Week 2 WR Sleepers and Landmines
Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.
Devin Funchess $6,000
I’m not going to lie this is a guy I’m typically not fond of. I can look around at my rosters and see I have him nowhere. I’m regretting that right now. With TE Greg Olsen on the shelf for an undetermined period of time Funchess’ value takes a big upswing. Before you assume Olsen being out hurts the success of the pass offense, Carolina actually passed 3% more of the time and the pass success rate went up 5% with him out of the lineup in 2017. The 6’4” 225 pound Funchess has seen his target percentage go up 22 percent in games without Olsen and his fantasy points have doubled. You can be sure Funchess will see the end zone targets over rookie Ian Thomas who will be seeing his first career start. – Sal Leto
Rishard Matthews $4,800
For years, Rishard Matthews has been the late round pick who easily destroys his ADP. His continuance of said streak has looked shaky this year, from a mysterious preseason injury to a Week 1 donut. He did, however, get back on the field for 52% of the snaps against Miami and is poised to assume a larger role with Delanie Walker on the shelf. It is tough to invest in many members of the Titans offense right now, but Matthews has the pedigree to surprise against a transitioning Houston secondary which helped resurrect Phillip Dorsett in Week 1. – Rob Willette
Ted Ginn $4,400
The Saints host the Browns in Week Two, which means Ginn is in play. Ginn averaged three fantasy points more at home than on the road last season and in Week One, we saw that former Bear Cameron Meredith and rookie Tre’Quan Smith were not quite ready to contribute. After a tough loss, I expect the Saints to pour it on and light up the scoreboard. – Ryan McDowell
Larry Fitzgerald $7,000
This doesn’t feel good for me, it hurts to put Larry here. It’s not even so much my doubt for him it’s more my doubt for Sam Bradford. Last week Bradford totaled just 153 passing yards with no scores in a game the Cardinals looked largely unprepared for. This week they face off against a Rams secondary ranked third in the league by PFF. The law firm of Peters, Talib, and Coleman will see to it that wherever Fitz lines up he will be covered by a top-tier cornerback. With little else but inexperienced first and second-year receivers out there, you can expect the Rams to try everything to take Larry out of the game. – Sal Leto
TY Hilton $7,500
While the counting stats for Andrew Luck looked just fine in Week 1, his average depth of target was a number which would make Sam Bradford blush. The vertical game is just not there for Luck right now, and it could mean we fail to uncork Hilton’s ceiling for several weeks. Hilton salvaged his day with a touchdown against the Bengals, though it is obvious right now Luck is more comfortable operating in the intermediate game. Washington was better against receivers in 2017 than perception would have you believe, allowing the 9th fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Hilton is never a total fade with Luck on the field but expectations have to be tempered until Luck regains his fastball. – Rob Willette
Marvin Jones $6,900
Not only was Lions WR Marvin Jones less-productive than his fellow wideouts last Monday night, he saw much less opportunity, and that’s what has me worried. While WR Golden Tate led the team with 15 targets and breakout star Kenny Golladay has a dozen, Jones saw just eight looks from QB Matthew Stafford and most of those were in fourth-quarter garbage time. This week, Jones and the Lions face the 49ers on the road. The Lions have many questions to address after getting dusted by the Jets and until things are more clear, I’m sitting Jones. – Ryan McDowell
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.