We’re on to Week 3, and accidents and surprising twists (like Brandon Aiyuk) are already inflicting us to achieve deep into our bag of fantasy sleepers to create optimum lineups for our matchups. This week, Rondale Moore and Quintez Cephus are among the many high sleepers who might be in line for greater days than we often count on, however they are not the one guys on the beginning ’em, sit ’em bubble who may come via this week.
Up to now this 12 months, we have seen quarterbacks Daniel Jones, Derek Carr, and Teddy Bridgewater vastly outperform among the studs on the place, whereas gamers like James White, Kenyan Drake, and Jared Cook dinner have been thrust into greater roles than we anticipated. Nonetheless, there’s at all times a lag in reacting among the many fantasy group, so you may create an actual edge for your self in the event you’re updated on all issues sleepers. This is not solely a giant image course of, however a week-to-week chore.
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Final week, we swung for the fences with Trey Sermon and Ronald Jones however went behind 0-2 within the depend. We additionally whiffed massive on tight ends as soon as once more with Gerald Everett, Dalton Schultz, and Cole Kmet, however tight finish manufacturing across the league is simply terrible up to now. Nevertheless, we do get some credit score for Teddy Bridgewater, Rondale Moore, and Mike Williams, proper? This can be a sleeper record in any case — we’re not right here to return with weak takes and apparent must-starts.
So, do not begin all of those guys if in case you have them. Use them if in case you have harm points or different borderline gamers with robust matchups. If nothing else, take a shot on them in DFS contests and see if they’ll hit it massive for you.
WEEK 3 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Operating again | Vast receiver | Tight finish | D/ST | Kicker
Week 3 Fantasy Sleepers: Operating backs
James Conner, Cardinals @ Jaguars (Jackson Sparks). We knew Conner was introduced in to do most of this work on the bottom, however he is been largely ineffective up to now via two weeks. He is rushed 24 occasions for 79 yards and has but to hit the top zone. Nevertheless, this sport appears like a blowout, so Conner needs to be known as upon to maneuver the chains because the Cardinals end the sport out. Chase Edmonds is way extra dynamic within the passing sport, so the thought right here is the Playing cards will relaxation him when the sport will get out of hand. Jacksonville has given up 128 dashing yards/sport up to now, and Houston produced three working backs with strong fantasy outings in opposition to it in Week 1.
James White, Patriots vs. Saints (Vinnie Iyer). White is again within the combine doing rather a lot within the passing sport, and the Saints are weak there. He is a flex in any type of PPR.
Kenyan Drake, Raiders vs. Dolphins (Matt Lutovsky). Drake has disenchanted this 12 months — nothing extra disappointing than the actual fact Peyton Barber led the Raiders in carries final week when Josh Jacobs (toe, ankle) was out. Nonetheless, it’s clear Drake is the first receiving again, catching 10-of-11 targets for 105 yards. With Jacobs “uncertain,” Drake ought to see a great quantity of labor in opposition to a Miami protection that’s struggled in opposition to RBs all 12 months. He ought to do sufficient to be a flex in PPR leagues.
BONUS: Trey Sermon, 49ers vs. Packers (Lutovsky). With Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) out, Sermon ought to lastly get his likelihood to guide the 49ers backfield. Inexperienced Bay hasn’t seemed notably good on protection this 12 months, so with 15-plus touches, Sermon ought to have a strong, RB2-level sport. Jacques Patrick, Kerryon Johnson, and Trenton Cannon do not appear to be actual threats to his workload.
WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Operating again | Vast receiver | Tight finish | D/ST | Kicker
Week 3 Fantasy Soccer Sleepers: Quarterbacks
Daniel Jones, Giants vs. Falcons (Sparks). It is wheels up for Danny Dimes within the Giants’ home-opener. By way of the primary two weeks, Jones is the QB5 in all of fantasy soccer. That is not a typo. Now, he faces off with Atlanta, who’s useless final in fantasy factors allowed to quarterbacks (29.05) up to now. No, he is not Tom Brady, however he is rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns this 12 months, so he can put up monster numbers similar to Brady and Jalen Hurts did in opposition to the Falcons. With Saquon Barkley nonetheless attempting to get again right into a rhythm, Jones’ legs are being utilized and serving to fantasy house owners.
Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos vs. Jets (Iyer). Bridgewater has come out dealing for Denver and can get all of his main targets concerned for robust days.
Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars vs. Cardinals (Lutovsky). It’s been a tough begin for Lawrence and the Jags, however the Cardinals will power Jacksonville to move to maintain up, be it early within the sport or throughout rubbish time. Both method, Lawrence could have an opportunity to provide along with his gifted group of pass-catchers, even when it comes with a number of errors.
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Week 3 Fantasy Soccer Sleepers: Vast receivers
Darnell Mooney, Bears @ Browns (Sparks). Mooney is particularly engaging in PPR leagues, as he is caught 11-of-15 targets via two video games of 2021. It is wanting like Justin Fields goes to start out for Chicago, and Mooney can function his security blanket as he eases into the sport. Allen Robinson is there, after all, however a younger rookie could also be gun-shy about pushing the ball downfield and/or exterior the numbers early on. The Browns’ protection gave up passing touchdowns to each Tyrod Taylor and Davis Mills, so Fields can discover success with Mooney.
Rondale Moore, Cardinals @ Jaguars (Iyer). We’re not chasing field scores with Moore. The Jaguars’ protection is gradual on the backend and has nobody to include this missile away from’ Nuk.
Quintez Cephus, Lions vs. Ravens (Lutovsky). Cephus has averaged 6.5 targets per sport and scored two weeks in a row. He’s as near a No. 1 extensive receiver as there may be in Detroit, and he’s heading right into a sport in opposition to the worst move protection within the league. Sure, critically — the Ravens are useless final in yards allowed via the air. Enchancment is coming, however count on Cephus and the Lions to have ample garbage-time alternatives once more.
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Week 3 Fantasy Soccer Sleepers: Tight ends
Jared Cook dinner, Chargers @ Cheifs (Sparks). We at all times wish to goal gamers who needs to be in shootouts, particularly at a scarce place like tight finish. Cook dinner has drawn 13 targets via two weeks, catching eight for 84 yards. He additionally had a pair of touchdowns known as again final week resulting from penalty, so he is clearly in Justin Herbert’s thoughts within the crimson zone. This sport ought to characteristic a ridiculous variety of passing makes an attempt on all sides, so there will likely be loads of work to go round. Whereas Keenan Allen is a stud, Cook dinner might be the No. 2 choice within the crimson zone behind Mike Williams for LA.
Austin Hooper, Browns vs. Bears (Iyer). Hooper will likely be wanted within the tight end-heavy assault with all their wideout points, and Baker Mayfield trusts him.
Evan Engram, Giants vs. Falcons (Lutovsky). That is how dangerous the TE place has been — we’re recommending Engram regardless of him not taking part in but this 12 months due to a calf harm. The Falcons had been torched by Eagles’ TEs in Week 1 and Rob Gronkowski in Week 2, so the developments are in Engram’s favor if he returns.
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Week 3 Fantasy Soccer Sleepers: Protection
Chicago Bears @ Cleveland Browns (Sparks). The Bears obtained carved up in Week 1 on the Rams, but it surely seems L.A. is simply going to try this to everybody. In Week 2, the Bears compelled 4 turnovers and scored on a pick-six, limiting the Bengals to 3 factors via three quarters. That is extra like what you’d count on a protection with a lot expertise. The Browns will likely be with out Jarvis Landry (knee) and whereas Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) appears to be like on monitor to play, he’ll draw robust protection in his first sport again from a torn ACL. Baker Mayfield has thrown an interception in each of his first two video games, and the Bears’ protection is the very best he’ll have seen thus far this season.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Steelers (Iyer). Right here’s providing you with a available choice that may be a assure to rack up extra sacks on Ben Roethlisberger.
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Dolphins (Lutovsky). Las Vegas has executed an admirable job in opposition to the Ravens and Steelers, piling up 5 sacks and three takeaways. This week, they return to Vegas to tackle an ailing Tua Tagovailoa or Jacoby Brissett. Both method, count on some massive performs from the D/ST and a low rating for the Dolphins.