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Into the deep for Week 2

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Every week I'll dive into some sleepers beyond what we write in Start 'Em and Sit 'Em to help some of you in deeper leagues. Some weeks will have more guys than others, but this should be helpful for those owners in 14- and 16-team leagues.

Quarterback

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Mark Sanchez (vs. Jacksonville): Sanchez played great in Week 1 against Dallas, and I expect him to keep it going in Week 2 against a bad Jaguars pass defense. Jacksonville allowed 28 passing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks last season and two against Matt Hasselbeck in Week 1. I can see Sanchez getting at least 18 Fantasy points against this defense.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Oakland): Fitzpatrick was a star in Week 1 at Kansas City with 208 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception, and he has another favorable matchup this week. The Raiders, in their first game without Nnamdi Asomugha, allowed Kyle Orton to throw for 304 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 1, but Fitzpatrick should be more efficient. If you're stuck for a quarterback this week then consider Sanchez or Fitzpatrick as quality starters.
Chad Henne (vs. Houston): Don't expect Henne to play like he did in Week 1 against the Patriots many more times throughout the season, but it was nice to see him post respectable stats. He passed for 416 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and also had seven carries for 59 yards and a touchdown. The Texans defense has improved from last year, but Henne might be throwing a lot in this matchup. Another 300-yard performance could happen in Week 2.

Running back

Ben Tate (at Miami): Arian Foster (hamstring) is expected to return for this matchup after sitting out Week 1, but Tate should see enough touches as the No. 2 running back to remain relevant in deeper leagues. Tate was great in Week 1 with 24 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown with a lost fumble, and he could see as many carries as Foster or even more since the Texans likely won't push Foster too much. Tate can still be useful as a flex option in deep standard formats.
Cadillac Williams (at N.Y. Giants): Williams ran well for St. Louis in Week 1 against the Eagles once Steven Jackson (quad) went down. He had 19 carries for 91 yards and five catches for 49 yards. Jackson is expected to miss this game and Williams should take advantage of the starting job. The Giants allowed Tim Hightower to gain 97 total yards and a touchdown last week, and Williams could easily reach double digits in Fantasy points in this matchup.
Reggie Bush (vs. Houston): Bush showed what he can offer Fantasy owners in Week 1 with his performance against the Patriots in Miami. He had 11 carries for 38 yards and nine catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. You can't expect 14 Fantasy points on a weekly basis, but while he's healthy and getting the majority of touches you can consider him a flex option in standard leagues and a must-start option in point per reception formats.
Danny Woodhead (vs. San Diego): Woodhead had double the carries to BenJarvus Green-Ellis in Week 1 at Miami with 14 carries for 69 yards compared to seven carries for 34 yards. The difference for Green-Ellis was he scored, but Woodhead saw more playing time. When the Patriots get pass-happy, which happens often, Woodhead will be on the field more than Green-Ellis. And he can be considered a flex option in deep formats for Week 2 since you can expect a lot of throwing against the Chargers.
Darren Sproles (vs. Chicago): I said last week that I expected Sproles to see a lot of playing time against the Packers, and he finished with seven catches for 75 yards. He was the best New Orleans running back ahead of Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas, and that could happen again. With Marques Colston (collarbone) out and Lance Moore (groin) at less than 100 percent, you can expect Sproles to be heavily involved in the passing game, which is where he shines.

Wide receiver

Deion Branch (vs. San Diego): Fantasy owners gave up on Branch after the Patriots added Chad Ochocinco, but in Week 1 at Miami he had seven catches for 93 yards on nine targets. Branch sets up as the No. 4 target behind Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, but because Tom Brady spreads the ball around so much, he remains a useful No. 3 Fantasy option in deeper leagues, especially this week in a matchup where the Patriots should be throwing a lot.
Eric Decker (vs. Cincinnati): Decker could have the opportunity to step up for Denver this week if Brandon Lloyd (groin) is out. In Week 1 against Oakland, Decker had three catches for 53 yards, but he could become the No. 1 option in the passing game if Lloyd has to miss this game against the Bengals.
Brandon Gibson (at N.Y. Giants): Gibson might see an increase in targets this week with Danny Amendola (elbow) out. He had three catches for 50 yards in Week 1 against the Eagles, but this should be a better matchup for him against the Giants. In Week 1 against the Giants, the Redskins had all three receivers (Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Anthony Armstrong) reach at least seven Fantasy points, with Gaffney and Armstrong scoring touchdowns.
Malcom Floyd (at New England): Floyd had three catches for 75 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots last year, and he is always a threat to catch a long touchdown each week. The Patriots secondary looked lost in Week 1 at Miami, and now they get to face Philip Rivers and the Chargers. If you need a receiver for this week then take a chance on Floyd to hit a home run and score on a long pass play.
Jacoby Jones (at Miami): With Kevin Walter (shoulder) out, Jones will get the chance to start opposite Andre Johnson, and we saw the Patriots torch the Dolphins secondary in Week 1. The last time Jones played at Miami in 2009 he had two catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. You're not going to start Jones in the majority of leagues, but he could be worth using in deeper formats. He has an opportunity for increased touches, and hopefully he can take advantage of the situation.

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Dustin Keller (vs. Jacksonville): Keller played well in Week 1 against the Cowboys with five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown on eight targets, and Sanchez will continue to rely on him again this year. But this time, don't expect Keller to disappear like he did after Week 4 in 2010. With Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery gone, Keller will be even more of a security blanket for Sanchez. He should be considered a potential starter in all leagues with this matchup with the Jaguars.
Lance Kendricks (at N.Y. Giants): The Giants struggled to stop Washington'sFred Davis last week when he had five catches for 102 yards. Kendricks struggled in Week 1 against the Eagles with one catch for 18 yards, but he had five targets and should rebound this week. With Amendola out, Kendricks should see an increase in production as Sam Bradford's main target over the middle.
Greg Olsen (vs. Green Bay): Olsen had four catches for 78 yards against the Cardinals in Week 1, and he had six targets. All that was missing was the touchdown, and that could happen this week against the Packers. The way to attack Green Bay is in the middle of the field since they have tremendous cornerbacks, and last week the Saints found success with Jimmy Graham, who had four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. I don't expect Cam Newton to play as well against the Packers as he did against the Cardinals because it is a tougher matchup, but he should be able to find Olsen enough to make him a starter in deeper formats.

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