With bye weeks starting and players starting to get banged up, the annual ritual of perusing the ol’ waiver wire and tinkering with your bench is in high gear for fantasy owners across the country.
This week, Know It All Football has tried to save you some time and headache. We’ve picked out five deep sleepers for you to consider inserting into your lineup this week in hopes of making up that difference created by an injured or bye-week player.
Aaron Dobson, WR, Patriots — Yes, he had that woeful game two weeks ago against the Jets, but this past weekend against Tampa Bay was a different story. Kenbrell Thompkins got the headlines with his two scores, but Tom Brady targeted Dobson a team high ten times, demonstrating his continued confidence in the rookie despite his rocky start. Dobson’s size and ability to stretch the field will be a matchup problem for Atlanta’s secondary. Look for Dobson to get the majority of New England’s targets again this week.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears — Jeffery saw eight targets this past weekend against the Steelers, catching seven of them for 51 yards. He’s averaging seven targets a game through Week 3 and I expect that trend to continue against a pedestrian Detroit secondary. Chicago’s line has been giving Cutler more time to find receivers this year and that should continue against Detroit. Look for the Lions to focus on Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett in the red zone, leaving Jeffery in one-on-one coverage.
Jarius Wright, WR, Vikings — The Vikings are 24th in the league in passing through Week 3. They know that has to change. Part of that change should involve more targets to Jarius Wright, one of their more dependable receivers during Minnesota’s run to the playoffs in 2012. Wright was targeted four times against the Browns. Look for that number to at least double against Pittsburgh this weekend as Minnesota looks for more ways to get their most dynamic receiver more involved in the offense.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers — Bell returns from injury to make his NFL debut this week. The Steelers named him a co-starter and he will be relied on heavily. Pittsburgh is currently 31st in the NFL in rushing, averaging barely over 50 yards a game. They drafted Bell to be that traditional Steeler workhorse and it all starts this week. Look for Bell to get at least 15 carries against the Vikings, who are currently 21st against the run.
Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals — The Cardinals need to get right quick. That could involve a spark from their scat-back Andre Ellington. Ellington has looked good catching the ball out of the backfield this season and I expect the Cardinals to start exploiting his talents a bit more. Last weekend, New England running backs caught six passes for 57 yards against Tampa Bay, helping themselves to a 23-3 win. Look for Arizona to try to recreate that success by targeting Ellington early and often.
BY J.P. SCOTT ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
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