Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sleepers of the Week column, which takes a look at lesser-known players that could deserve a start due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. Let’s take a look at some sneaky plays for Week 10. If you have any fantasy football roster questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
OK, so I’m testing my luck here by going back to the well with Jake Locker again here. While he managed to engineer the Titans to a victory in St. Louis he disappointed owners with about 10 fantasy points. Jacksonville is the worst team in the league and if Locker can’t post 20 plus points against this defense then I don’t know if he’ll ever have any value. There should be opportunities in the running and passing game to get chunks of yardage. Remember, Locker is a mobile QB so he’ll probably get you additional 5 points with his legs alone. He’s a great sleeper this week.
Just ask Nick Foles about that Oakland Raider defense. Eli takes his crack at this unit on Sunday and I expect that he’ll see some success finding Cruz and company. Andre Brown should be coming back from injury, so they will slowly integrate him back into the mix, but Eli will be likely flinging it around the New York skyline. If the Giants can stop the Pryor show then Eli should have plenty of opportunities to drive the field and put up fantasy relevant numbers.
Allen appears to be Philip Rivers’ favorite receiver. He scored again against the Redskins on Sunday and is seeing close to 10 targets a game now. This makes him a high WR2 and with Denver and their bend but not break defense, I expect Rivers to find Allen more than enough times. Champ Bailey might be back in the lineup but that shouldn’t stop Allen from putting up over 75 yards and TD against the Broncos.
I thought I could go the entire season without referencing this guy’s name. While even his teammates have mixed feelings about him, he did score 3 TDs last weekend and this weekend he’ll try to keep up the targets. I doubt multiple TDs are in store, but perhaps one and there appears to be a radar that Foles has locked in on Cooper for the interim. Keep him in mind.
James has earned his status as a starter in Tampa’s offense due to Doug Martin’s likely season-ending injury. He looked the part of an every down running back against the Seahawks and even made a TD toss to boot. Miami on Monday night will be a chance for him to put his talents on display again. Giovanni Bernard from the Bengals reeled off some big gains against the Dolphins and I see James very capable of putting up another 100 yard day and finding the end zone too. Tampa is closer to a victory than one might think; James will be a big reason why too. Don’t sleep on James as a flex option.
I can’t believe I’m saying this but Richardson appears to have some value this week. The Rams did give up the farm in yards to Chris Johnson last weekend, which had done very little up until that point. So that’s my logic here with Richardson. A running back, starting at home, against a team that can be run on in the Rams, if there is not another recipe for success then I don’t know what is. Frankly if Richardson can’t get 10 or more points he’s droppable. So here’s to him making a sleeper showing this week. Cross those fingers.
Graham is great sleeper pick as he goes up against a Cardinals team that has given up multiple touchdowns to tight ends in 4 games this season. Tight ends love playing against Arizona and Case Keenum should have some options to get Graham involved in the red zone. I expect this week to be more running the football and over the middle football then long bombs with the new leadership taking over for Coach Kubiak.
Deep, deep sleeper alert is Timothy Wright who is coming in completely under the radar this season. The price is “Wright” on Monday night for a big performance. He got on the scoreboard against the Seahawks this past weekend and if Glennon wants to have continued success he’ll have to keep finding other targets other than Vincent Jackson. He’s a great red zone target so I like his chances on Monday.
New York Giants
The New York Football Giants are coming off a bye-week and host the Oakland Raiders at home. While Oakland isn’t a complete push-over it should be noted that they do turnover the ball with regularity and are one of best teams to play your defense against in fantasy. As long as Eli doesn’t give the Raider offense good field position and Giants can generate some pressure on Pryor then mistakes will surely be made. Giant Sleeper potential for this unit!