, 4rec for 28yards
Doug Martin TB vs NO - 29 carries 144yards
DeAngelo Williams Car @ Buf - 22 carries 85yards
- Wide Receivers ( Rec = Reception)
Pierre Garcon Wash @ GB - 8 rec for 143yards 1TD on 13 targets
Mike Wallace Mia @ Indy – 9 rec for 115yards 1TD on 11 targets
Wes Welker Den @ NYG – 3 rec for 39yards 1TD on 8 targets
Julio Jones ATL vs STL - 11 rec for 182yards 1TD on 14 targets
James Jones GB vs Wash - 11 rec for 178yards on 12 targets
Hakeem Nicks NYG vs Den - 4 rec for 83 yards on 7 targets
Julian Edelman NE vs NYJ - 13 rec for 78 yards on 18 targets
Marlon Brown Balt vs Cle - 4 rec for 45yards 1TD on 6 targets
Brian Hartline Mia @ Indy – 5 rec for 68yards on 8 targets
- Tight Ends (Rec = Reception)
Julius Thomas Den @ NYG - 6 rec for 47yards 1TD on 8 targets
Jordan Cameron Cle @ Balt – 5rec for 95 yards on 7 targets
Greg Olsen Car @ Buf - 7 rec for 84yards 1TD on 8 targets
Martellus Bennett Chi vs Min - 7 rec for 76 yards 2TD on 9 targets
Brandon Myers NYG vs Den – 6 rec for 74yards on 10 targets
Jermichael Finley GB vs Was – 6 rec for 65yards 1TD on 7 targets
NOT so good. Recommended starts that made us look bad.
WR Larry Fitzgerald Ari vs Det – 2rec for 33yards on 5 targets
WR A.J. Green Cin vs Pit- 6 rec for 41yards on 14 targets
WR Andre Roberts Ari vs Det – 3 rec for 36yards on 8 targets
WR Leonard Hankerson Was @ GB – 3 rec for 35 yards on 3 targets
WR Mike Williams TB vs NO – 2 rec for 9 yards on 6 targets
WR Steve Smith Car @ Buf – 5 rec for 52yards on 11 targets
TE Jared Cook STL @ ATL- 1 rec for 10yards on 6 targets
WEEK 3 SLEEPERS and START’ems!
Matthew Stafford Det @ Was - Through 2 games Stafford has been pressured on 22.9 percent of his dropbacks, the lowest rate in the league. Stafford has thrown for 635 yards and 4 touchdowns with just 1 interception while posting a 102.0 passer rating. Stafford has dropped back 83 times thus far. He’s been sacked just once, and pressured or hit 18 other times. The Lions visit the Redskins in Week 3 who have 7 sacks through 2 weeks but have allowed each QB to throw for 300+yards and multiple touchdowns.
Michael Vick Phi vs KC - Vick completed 24-of-37 passes for a career high 428 yards and added another 2 touchdowns. Thus far through 2 weeks, Vick has 6 total touchdowns (4 passing and 2 rushing) on the season and has yet to throw an interception. Through 2 weeks the Chiefs have been stout against the pass, allowing the 7th least amount of passing yards.
Colin Kaepernick SF vs Indy - Owners should look for Kaep to bounce back in Week 3 against the Colts secondary. The Colts just gave up 319 passing yards and a 107.4 passer rating to Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill at home last week. Expect something closer to Week 1 against the Colts, who gave up more than 100 receiving yards apiece to Dolphins wideout Mike Wallace and tight end Charles Clay. Kaepernick has been deadly at home in his brief career: he’s completed 67% of his throws, accounted for 10 touchdowns with 1 turnover, and posted a 113.9 passer rating.
Russell Wilson Sea vs Jac - Through 2 weeks, Wilson has clearly underperformed for owners who waited till late to draft a QB. Wilson has completed 33 of 52 passes for 462 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. He’ll look to keep things going in Week 3 at home against the Jaguars. Jacksonville allowed 126 passing yards to Terrelle Pryor last week and 177 yards with 2 touchdowns to Alex Smith in Week 1.
- Running Backs
LeSean McCoy Phi vs KC – McCoy totaled 167 yards in Week 2’s loss to the Chargers but failed to score a touchdown. McCoy was not as involved in the rushing game in Week 2, he managed just 11 carries for 53 yards compared to the team’s opener (31 rushes for 184 yards), instead doing most of his damage as a receiver, gaining 114 yards on 5 receptions. The leagues most productive rusher has a great matchup in a offense that continues to produce points.
Ryan Mathews SD @ Ten – Mathews heads into Week 3 at Tennessee without a rushing touchdown in 11 straight games dating back to last season. In fact, he has just two touchdowns (one rushing) in his last 15 games. The Titans have allowed just 1 rushing touchdown to a running back in 2 games, but they did allow Houston running backs to total 172 rushing yards Week 2 and running backs are averaging 100 rushing yards per game against Tennessee.
Knowshown Moreno Den vs Oak – Peyton Manning said running back Moreno will be “really critical”. Its a trust thing, Manning trusts the vet over 2nd-year Ronnie Hillman and Rookie Monte Ball. Moreno will see plenty of carries and opportunities to succeed and in that Broncos prolific passing attack wont ever have to match up against a box full of defenders. Moreno ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries while adding another 3receptions for 14 yards.
Bernard Pierce Balt vs Hou – Pierce had to take on a larger role Week 2 vs. Cleveland after running back Ray Rice sustained a hip flexor in the fourth quarter. Pierce finished with a team-high 19 carries for 57 yards and one touchdown in a 14-6 win. Pierce will likely be the starter Week 3 vs. Houston, if Rice is unavailable.
- Wide Receivers
DeSean Jackson Phi vs KC - Caught 9 receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. It was the 2nd-highest total of yards in Jackson’s career, having caught 4 receptions for 210 yards in a 2010 game against the Cowboys. Jackson now has 297 yards and 2 touchdowns on 16 receptions on 24 targets over his first 2 games. And this Week 2 performance could have been even better, as Jackson stepped out of bounds on what would have been a long catch, saw another long pass from Michael Vick go off his fingers, and had a long touchdown called back on an illegal formation penalty. Clearly the top target for Vick thus far.
Anquan Boldin SF vs Indy - Owners should look for Kaep to bounce back in Week 3 against the Colts secondary. The Colts just gave up 319 passing yards and a 107.4 passer rating to Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill at home last week. Expect something closer to Week 1 against the Colts, who gave up more than 100 receiving yards apiece to Dolphins wideout Mike Wallace and tight end Charles Clay. Kaepernick has been deadly at home in his brief career: he’s completed 67 percent of his throws, accounted for 10 touchdowns with one turnover, and posted a 113.9 passer rating.
Randall Cobb GB @ Cin - Cobb now has a touchdown in each game this season, and finished Week 2 with 9 receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. Cobb has recorded 16 receptions on 22 targets for 236 yards and 2 scores in 2 games thus far with Rodgers tossing the passes. The Bengals allowed Cutler to throw for 240 yards and 2TDs/1Int and Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger to throw for 250 yards 1TD/1Int. Through 2 games, Rodgers has averaged 406.5 yards through the air and has 7 Touchdowns thus far.
Pierre Garcon Wash vs Det - Garcon caught 8 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown for his best game thus far with Washington. His long catch went for 44 yards in which he did most of the work following a screen pass. He was targeted a team-high 13 times in a attempt to come back for the 2nd straight week. Garcon has now been targeted 24 times through 2 games seeing 10+ targets in each Week 1 and 2. Griffin clearly favors Garcon as his No.1 but needs to gain faith in himself. As long as the Redskins Defense continue to struggle though it force RGIII to have to throw which is always a plus in the fantasy world.
Dwayne Bowe KC @ Phi - That score saved Bowe from a mediocre Fantasy performance in which he managed just 4 receptions for 56 yards and 1touchdown on 8 targets. He snagged just 2 recptions for 21 yards in the 2nd half which is a bit concerning. We want to see Bowe turn into Smith’s trusted No.1 but that hasn’t quite happened yet. Bowe could be in for a big night Thursday at Philadelphia, which gave up 21 receptions for 249 yards to 4 different Washington wideouts in Week 2.
- Tight Ends
Owen Daniels Hou @ Balt - Is up to 3 receiving touchdowns through 2 games in 2013. Daniels managed 2 receptions for 24 yards and 1 touchdown on 5 targets but could had produced atleast 60 yards in Week 2. Daniels now has 9 touchdowns in his last 15 regular season games and looks to add to that count heading into Baltimore who has allowed TE Julius Thomas 110 yards 2TDs on 5 receptions and Jordan Cameron 95yards on 5 receptions last week.
Greg Olsen Car vs NYG - Olsen enters Week 3 vs. N.Y. Giants tied with Jason Witten with the 4th -most amount of targets (17) among tight ends. With the way the Giants have played against tight ends in the first 2 weeks, Olsen should expect to see a good amount of targets to continue to come his way Sunday. Tight ends have totaled 21 targets, 16 receptions for 129 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 1st – 2 weeks. Witten totaled 8 receptions for 70 yards and 2 touchdowns Week 1, while Julius Thomas had 6 receptions for 47 yards and 1 touchdown last week.
Antonio Gates SD @ Ten - Gates became the 5th tight end in NFL history to reach 650 career receptions. He also tallied his 20th 100-yard receiving game, which is the 4th-most by a tight end who began career since 1960. Gates hasn’t had back-to-back 100-yard games since Week 3 and Week 4 of the 2010 season, but he will look to end that slump Week 3 at Tennessee. Gates has a really good history against Tennessee. He has scored a touchdown in 4 of 5 games against Tennessee, while totaling 25 receptions for 366 yards. Texans tight ends totaled 5 receptions for 54 yards and 2 touchdowns last week.
Jermichael Finley GB @ Cin - Finley recorded 6 receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown on 7 targets from Aaron Rodgers. Finley continues to be involved in the red-zone which is a huge plus from past seasons. Earning the trust in Rodgers is key and it could pay off for Finley who is in a contract season this year as well as for Fantasy owners. The Bengals through 2 weeks have allowed 1 TD to a Tight End but Finley and that Packers prolific passing attack are always a threat.
ATTENTION TEAM OWNERS – If your players are not listed it is NOT because I don’t like them. They could have a better match-up within the next 2 weeks and I could be saving them for another weeks article.
Good luck and enjoy!