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 3. If you have any fantasy football roster questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Alex Smith KC VS. PHI

Alex Smith the game manager is now fantasy relevant. Its official he’s got a chance to put up some serious QB #1 numbers this weekend in Philly against a bend/break fast-tempo Chip Kelly squad. Smith has been accurate and effective. I expect 2-3 TDs and over 250 yards passing.

Sam Bradford STL VS. DAL

Is this the season Bradford breaks through? He’s looked the part at times of the next big thing, but he’s also disappointed with some of his inconsistencies. This week posed a juicy matchup against a Cowboys team that is either pretty good or pretty bad. I think the latter will be the case made by Bradford after the game is over.

Wide Receivers

Marlon Brown BAL VS. HOU

With his first two games as a Raven in the books, Marlon Brown has made history as the only wide receiver to score a touchdown in each of those games. I like Torrey Smith this week and Brown is nearly a clone of his on the field. Baltimore is throwing more passes and with Ray Rice healing up from a hip flexor it’ll be expected that Brown will have to step up for Flacco to be effective.

Andre Roberts AZ VS. NO

Not many owners know much about Roberts outside of the fact that he plays in Arizona and was a relatively high draft pick last season. If Fitzgerald is out or not 100% then Roberts will have an impact in the passing game. Going against a Saints defense that is suspect at times helps the cause as a sleeper pick of the week.

Running Backs

Jacquizz Rodgers ATL VS. MIA

The injury to Steven Jackson leaves the door open for Quizz to step up and see carries right away. Forget the Snelling factor that experts talk about. Unless it’s a pure goal line situation then I don’t foresee Quizz having a problem scampering and utilizing his shiftiness against the Dolphins.

Robert Turbin SEA VS. JAC

This game, much like most Seahawks home games, could get ugly quick. This will be a bit of a reunion for the Jaguars head coach, but that’s about the only thing that might keep the running up the score from happening in the 4th quarter and not the 3rd. Marshawn has been a beast and with the Seahawks as a run-first team, Turbin is likely to factor in once this thing is out of hand. I expect plenty of junk time points and Turbin’s biceps to be pulsating and perplexed with touchdown glory.

Tight Ends

Charles Clay MIA VS. ATL

In the absence of Keller, Clay has stepped right up for Tannehill as a big time target to earn a sizable role in the Dolphins offense. Miami isn’t as big play as Mike Wallace would like quite yet, so Clay will have plenty of options to help move the chains.

Jim Dray AZ VS. NO

The injury to Fitzgerald could put this sleeping beauty into the thick of fantasy football conversations this week. I don’t love him, he’s more of TE #2, but the Saints aren’t the best defensive unit at covering tight ends and I expect Dray to have a day.


Kansas City Chiefs KC VS. PHI

Chiefs have 4 pro-bowlers back from last season’s defensive unit. They’ve looked awfully formidable in their first two games. Now the Philly offense and the Andy Reid heart-felt reunion is set for Thursday night. I like the drama and suspense but I expect the Chiefs will keep the points down and it’ll be a game where turnovers could decide this game; advantage Chiefs.