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Week 9: Sleepers

While we're not projecting starting type stats for these players, they have good potential and could surprise. This week's picks include Profiled players include Jake Locker, Alex Smith, Pierre Thomas, Mike James, and Marvin Jones.
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Of players named Nelson, David has more targets (19) over his last two games than Jordy (14). Now that doesn't mean a whole lot, but it does illustrate Nelson's growing presence in the Jets' offense. He's caught 12 passes for 160 yards and played in over 70-percent of snaps in those two games. Jeremy Kerley is the clear No. 1 and Nelson is pushing Stephen Hill for No. 2. With New York battling with consistency problems, there could continue to be a lot of garbage time for these receivers to pad stats. For a little background, Nelson struggled with injuries while formerly with the Buffalo Bills and could never crack a crowded/young depth chart. The Bills decided to go in a different direction, but that's not to say Nelson doesn't have appeal. He's 6'5" and 215 pounds, so he can be a huge target in the red zone or as a possession receiver. His fantasy value is restricted to deeper leagues (14 or more teams). With playing time finally in his favor for the first time, we have yet to see Nelson at his best. That's called potential.

In the five games where Jake Locker started, Walker averaged about 10 fantasy points per game in PPR leagues. Last week, Walker caught three passes for 52 yards and a TD. He is the clear No. 3 passing option for the Titans behind WRs Nate Washington and Kendall Wright, but to Walker's credit, he does lead the team in receiving TDs. The continued presence of Locker is key though. The eight-year TE is a mid-TE2 and should be expected to crack double-digit points when he can find the end zone. Since the TE landscape seems to fluctuate every week, Walker is a steal considering his very low ownership numbers (under 2-percent on ESPN). The Titans have lost three straight to really tough opponents (KC, at SEA & SF) so don't underestimate them moving forward. They held their own in those games and Walker is just as good as any other TE2 with Locker under center.

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