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Week 3: Sleepers of the Week

While we're not projecting starting type stats for these players, they have good potential and could surprise. This week's picks include Matt Schaub, Alex Smith, Giovani Bernard, Rashard Mendenhall, and Tavon Austin.
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Hilton's two games this season really illustrate what you have to expect from big-play recievers. In Week 1, he saw five targets and caught three passes for 20 yards. In Week 2, Andrew Luck targeted him 12 times and Hilton caught six balls for 124 yards. Indianapolis will have their hands full in Week 3 against San Francisco. The Colts will throw it around more due to the 49ers' typically tough run defense having a point to prove after allowing Marshawn Lynch to do whatever he pleased. You'll simply have to try to read tea leaves or start him every week while hoping for the big play. In 2012, 13 of his 50 receptions went for 20-plus yards. That falls in line, in terms of percentage, with many other teams' vertical threats. The 49ers do look a bit vulnerable after two games, although that tends to happen when facing two playoff teams to open the season. Hilton is on track for a slight increase to his targets (projected for 108) after seeing 91 last season. Stick with the second-year wideout.

Let me blow your mind for a second. Garrett Graham is fantasy's No. 13 tight end. That's right, the Texans have two "rosterable" tight ends. Allow me to cover the things we thought we knew about Houston. First of all, in years past, when the Texans were near the goal-line, you could almost guarantee they would stuff it down their opponents' throats using Arian Foster or Ben Tate. Explain then why all six of Matt Schaub's touchdown passes have come within 12 yards of the end zone? To be clear, Graham isn't someone who should be added in a 8-team league. Au contraire mon frère, Graham is someone to target in deeper formats, any league where you could start more than one tight end and so on. Plus, Owen Daniels has stayed relatively healthy since 2011, but he does have an injury history. While this may not be the next Gronkowski-Hernandez duo, keep in mind that touchdowns are huge at this position. It took weeks before anyone bought Scott Chandler a couple seasons ago. Defenses are obviously keyed on Foster and Tate, which provides Graham the type of fantasy production and potential to be a steal off the waiver wire.

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