Fantasy football sleepers: WR - Week 2

by Tim Heaney and Bryce McRae on September 16, 2010 @ 08:57:52 PDT


In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd
    Shouldn't disappoint in Week 2
    Floyd posted a modest 48 yards on three catches in Week 1, but at least he kept up his distance asset at 16.0 yards per grab. He was targeted 12 times - four in the red zone. He remains a favorite of quarterback Philip Rivers, especially with Vincent Jackson still out of commission.
  • The Jags yielded 16 receptions, 249 yards and a touchdown to this position in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. Last season they proved to be one of the best matchups for receivers, too.
  • The rainy weather in Kansas City probably affected Floyd and the passing game a bit, despite solid yardage numbers. The weather in San Diego this coming weekend is expected to be typical San Diego sunny.
  • Back to football - even with Jacksonville's two tall cornerbacks (Rashean Mathis, Derek Cox), Floyd should still present a decent enough matchup problem.
  • Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers

    Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

    • Williams is the undisputed No. 1 wideout and has earned the trust of quarterback Josh Freeman. Williams caught five passes for 30 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. He also missed what could've been an 82-yard touchdown on an overthrow by Freeman.
    • Despite the solid cornerback duo of Chris Gamble and Richard Marshall, the Panthers were torched by Hakeem Nicks in Week 1 and gave up 203 yards to wideouts on 13 catches.
    • The Panthers' loss of defensive end Julius Peppers (Bears) and the injury to linebacker Thomas Davis (knee) have jeopardized this team's pass rush and pass coverage. Freeman should have a decent amount of time to create, even with him still trying to smooth the edges of his game.

    NEW - Louis Murphy, Oakland Raiders vs. St. Louis Rams

    Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

    • Murphy was one of quarterback Jason Campbell's favorite targets in Week 1; the wideout caught four passes for 28 yards. Both were tops among Oakland's wideouts.
    • St. Louis was a poor matchup against wideouts last year, and in Week 1 this year, despite facing a still hobbled Larry Fitzgerald (knee), they gave up 241 yards to the position.
    • He should be available in 67 percent of leagues if you're looking for a suitable one-week play at the position.

    NEW - Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns

    Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

    • Bowe is coming off just a one-catch, 13-yard effort against the San Diego Chargers in Week 1. However, Kansas City changed part of their game plan on Monday night because of heavy rains, focusing more on the run. That in part led to quarterback Matt Cassel throwing for only 68 yards.
    • Split out to the left, Bowe (6-foot-2, 221 pounds) should be lined up against Sheldon Brown (6-foot, 200 pounds), who lined up against Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie wideout Mike Williams (five receptions, 30 yards, one score) last week.
    • Expect Cleveland to focus on shutting down KC's running game. Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles ran for 154 yards and one score against them last year. His big-play ability was a huge reason Kansas City shocked the Chargers.
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