Fantasy Sleepers to Pick up for This Week

Jaguars at Ravens 12/14/14
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Author: Joey Carr

Through two weeks of play, fantasy football is in a tizzy. Star players aren’t performing nearly as well as they did last year and unknown rookies are racking up mass amounts of points. CJ Anderson, Marshawn Lynch, Andrew Luck, and Jimmy Graham are all examples of players that were probably taken within the first 6 rounds of most drafts and aren’t producing like they should be. However, it’s still early in the season, and fantasy owners still have time to assess their lineup and work out ways to win games. The way they’ll do this? With the waiver wire. The waiver wire consists of the players that aren’t owned in most leagues and could make or break your season. Take a look below at players who you should and shouldn’t pickup for this upcoming week.

Dion Lewis, RB New England Patriots

This former Cleveland running back never really got a shot before this year, but boy is he making the Patriots thankful they let him loose. On the year, he has 258 yards from scrimmage, which only trails Matt Forte, Antonio Brown, and Julio Jones. He was one of the backs that was called in to replace the departed Shane Vereen as a pass catching running back and he has shown that he is fully capable of doing so. In two weeks, he has accumulated 28 fantasy points, and his production doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, even with LeGarrette Blount back from suspension.

Advice: Pick him up if available

David Johnson, RB Arizona Cardinals

It’s safe to say no one saw this kid coming. The rookie from Northern Iowa has been sprinting all over the field in his first two games, racking up 27 fantasy points. With Andre Ellington out and Chris Johnson as the only other running back, look for David Johnson to add to his already impressive 3 touchdowns.

Advice: Pick him up if available

Mat Jones, RB Washington Redskins

After Week 1, most people didn’t know who this rookie was. He was a third round draft pick for the Skins and was supposed to be a backup to Alfred Morris, but Jones had other plans. He’s already at 151 yards on the season, mostly due to a 123-yard breakout performance in week 2 against the stout Rams defense. He also found the end zone one time, and looks to keep stealing snaps from Morris.

Advice: Pick him up if available

Travis Benjamin, WR Cleveland Browns

It’s hard to ignore the speedy Benjamin’s performance last Sunday against the Titans, where he caught two touchdowns and hauled in 115 receiving yards. He has garnered 43 fantasy points thus far, second in the league for wide receivers. However, he has only caught 6 passes

combined in his first two games and while they were for a good chunk of yards, it’s extremely hard to see him sustaining that kind of yardage with so few catches.

Advice: Don’t pick up yet unless in need of a Flex

Tyrod Taylor, QB Buffalo Bills

This should come as bit of surprise, but Tyrod Taylor is now a legitimate quarterback worth starting in most leagues. In his first two games as a starter, he has 5 total touchdowns and over 500 yards of total offense. His QB Rating of 103.9 ranks as one of the best in the league and with playmakers all around him, his production should remain steady so long as he doesn’t suffer a serious drop off in performance.

Advice: If in need of a quarterback, pick him up

Jordan Reed, TE Washington Redskins

DeSean Jackson is out with a hamstring injury for a couple weeks, and the targets for Reed will only increase during that time frame. He has picked up 20 fantasy points and is a solid option at tight end if you don’t have a reliable one already.

Advice: Pick him up if you don’t have a trustworthy tight end

Michael Crabtree, WR Oakland Raiders

After his turbulent time in San Fran, it was unclear whether this former stud of a wideout would find a permanent home again. Well, after a great training camp and productive first two games, it seems Michael Crabtree might still be a name to keep an eye on. He has accrued 20 fantasy points so far along with one touchdown, and is a solid add to have on your bench.

Advice: Pick him up if bench depth is needed

James Jones, WR Green Bay Packers

He’s back. James Jones was once one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets and after stints with the Raiders and Giants, he’s back to catching touchdowns at Lambeau. He’s caught 3 TD’s so far but the majority of Rodgers’ targets will go to Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. However, he could be a valuable bench piece if one of your players goes down with an injury.

Advice: Pick him up for bench depth if available

Other notable waiver wire targets include: Johnny Manziel, Derek Carr, Eric Ebron, Heath Miller, Lorenzo Taliaferro, James Starks, Leonard Hankerson, Doug Baldwin, Donte Moncrief, Stevie Johnson, Markus Wheaton, Ronnie Hillman, Eddie Royal, Fred Jackson, Cole Beasley, Tavon Austin.


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