Our Week 3 sleepers features under-the-radar players that are currently being started in less than 50% of fantasy football leagues. These players could produce good fantasy numbers this week due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 3 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
I tried as hard as I could to not do Cousins here, but I just couldn’t ignore the opportunity. It’s just so good! Cousins looked unstoppable at the controls against the Jags on Sunday. Now, I know it was the Jags, and I know it was at home. I believe the Eagles will be a much better test of his QB moxie, but they’re certainly no defensive juggernaut. Kirk gets rid of the ball quickly and minimizes poor decisions, and it looks like he’ll have a highly motivated DeSean Jackson on the field to help him out. I believe he will post top-10 QB numbers this week against a leaky Eagles D that should have given up far more points to the Colts on Monday night.
Wow, lets talk about this NO running game. Ingram has been manly while handing the bulk of the goal line / between the tackles work. Unfortunately, Ingram broke his hand and will be out for a month or so. Pierre Thomas will remain the change of pace / third down type back, which elevates Robinson to the bruiser role. He’s quite well suited to it – he’s a load to bring down, and a tackle-breaking machine. Sort of like Ingram! The Vikings are a mess, and I think the NO offense gets right here after a crushing loss to Cleveland in Week 2. Khiry definitely punches one across the goal line here on his way to solid RB2 / Flex stats this week.
Does anyone but the Colts coaching staff still think the Trent Richardson should be the starter? Any geek off the street could see that Bradshaw was handy with the steel, if you know what I mean. That dude runs angry, and he crushed the Eagles porous defense on Monday night. He’s also a vastly superior passing-down back. Basically, he’s awesome, and has on tap this week the Jags, who just gave up 41 to the Redskins, while said Redskins were missing a large piece of their offense. Colts big over the Jags here, lock of the week. I’m starting Bradshaw this week as a RB2 with confidence.
Ryan Matthews is out at least a couple of weeks with a sprained MCL. Danny Woodhead has run as the #2, but he’s much more of a change of pace / passing down back. This opens the door for Brown, and I expect him to blow it off the hinges. You’ll potentially remember him dominating toward the end of last season when given the chance, and in the Chargers wide open offense, I love him as a plug-and-play RB2 for Week 3.
This call is based on both matchup and also, just a feeling. The Giants are 0-2 already, and most recently got torched by a Cards team featuring a QB who had not started since 2010. Drew Stanton only threw for 167 yards, but the Giants offense was so inept that Arizona essentially won this game with defense and special teams. Arian Foster and Andre Johnson are coming to town, and I think the Giants will attempt to key on stopping those two, leaving plenty of single coverage looks for Hopkins. You’ll recall Hopkins smoking a Redskins CB in Week 1 – I think more of the same happens here making Hopkins a high risk / high upside WR3 play for Week 3.
People everywhere are down on this Lions offense after they were throttled by the Panthers in Week 2. They’re so down on them that in a league where I own Stafford, people are attempting to trade me QBs! Please. DET is an elite offense that got shut down by an elite Carolina D on the road. That’s gonna happen, and this week is the bounce-back. All the Lions skill players, but especially Tate, are going to eat hearty against a Packers defense that has given up 60 points in two games. Fire up the Golden Boy here without reservations.
Don’t know if any of you rolled with me when I called Sanu’s name last week…but if you did, you were repaid handsomely. Sanu blew up for 17+ points, and on top of that, A.J. Green left the game with a toe injury. I’m running him out there again this week. There’s about zero chance Green plays this week, which leaves Sanu as the de-facto WR1 in a Bengals offense that has shown it can be explosive. Everyone was all over Tennessee D/ST after their Week 1 win, but Dallas just showed that they’re still an average (maybe a little above average, but nothing more) defense that you can score against. I like Mohammed to post solid WR3 numbers here, and possibly WR3-type stats for the rest of the year.
It’s really tough for me to be recommending anyone from the brutal STL offense, but this Quick character has caught my eye. I think this is his week. We’ve got Dallas traveling to St. Louis, who surprisingly just gutted out a win on the road in Tampa. Dallas is fielding (despite their win against Tennessee) one of the worst pass defenses known to man, and Quick is the guy who will get the targets against their easily burnable corners. I don’t see a monster explosion incoming, but I could see 6-8 catches, 60-80 yards, and a possible TD. If you’re missing A.J. Green, have some WRs with brutal matchups, or just need a Flex play, I think Quick is worth consideration here.
Niles Paul is no Jordan Reed, but after watching the Skins beat down the Jags, I thought “But he might just be Niles Paul, which could really be something!”. The Washington offense didn’t miss a beat despite losing both Reed and RG3 (and DeSean Jackson) for most / all of Week 2. Reed filled in admirably, going off for 99 yards and a TD in the blowout. Most of all, Cousins trusts him since they’ve played together so often on the second team, and now they’re both starting. I wouldn’t waiver Paul, but I’d sure have a long look if he isn’t claimed. Reed better be back quickly, or he could lose his job.
Kansas City defense and special teams has been pretty down and out thus far. They’ve lost several important starters, given up 50 points in two games, and scored a total of 5 fantasy points. As they should be, they’ll be dropped pretty much everywhere when guys come off waivers on Monday. But they’re a sneaky play this week. Miami just lost their #1 RB (Moreno) and are sorely lacking in weapons on the outside. They gave up the third most points to opposing D/STs last year, and looked like they regressed in Week 2. I think KC can easily contain the MIA attack, making them an excellent sneaky D/ST play in a week where there aren’t many.