In a bind in fantasy football for week 2? Need to take a chance on a player and don’t know who to pick up? Look no further, my friends, for these are the top fantasy football sleepers for week 2. These are players that, for a number of reasons, stand a good to great chance of performing well this week and far exceeding their expectations based on their percent owned rate. It could be that they are playing a terrible defense, it could be that the player ahead of them on the depth chart is doubtful to play this week, or it could be because they had a sneaky good performance in week 1 and we expect that trend to continue.
Without further haste, here are the week 2 fantasy football sleepers:
Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans
The oft-injured Locker had a strong week 1 performance against the Chiefs, posting 266 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air. He also ran the ball six times which is always great to see from QBs from a fantasy perspective. There’s no reason to suspect he won’t continue his strong start to the season against the Cowboys D in week 2.
Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Although he faded significantly in the second half, Henne put together a nice week 1 with 266 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. You probably won’t need to dig this deep for QB help in week 2, but if I were in a bind, I’d roll the dice with Henne. Especially considering he’s playing a Washington defense that allowed third-highest yards per passing attempt in week 1 against a mediocre quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins
Clay’s week 1 stats (two catches for 27 yards) wouldn’t indicate a strong week 2 play, but if you dig a little deeper this is what he has going for him: 1) He would’ve had a TD in week 1 had Tannehill not missed him in the endzone, 2) although he only had two catches, he was targeted six times in week 1, second only to receiver Mike Wallace, and 3) the Fins are playing a Buffalo D that just yielded 370 yards through the air to Chicago’s offense.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
In light of Ben Tate’s latest injury, a backup Browns RB looks primed to put up nice stats in his absence. Crowell probably won’t get the start, that honor instead going to Terrance West, but West is already owned in over 90% of leagues so he’s not really a “sleeper.” Crowell is much more available and should see at least see some sort of timeshare with West. His two TDs in week 1 will certainly prove to be an outlier, but it is an indication that he’s a strong goal line option for the Browns.
Jarrett Boykin, WR, Green Bay Packers
After not receiving a single target in week 1, Boykin is a nice sleeper play in week 2. Consider that the primary reason he did not get targeted once was that Green Bay essentially used him to preoccupy Richard Sherman and then ignore that entire side of the field. The New York Jets defense does not have a Richard Sherman. They have very little, in fact, in a depleted defense that should make for a nice matchup for Boykin.
Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams
Quick led all Rams receivers in week 1 with nine targets. That translated into a very productive seven catches for 99 yards. Despite losing Sam Bradford, the Rams simply don’t have a lot of guys to throw the ball to so Quick should continue to see a heavy dose of targets. Even more promising, the Rams only scored six points in week 1 and Quick still posted 100 yards.
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz had a really nice week 1 with three catches for 77 yards and a score, but he’s still available in almost 50% of leagues. The Eagles tight end is a star in the making, and fantasy owners should pick him now.