Conlin Postma @ConlinFF
Now that the first week has come to an end, we must look onward. Week One taught many people that Fantasy Football is already stressful. Having players such as O.J. Howard, Jared Goff, Tyreek Hill, Joe Mixon, and Devonta Freeman, among many, let down owners is just the beginning. One of the benefits of Week One commencing is that we, the Fantasy Community, have a better idea of the landscape.
We know that Jameis Winston can’t be trusted, Gurley’s knee is still a problem, McCaffery is coming for that MVP title, and sleepers are something to be aware of every week.
My sleepers last week included Lamar Jackson who finished as QB1. One of my two sleeper backs was Tony Pollard (before Zeke signed his extension). He did still see 13 carries but was RB51. Latavius Murray was the other RB and he finished as the 16th best back after the Monday night game. A lone score helped Dede Westbrook pay off in Week One as he was WR32, just behind Adam Thielen. Detroit wideout, Marvin Jones was a letdown with being WR51. Finally, in a successful return, Tennessee’s Delanie Walker was the fourth-best TE. (All of the finishes were in Fantasy Pros Half-PPR scoring formats)
With a clearer picture of how Week Two will be laid out, I give you my Week Two Sleepers.
You aren’t hallucinating, Josh Allen is on the list for a reason. After a slow start against the Jets, the Wyoming alumni caught fire and brought Buffalo back 16 points to win. Behind Lamar Jackson, Cam Newton, and Russell Wilson, Allen is the next best dual-threat QB. Considering that both Wilson and Newton don’t run that much anymore, Allen could be the second-best running QB (hot take).
On Sunday, Josh Allen finished the game with 254 passing yards, 38 rushing yards, one rushing TD, and one passing TD. He did run the ball 10 times, which was the second-most attempts on the team. In Week Two, he has a prime matchup against the New York Giants. The Giants’ just got torched by Dak Prescott, who threw for 405 yards and four TDs.
The former seventh overall pick could eclipse 350 total yards and between two to four total touchdowns, against this abysmal New York defense.
A healthy Darren Sproles is exactly what the Eagles needed. It appears that he will be seeing a majority of the snaps for the next couple of weeks. He is their best pass-catching back and in a possible high scoring game against the Falcons, he could be relied upon again.
In Week One, Sproles had the most touches on his team with 12, nine carries and three receptions, totaling 63 yards. Those nine carries were the second-most on the team and the three catches were fourth-most. He most likely will split time with rookie, Miles Sanders, while Jordan Howard gets a few carries as well.
No matter what the pace of the game is, the 14-year pro will be involved. He’ll get carries while it’s close and receptions if Philly is trying to catch up. Against the Washington Redskins, Sproles can get more than 80 total yards and reaching the endzone, too.
After being a healthy scratch just a week ago, the future Hall of Famer is starting in Week Two. To no surprise, Derrius Guice is dealing with a knee injury and is expected to miss some games. As Washington’s lead back last season, out of the 16 games Peterson played in, he rushed for over 95 yards in seven of them.
He is playing the Dallas Cowboys, who just surrendered 151 total rushing yards to the Giants. Out of the 151 yards, Saquon Barkley was responsible for 120 of them, on just 11 carries. The Cowboys might not want to stack the box against Washington due to Case Keenum‘s Week One performance. Keenum posted 380 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Be warned, Peterson is game-flow dependent. What that means is that if the game is a blowout and the Cowboys have a significant lead, Washington will turn to Chris Thompson, who is the better pass catcher. Adrian Peterson will still see a majority of the goal-line work and early down touches.
If this is a tight game then he’ll be in line for over 20 touches. If the Redskins fall behind early, then Peterson might only get 12 touches.
Now that Dante Pettis seems to be in a backup role, for the time being, the next receiver up is Deebo. Out of all the wideouts on the 49ers, he had the most catches and targets with three each. He was only behind George Kittle in both those categories. He should have similar results this week against the Cincinnati Bengals.
It should be noted that San Francisco’s QB, Jimmy Garoppolo, did attempt 27 passes with just 18 completions. In Week One, Samuel had the highest snap count and snap percentage of all 49ers receivers (according to Pro Football Reference). One of the reasons for that is due to Pettis battling a calf injury at the moment.
Being out there for 60 snaps and having a 88% snap count is eye-opening. Having him be out there that much is great for Fantasy value as he could see a lot of production. As the top receiver for his team currently, Deebo is a strong sleeper who can be relied upon this week.
Originally, the Chiefs drafted Hardman to possibly replace for Tyreek Hill while he was going through his legal troubles. Now in Week Two, Hardman has his chance. Hill is out with a clavicle injury that will keep him sidelined for multiple weeks. He will be behind Sammy Watkins on the receiver depth chart, but also compete with Travis Kelce and Damian Williams for targets.
In a game where this rookie could explode against the Oakland Raiders, his sleeper status is one of the highest. He is a boom-or-bust type of receiver which has its pros and cons. He does have the opportunity to go eclipse 100 yards, but on the opposite side, he could have less than 50 yards.
There is a chance that Hardman has a solid week and is being undervalued. As everyone knows, Patrick Mahomes loves to throw the deep ball and all it will take is one catch for the second-round rookie to be relevant this week.
Antonio Brown is out of Oakland (probably for the better) and now that leaves a hole for another target. On Monday night, Waller stepped up big with eight catches, which led the team. He was also second to just Tyrell Williams in yards with 70, as well. It’s clear that this offense will run through (no pun intended) Josh Jacobs, Tyrell Williams, and Darren Waller.
This week, the Oakland Raiders face the Kansas City Chiefs and it will most likely be a high scoring game. In Week One, Kansas City put up 40 points against one of the best defenses in the Jacksonville Jaguars. If that is the case again, Derek Carr could attempt over 45 passes and that’s good for Waller.
In a thin position group, Darren has a strong possibility to finish inside the top 10 again or even crack the top five.