Week 3: Super Sleepers
There's a reason we call these guys super sleepers. Often times they are filling in for a starter or we believe they'll get enough touches in garbage time to make them fantasy worthy. These guys aren't going to carry your team to the playoffs, but they could come in handy during a bye week or to fill a gap due to injury. If you're looking for someone then check these guys out. A good number of these guys are still available in a majority of leagues.
I'll admit, Cutler is by no means a super sleeper. Everyone know Cutler is a gamer and on any given week he can be the best quarterback in the league. The problem for Cutler is that he can't stay on his feet. In the last two seasons Jay has been sacked 87 times and while he does from time to time hold the ball a little too long, you can't blame him for all those sacks. This week Cutler and the Bears will host the defending Super Bowl Champion Packers; A Packers team which has allowed a league leading 800 passing yards over the first two weeks. Not only have the Packers allowed more passing yards than any other team, but they are ranked 4th in average yards allowed per attempt. Cutler has the tools to take advantage of the Packers defense and should the Bears find themselves playing from behind (a likely scenario), Cutler will have plenty of opportunities to score fantasy points o'plenty.
McCoy has had a respectable start to his 2011 season. In his first two games he has throw for more than 200 yards in each game and he has 3 touchdowns to just one interception. This week the Browns will host the 0-2 Miami Dolphins. After two weeks, the Miami defense has allowed the third most passing yards in the league. Of course their week one 500 yard game doesn't help their stats. Not only have they allowed the third most yards, but they're giving up 9.7 yards per attempt -- the second most yards in the league. McCoy isn't going to go out and throw for 400 yards this week, but he could have his best game of this young season. If you need someone to fill in this week or simply don't like your match-up then McCoy could be a viable option this Sunday.
Yes, you're reading this right: Isaac Redman is on our super sleeper list this week. I figure if you're reading this you really want to find a dark horse for the week and not someone that anyone/everyone already knows about. Sure you've heard of Redman and you're probably wondering how in the world he can be on this list when Mendenhall is ahead of him on the depth chart. The simple reason Redman is on this list is last week's performance. Against a bad Seattle team, Redman carried the ball 10 times for 49 yards with a touchdown. This week the Steelers play Sunday night against a Manning-less Colts team which has yet to show up this season. Pittsburgh SHOULD literally run away with the game. Indianapolis has allowed the third most rushing yards and the most rushing touchdowns this season. If you lost a running back or need a flex fill in Redman could be a good pick up this week. He could easily rush for 60-70 yards and find the end zone for the second week in a row.
Tomlinson has not started the season as well as many had hoped. Over the first two games LT has 11 carries for 24 yards and 7 receptions for 80 yards. With stats like these it's difficult for fantasy owners to start Ladainian, but this week I believe Tomlinson is a good start. The Jets head to Oakland on Sunday to face a Raiders defense that is allowing 6.7 yards per carry this season. This could be just what fantasy owners need to get LT going again. In addition, the Raiders' pass defense is ranked just 11th in the league, allowing 536 yards passing thus far. The Jets like to run the ball and dump it off to their backs and this weekend we could see a lot of that. If I was an LT owner I would start him this week. The match-up is a good one and LT is ready to bust one open.
Doucet began the season with a great game week one against the Panthers when he pulled in 3 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, Early followed that performance with just 2 receptions for 20 yards in week two against the Redskins. This week Arizona will head to Seattle to face the league's 8th worst pass defense. Seattle is allowing 8.6 yards per pass attempt and opposing quarterbacks have a 106.4 rating. This one has all the makings of a high scoring affair and Doucet could have another 100 yard game this week.