After a devastating week of injuries, I’m willing to bet that most of us are going dumpster diving on the waiver wires. That’s where sleepers come in. These are players who probably won’t be at the top of most people’s pickup lists, but their projected output would suggest they should have been. These are players who are owned in far less leagues than they should be, for one reason or another.
Often times it’s because they play for a crappy team that no one pays attention to. But you know who does pay attention? You. The guy who’s reading this freaking masterpiece of an article right now. The guy who’s going to win his fantasy football league this year.
The week 3 fantasy football sleepers:
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
Davante Adams’ seven targets in week 2 were the second most on his team. According to ESPN Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky, Adams is rising up the depth chart and is likely to replace Jarrett Boykin for the third receiver behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. With Eddie Lacy performing poorly and no reliable tight ends on the roster, Rodgers will be throwing a lot of passes to his receivers, third stringers included.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
Crowell was on the sleepers list last week, and he’s on it again this week after a nice, yet unspectacular, game of 54 yards on 5 YPC. He’s still available in most leagues, and he’s clearly in a timeshare with Terrance West as both had over 10 carries in week 1. With West’s performance of only 3.6 YPC, the Browns might send a few more carries Crowell’s way in week 3.
Miles Austin, WR, Cleveland Browns
The Browns surprisingly good start to the season lands them two sleepers on the list. Miles Austin came out of no where last week hauling in six passes for 44 yds and a TD. It looks like he might have developed some trust with Brian Hoyer when the game was on the line this past week.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
In week 3, Stewart is going up against a Steelers defense who is allowing 170 rushing yards and a touchdown per game so far this year. That bodes well for Stewart in spite of his less than stellar 2.5 YPC last week and the fact that DeAngelo Williams may be back from injury this week. I’m still expecting Stewart to put up nice numbers when Pittsburgh comes to town.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Tannehill hasn’t looked great by any means so far this season, but it’s for that same reason that make him a nice week 3 sleeper. That, combined with a favorable matchup against a Chiefs defense that hasn’t looked good so far, that is. Opposing quarterbacks have averaged 254 yards and 2.5 touchdowns while completing 73% of their passes and throwing no interceptions against Kansas City so far.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
A week after offensive coordinator Hue Jackson vowed to get Hill more carries, he saw his total touches jump from four to 17. Hill’s 96 total yards and a TD in week 2, combined with Giovani Bernard’s current 3.4 YPC, make Hill a nice sleeper candidate heading into week 3.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Even though he did catch a single pass in week 2, I’m counting on Allen to have a nice game against the Jags in week 3. Allen had a nice start to his season, reeling in four catches for 64 yards and a score in week 1, so you know he’s a part of the offense. Add in a nice matchup against a Jags D that allowed 77 yards and a TD to Zach Ertz in week 1 and 99 yards and a score to Niles Paul in week 2, and you’ve got yourself a sleeper.