Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
You may be heading into Week 3 with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups, and regardless of the league, the waiver wire has been picked over. Fantasy Sleepers are late-round picks or waiver-wire selections who may exceed their statistical expectations. Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 3 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in very deep leagues, or heading into Week 3 with injuries concerns (such as SEA Thomas Rawls, NO WR Willie Snead or recently released TE ASJ)
QB Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football
BALT QB Joe Flacco ( at JACK)- Only owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues. Flacco has a match up in Week 3 too tasty to ignore. The Jags are 30th vs the pass. I would start Flacco over Tannehill, Siemian, A Smith and Bradford, to name a few.
RB Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football
NYG S Vereen ( vs WASH)- RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) is listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Redskins. Although Vereen is not a 3 down back, he should be in there plenty with QB Eli Manning. UPDATE: NYG RB Shane Vereen is expected to draw the start with Rashad Jennings (thumb) sidelined for Week 3 against the Redskins.
MIA Jay Ajayi/ K Drake ( vs CLEV)- I have not been big on Ajayi anytime in 2016, but we know RB Arian Foster (groin) has been ruled out for Week 3 versus Cleveland, so Ajayi should get lots of opportunities Week 3 at home vs Cleveland. This is his time to shine. A starting running back only owned in 38% of Yahoo leagues. UPDATE: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the Dolphins are “treating Kenyan Drake as the starter today” in the absence of Arian Foster (groin).
TB Charles Sims ( vs LAR)- The match up is terrible vs the LA Rams, but the workload will be huge. Only owned in 38% of Yahoo leagues.
IND R Turbin ( vs SD)- An option is very deep leagues, Robert Turbin rushed 3 times for 10 yards and a touchdown in Week 2.
WR Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football
NO Michael Thomas ( vs ATL)- Updating a previous item, Willie Snead (toe) was held out of Saints practice on Friday. The “toe” injury could conceivable indicate that Snead is dealing with a turf-toe sort of injury which is always a big problem. Thomas could finally see plenty of targets in Week 3 if Snead sits or plays sparingly.
NYJ Q Enunwa ( at KC)- Enunwa has been one of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s favorite targets all pteseason and into the regular season. WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot) got in a limited practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Chiefs.
MIA Kenny Stills ( vs CLEV)- The Browns won’t be able to put up much of a fight in Week 3, so the Dolphins can pour it on until they get tired! WR J Landry is a PPR machine, but Stills has been who QB Tannehill has looked for in the endzone. Only owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues.
TE Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football
( TEs are the hardest position to try and predict.)
ATL J Tamme ( at NO)- 16 targets over the past 2 weeks. In what “should” be a shoot out, high scoring game… Tamme could serve fantasy football owners very nicely.
GB Jared Cook ( vs DET)- The Lions are currently “the worst NFL vs the Tight End position”. What an opportunity for QB A Rodgers to showcase the Packer’s new TE acquisition.
NO Coby Fleener ( vs ATL) – The Falcons are currently “the 2nd worst NFL vs the Tight End position”. If QB D Brees can’t find Fleener is Week 3, forget it! QB Drew Brees recently said Coby Fleener is “going to be an even bigger part of the offense” once the two find their chemistry. (Find it already!)
SD Hunter Henry ( at IND) –Chargers TE Hunter Henry will start in Week 3.With Antonio Gates (doubtful, hamstring) sidelined and WR K Allen out, this is Henry’s opportunity.
I also like TE C Brate for the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Week 3 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers
Miami Defense ( vs CLEV)- Cleveland, hit so hard with injuries, is sending out there 3rd round QB who isn’t close to being ready.
LA Rams Defense– Rams should try to capitalize on gun-shy QB J Winston’s horrific 4 INTs in Week 2, and he is without RB Doug Martin.
K Week 3 Sleepers Fantasy Football
CAR G Gano ( vs MINN)- The Panthers can move the ball, but the Vikings #2 defense might force them to kick a few field goals instead of getting touchdowns.
MIA A Franks ( vs CLEV)- The Miami offense should get plenty of opportunities.