Conlin Postma @ConlinFF
I’m back! Thanks to Dom and Adam for filling in for me last week. They did a fantastic job by having sleepers such as Dak Prescott, Josh Allen, Demarcus Robinson, Austin Hooper, Rex Burkhead, Terry McLaurin, and Will Dissly.
It’s officially the start of bye weeks, but there are just two teams out. Those teams are the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets. Due to the 49ers being on a bye that leaves key players such as Matt Brieda, Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, Raheem Mostert, Dante Pettis, and Deebo Samuel not playable. There aren’t too many Jets players that are reliable to start anymore due to injuries. The only relevant players left are Le’Veon Bell, Jamison Crowder, and Robby Anderson.
Even with those two teams and nine relevant players out, there are plenty of sleepers who can be utilized to win your matchups in their absences.
The two players to lead off this article both had impressive debuts. While taking the reins from their team’s franchise QB’s they each earned a spot in this article.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants
It appears that Eli Manning might not be coming back soon if Daniel Jones continues to play how he did last week. Against the Buccaneers, he had 336 passing yards, 28 rushing yards, and he also ran and passed for two scores each. As he prepares for Washington, Jones has another chance to finish inside the top five just like he did in Week Three. The Redskins defense has surrendered an average of 271 passing yards and three TD’s per game. If you are streaming due to injuries, Jones should be the QB you’re going after.
Kyle Allen, Carolina Panthers
Due to a favorable matchup and a quality Week Three start, Allen is a QB sleeper who can make his way into the top 10. Even though he dismantled the Arizona Cardinals, it was still an impressive start. He finished with 261 yards and threw four TDs. This week he gets the Houston Texans who give up 300 passing yards to opposing QB’s. Against the Texans, Allen should be able to finish inside the top seven. With struggles of Baker Mayfield, Jared Goff, Kirk Cousins, and Jameis Winston, Allen might be a suitable substitute.
Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
As a top pass-catching back going against a depleted Giants defense, Chris Thompson is a sleeper in all PPR formats. Adrian Peterson might be the starter, but he has yet to do anything. Thompson, on the other hand, has been gain momentum. Through the first three games, he has an average of 5 catches and 64.7 receiving yards. It should also be noted that Monday night against the Chicago Bears, he totaled 108 yards on just 11 touches which were both season highs. Due to his PPR upside, Thompson is a top 15 RB sleeper and needs to be talked about in the same light as James White.
Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs
After taking over the lead back role once LeSean McCoy re-aggravated his ankle injury, Darrel Williams made the most of his opportunity. When he came in, Williams was a monster. On just 14 touches he totaled 109 yards. He led the team in rushing yards and carries on top of that. Fellow backs, McCoy (ankle) and Damien Williams (knee) are both dealing with injuries. As we enter Week Four, they will both most likely be questionable. If neither is active, you have to put Darrel in your lineups.
Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots
In a clustered and unselfish New England offense, Dorsett has carved a field-stretching role. It is unclear the severity of Julian Edelman‘s injury. The early reports are that he is “good” and he should be active this week. With or without Edelman being active, the former U wideout needs to be started. Through the first three weeks, he is WR15 (according to Fantasy Pros Half-PPR scoring). In two of his three games, he has reached the endzone. Dorsett is a sleeper and a reliable WR3 who has the potential to finish inside the top 15, once again.
D.J Chark Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars
Scoring in three straight games is one reason to have D.J. Chark as a sleeper. What makes him a bigger sleeper is that he still flies under the radar. In these first three games, Chark is the sixth-highest scoring receiver (according to Fantasy Pros Half-PPR scoring). For the Jaguars, he leads the team in receptions, receiving yards, receiving TD’s, and averages 92 yards per game. He is the team’s best receiver and has a serious chance at extending his scoring streak on Sunday against Denver.
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Even at 37 years old, Witten still shows some Fantasy value. He has been TD dependent this season and that doesn’t change as we head into Week Four. Last week, Seattle TE, Will Dissly, ran wild all over the Saints. He racked up 62 yards on six receptions and reached the endzone. Witten can see similar results and with Michael Gallup out again, he could see a target increase. At the end of the day, he can finish with four catches, 50 receiving yards, and a TD.
Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks
Two straight weeks of dominance, Dissly is a sleeper to be the TE1. All season, Arizona has been unable to slow down opposing TEs. They gave up 131 yards on six catches and a TD, Week One to T.J. Hockenson. The following week, Mark Andrews racked up nine catches for 112 receiving while scoring once. Then last week, Arizona gave up two TD’s, 75 yards, and six catches to Greg Olsen. Both Olsen and Andrews finished as the top TE while Hockenson was TE2. Given the history, Seattle’s TE is a top three lock.