It was not a very good week for my sleeper picks for Week 2 (click here for the original article)
JaMarcus Russell – 7-24, 109 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
LeSean McCoy – 5 carries for 18 yards; 4 receptions for 37 yards
Antwaan Randle-El – 4 receptions for 39 yards
Vernon Davis – 2 receptions for 32 yards
Wow, none of those players did much to help fantasy owners. Keep in mind that these weekly picks are always going to be extremely risky, that’s why they are considered sleepers. They are more along the lines of those who have the potential to breakout and can be used in case of an emergency.
So, with that said, let’s take a look at some deep sleepers for the upcoming fantasy week:
Jason Campbell – Washington Redskins – @ Detroit
He really hasn’t been that bad, throwing for 453 yards, but only 1 TD and 1 INT. His season did kick off against the New York Giants, where he faced constant pressure from one of the elite defenses in the game. Last week he had the Rams, a team far less imposing. Though they failed to find the end zone, he did throw for 242 yards.
This week the Redskins face another sub par defensive unit in the Lions, a team who has allowed 255.5 yards per game in the early going, as well as 8 TD threw the air, by far the most in the league (second place is 5). While Drew Brees and company are partially to blame, we all honestly know that they just aren’t the best defense in the league.
Campbell also has Santana Moss at his disposal, a player who is just aching to have a huge breakout performance. He had over 1,000 yards receiving last season, but to date has just 41 yards on 5 catches. This week could easily be his coming out party, and with it should come a solid performance from Campbell, making owners in two-QB leagues happy.
Owned in 30% of Yahoo Leagues and 21.9% of ESPN Leagues
Chansi Stuckey – New York Jets – vs. Tennessee
The Titans have given up the most receiving yards in the game, at 339/game over the season’s first two weeks. Mark Sanchez, who was limited in the first half to just five throws, went off in the second half and really showed that he has the potential to put up strong games no matter what the circumstances.
Stuckey has shown that he has a good rapport with the rookie, completing 8 passes for 101 yards and 1 TD. The Jets have shown that they are willing to put the game in the hands of the passing group and given the struggles of the Titans defense, this could be the week that he really has a big game.
Owned in 14% of Yahoo Leagues and 7.9% of ESPN Leagues
Ricky Williams – Miami Dolphins – vs. San Diego
It is Ronnie Brown who garners most of the attention in Miami, thanks to the focus he gets in the Wildcat formation. Williams, however, has been extremely impressive in the early going and certainly has the potential to bring value in those leagues that use a flex option.
He has rushed for 108 years on 26 carries, averaging over 4 yards per carry, while also catching 3 passes for 22 yards and a TD. The Chargers are in the bottom ten in the league in rushing yards allowed (139 per game), facing two teams that do not focus as strong a running game as the Dolphins (Raiders & Ravens).
Look for the Dolphins to try and hammer out the running game once again, which could bring a big game for Williams.
Owned in 34% of Yahoo Leagues and 66.7% of ESPN Leagues
How do you think these players are going to perform in the season’s first week? Are there any other sleepers you are eyeing?
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