Week 5: Super Sleepers
Nate Washington's role has steadily increased over the first four weeks of the season. His 105 yard, two touchdown performance last week was a fantasy surprise. The question about Washington is linked to who will be his QB? If Jake Locker is sidelined for the anticipated 4-6 weeks due to his MCL and hip injury, Ryan Fitzpatrick will take over and Washington's deeper targets might disappear. Watch Washington's performance in Week 5 with Fitzpatrick if you must, but I think he is going to have a decent game against a tough Kansas City defense.
In three games Garrett Graham has 3 touchdowns, has seen 5-6 looks per game and has caught the majority of those targets. A concern here could be his lower yardage totals during the games he does grab the score, but I think the yardage will build as the weeks progress. Graham has been nursing a hip injury this week, but is cleared to go against San Francisco. This will be an easier match-up by the numbers and Graham had his best game to-date last week vs. a tough Seattle defense. His stats are nearly the same as Owen Daniels at the moment and if that continues Graham is worth more than just a sleeper. One final note: Graham sees more targets when Houston is trailing its opponent.
Sean McGrath has inherited the Kansas City starting TE job with Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce out with injuries. McGrath's best performance came last week vs. a down and out New York defense. This week he faces a tougher match-up with Tennessee, but I think he will continue to be a part of the KC offense until one of his injured colleagues returns. Some experts think McGrath should not be a waiver wire priority, but he could continue to surprise and is worth a gamble.