Week One Sleepers: Wide Receivers and Running Backs


We’re back everyone! After much uncertainty, football will start once again on Thursday with the Chiefs and Texans squaring off. This also means that the Fantasy Football season will start on Thursday, as well. A key to winning your Week One fantasy matchups is to find that sleeper you can put into your lineups. I will be breaking down a few sleeper wide receivers and running backs. They will be followed up by a brief description of why you should consider putting those players in your lineups.

Wide Receivers

Dionate Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers

There might be some hesitation about putting a Steelers player in your lineup after last season’s struggling offense. Coming into 2020, it’s a different story. They will not only get JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner back, but also Big Ben Roethlisberger. Johnson will be a starting wideout for the Steelers and has a mouthwatering matchup against the Giants. Their defense will focus on JuJu and Conner, which will leave Dionate an opportunity to feast as a possible top 25 wideout.

Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins

All eyes will be on DeVante Parker, especially Stephon Gilmore’s. This will leave Williams against a Patriots’ defense without Hightower, Chung, Van Noy, Shelton and many others who were either traded, signed away, or have opted out of the season. Williams was the go to target in the first nine weeks before he got injured. He saw 60 targets to Parker’s 48. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the signal-caller against New England and we all know he loves to throw the ball and that is great news for Preston Williams.

Running Backs

James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

If you’re unsure about who this player is, don’t feel bad. Robinson is an undrafted rookie out of Illinois State. Week One he has the opportunity of a lifetime, he enters this week as the Jaguars starting running back. He could be a sneaky Flex option due to volume he could see. With being the starting back, he is in line for over 20 touches in a Jacksonville offense that is looking for more weapons. In a thin positional group having a starting back in your lineup could tilt the scales in your favor.

Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles

With Miles Sanders still battling a hamstring injury, Boston Scott might be able to see more production. It’s no secret that the Eagles want Sanders to be the main guy in their backfield, but to potentially injure his hamstring more in just the first week isn’t the best option. Enter Boston Scott. There is a shot Scott splits carries with Sanders or possibly takes over the backfield to help persevere Sanders. If Miles Sanders isn’t available on Sunday, then Scott becomes a top 20 running back option.

Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts

All the hype surrounding rookie, Johnathan Taylor, pushed Marlon Mack into the shadows. Don’t forget, Mack is the starting back for the Colts on Sunday. He is a strong serviceable back for Week One even with Taylor in the picture. He’s facing off against Jacksonville and their defense is a complete shell of itself from just a couple of years ago. Last year, he racked up 186 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns on just 29 carries. Given that, Mack is a nice RB2 with RB1 upside for the weekend.




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