Finding legitimate sleepers that are causing headaches for fantasy football owners is a weekly task. Inevitably, the injuries, bad matchups, and ineffectiveness of the past week will have you looking for reinforcements to start with, whether it’s the waiver, players on your own bench, or potential business goals. Having a ‘sleeper detector’ handy will give you an edge over the rest of your leagues. Each week, several players will come out of nowhere and finish within the top 24 of their respective positions, and the Week 2 numbers will be no different.
We won’t bore you with obvious headlines, so don’t be surprised when you see Trey Sermon listed, who is actually more at risk this week than Week 1 soccer balls. Rondale Moore showed signs of fantasy relevance early on. . even with a talented group of WR around him. Also, don’t be embarrassed when you see the Raiders defense, we have good reason. As always, we are not asking you to place your first round stallions for these guys, but consider them if you have multiple guys under consideration. And for the 15-man leagues with 25 spots on the roster, we’re sorry, but we can’t help you identify the fourth-row tight end who will score a touchdown this week.
WEEK 2 FANTASY: Busts | Get started, feel them
Last week, we correctly named Kirk Cousins, Jamaal Williams, Ty’Son Williams and the Broncos defense as viable starters. However, we were not quite as right on Russell Gage, Jimmy Garoppolo and almost all of our TE picks. As the season progresses, we will have more information at our disposal to identify the best options for playing in the start ’em, sit’ em bubble. After all, it is fantasy football and sleepers always carry risks.
WEEK 2 STANDARD RATINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight End | D / ST | Kicker
Week 2 Fantasy Sleepers: Runners
Ronald Jones, Buccaneers vs. Falcons (Jackson Sparks). It might make you sick to your stomach to insert Jones into your lineup after he produced negative fantasy points in Week 1, but we have to look to the future. Jones apparently has ‘came out of Bruce Arians’ kennel’ and will start in Week 2 against a terrible Falcons defense that gave up 173 rushing yards to the Eagles in Week 1. Sure, some of those yards came from Jalen Hurts, but both Miles Sanders and Kenny Gainwell were top 20 RBs in standard. and the first 22 regional offices in PPR. The game script for Tampa Bay shouldn’t be as heavy as it was last week, so expect RoJo to put in a comeback performance.
Devin Singletary, Bills at Dolphins (Vinnie Iyer). He got more work against a weak Dolphins running defense and should be involved in the passing game after seeing what the Patriots were able to do.
Trey Sermon, 49ers @ Eagles (Matt Lutovsky). This is a big risk, make no mistake, but with Raheem Mostert (on his knee) out this year, it seems like Sermon has to play. Elijah Mitchell still appears to be RB1, but Sermon could easily be ahead of JaMycal Hasty, who San Francisco kept activated in Week 1 due to their special teams’ ability. If Sermon is running back number two, he’ll get carries, that’s how it works on the San Francisco offense. I might not trust that in all season leagues, but there is a lot of appeal to DFS to be against Sermon.
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Week 2 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Quarterbacks
Kirk Cousins, Vikings @ Cardinals (Sparks). For the second week in a row, Cousins is one of our sleeping quarterbacks. All it does is produce, yet people are still not optimistic about starting with it. He was just under QB1 (22.04 fantasy points) last week, and will once again have to attempt more than 50 passes to keep the Vikings in this game. With Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins on the other side of the ball, this could be a complete shootout. Maybe this is the week fantasy owners wake up.
Matt Ryan, Falcons at Buccaneers (Iyer). Matty Ice will throw a ton against a shaky Bucs secondary and pull out Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts numbers that didn’t happen against the Eagles.
Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos vs Jaguars (Lutovsky). Bridgewater had 264 easy yards and two touchdowns against the Giants last week (plus 19 rushing yards); the Jaguars gave up 291 yards and two TDs (plus 40 rushing yards) to Tyrod Taylor. Put it together and you have another good fantasy day for Bridgewater.
WEEK 2 PPR RANKINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight End | D / ST | Kicker
Week 2 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide Receivers
Jakobi Meyers, Patriots @ Jets (Sparks). Meyers led all of the Patriots in goals (9) in Week 1 against the Dolphins, and he’s set to play far inferior defense this week in New York. Mac Jones looked good at first, and while Nelson Agholor scored more fantasy points last week, Meyers still looked like his No. 1 WR. It’s a solid flexible game heading into Week 2.
Mike Williams, Chargers at Cowboys (Iyer). Williams is healthy and looking good with Justin Herbert, and the Cowboys will have trouble containing his size.
Rondale Moore, Cardinals vs. Vikings (Lutovsky). Moore caught four of five goals for 68 yards last week, boring, right? Perhaps, but the exciting rookie is clearly capable of more, and as he becomes more comfortable in the Cardinals’ powerful offense, expect to be used in a variety of ways. The Vikings fought rookie Ja’Marr Chase last week, so why can’t someone else on a happy passing team cause them more trouble?
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Week 2 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight Endings
Gerald Everett, Seahawks vs. Titans (Sparks). Early indications are that the Titans’ passing defense is among the worst in the league once again this year, and Everett could be a beneficiary. Everett was only attacked twice and caught both for 20 yards last week, but scored a touchdown in the red zone. He has early chemistry with Russell Wilson in that area, and the Titans have no one like Darius Leonard in their linebacker room. All of the Seahawks’ best pass receivers should start this week.
Cole Kmet, Bears vs. Bengals (Iyer). Andy Dalton showed he liked throwing him in Game 1, and will be busy working against Cincy’s seven defenders to complement A-Rob.
Dalton Schultz, Cowboys @ Chargers (Lutovsky). Schultz saw six targets in week 1 and looked like the TE receptor alpha. With Michael Gallup (calf) out, Schultz could see even more looks this week against a Chargers defense that struggled to contain Washington’s Logan Thomas last week. Consider Schultz more of a PPR play than a standard play, but he has touchdown potential, which will make him usable in any format.
Week 2 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Defense
Raiders @ Steelers (Sparks). Does Las Vegas play defense? In 2021, it looks like they could. On Monday Night Football, the Raiders dominated the Ravens offensive line in passing situations. They didn’t bombard Lamar Jackson much, but they did capture him three times. However, three sacks does not paint the whole picture. Maxx Crosby had two sacks, two TFLs and five QB hits on his own. They also looked like an opportunistic defense, forcing four fumbles. This week, they’ll take on the Steelers offensive line that looks as bad as we expected, and Big Ben looked even slower than last year. Don’t be surprised if the Raiders defense shows up to play.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Vikings (Iyer). That passing run was real in Nashville, and they’ll have Kirk Cousins grinding behind a makeshift offensive line at home.
Green Bay Packers vs. Lions (Lutovsky). This seems insane after Jameis Winston cut through the Packers with precision last week, but some of the defensive problems were related to the offense that put it in bad shape. Either way, Green Bay should be better off at home in prime time against its own personal scapegoat, Detroit. The Lions did little last week before garbage time, and Jared Goff threw a brutal pick of six early in the game.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.