FST’s Week 2 sleepers features under-the-radar players that are not being started in a majority of fantasy football leagues. These players could produce good fantasy numbers this week due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. With that in mind, here are our top fantasy football sleepers for Week 2.
What a 2017 debut for the Los Angeles Rams and the 2016 overall No. 1 draft pick! Goff and the Rams went bananas on a weak Colts defense and Week 2 promises to be more of the same with a beleaguered Washington Redskins squad coming to town. Coach Sean McVay of the Rams was the offensive coordinator for the Redskins last year. My guess is he probably has a good idea of how to attack that secondary and create openings much like the Eagles did last Sunday. It’s another home game for Goff and he should be comfortable against the defensive schemes of the Redskins in this matchup.
It would be going out on limb to say that a return to the football field will bring good things for Cutler and the Dolphins. Without Tannehill to man the fort at QB this season in South Beach, insert Cutler into an offense that has more promise than what he was working with in Chicago. The Chargers struggled defensively against the Bronco’s Trevor Siemian and expect the experience of Cutler to cut through the Chargers defense too. While there is not a chance in hell I would start Cutler, he would be playable in any two quarterback leagues or if your starter is Kirk Cousins (who looks like he could be benched), I would pick up Cutler.
Javorius “Buck” Allen
The Browns are making a trip to Baltimore and without their No. 1 draft pick in DE Myles Garrett. That should bode well for the Ravens and the running game. Maclin’s debut with the Ravens last week was a success, but Danny Woodhead’s was not after sustaining a blown out hamstring. Expect Allen to work in with starter Terrance West, especially around the goal line and during passing situations on third downs. Allen could have a large role and should be considered a potential flex starter in larger leagues if you are looking for a sleeper.
Everyone calm down, Peterson is going to be fine and Coach Sean Payton is going to find a way to get his pass-first offense a chance to take advantage of Peterson’s strengths in the running game. After watching Kareem Hunt go bonkers on NFL’s opening night against the Pats, there is reason to believe Peterson can have a bounce-back effort in his first home start in the Big Easy. Saints fans will be ready to see some fireworks and the New England defense could be without some of its big-time playmakers after the injuries last Thursday. A healthy Peterson is too strong to be held down too long. He might have lost a step or two now that he’s into the twilight years for a running back, but he shouldn’t be dismissed because of a sub-par outing against the Vikings’ staunch defensive front.
The Giants will try to forget about last Sunday night in Dallas and put that behind them as they look forward to hosting the Lions at home on Monday night. The Lions will probably (status questionable) have to handle the return OBJ to the Giants’ wide receiving corps, along with Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram. What gets lost in this offense is the pass catching running back skills of Shane Vereen. We have seen him carve up defenses while in New England’s offense and Vereen should be getting the dump-off passes and swing out tosses to make him a viable flex option on Monday night. Do not sleep on Shane Monday night.
This University of Washington product and former Seattle Seahawks wide-out should enjoy his most statistically studded season as one of the top offensive weapons in a rather ho-hum Jets offense. Kearse saw the most targets of any Jets receiver on Sunday and Oakland has been generous to opposing offenses in recent years. Kearse has big time sleeper potential to get behind the cornerbacks of Oakland for a score or two. He is in a high volume of targets situation with the Jets and since they will likely be playing from behind, that furthers the chances he will get more receptions.
Kupp probably wasn’t on too many fantasy radars coming into 2017 unless you were looking for a deep sleeper. He was drafted in the third round by the Rams out of Eastern Washington University. The former Eastern Eagle was a popular target of Goff in Week 1, as he tied for the team lead in volume of targets and found the end zone and over 75 yards receiving. The Redskins defense would not scare me from rolling the dice with Kupp as a WR3 on Sunday. Kupp should keep it up this weekend.
After the devastating injury to David Johnson, Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals are likely going to have to air it out a little more to get the job done this season. Johnson is such a versatile running back and without him the Cards will need to rely on Brown’s top-end speed to beat opposing defenses deep like he’s shown before. The Colts’ defense started the season off on the wrong foot in Los Angeles, which makes this matchup against the Colts look very promising. Brown could be turning on the burners for a score this week.
For all those owners of Hunter Henry, I apologize for picking him as a sleeper pick in Week 1. Not only did he go scoreless, but he also received a whopping zero targets on Monday night against Denver. For those fantasy owners, like myself, who are not willing to roll the dice again this week with Henry in their lineup, then there is Clay. Buffalo’s QB Tyrod Taylor looked his way early and often in Week 1 and it appears he is the red zone focus as well in an offense that will probably be more conservative without Sammy Watkins this season. Clay should have more success than Henry did last week, which might not say much, but he is worth sleeper consideration.
The Browns’ No. 1 tight end is DeValve. As long as rookie QB Kizer is leading the offense the tight end should be a valuable asset in the Browns game plan. Baltimore’s defense looked impressive against the Bengals in Week 1, so expect Kizer to be busy trying to get the football to DeValve over the middle before the pass rush gets to him. The Browns appear to have an improved offense from last season based on a solid effort in Week 1 against the Steelers. Take stock in DeValve this Sunday as a sleeper at a position that does not have many sleepers.
Welcome to the NFL DeSean Watson! It appears he will be starting Week 2 on Thursday night for the Texans. Nothing sounds more appetizing for a fantasy football defense than a rookie with less than a full game under their belt. Houston will be loud and going wild for their Texans. However, along with that noise will be the blitzing schemes Marvin Lewis and Bengals defense draws up. The Texans offense looked bad against Jacksonville and they might look worse this week. Get ready for sacks, interceptions, fumbles and start your Cincinnati Bengals defense!