Week 2 QB 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.
Tyrod Taylor $6,400
In Week 1, Browns QB Tyrod Taylor was quietly the QB6 for the week, despite passing under 200 yards and only one score. Even with the lowest completion percentage of any starting QB not named Nathan Peterman, Taylor put up points. We know this is largely due to his rushing ability. Taylor led all quarterbacks with 77 rushing yards, along with a touchdown. He outrushed all but eight running backs in the league and those numbers give him a safe weekly floor. Add in the fact that the Browns face the Saints this week, the same team that allowed the overwhelming QB1 performance of the week from veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Taylor even has upside as a passer. Also, we should expect WR Josh Gordon to see more playing time moving forward, which doesn’t hurt Taylor’s potential either. – Ryan McDowell
Mitch Trubisky $5,700
I have a guy in mind that is probably hanging out on your waiver wire. Wait a minute, get back here, at least hear me out. Last week he was precise and spread the ball around to what looks to be a nice young stable of targets. And he runs, don’t forget the benefits of a rushing QB, he called his own number from the two-yard line and went in for the touchdown. In all, he finished with seven carries for 32 yards with that touchdown for an additional 9.2 fantasy points on top of his passing numbers. This week Trubisky will be at home facing a fledgling Seahawks defense that relinquished 329 yards passing and 3 touchdowns to Case Keenum a week ago. There is no more “Legion Of Boom”. Expect the Bears to get offseason TE darling Trey Burton involved after only one reception in game one as well as the suddenly duel threat Jordan Howard. It’s early and you shouldn’t be here but then again you might be staring at the possibility of Dak Prescott or whatever might be under center in Tennessee this week. – Sal Leto
Dak Prescott $6,100
I am not going to advise you add Dak Prescott to your starting lineup with a smile plastered on your face. His long stretch of uninspiring play continued in Week 1 against Carolina, and the entire Cowboys offense looks to be a unit to avoid outside of Zeke. Back home against the Giants, however, I can get on board with Prescott as a streamer. The Giants were the most giving defense to fantasy quarterbacks in 2017 and while schematic changes under new Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher should pay dividends long-term, the personnel is far from intimidating. In addition, the G-Men just ceded 41 rushing yards to Blake Bortles, and the rushing ability is where much of Prescott’s value lies. You do not always need an aesthetically pleasing, efficient effort from your quarterback in order to secure fantasy points, and such an effort could be on tap for Prescott this Sunday night. – Rob Willette
Sam Darnold $5,900
After an impressive performance in an island game on Monday night, Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold is one of the hot names following Week 1. The only problem was that even in an impressive road win where Darnold showed poise and maturity following a pick-six to begin the game and his career, he was still just a mid-range QB2. Darnold was held under 200 yards passing and offers Tom Brady level upside as a runner. This week, Darnold and the Jets get the division rival Dolphins, who actually sport a solid pass defense. The Jets want to be a run-heavy team and Sunday’s game-script should play into that very well. – Ryan McDowell
Ryan Fitzpatrick $6,000
I don’t want to be that guy, the one that kills the buzz, but we’ve seen this show before, haven’t we? No one likes to see the old guys run around out there like it’s their heyday as much me but those thinking a repeat performance is coming from Fitzmagic are going to be sorely mistaken. Remember how excited we were after Sam Bradford’s week one performance a year ago? I know Sammy was injured and Fitzy came out fresh as a daisy from the destruction of the Saints defense a week ago but he’s not getting the pretenders from New Orleans this week. Up next are the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles and their vaunted defense. They gave up a paltry 8 points to Matt Ryan a week ago. You can expect a lot more pressure leading to errant throws and turnovers. Remove deep threat DeSean Jackson due to a concussion and the explosive play becomes less likely. Resist the temptation of lightning striking twice and look elsewhere this week. – Sal Leto
Jared Goff $7,400
Jared Goff looks to have a nice, tidy floor in Week 2, but I am generally more interested in a player’s ceiling and I just do not see monster upside against the Cardinals. Arizona is fresh off being immolated by Adrian Peterson and the Washington offense, and this should be a game the Rams control from start to finish. Throw in Goff’s strange career home and road splits (24/5 TD/INT on road versus 11TD/9INT at home) and I am reticent of anointing Goff my starter for the week. I am expecting a heavy dose of Todd Gurley with the Rams passing offense merely taking the occasional shot downfield. They have the explosive talent to make this lucrative, but volume rules fantasy football this could be a game flow which limits Goff’s passing attempts. – Rob Willette
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.