Week 2: PPR Watch
Sleeper - As someone who watched the whole season of "4th and Long," I'm pretty excited to be able to call out Hawkins as a legit sleeper pick. On the show, Hawkins showed he was a complete football player with the toughness, speed, and hands to be a successful NFL player. The Cowboys were looking for a bigger guy and Hawkins was ultimately passed over for Jesse Holley, who while more "typical" also seemed less special. Now Hawkins has earned a roll with the Bengals that looks similar to the aforementioned Randall Cobb, but you probably don't need to spend a waiver pickup to get him. The final tally from week 1 was 8 catches for 86 yards and he was one of the few bright spots against the Ravens, showing a run after the catch ability that burst off the screen. Without a ton of other weapons on the team, I think Hawkins will be used like this quite a bit.
Sleeper - Is it fair to call a guy who just caught two touchdowns a sleeper? I'm pretty sure he's on everybody's radar at this point, but just in case you're thinking it's a fluke, I couldn't miss the opportunity to tout him here. A 6'4", 215lb receiver with early second round pedigree (ran a 4.3 40) on a team that desperately needs a second option in the passing game? Yes please! Now look, I'm not ready to rewrite the book on the Jets offense because of one game. Sanchez still only had 27 attempts, so there isn't a lot to go around. Still, if you watched the game you had to notice he was able to find Hill all over the field; and they seemed to have good chemistry. Hill probably won't catch 2 TDs again all season and I wouldn't start him in week 2 against the Steelers in PPR, but he's definitely worth a waiver pickup if you're needing help at receiver.Injury Status: Injured Reserve