There are some little owned players who are likely on the radars of all fantasy owners (like Vikings’ wide receiver Jerome Simpson), so it’s not really worth mentioning them in this column. Here are a few other names that are currently owned in less than 3% of ESPN leagues that should be considered by owners in deeper formats if they are available:
Rod Streater – Wide Receiver – Oakland Raiders
Terrelle Pryor actually showed some promise running the Raiders offense and his ability to run the football should help to open things up for other players. The question is, can he actually complete passes?
He went 19-29 for 217 yards in Week 1, with Streater being his most targeted receiver. While Denarius Moore will likely be the team’s top option over the long haul, he’s never been able to find consistency. Last season Streater did show some promise, with 584 yards on just 39 receptions, and could easily step up and emerge as the team’s best receiver.
If he and Pryor can gain a rapport, he quickly could surprise and produce on a weekly basis. In deeper formats he’s worth the risk.
LeGarrette Blount/Leon Washington – Running Back – New England Patriots
Can we really expect much from Blount or Washington at this point? Not likely, but the injury to Shane Vereen could open up some opportunities. They really are a desperation pick ups, but if Stevan Ridley fumbles again the Patriots could have no other choice. Depending on how deep your league is, that makes them worth grabbing. I would probably lean towards Washington, thanks to his ability to make plays in the passing game, but neither are a guarantee to produce.
Louis Murphy – Wide Receiver – New York Giants
Murphy is buried on the Giants depth chart, but in Week 1 a few things happened that could ultimately give Murphy value:
- David Wilson imploded, leaving the team with little in the running game
- Eli Manning spread the ball around evenly to his top receivers
It is looking more and more likely that the Giants are extremely pass heavy this season and we all know that Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are not pillars of health. All it will take is one injury for Murphy to assume a greater role and that’s all fantasy owners in deeper formats will need.
Tim Tebow – Quarterback – Free Agent
If you are in a deep two-quarterback format you could potentially be desperate for some depth. While Tebow may not currently have a team, there are already rumblings about him and Jacksonville being a perfect match. Blaine Gabbert is injured (and simply not that good) and does anyone expect Chad Henne to be able to produce? The Jaguars really have nothing to lose and maybe they catch lightning in a bottle.
If you are desperate for a quarterback, at this point why not? Chances are he is a complete must (and doesn’t even land back in the NFL), but you never know.
What are your thoughts of these players? Who is worth grabbing? Who is worth ignoring?
Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings: