Brian Sullivan (@MadManScouting)
Week 1 was a bit of a flop for me, but I see a ton of value here for week 2. Before we get into it, here’s a brief synopsis of my Week 1 predictions. All points are based on full PPR format.
Sam Bradford – 3.82 Points
Kenyan Drake – 9.6 Points
Ricky Seals-Jones – 4.9 Points
Ted Ginn Jr – 20.3 Points
Randall Cobb – 29.2 Points
Nyheim Hines – 12.2 Points
Now here’s a look at my sleepers for this week. I like these especially for DFS purposes, but if you’ve got some tough match-ups this week with your mid tier players, these are some solid alternatives.
*Start of the week at the position
All Rankings From “FanDuel” – Sleepers Based On Some Form of PPR
Philip Rivers (14th Ranked QB)
Rivers finished with over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns last week, and his receivers cost him another 100 yards and 2 more touchdowns. Against a reeling Bills team, he should have plenty of opportunities to put up another good stat line.
Alex Smith (18th Ranked QB)*
Smith was solid in his Redskins debut, with 255 yards and 2 touchdowns. He ran the ball 8 times, and he could see more success this week considering that he’s at home against a relatively weak defense.
Case Keenum (22nd Ranked QB)
Keenum finished with a duo of hat tricks, as he tossed up 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions against Seattle. I can see more of the former and less of the latter this week against a weaker defense.
Sam Darnold (25th Ranked QB)
Sam Darnold started his career with an awful pick 6, but it was all uphill from there. His statline was rather pedestrian in terms of fantasy football. He finished with 198 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he could have put up even better numbers if his defense and special teams didn’t blow the game out of the water, which limited his opportunities. I’m sure he wasn’t complaining, but he should see the field more this week.
Adrian Peterson (17th Ranked RB)
Chris Thompson (26th Ranked RB)*
I’ll just write one entry for both of the Redskins runners, because both could be big again this week. Peterson looked like himself again against Arizona, finishing with 166 total yards and a touchdown. Thompson appears to be one of the best receiving backs in football already, as he hauled in 6 receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins could dominate the Colts in the trenches this game, creating plenty of opportunities for both.
Matt Breida (31st Ranked RB)
Matt Breida was underwhelming in Minnesota, but he still managed 46 yards on 11 carries despite the game getting out of hand. The difference between playing in Minnesota and playing against Detroit at home is massive. Breida should bounce back in this one.
Austin Ekeler (44th Ranked RB)
Ekeler finished his season debut with 126 total yards, 5 receptions, and a touchdown. For those who didn’t watch the game, he also appears to obviously be the better receiving threat at the position than Gordon, and quite frankly might be a better runner as well. This dude can play. Against Buffalo, he could see plenty of action, especially if it becomes a rout.
Emmanuel Sanders (20th Ranked WR)
It’s amazing what happens when talented receivers have decent quarterbacks throwing them the ball. Sanders had 10 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown last week. He might not match that production, but it’s obvious that Keenum will be targeting him again this week, and Oakland doesn’t have much on their defense.
Cooper Kupp (35th Ranked WR)
Kupp was targeted 9 times last week in Oakland, and he finished with 52 yards and a touchdown. It took the Rams a half to get in their groove, but once they did, it was apparent that they can move the ball. In their home opener, we could see a lot of points. Kupp is obviously still one of Goff’s favorite targets.
Nelson Agholor (38th Ranked WR)*
We were all (rightfully) blinded by Ryan Fitzpatrick’s incredible performance, that we failed to notice that this Bucs defense is abysmal. Nick Foles could become “Super Bowl” Nick Foles in this one, and Agholor could be in for a huge game.
Paul Richardson (50th Ranked WR)
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I believe the Redskins will score a lot against Indianapolis this week. I don’t really know who to trust on this offense, but Paul Richardson appears to be the most gifted receiver on the roster at the moment. I’ll take a gamble on him.
Mike Williams (61st Ranked WR)
As the game progressed last week, Philip Rivers turned to the former 7th overall pick after his other options proved that they couldn’t catch a ball if their lives depended on it. He was targeted 6 times, and finished with 81 yards on 5 receptions. With Tre’Davius White possibly limiting Keenan Allen, Rivers could look to Williams more in this one. His first career touchdown is coming soon.
Quincy Enunwa (73rd Ranked WR)
In the Preseason, it was obvious that Darnold favored Enunwa. His first career game indicated the same thing. Enunwa was targeted 10 times by Darnold. Terrelle Pryor and Neal Sterling were tied for 2nd in targets, both with 3. That’s a noticeable gap. Assuming Darnold throws it more than 19 times this week, Enunwa could be in for a huge game.
George Kittle (11th Ranked TE)*
George Kittle lead the 49ers with 9 targets last week, and he could see even more action against a Detroit defense that was shredded by Sam Darnold. He appears healthy and ready to go.
David Njoku (15th Ranked TE)
David Njoku was targeted 7 times by Tyrod Taylor last week, but his production was limited to 3 receptions for 13 yards. I’ll partially blame the weather, which will not be an excuse this week. The Saints started slow on defense last season, and it appears that that trend could continue this week.
Jake Butt (21st Ranked TE)
Jake Butt was relatively quiet last week, but the Seahawks are adept at covering tight ends with their uniquely skilled linebackers. Oakland lacks that, and Butt could see more than 4 targets this week.
Ian Thomas (Tied At The Bottom)
With Greg Olsen out for a few weeks with a foot injury, I can see the rookie exploding onto the scene. He was impressive in the preseason, and he’s a great receiving threat. Cam Newton could look to him this week, especially with the Falcons missing some of their top defensive players, specifically those who are built to cover tight ends.
Jets (21st Ranked Defense)
Did you see that performance last week? Of course you did, we all did. They’ll be trending up as the season goes on. Pick them up now. Start them this week against the Dolphins.
49ers (22nd Ranked Defense)
The 49ers probably won’t intercept Matthew Stafford 4 times, but they will generate plenty of pressure against him. The Lions have work to do, the 49ers have a point to prove.
Bears (26th Ranked Defense)*
Khalil Mack should see even more field time this week. Russell Wilson will not have a fun evening against this pass rush.
Falcons (27th Ranked Defense)
Because the Panthers won, we are all ignoring the fact that their offense was not great. And this Falcons defense is very good, even without Deion Jones and Keanu Neal.
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