NFL Fantasy Football Week Three Sleepers
NFL FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK THREE SLEEPERS – A player gets injured, or someone breaks out and earns more opportunities. These players can make or break your fantasy season. No one can predict the future, so drafting a perfect team is out of the question.
Depth never hurts, so it is best to evaluate your roster weekly. This article is a great place to look and will feature the best waiver wire additions each week. (Rostered Percentages from ESPN)
Matthew Stafford – 29.6% Rostered
The Rams and Stafford have exceeded expectations to start the year after losing Cooper Kupp for at least the first four games.
Stafford has eclipsed 300 yards in both games but has only found the end zone once through the air. He threw the ball 38 and 55 times in his two starts this season and should continue to air it out.
The Rams will play the Bengals this week at Cincinnati and should face less pressure in the pocket. He has a solid start this week, and his long-term outlook looks better with Puka Nacua’s emergence in the offense.
C.J. Stroud – 7.4% Rostered
The Texans are letting Stroud throw the ball thus far into his career. He had 44 pass attempts in week one and 47 in week two while completing 63.7% of passes.
Stroud has been productive despite being sacked 11 times through two games, which is absurd. He threw for two touchdowns in the Texans’ loss to the Colts yesterday.
Laremy Tunsil did not play, which contributed to the lack of protection, and he should add a layer of stability to this offensive line. Stroud could be a solid player to stash if you do not have a solidified quarterback. He is two games into his career and performing well in his situation.
The coaches trust him to throw the ball, and it may be worth trusting him as a backup on your fantasy team.
Roschon Johnson – 30.5% Rostered
The running back position does not have a plug-and-play type player widely available in waivers this week, so the two listed should be a stash rather than someone who will win you the league. If you need someone to play immediately, I would opt for Justice Hill or Gus Edwards. The latter was mentioned here before week one.
Roschon Johnson was a tremendous all-around running back at Texas but was playing behind Bijan Robinson, so he was overlooked slightly. He is proving his worth with the Bears early in the season. He has nine carries for 52 yards (5.8 YPC) and a TD, with eight receptions on nine targets for 45 yards. His snap count is slowly increasing, up to 42% from 39% in week one. He is worth a stash.
Tyjae Spears – 13.0% Rostered
Spears is the primary backup to Derrick Henry in Tennessee and has been productive with his limited opportunities. He has 76 rushing yards on the season with a 6.9-yard average.
He will not contribute much while playing behind Henry, but if something happened to Henry, he would become a valuable fantasy running back.
Tutu Atwell – 31.7% Rostered
Atwell may be available if you did not get Puka Nacua last week. His value is more prominent for the next couple of weeks before Kupp returns, but he may play himself into the WR3 role.
Atwell caught six passes for 119 yards in week one and seven balls for 77 yards in week two. He averaged 8.5 targets through two games and should benefit from teams focusing on Nacua after two excellent performances.
Atwell could serve as a quality starter for the next couple of weeks if you need a spot start but keeps some value when Kupp returns.
Josh Reynolds – 4.7% Rostered
The Lions’ offense was one of the highest-scoring teams last season and seems to have carried that over into this season. They are averaging 26 points per game this season and 283 passing yards per game.
Reynolds is the number two option in this offense, with 13 targets on the season (18.6% of team targets). He is widely available and worth picking up, especially if you need someone who can contribute immediately.
Zach Ertz – 47.3% Rostered
The Cardinals have been better than expected with Josh Dobbs at quarterback, and 32-year-old Zach Ertz is a factor in that. He has been a target monster for Dobbs, with 18 targets through two games.
Ertz has turned those into 12 receptions for 77 yards. He is not the best option at the tight end but remains viable because of the lack of consistent tight ends.
Hunter Henry – 34.6% Rostered
Henry was mentioned last week but is still available. He is widely unowned and scored for his second straight game. He is a solid option moving forward but has some tough matchups against the Jets and Cowboys.