It was a good week of redemption for me when it comes to selecting sleepers, with two of the three picks having solid days (click here to read the column):
- Jason Campbell – 27-41, 340 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
- Chansi Stuckey – 2 receptions for 11 yards
- Ricky Williams – 55 rushing yards and 1 TD; 4 receptions for 29 yards
This week sleepers become a little bit more critical, with bye weeks playing a role for the first time in the season and injuries beginning to mount. Let’s take a look at a few gambles that may be worth taking depending on your format:
Kerry Collins – Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
Collins had actually been playing fairly well over the first two weeks of the season, throwing for 460 yards and 3 TD, while being intercepted twice. That was before he ran into the New York Jets defense, which stymied him down the stretch to the tune of 13 consecutive incomplete passes. He was held to 170 yards and picked off twice, but with the way that defense has been playing it really is nothing to be ashamed of.
This week he has a chance to get healthy, taking on the defense that has allowed the most passing yards per game in the early going (281.7). Yes, they have faced three potent QBs in Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner & Matt Schaub, but they still have clearly been porous.
It’s unlikely to be a shootout, which could hurt his numbers slightly with Chris Johnson getting a chance to do some damage, but if you are in a two-quarterback league and are in need of a fill-in he seems poised for a solid game.
Owned in 23% of Yahoo Leagues and 10.7% of ESPN Leagues
Nate Burleson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Indianapolis
You have to figure that the Seahawks are going to have to take to the air a bit more in order to keep up with the Colts offense. Last week with Seneca Wallace at the helm, Burleson exploded for 9 catches and 109 yards, bringing him to 20 catches on the young season.
It doesn’t seem to matter whom the quarterback is (Wallace or Matt Hasselbeck), he has stepped up his game and is leading the way for Seattle receivers despite the presence of T.J. Houshmandzadeh. There is no reason to think that is going to change and another solid game could easily be in store for him again.
Owned in 55% of Yahoo Leagues and 36.6% of ESPN Leagues
Glen Coffee – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
This one is a no-brainer, isn’t it? Frank Gore is out of action and they are playing one of the worst rushing defenses in the league (255.3 yards per game on the ground). Is it really worth saying anything else?
Owned in 28% of Yahoo Leagues and 29.5% of ESPN Leagues
How do you think these players are going to perform? Are there any other sleepers you are eyeing?
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