by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
There are some little owned players who are likely on the radars of all fantasy owners, 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:
Brian Hoyer – Cleveland Browns – Quarterback
Has he claimed the Browns’ starting job? You would certainly think so after throwing for 321 yards, 3 TD and 3 INT. Without a running game the Browns asked him to put the ball in the air 54 times and he responded finding the returning Josh Gordon (10 catches for 146 yards and 1 TD) and Jordan Cameron (6 catches for 66 yards and 3 TD) early and often. While Hoyer isn’t going to be a QB1, he is going to get the opportunities to throw the ball a lot and post some gaudy numbers. As a QB2 he is worth grabbing because he is going to have ample opportunities to produce.
Rob Housler – Arizona Cardinals – Tight End
He finally made his 2013 debut, posting 1 reception on 13 yards (on three targets). While it was an inauspicious start, the preseason sleeper still offers plenty of appeal. Remember, Bruce Arians’ offense does utilize the tight ends (as we saw last season in Indianapolis), so as he gets back up to speed you would anticipate the production to be there. With a questionable running game there are going to be plenty of passes to go around. He could emerge as a viable TE1, so if you have a need he is worth stashing.
Stephen Hill – New York Jets – Wide Receivers
He is coming off a big performance, with 3 catches for 108 yards and a TD. He’s now had 194 yards over the past two weeks and is the clear second option in New York, at worst. Does anyone really believe Santonio Holmes is going to be a major force? Hill has the potential to emerge as a potential WR3, when the matchup is right, and he’s shown it over the past two weeks.