Sleeper, of course, is a nebulous term. Use whatever definition works for you. Likewise, this column is whatever you want it to be. It might help you make a start/sit call this week or a DFS decision. Maybe apply the information to an over/under prop. Maybe add a player to your fantasy bench as depth, but don’t deploy him this week. There is no wrong way to digest this piece
Last week wasn’t a legendary sleep sheet, but we did have a few hits. Carson Wentz came in. Greg Dorts scored. Traylon Burks It’s not gone yet, but it’s still a reasonable depth grab. the tape is encouraging.
Let’s bring you some winners for Week 3.
We spent the summer telling you how great it was Elijah Moore is. And we’ve spent the last week gushing over the rookie receiver Garrett Wilson.
With these surging Jets in hand, shouldn’t we say some nice things about Flacco?
The Jets Lounge — Corey Davis not a bad thing, either — he might drag Flacco into fantasy relevance. Flacco has quietly been the QB9 for two weeks, having a ball as he tours the AFC North revenge tour. And while volume drives much of that value, so what? The Jets’ defense ranks last in DVOA, so New York’s offense will likely have to throw to keep up. The ball will be in the air for three hours.
I endorse Flacco as a sneaky Superflex QB2 or DFS pick with a payout at $23. I might hit some Flacco plays this week too.
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As bad as the Colts were in Week 1, they hit a new low in the Week 2 loss at Jacksonville.
by Matt Ryan not only on the back nine of his career, he may be closing in on 18. Take Michael Pittman Jr. off the field and Indianapolis’ passing game looks toothless.
Maybe there is some insidious bite here after all. Dulin started last week and was reliable in the loss, posting a 5-79-0 line in seven targets. His snap share nearly doubled from Week 1. He was on the field 64 percent of the time in Jacksonville.
This role could remain or potentially expand. Paris Campbell shows no signs of being a bona fide NFL receiver, and the Colts clearly don’t know how to release the tight end Mo-Alie Cox. Dulin is worth adding depth for speculative value next season and is likely to return a profit at the modest $11 tag in Yahoo DFS.
Travis Etienne, RB, Jaguars (at Chargers)
The James Robinson The comeback is fun, it’s inspiring, and it’s glorious. And Etienne made some young player mistakes in the first two weeks. We can’t ignore that Jacksonville is leaning toward Robinson. he has 37 touches in two games, compared to just 18 for Etienne.
But don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Efficiency is also important. Etienne is averaging 6.6 yards per touch, compared to a modest 4.0 for Robinson. Eventually that kind of playmaking skill should force a more level playing time, or perhaps an Etienne-led backfield.
The Jaguars are a lucky bunch in 2022, but they were worthy underdogs in Los Angeles, catching seven points in the spread. Jacksonville is likely to be in catch-up mode for most of the day. Sunday could be the game where Etienne justifies why he was so intense during the draft season. It’s a good time to tell a league teammate “you want to get a run” and see if he suggests a move where you find Etienne’s frustrating. See if you can time the market.
Irv Smith, TE, Vikings (vs. Detroit)
The Lions are the NFL’s top running carnival right now, an offense that scores and a defense that shuts down opponents. You want grades, you got them. You want fantasy points, get out a calculator.
Smith might feel like an obvious call after scoring a touchdown on Monday (and throwing a second one, a big one). But given he’s only TE18 on the year, maybe there’s room for growth. And Smith is the minimum in Yahoo DFS, $10. This is a free square.
I was one Adam Thielen fan and even apologist for many years, but perhaps Thielen at 32 is finally on the decline. This could be a catalyst for a potential Smith year.
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Eagles DST (in Washington)
Philadelphia is a hot team right now. The Jalen Hurts MVP odds have gone way down. AJ Brown broke in the opener, DeVonta Smith shined in the second game. Dallas Geddert cannot be stopped by conventional methods. Even Miles Sanders he scores again.
Want exposure to this NFC East juggernaut but can’t add anyone from the paragraph above? Check Eagles DST. Even with some active traffic this week, it’s still available in 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Week 3 pits the Eagles against Carson Wentz — Washington’s offense has fun pieces, but Wentz will also make some mistakes every week. And it is possible to add the Eagles and hold for a while. Philadelphia could be favored for the rest of the 2022 schedule, as ridiculous as that sounds. It’s the right year to draft the AFC South as your crossover division.
Whenever possible, you want a DST that is expected to win. You want leverage, you want to play with a lead. More often than not, that will be the 2022 Eagles. Let it rip.