Week 9: Super Sleepers
With Roddy White hobbled and Julio Jones lost for the season, the Atlanta receiving corps has had to drastically transform. Drew Davis has emerged as a secondary option to Harry Douglas for Matt Ryan. The appeal to Davis is his ability to play every snap opposite Douglas, his now Julio Jones-esque role in the offense, and his awareness in creating separation to make plays. Matt Ryan is going to have to throw early and often given the struggles of Atlanta's rushing attack. This means more targets for a guy like Davis and in deep leagues he could be the medicine your fantasy team has been looking for. This week he faces a Carolina team that is not giving up much to wideouts, but if Ryan is throwing then Davis has a chance to produce.
Tandon Doss was a guy I grabbed off waivers on his bye week as a tradeout receiver. Doss flys under the fantasy radar in nearly every format. That is one reason why I like him. The other is his match-up against Cleveland this week coming off of the bye. Baltimore should be poised and ready to try and get their season back on track after a 3-4 start before the Week 8 bye. Opponents are shutting down Torrey Smith and that has provided increased opportunities to Doss, Marlon Brown and Jacoby Jones. Of these receivers, I like Brown (who has faded from fantasy rosters) and Doss the best. Doss is truly a super sleeper in that he could have a huge game any weekend now. I think his day is coming and Week 9 could prove to be the week to start him. If I am wrong, he will have that big week soon and might be worth a roster spot in deep leagues over 12 teams.
With Jermichael Finley out, Andrew Quarless steps into the TE1 role. Sooner rather than later, Aaron Rodgers is going to connect with his new tight end and fantasy points will begin to fly. In Week 8, Quarless was only targeted twice and he grabbed both passes. His low volume receiving was due to his efforts pass blocking. As Quarless becomes more comfortable with the first string offense, he should begin to see increased production. At this stage, he is a low end TE2 in deep leagues and not really on the radar in under 12-team leagues. If you are in a bye week pinch or fighting TE injuries, Quarless might be worth a look this week. He could have even more value in coming weeks against Phladelphia, New York and Minnesota.