Fantasy Football Week 3: Top 5 sleepers to consider
By William Schneiderhan
Week 3 starts tonight when the New York Jets visit the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football. Before you lock your fantasy football lineup, sift through this week’s edition of top 5 sleepers to consider.
Last week’s edition of top five players to consider listed multiple players who did very well. However, one player mentioned did nothing at all.
Tennessee Titans tight end Jonnu Smith literally came away with zero points in Week 2. Other than that, each other player or defense would have owners who took the gamble proudly.
Gang Green’s wide receiver Quincy Enunwa led all players on last week’s list with 16.2 points in ESPN PPR Standard scoring leagues. Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler finished second behind Enunwa with 12.8 points.
The Jets defense proved to be a strong defense/special teams group to go with as they gather 10 points. Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon finished with 9.1.
So, let’s see this week’s top five fantasy football sleepers to consider.
Next: 5. Cowboys D/ST
5. Dallas Cowboys D/ST
OWN% of 26.4% in ESPN leagues
In case you missed Sunday night’s game, just take a look at the above image. Yeah, the Dallas Cowboys defense left New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning with nightmares.
Yes, the Cowboys came into the season with a very suspect defense, but this unit may be showing us all what they’re made of. Also, it is well documented how bad the Giants offensive line is.
Well, that is exactly why the Cowboys defense and special teams should be a lock in Week 3. The team visits the Seattle Seahawks, another team with a bad offensive line.
Russell Wilson is undoubtedly a better signal caller than Manning. But, the Cowboys did a solid job containing Cam Newton Week 1 as well. They’re all about consistency.
Next: 4. Latavius Murray
4. Running Back Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
OWN% of 37.7% in ESPN leagues
Latavius Murray has actually seen his stock drop, as he saw his own percent drop by 4.5. Well, those who dropped him may want to pick him back up.
Why? Because the Minnesota Vikings starting running back, Dalvin Cook, is slightly banged up with a hamstring issue. Meaning, Murray will see a lot more action in Week 3.
Oh, yeah, did I mention the Vikes play the Buffalo Bills? The Bills did play much better in Week 2, but the Vikings defense will run the Bills offense off the field all day.
Not only will Murray be a big part of the game plan, but he will also see a lot of reps if the Vikings play with a large lead. We may see a big day for Murray.
Next: 3. Antonio Callaway
3. Wide Receiver Antonio Callaway, Cleveland Browns
OWN% of 14.1% in ESPN leagues
Antonio Callaway saw his own percent go from almost non-existent to 14.1 percent. The rookie’s stock jump came after he racked up 17.9 points during the Cleveland Browns loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Callaway caught three passes for 81 yards and one touchdown. If you want to take a gamble, this is the guy to do it with.
Huge risk, but at the same time there is a possibility for a huge reward. Callaway has the talent, but he needs to focus.
The Browns kick off tonight against the New York Jets. So, jump on him while you can.
Next: 2. Jesse James
2. Tight End Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers
OWN% of 25.3% in ESPN leagues
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Jesse James had a solid 2017 season, as he became one of Ben Roethlisberger‘s top tight end targets. James caught 43 balls last year for three touchdowns on 63 targets.
James may have an even bigger season in store this year. Week 1 he caught three passes for 60 yards, resulting in nine fantasy points.
Week 2 was a big week for James, as he caught five passes for 138 yards and one touchdown. That performance resulted in 24.8 points.
James is a strong play in Week 3, and you should really consider him if you are getting nothing from tight ends. There is no reason to believe he can’t have another solid fantasy day in Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Next: 1. Sony Michel
1. Running Back Sony Michel, New England Patriots
OWN% of 65.4% in ESPN leagues
No, Sony Michel may not be a sleeper in the words truest form. But, he is still a more than an available player in many leagues.
Michel’s stock has also slightly dropped by 2.9 percent, which is partially due to fantasy owners getting too restless with the former Georgia star. He has had a slow start to his career due to injury.
However, the Pats running backs have been hammered with injuries so far. Meaning, this is basically Michel’s job until proven otherwise.
Michel didn’t light it up during his NFL debut as he ran for 34 yards on 10 attempts and only caught one pass for seven yards. But, that’s not bad for your first NFL game against one of the toughest defenses in the league.