Fantasy Football 2013: Week 2 Sleepers
Week 2 Sleepers: Who to Target in Fantasy
September 13, 2013
It’s Friday (finally), and that means it’s time once again for our weekly batch of sleeper prospects for fantasy football. This one’s for the NFL’s Week 2, and there are plenty of hot tickets out there for enterprising (or desperate) fantasy owners. Let’s take a look at a few names who could come up big in the weekend games and get you that much-needed victory.
Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Rivers is a popular sleeper pick at QB this week (along with the Raiders’ Terrelle Pryor), and we’d tend to agree with the consensus here. He didn’t throw for a ton of yards in Week 1 (just 195), but did manage to come away with four scores against a tough Houston defense. Rivers will be heading to Philadelphia this weekend, and with the Eagles’ new fast-paced offense, he’ll either be behind early and have to throw, or get lots of extra chances if Michael Vick and company sputter.
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Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Lacy didn’t get much fantasy support heading into the 2013 season. Most of that was due to the Packers’ pass-first style and their abundance of offensive weapons. He came away with some decent numbers in Week 1, though, with 72 scrimmage yards and a TD. Lacy and the gang will host Washington this weekend, and if Week 1 is any indication, he’ll have plenty of running room. The Redskins were cut up by LeSean McCoy on the ground, which means they could be vulnerable here.
Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: Randle has been a trendy waiver wire pickup this week thanks to his big Week 1 performance, and there could be some validity in sticking him straight into your lineup. He posted 101 yards on five catches against the (much-improved) Cowboys defense, and things are lining up well for an encore. It’ll be another Manning Bowl on Sunday, with the Broncos coming to visit. Randle and the offense will be very busy trying to match scoreboard punches with Denver. That makes him an okay flex option in fantasy.
Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills: Johnson is owned in pretty much every league, but the majority of owners have him sitting on the bench. That may not be the right call as we head into Week 2. He and the Bills will be facing the Panthers, who allowed Seattle QB Russell Wilson to connect with four receivers on more than one pass. Johnson may not be able to tally a ton of yardage, but the odds are better than usual for him to manage a score. He’s a lower-end option, but has some great potential.
Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Let’s revisit the Chargers-Eagles matchup this weekend and take a look at Celek. He was able to post 56 yards and a TD this past week, even though he had just two catches. (And part of the reason for that was because the Eagles were up big early.) San Diego was shredded by a mediocre Owen Daniels in Week 1, which sets the stage for Celek to shine. He’s absolutely worth some starting consideration.
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