Which fantasy football sleepers will boost your team in Week 3 of the NFL? Well, let’s take a look.
Last week, three out of my four (minus Julio Jones due to injury) picks scored well above their expectations. Those players were Jeff Wilson, Logan Thomas, and Carson Wentz. As said before, I’ll excuse the Jones pick as I at least warned everyone that he may not be available because of injury, which proved to keep him out. The one true dud pick was the Cincinnati Bengals defense that allowed 20 points to a Cooper Rush-led Dallas Cowboys offense. Let’s see if we can hit on all these picks this time.
Fantasy Football Sleepers: Who should you consider this Sunday?
QB Jared Goff
Despite being ranked as QB9 so far in the season, Goff is only projected to score 15.79 points this week, 24th among quarterbacks. He will be facing a Minnesota Vikings defense that allowed 33.02 points to Jalen Hurts last week. While Goff isn’t on the same level as Hurts, he’s still underrated this week. Goff doesn’t have an insane amount of passing yards but has a healthy 6:1 touchdown to interception ratio. He may not be able to do much damage on the ground but his connection to Amon-Ra St. Brown is special and should be monitored at all times.
RB Dameon Pierce
After a Week 1 performance that saw minimal touches, Pierce bounced back. He rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries and caught one pass for eight yards. Now, Pierce will be given a solid opportunity to earn even more against the Chicago Bears this week. So far, the Bears have allowed the most rushing yards per game (189.5). The Houston Texans might be winless, but they have kept games close and will look to expose the Bears rushing defense.
WR Rashod Bateman
The second-year receiver has made his presence known through the first two games. He only has six receptions but has made the most of them with 167 yards and two touchdowns. Bateman is currently 16th amongst fantasy receivers but all the way back at WR47 in Week 3 projections. The New England Patriots may be ranked 13th in points allowed to wide receivers but it must also be remembered that they faced a weak Pittsburgh Steelers passing attack last week, so that number is a bit misleading.
TE Evan Engram
Engram and Trevor Lawrence have had a decent connection in the young season. Engram may only have 74 yards but that comes with 11 receptions (one reception behind the team leader, Christian Kirk), which helps him rank 12th among tight ends in PPR leagues. The Chargers defense will be a tough challenge but don’t panic. Despite not allowing a touchdown to any tight ends yet, they have allowed the fifth-most yards to that position. Engram is only listed as TE17 this week, which is very low for that position group, and he is only rostered in 20.6 percent of leagues. Don’t be afraid to pick him up if you’re lacking at tight end.
DST Kansas City Chiefs
While the Chiefs defense hasn’t been spectacular, their opponent just might lend them a hand. The Indianapolis Colts are tied for the most team giveaways with five through the first two weeks. They have also only scored 20 points so far with the Texans and Jaguars (shutout) as their opponents. The Chiefs have sacked the quarterback five times and have one interception that was returned for a touchdown. What makes their defense undervalued is that they are listed in 27th in Week 3 projections.
The Colts offense has been a disappointing one, to put it nicely, and the Chiefs will look to take advantage of that, as fantasy managers should as well.
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