Week 2: Super Sleepers
We had some positive surprises in Week 1 and a few of those guys make the super sleeper list this week. A few others had poor outings in their season openers, but should blounce back this week and provide their fantasy owners with options in deeper leagues. I really like the depth at wide receiver this season and think we will continue to see some off-the-radar players have impact and find their way onto your team and even into your line-up.
Manuel was named the starter in Buffalo and had an average outing in Week 1. His completion of 67% of his passes for 150 yards and two scores against New England showed that he could hold his own. I think he is an interesting pick-up and maybe worth a start in leagues where two QBs can be utilized. Carolina's defense is not excellent, but did hold Cam Newton in check Week 1. I think Manuel could be productive in both the passing and running games this week if everything falls into place. In Week 1 Manuel demonstrated his ability to throw accurate passes for yhe most part and add yardage on the ground. If you are in deeper leagues and looking for a gamble, you might consider taking a flier on Manuel this week.
Bell was a guy I really liked last season and then he was sidelined. This season I picked him up in one draft as a longshot who has the potential for big things. He is definitely a goal line weapon for Detroit and was a Week 1 fantasy surprise. His two touchdown performance was wonderful if you had him in your line-up, but my guess is that most fantasy owners did not. The presence of Reggie Bush might scare you away, but Bell has the potential to play a role at the goal line and in passing situations. Most experts feel that Detroit has the opportunity to play both Bush and Bell in some sort of committee approach where they are jointly effective. I think Bell is underrated and Bush's finger and groin injuries from Week 1 simply provide the coaching staff more reason to split the workload. This week vs. Arizona should be interesting and I think Bell will have another solid outing. He should be owned in any 12-team plus leagues and I plan on playing him in my flex spot in an 18-team league for sure.
In Week 1 Brown surpassed expectations and nabbed four receptions for 65 yards and a score. His productivity last week was likely due to the injury Jacoby Jones suffered in the first half. Jones has been diagnosed with an MCL sprain and is likely to miss 4-6 weeks of action. With Jones sidelined and Deonte Thompson still nursing a foot injury, Brown appears to be the heir apparent in Baltimore for wide out duties. On the waiver wires this week, Brown was a major pick-up and rightfully so. I think he is a target that Joe Flacco will seek early and often in the coming weeks. This week vs. Cleveland, Brown looks like a solid WR 3 option at least, as Joe Haden will be covering Torrey Smith and Buster Skrine and Chris Owens will be left to cover Brown and both can be beat. By the time Jones is back in action, Brown will be the named No. 2 on the depth chart and will have racked up some substantial fantasy points. I think Brown is definitely a start in deeper leagues this week.
Edelman's ability to play as slot receiver should not be overlooked. He is a guy who could help your fantasy roster in deeper leagues and might even have greater fantasy worth as the season progresses. He grabbed seven receptions for 79 yards and two scores last week making him the most productive weapon for Tom Brady. This week the New England offense faces some stiffer competition in New York, but Edelman and Brady should keep pace. With Danny Amendola nagged by a groin injury and Kenbrell Thompkins and Zach Sudfeld underperforming, Edelman appears to be a solid option. Amendola could be out Thursday and that means primary slot routes for Edelman. Look for him to capitalize on his opportunities and produce again this week. He should be started in some WR roster spot in any 12-plus team league. He might be best utilized in PPR formats, but could be useful elsewhere.
Hartline caught nine passes for 114 yards and a TD in Week 1 vs. Cleveland. WR 1 Mike Wallace was covered well and frustrated by Joe Haden. This week Hartline faces another fairly soft defense in Indianapolis. We should expect Indy to place primary coverage on Mike Wallace and once again leave some room for Hartline to work his magic. Maybe the WR2 role for Hartline is the best call. He can work his routes and find the best opportunities to break coverage in order to gain yardage and make the score. I am not sure that he will be given as much space this week as he was last, but he should be considered a WR3 option for most fantasy rosters.