Sleepers rarely jump out at you because they suddenly became a popular target over other starters and stars. It’s more likely the result of a touchdown or two getting mixed into their average game. My three sleepers from last week accounted for 163 yards. But since they did not score any touchdowns, they remain sleepers. This week, I will use the lesson learned from that experience and feed you three sleepers with a good chance of scoring a touchdown this week.
Best Bet: Bennie Fowler, DEN at LAC
I don’t feel completely right calling Fowler a sleeper since it is possible he will be the number one receiver for Denver this week. Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie are already ruled out. Cody Latimer doesn’t look good coming back from a knee injury. Demaryius Thomas worked through a leg injury and took in ten catches against the Giants last week, but he is no sure thing to play against the Chargers. If he does, he could be a decoy.
Which opens the door for Bennie Fowler. The Chargers allow the third most fantasy points and touchdowns to slot receivers, which is where Fowler will line up.
Because of my guilt over naming a possible primary receiver as a sleeper, allow me to give you a bonus sleeper; Jordan Taylor. Taylor will line up on the outside, opposite the slowed Thomas or as the primary wide target. As tempting as it might sound to the Broncos to run CJ Anderson and Jamaal Charles on every down, they have to pass the ball occasionally and the receiving options are quite limited.
Good Bet: Josh Doctson, WAS at PHI
Josh Doctson was a popular sleeper choice coming into 2017. Despite the addition of Terrelle Pryor, Doctson was expected to be a prime deep threat for Kirk Cousins, who loves to throw the deep ball. Unfortunately, Doctson got hurt in the preseason. It appeared coach Jay Gruden was losing patience with him over his injury problems.
Gruden is over it. Whether it is because Doctson scored two touchdowns in the last three games with very limited targets or because Jamison Crowder and Pryor aren’t getting the job done, Gruden let it slip that the Redskins will actively try to get Josh Doctson more involved in the game plan.
Doctson is a receiver with enough speed to turn any catch into a touchdown. It only takes one to make him fantasy-relevant each week. Book him against Philadelphia in Week 7.
Longshot Bet: Zay Jones, BUF vs TB
Zay Jones has been a bust this season, largely due to a bad case of the dropsies. But to drop as many balls as Jones has, someone has to be throwing the ball to him. Jordan Matthews and Charles Clay are probably out for this week’s contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay allowed Carson Palmer to hit his first 12 passes, mostly to wider receivers, last week. Buffalo comes off a bye week when they had time to work on getting their prized rookie receiver more in tune with the game plan. Look for more targets and Zay Jones’ first NFL touchdown in Week 7.
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