Comments: Week 1: Sleepers of the Week
True fantasy football nerds know almost every player, even the backup's backup. We dig deep! What becomes difficult is identifying which overlooked players have the potential to crack your starting lineup. Point being, for the fantasy-inclined, is there really such a thing as a sleeper? Such philosophical musings will require a resolution at a later date. For now, let's just focus on Week 1.
There are a lot of juicy matchups this week. Atlanta at New Orleans could be a shootout featuring high-powered offense and less-than-stellar defense. Minnesota at Detroit features two of the more high-profile fantasy studs in the game: Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson. A 2012 postseason rematch featuring Green Bay at San Francisco. The list goes on. In each of these cases, it's possible you are overlooking a stud who can fill in for a dud.
(NOTE: Sleepers are here-in defined as a player who is owned in less than 25-percent of fantasy leagues on ESPN. I understand that not everyone uses ESPN, but since it is currently the most popular league host on the web, it makes sense to use their ownership numbers as a baseline. Thank you.)Players listed in this article:
- QB E.J. Manuel, BUF
- QB Brandon Weeden, CLE
- RB Kenjon Barner, CAR
- RB Danny Woodhead, SD
- WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, IND
- WR Stephen Hill, NYJ
- TE Julius Thomas, DEN
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