Fantasy Football 2013: Week 3 Sleepers
Week 3 Sleepers: Who to Target in Fantasy
September 20, 2013
It’s Friday, which means it’s time once again for our weekly batch of fantasy football sleeper picks for Week 3 in the NFL. We’ve got an interesting grouping for you today, so let’s not waste any more time and just dive right in. Here are the low-end and waiver-wire-level fantasy players who could be putting up some big numbers this weekend.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals: This one is heavily dependent on Mendenhall’s health heading into Sunday’s game, but if he ends up being listed as active, he’s not a bad start. We’re still waiting on that first big game from him as a Cardinal, and that might just come against the Saints. Though New Orleans’ defense seems much improved so far, they’ve given up some big yardage on the ground--namely Doug Martin’s 144 rush yards last week. You’ll have to monitor Mendenhall’s health if you decide to roll with him, though.
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Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: Gordon’s return to the field after a two-game suspension is a major storyline this week, although it’s been overshadowed by Trent Richardson’s trade to the Colts. He’s a high-risk-reward play, as he’s got things working in both directions. Gordon is by far the most dynamic weapon on the Browns team now (save for maybe Jordan Cameron), and he should see a lot of work in Minnesota as Cleveland seems to have given up on its running game. That said, he’ll be catching passes from Brian Hoyer, so we’ll see how that goes.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions: There are a couple of things working in Bell’s favor this weekend, and he’s become a trendy sleeper pick because of it. For one, the Lions’ No. 1 RB Reggie Bush is pretty banged up this week, and even if he is able to take the field he may not get the reps he normally would. That means extra work for Bell, who is facing a crummy-looking Redskins defense that’s been wrecked on the ground so far. With Bush in, he’s a flex play. With Bush out, he’s an RB2.
Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders: With the Broncos’ potent offensive attack, it’s prudent for fantasy owners to take a look at their opponent’s offense each week. In this case it’s the Raiders, who have a start-worthy WR in Streater. He’s got 112 yards on eight catches so far, and seems to be the early favorite for rookie QB Terrelle Pryor. Considering the fact that the Raiders will likely be behind and throwing in this one, it’s not a crazy move to slip Streater into your lineup.
Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins: You can thank Dustin Keller’s injury for this one. Clay has emerged as a viable weapon for the Dolphins offense, thanks to a 109-receiving-yard effort in Week 2 that also garnered him a rushing touchdown. There aren’t too many legitimate No. 1 tight ends left out there on the wire in most leagues, which puts Clay in a special class. He should see plenty of work this weekend as the ‘Phins will be forced to pass if they want to keep up with the Falcons offense.
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