As the rest of Week 2 is about to hit the Fantasy Football world, keep an eye on these top 10 sleepers that will undoubtedly have great matchups.
Sep 12, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) attempts a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
It is Week 2 of fantasy football and there are some great sleeper options this week. If you have an injured player, flex spot, need a filler, or are just not happy with your players, many of this week’s sleepers are less than 50 percent owned in leagues.
I know it’s only Week 2 but, it’s time to rework your lineup now that Week 1 is out-of-the-way. I have identified 10 sleeper options for this week’s matchups. Of course, none here are from this past Thursday night’s game.
Keep in mind this is a sleeper list. So, if you don’t agree, that’s the point, take a risk! Now, onto the top 10 sleepers of Week 2.
Next: 10. He led the Titans in yards and catches
Aug 27, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe (19) rushes against Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29) during the first half at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
10. Tajae Sharpe, WR Tennessee Titans
Wide receiver Tajae Sharpe is a rookie who has gotten attention since his preseason performance. Sharpe led the Tennessee Titans in receiving yards as well as catches during his NFL debut in Week 1.
Sharpe completed 7-of-11 catches for 76 yards. That performance offered fantasy owners almost 18 points.
This week, Sharpe takes on the Detroit Lions, a team that struggles against receivers; the Lions’ defense ranks 30th against the position. He is only projected to earn about 13 points however, last week he was projected the same amount of points.
Sharpe is only owned in about 50 percent of leagues, so he should still be available. He is sure sleeper pick in Week 2.
Next: 9. This Texan earned over 25 fantasy points last week
Sep 11, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (15) leaps into the end zone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at NRG Stadium. The Texans won 23-14. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
9. Will Fuller, WR Houston Texans
Ironically, the underdog usually excels the most in fantasy football. With defenses tag teaming over the top players like the wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, players like Will Fuller have an opportunity to shine.
We saw this last week when the Texans took on the Chicago Bears. Fuller earned almost five more fantasy points than Hopkins.
It seems as though we’re going to be seeing this repeat performance in Week 2 as the Texans take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Fuller is projected to earn double-digit points and is only owned in 70 percent of leagues.
The Chiefs rank 24th against wide receivers, and should offer immense fantasy value. Fuller is a go this week!
Next: 8. This Colt does red zone damage
Sep 11, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (83) catches the ball while Detroit Lions defensive back Rafael Bush (31) tackles him in the second quarter of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
8. Dwayne Allen, TE Indianapolis Colts
Tight end Dwayne Allen earned almost 20 fantasy points in last week’s opener against the Detroit Lions. He completed 4-of-6 passes and a touchdown for the win.
Although Allen doesn’t seem like the most targeted tight end option, his red zone capabilities are what owners need to take their team to the next level. This week, the Indianapolis Colts matchup with the Denver Broncos.
I know what you’re thinking, they have one of the best defenses in the league. Yes, however, last week they offered the 27th most fantasy points to the position.
Allen is the true definition of a sleeper this week. He has a tough game ahead of him, but he has an opportunity to explode. If you need a Week 2 filler or flex option Allen is your man.
Next: 7. He will shine with Chris Ivory's health unknown
7. T.J. Yeldon, RB Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars’ running back Chris Ivory was recently hospitalized for unknown reasons. He was previously listed as questionable coming into Week 1 before landing himself in a hospital bed for two days.
With Ivory’s status being hush-hush, running back T.J. Yeldon has a chance to have between 20 and 30 touches in Week 2. The Jaguars take on the San Diego Chargers who struggle against running backs.
Last week, running back Spencer Ware disrespected the San Diego Chargers’ defense completing almost 200 rushing yards. Yeldon won’t be in danger.
He not only has back value, but he is also used as a receiving option and has a matchup that will offer a good fantasy week. Yeldon is projected double digit points this week!
Next: 6. This Raven flew over the charts last week
Aug 27, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace (12) tackled by Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin (27) after a catch at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
6. Mike Wallace, WR Baltimore Ravens
Mike Wallace was explosive in last week’s season opener. He caught 3-of-6 targets, totaled over 90 yards and a touchdown earning over 30 fantasy points in the Baltimore Ravens’ season opener.
But, that performance isn’t what lands him on this list; his matchup against the Cleveland Browns does. The Browns gave wide receiver Jordan Matthews seven receptions for over 100 yards and a touchdown in last week’s game.
There’s no doubt Wallace will be able to do the same against the Browns who rank 16th against wide receivers.
Wallace is projected to earn less than 10 fantasy points in the Week 2 competition. But, that’s why he is a sleeper!
Next: 5. This tight end looks good on paper
November 8, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme (83) reaches for the football during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi
5. Jacob Tamme, TE Atlanta Falcons
I felt the need to add Atlanta Falcons’ tight end Jacob Tamme to this week’s sleeper list. On paper, Tamme has a good matchup against the Oakland Raiders who rank 30th against the position.
On the contrary, the Raiders only allowed one catch to tight end Coby Fleener for six yards last week. But, if it was an easy choice Tamme wouldn’t be on the sleeper list.
Last week, Tamme earned a little over 13 fantasy points. He completed 6-of-8 targets for 51 yards; not the best, but it shows potential.
Tamme may not be your number one choice but if you have a flex position he has the capabilities of shocking us all. Tamme is officially a Week 2 tight end sleeper.
Next: 4. This Saint got shut down last week
4. Coby Fleener, TE New Orleans Saints
You’re probably reading tight end Coby Fleener and laughing out loud right about now. Last week, he didn’t even earn one fantasy point!
Fleener was outplayed by wide receiver Willie Snead who earned over 40 points in the Week 1 loss to the Oakland Raiders. However, this week’s game against the New York Giants offers Fleener a better opportunity to shine.
Last year, the Giants gave up the second most fantasy football points per game to opposing tight ends. That puts them at 30th against the position; that’s an ideal matchup for Fleener.
Last week may have been the NFL season opener but, this looks like it will be opening day for Fleener. Take the risk!
Next: 3. He is the other Falcons running back
Sep 11, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) carries the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (98) chase in the third quarter of their game at the Georgia Dome. The Buccaneers won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
3. Tevin Coleman, RB Atlanta Falcons
Tevin Coleman’s Week 1 performance has given us a glimpse into his future role with the Atlanta Falcons. Coleman only had four fewer snaps and two fewer touches than star back Devonta Freeman.
Coleman earned over 20 points last week and wasn’t even projected to earn double-digits. This week is going to be the same, as Coleman is only projected 10 fantasy points in the Week 2 matchup against the Raiders.
The Raiders only two running backs to complete 100-yard games last season ranking them top 10 to the position. However, the allowed the seventh pass completions to opposing backs.
Coleman proved he is capable and of value in a passing game. Last week, he completed 5-of-6 targets for almost 100 yards. You can’t pass up this Week 2 opportunity.
Next: 2. He was last week's No. 1 sleeper pick
Sep 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) after making a catch in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
2. Victor Cruz, WR New York Giants
I think I am going to keep wide receiver Victor Cruz on my sleeper list every week until I see his ownership increase. Cruz not only landed himself on this list last week but, he doubled his projected points and scored the winning touchdown for the New York Giants.
He is only owned in about 30 percent of leagues; get him while you can. He completed 4-of-4 targets and a touchdown for his NFL return since 2014.
This week Cruz takes on the New Orleans Saints. The Saints’ secondary allowed almost 320 passing yards last week.
If Cruz can find himself open he has opportunities to connect with quarterback Eli Manning often in a pass heavy game. Draft Cruz immediately!
Next: 1. This quarterback had no touchdowns last week
Sep 12, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is hit by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker L.J. Fort (54) while throwing the ball in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Steelers won 38-16. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
1. Kirk Cousins, QB Washington Redskins
Kirk Cousins is my No.1 sleeper pick heading into Week 2. If you saw last week’s game, you would probably agree that it was anything but impressive.
Cousins completed 30-of-43 passes and no touchdowns. As if it couldn’t get any worse, he ended the game with two interceptions as he buckled under pressure and started randomly slinging balls.
This week, Cousins takes on the Dallas Cowboys, fifth best passing defense in the league. However, when it comes to quarterbacks,v they rank 22nd against the position.
With Cousins unimpressive NFL kickoff, he will look to make Week 2 a comeback game. Especially because Cousins destroyed the Giants last season; four touchdowns and 46 pass attempts. His fantasy ownership increases daily; hurry up!