5 Last-Minute Fantasy Football Sleepers For Week 1
Five Last Minute Fantasy Football Sleepers For Week One
Game day is upon us! Doesn’t it feel a little bit like the first day of school? Excitement, anticipation, some nervousness, and a few lingering questions are spinning around the collective heads of the fantasy football owner.
Should you start Arian Foster, who will be in a rotation with Ben Tate? Is Darren Sproles going to make an impact with Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram looming? What to do with Cam Newton who struggled mightily against the Seattle Seahawks last time they played?
With news that Roddy White’s ankle is clearly worse than we’ve been led to believe, does he offer too much ceiling to bench? Jason Pierre-Paul and Victor Cruz are both questionable, but don’t you really need to start Cruz? Marques Colston and Rashard Mendenhall are probable, should they be started or benched?
Only you should be making those calls at this point. Fantasy owners are scouring the waiver wire looking for someone to help. In case you haven’t been paying attention, we here at Rantsports.com have been giving you fantasy football sleeper advice all week. If you missed the boat and are now doing the Colin Kaepernick scramble to find a replacement, I offer five players who could make an impact during the opening week of football.
As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.
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This is the one I’m least confident in but Philip Rivers makes the list for a few reasons. Namely, not many people are starting him, so I guess that makes him a sleeper. The Houston Texans are a much better team and should have a lead on the San Diego Chargers, forcing Rivers to throw. He has some very respectable receivers in Vincent Brown and Malcom Floyd, and could benefit from some check down action to Ryan Matthews.
The Cleveland Browns starting tight end does have the probable tag going into the game against the Miami Dolphins, who performed well against tight ends last season. However, he has practiced in full and looks to see an increase in targets with Josh Gordon out for the next two games.
Whenever the New York Giants visit the Dallas Cowboys, games are usually high scoring. The Dallas secondary will have their hands full with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Reuben Randle has shown good flashes this preseason and with the attention likely looking elsewhere, the second year player could make some plays. He is also listed as the punt returner which adds value if your league awards special teams points toward the individual stat line.
The Chargers wide receiver has been generating lots of excitement. San Diego is definitely not on par with the Houston Texans and the Chargers should need to throw the ball often to keep pace. Vincent Brown was poised for a breakout last season before injury derailed his season, he could be in for a big day today against a Houston team that gave up the 11th most fantasy points to wide receivers last season.
The New England Patriots will be without star Rob Gronkowski, and rookie Aaron Dobson. To add to that, Danny Amendola is battling a groin injury this week, and looks to receive the majority of the defensive attention, which could open up Zac Sudfeld to have a decent day. With Tom Brady at quarterback, the passes will be on the money, and Sudfeld should have his chances.