This weekly feature will take a look at some sleepers, at each position, who could help fantasy teams win their weekly matchup. To determine the sleepers, I will be using the fantasy points allowed at each position statistics, courtesy of AsktheCommish.com.
For week 3, I will use the fantasy points allowed from Week 2....yeah, small sample size, but it's a better barometer than looking at 2013.
Sleeper Performance: Week 2
Before I take a look at our Week 3 Sleepers, here is how my sleepers for Week 2 performed:
QB - Alex Smith, Kansas City vs Denver - 26/42, 255 yards, NO TDs
RB - Chris Ivory, New York Jets vs Green Bay - 13 rushes, 43 yards, 1 reception, 3 yards, TD
WR - Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland vs New Orleans - 6 receptions, 70 yards
TE - Zach Ertz, Philadelphia vs Indianapolis - 4 receptions, 86 yards
I assumed the Chiefs would be playing from behind vs the Broncos in week 2, and they did, but they were in the game. Actually, they had a chance to tie the game on the last play of the game, but Alex Smith's pass to Dwayne Bowe was knocked down. The Chiefs owned the time of possession in the game, thanks to their ground game led by Knile Davis, who filled in admirably for injured Jamaal Charles.
Chris Ivory had a good game, scoring a touchdown, but I expected more rushing yards vs the Packers, but the Jets were able to throw the ball well, so they didn't need to rely on Ivory and Chris Johnson like they did in week 1.
Andrew Hawkins and Zack Ertz both had decent games, especially Ertz, who averaged more than 20 yards per reception vs the Colts defense that fell apart in the second half on Monday Night Football.
Week 3 Sleepers
note: FPA = fantasy points allowed
Ryan Tannehill, Miami vs Kansas City
The Chiefs defense has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (41.62) through the first two weeks of the season. The Chiefs defense is the same defense that made Jake Locker look good in week 1. I see Tannehill having success on Sunday, especially with the Chiefs coming off a big rivalry game vs the Broncos last week, and on the second straight game on the road.
Honorable Mention: Russell Wilson, Seattle vs Denver (43.1 FPA)
Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay vs Atlanta
The Falcons defense, especially their rush defense, is very bad. They have allowed 74.29 fantasy points to opponents running backs through two games, by far the most in the NFL. Rainey is coming off a good game in week 2 and should see lots of touches on Thursday Night Football.
Honorable Mention: Stevan Ridley, New England vs Oakland (57.8 FPA)
Michael Floyd, Arizona vs San Francisco
The 2014 49ers defense isn't as stout as it has been in previous seasons, and that was evident on Sunday Night Football as they gave up a lead late in the fourth quarter in their 28-20 loss. Through two games, the 49er defense has given up 54 fantasy points to opponents wide receivers. As a result, Cardinals WR Michael Floyd could see more targets in week 3 in a big NFC West division game.
Honorable Mention: Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota vs New Orleans (58.59 FPA)
Jared Cook, St. Louis vs Dallas
The Cowboys defense has given up 36.6 points through two games this season, or more than 18 points per game, so Rams tight end Jared Cook should see some red zone targets in week 3. Through the first two weeks, Cook has caught 8 of his 12 targets for 102 yards and no scores. That could change on Sunday.
Honorable Mention: Coby Fleener, Indianapolis vs Jacksonville (31.09 FPA)
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