Every week I'll dive into some sleepers beyond what we write in Start 'Em and Sit 'Em to help some of you in deeper leagues. Some weeks will have more guys than others, but this should be helpful for those owners in 14- and 16-team leagues.
Josh Freeman (at CAR): Freeman played well in Week 1 against Cleveland given that he missed so much time in the preseason with a thumb injury. He had 182 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and the Bucs less-than-stellar receiving corps looked better than expected. This week, Freeman faces the Panthers, who gave up three passing touchdowns to the Giants. Freeman could be a decent replacement if you're without Kevin Kolb (concussion) or Matthew Stafford (shoulder). Last year, Freeman passed for 321 yards in one meeting with Carolina with 30 rushing yards. Unfortunately he had five interceptions, but he'll do better this time around. And once again, Mike Williams is worth starting in deeper formats.
Matt Cassel (at CLE): Cassel was terrible last week against the Chargers when he passed for just 68 yards and a touchdown in a rain storm. But he's better than that, and he should show it in this matchup. Last year against the Browns, Cassel passed for 331 yards and two touchdowns. The Browns struggled with Tampa Bay's passing game, and Kansas City should also take advantage with Dwayne Bowe, Chris Chambers and Dexter McCluster. With some weak quarterback options this week and the injuries to Kolb and Stafford, consider Cassel a Top 15 option in all leagues.
Cadillac Williams (at CAR): The Giants ran over the Panthers in Week 1 with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs for 120 yards, and Williams will get plenty of touches this week. In their final meeting last year, Williams had 106 total yards against the Panthers, and he ran well in Week 1 against Cleveland with 22 carries for 75 yards and two catches for 23 yards. Williams is only being started in 47 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com, which is too low, and he's a great flex option in this matchup.
Thomas Jones (at CLE): Jamaal Charles remains the No. 1 Fantasy option in Kansas City's backfield, but this is a week where Jones could be worth using as a flex option. The Browns defense will again struggle this year, and Jones could end up finding the end zone. He didn't run well in Week 1 against San Diego with 11 carries for 35 yards, but this is a much easier matchup. When the Chiefs have matchups like this, Jones will continue to have upside as a potential starter.
Jerome Harrison (vs. KC): You remember what Harrison did against the Chiefs last year -- 34 carries for 286 yards and three touchdowns -- so put him in your lineup as a No. 2 running back in deeper leagues or as a flex option. The Chiefs did a solid job in Week 1 of containing Ryan Mathews and will have revenge on their mind against Harrison, but he's also motivated after wanting more carries in what turned out to be a 50-50 split with Peyton Hillis in Week 1 against Tampa Bay. Hillis has value in leagues where receptions count and could again work at the goal line, but Harrison should get more work in this matchup. This is a good time to consider Harrison a starter.
Brandon Jacobs (at IND): We like Ahmad Bradshaw this week, and Jacobs should be considered safe also after seeing what Arian Foster did against the Colts. The Giants are going to try to run the ball all game against Indianapolis to keep Peyton Manning off the field and have the same success as Houston did in Week 1. Bradshaw is clearly the better option in New York's backfield, but Jacobs could find the end zone with about 50 yards rushing. You'll take those 11 Fantasy points in most standard leagues.
Greg Camarillo (vs. MIA): Former player gets to play that team less than a month after being traded is something we like to see. You're not going to start Camarillo in the majority of leagues, but he does have some value in deeper formats. Brett Favre will rebound from his Week 1 performance at New Orleans, and he should get Camarillo more involved. Consider using him in deep point per reception formats since Favre could try to give him some extra targets.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh (at CIN): Sticking with the theme of former player going up against his former team, Houshmandzadeh is making his return to Cincinnati after he left there prior to 2009. Joe Flacco could give Houshmandzadeh some extra passes, and he played more in Week 1 against the Jets than most people expected. The Ravens will likely be throwing in this game, which is why we like Flacco as our co-Start of the Week. And he will get Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, Ray Rice, Todd Heap and Houshmandzadeh involved a lot. Consider Houshmandzadeh a good option in leagues where you start three wide receivers.
Devin Aromashodu (at DAL): None of the Bears receivers might ever become consistent starting Fantasy options, but Aromashodu showed in Week 1 he might have the most upside. He saw the most targets (10) of any Bears wide receiver, and that speaks volumes to how Jay Cutler still values him ahead of Johnny Knox and Devin Hester. We're not big fans of Cutler this week based on the Dallas secondary and pass rush, but Aromashodu could be worth using as a No. 3 wide receiver in deeper leagues. If he continues to see a hefty amount of targets then his value will continue to rise.
Louis Murphy (vs. STL): Dave Richard and I made a friendly wager on our podcast/video Friday where I said Murphy would outproduce Mark Clayton. Murphy just has the better matchup. The Rams just allowed Steve Breaston to catch seven passes for 132 yards, and Larry Fitzgerald scored a touchdown. While Clayton is struggling with Nnamdi Asomugha, Murphy should run free in that Rams secondary. Consider using him as a No. 3 wide receiver in deep leagues in Week 2.
Legedu Naanee (vs. JAC): The Jaguars might shake things up in the secondary for Week 2 after they struggled at home against Denver in Week 1. We like Malcom Floyd this week, and Naanee isn't far behind. He scored a touchdown in Week 1 at Kansas City, and the Chargers are still feeling out their wide receiver corps with Vincent Jackson out. Naanee could again play well in this matchup since the Jaguars gave up plenty of production to Jabar Gaffney, Eddie Royal and Brandon Lloyd last week.
Week 2 extended sleeper list
Posted on: September 18, 2010 10:58 pm