Fantasy football sleepers: WR - Week 2

by Tim Heaney on September 17, 2009 @ 21:19:44 PDT


Fantasy football sleepers - Week 2: QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DT

Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

Justin Gage, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or high-end No. 2

  • Gage contributed against the normally strong Pittsburgh Steelers D with seven catches, 78 yards and a score. He's the No. 1 target in the Titans' usually conservative passing game and saw 11 looks last week.
  • The Texans didn't enjoy playing D against wideouts in Week 1, allowing 154 receiving yards and a touchdown on 10 grabs versus the position. That's an average of 15.4 yards per catch.
  • Gage snared three throws for 76 yards in his lone game against Houston last year. 

Laurent Robinson, St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3 or flex

  • L-Rob netted five catches for 87 yards Sunday. He was targeted 10 times overall and twice in the red zone, in each category beating out top dog Donnie Avery by one. He has done his best to lock down the No. 2 wideout gig.
  • The 'Skins tried but couldn't hold New York Giants receivers last week as they accumulated 12 catches for 166 yards and a score.

Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3 or flex

  • Harvin wasted no time fitting in as the rook slipped away for a six-yard TD reception in the third quarter of Week 1. He finished the day with 36 yards on three receptions and 22 rushing yards on two carries.
  • The latter part makes him even more intriguing, since Harvin can line up as either a back or a receiver. The Lions have been a shaky run defense for some time. The Lions allowed 157 ground yards and nine receptions to New Orleans Saints backs in Week 1.
  • They weren't too effective against Saints receivers last week, either, surrendering 12 catches, 222 yards and three scores.

NEW - Devin Hester, Chicago Bears vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or high-end No. 2 

    Trent Edwards, Buffalo Bills
    It was an efficient Week 1 for Hester
  • Efficiency was the name of Hester's game against the new-look Green Bay Packers' D in Week 1. Quarterback Jay Cutler looked his way four times, which resulted in four receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown for the former cornerback.
  • Hester's speed could tear up this Troy Polamalu-less secondary, and Cutler seems determined to put forth a better effort this week.
  • Pittsburgh's defense was at times exposed against the Tennessee Titans' typically feeble passing game, especially while Polamalu was sidelined. Quarterback Kerry Collins' receivers logged 171 yards on 12 receptions and scored once.

NEW - Lee Evans, Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3 or flex

  • Evans was targeted only six times last week and turned in a sheepish 25 yards on three catches. He didn't even find the end zone, so fantasy owners may not give him much love this week.
  • Tampa Bay's secondary looked lost against the big play versus the Dallas Cowboys a week ago, and Evans' game-breaking speed could cause this group fits.
  • Despite being a boom-or-bust play, Evans deserves consideration in most formats.

NEW - Jerheme Urban, Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Urban turned out a sneaky-good performance in Week 1 in Steve Breaston's stead after a nagging knee sprain kept the third-year receiver out of the lineup. Urban was targeted seven times and caught five passes for 74 yards but failed to find the end zone.
  • Jacksonville permitted 15 receptions for 201 yards and one score to the Indianapolis Colts' crew of receivers in Week 1.
  • Should Breaston miss Week 2 action (status is day-to-day, 50/50), Urban could be worth sliding into your lineup if you're in need of filling an injury loss.

Fantasy football sleepers - Week 2: QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DT

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