Fantasy Football Sleepers

Fantasy Football Sleepers: Raider Ramble Week 1 Edition

With NFL Week 1 fully underway, that means people are looking for potential fantasy football sleepers on their squads. Let’s take a look at some players potentially worthy of that “sleeper” label.

Fantasy Football Sleepers: Players Worth A Look

Potential Sleeper No. 1 – QB Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston is entering Week 1 as QB13. He and the New Orleans Saints will be playing against the Atlanta Falcons, who allowed the second-most points to quarterbacks last season. Winston averaged a moderate 16.77 points per game last season. The Saints will also have Michael Thomas back, which will be a big boost for Winston’s arsenal. The defense should also be able to provide plenty of scoring opportunities for the entire offense as well.

Potential Sleeper No. 2 – WR Courtland Sutton

Courtland Sutton may not be the number one receiver, but with Russell Wilson as his new (and easily the best one he’s had) quarterback, he’ll be able to produce a lot of points. Wilson will also be extra motivated against his former Seahawks. Seattle is also not in good shape heading into the season. Even though the Seahawks allowed the fifth-least points to wide receivers last year, Sutton should still see plenty of targets alongside Jerry Jeudy in a revamped offense.

Potential Sleeper No. 3 – TE Robert Tonyan

Robert Tonyan was in the middle of a disappointing 2021 campaign before suffering a season-ending ACL injury, averaging only 6.30 points per game. There is a reason for optimism this time around, though. With Aaron Rodgers losing his best receiver during the offseason, he will have to turn to some familiar faces in the passing game. Their opponent, the Minnesota Vikings, allowed the eleventh-most points last year to tight ends as well. Tonyan is listed as questionable for this week, so managers will still have to keep an eye on him.

Potential Sleeper No. 4 – RB Mike Davis

With both J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards still recovering from season-ending injuries last year, Mike Davis is expected to lead the charge in carries. Luckily, he’s going against the New York Jets this week, who allowed the third-most points to running backs last year. Davis was disappointing last season but should get plenty of touches against a team with low expectations and will have plenty of opportunities to score points. He’ll be easy to snag with a roster percentage of just 3.5.

Potential Sleeper No. 5 – Baltimore Defense/Special Teams

Baltimore is only projected to be ranked fourteenth amongst team defenses this week. The New York Jets won’t even have Zach Wilson to start the season and will have Joe Flacco under center instead. The Ravens should still be seen as a contender despite not making the playoffs last season. They’ll likely dominate this week, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Defenses usually aren’t a big deal in fantasy, but situations like this can make a difference.

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