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NFL Week 2 Fantasy Sleepers

I know, it's only one week into the NFL season. But if you're like me, your fantasy team either took a beating or injuries may have come to bite you. If you have the Ravens offense, it's even worse. But never fear, the Villain is here to give some players to consider rostering or using in daily.


Jameis Winston (65% rostered in Yahoo Fantasy)

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No one was sure if Jameis Winston was going to even be the starting quarterback for the New Orleans saints. Tayson Hill got the big contract and was taking equal amounts of snaps in the preseason. But coach Sean Payton saw something that we didn't and named Winston the starter for week 1 against the packers. Winston responded by throwing for five touchdowns against a pretty solid Green Bay Packers defense. I think the most impressive stat was the zero turnovers. Winston had famously been a part of the 30-30 club his last full season as a starter in Tampa Bay. Well this week Winston faces an underrated Panthers defense, expect Winston to put up solid numbers. Panthers defense is fast but in the second half against the Jets, Zach Wilson was able to move the football up and down the field.

Other options: Teddy Bridgewater (15% rostered in Yahoo Fantasy), Mac Jones (25% rostered in Yahoo Fantasy)

Running back:

Elijah Mitchell (82% rostered in Yahoo Fantasy)

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With the season ending injury to Raheem Mostert, Mitchell is likely being scored up in all leagues. Regardless, he's a must-add player in all leagues as his Week 1 stat line was 19 rushes for 104 yards and 1 TD. San Francisco figured to be a running back by committee offense as that is dictated by the coach. But Mitchell already beat out Trey Sermon for the job and with Mostert on the shelf, look for Mitchell to shine. Let’s be clear, if you have Sermon on your roster I wouldn’t drop him. But I have Mitchell ranked higher and he’s looking to be the more trusted back for the 49ers.

Other options: James White (38% rostered in Yahoo Fantasy), Carlos Hyde (18% rostered in Yahoo Fantasy)

Wide Receiver:

Sterling Shepard (53% rostered in Yahoo Fantasy)

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I know what you're thinking, the Giants offense looked pretty horrid in Week 1 against the Broncos. And I would know I am a Giants fan FYI. I’m here to say the offense did move the ball and showed a pulse in the second half. Even though this week's match up against Washington isn't completely favorable, Sterling Shepherd had a pretty good week in Week 1. Shepherd moved back to the slot and racked up 7catches for 113 yards in a touchdown. I look for defenses to key on Kenny Golladay and Saquon Barkley, leaving Shepherd to roam free in single coverage in the slot.

Other options: Nelson Agholor (47% rostered in Yahoo Fantasy), Emmanuel Sanders (21% rostered in Yahoo Fantasy), Tim Patrick (19% rostered in Yahoo Fantasy)

Tight End:

Robert Tonyan (91% rostered in Yahoo Fantasy)

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Tight End is such a tough position but if I had to pick one I'd go with Robert Tonyan. I think there are tight ends with better matchups (Noah Fant vs Jaguars, Rob Gronkowski vs Falcons), but looking for a deep sleeper lead me to Tonyan. The Lions are a good matchup for the Packers who are looking to rebound off of a terrible loss to the Saints in Week 1. Look for Aaron Rogers, Devante Adams, and Aaron Jones to go crazy this week. But Robert Tonyan scored a touchdown in both games against the Lions last year and I don't think the Lions have found a matchup that they like against him. Look for the Packers to exploit their tight end matchup.

Other options: Jonnu Smith (70% rostered in Yahoo Fantasy), Dalton Schultz (2% rostered in Yahoo Fantasy)

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