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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.

Tight end

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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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Kenny Britt looking for fresh start in Week 1 vs. Vikings
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:34 am ET) Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt ended an up-and-down career in Tennesse by catching only 11 passes for 96 yards last season. Reunited with former Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher, the embattled receiver will look to begin his tenure with his new team on the right foot in Week 1 against the Vikings.

Britt has flashed big-play ability in the preseason, catching a 36-yard pass from starter Sam Bradford in Week 3 before the quarterback succumbed to a season-ending injury. He then tacked on a 32-yard completion from backup Shaun Hill on the team's second drive. If Britt can find chemistry with his new starting quarterback quickly, he has the opportunity to emerge from a muddled Rams receiving corps and become the team's No. 1 option in the passing game.

Will it happen? The Vikings were one of the worst teams in the league at defending the pass last year, ranking 30th in pass-defense DVOA, according to Football Outsiders. The results, however, look much better in the early-going this season. In the team's third preseason game, the defense held Kansas City starter Alex Smith to 140 yards on 14-of-24 passing with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

If that same defense comes to play Sunday, Hill may have nothing but trouble trying to move the chains consistently. But if the upgraded offensive line can keep the Vikings at bay, the Hill-to-Britt connection has the potential to surprise. Consider Britt a quality free-agent add in advance of Sunday's game on the chance that he and Hill show something.


Zac Stacy could struggle vs. Vikings
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:20 am ET) Rams running back Zac Stacy lost his starting quarterback for the season during preseason competition. This is nothing new for the second-year back, as he had to play the second half of 2013 without Sam Bradford as well.

Though Stacy ripped off four 100-yard games after Bradford's injury, he mixed in several ugly lines as well, managing only 62 yards on 26 carries against the Colts, just 25 yards on 14 carries against the Cardinals and only 15 yards on 15 carries as the Seahawks exacted their revenge in Week 17.

Stacy's Week 1 matchup this season is a Vikings team that played well against the run last season. The Vikings finished seventh in the league in rate stuffing the running back at or behind the line of scrimmage. The defense surrendered just shy of 3.9 yards per carry, which is right at Stacy's per-carry rate from last season.

The Rams will likely try to remain committed to the running game with a second stringer at quarterback, but the Vikings have the personnel to sniff out a conservative gameplan and more or less shut down the running game. CBSSports.com Fantasy experts are split on Stacy's stock this week, with Jamey Eisenberg slotting him eighth at the position and Davie Richard ranking him 20th.


Wes Welker expected to be suspended for Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker will be suspended for Week 1, according to the Denver Post.

Mike Klis initially reported that there was a chance Welker's suspension wouldn't kick in until after Week 1, but issued an update later. While the NFL has yet to officially announce the suspension, the Broncos have been informed of the move. The team is expected to send out a press release confirming the information Tuesday.


Report: Wes Welker may play Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Update: Welker will be suspended for Week 1, according to the Denver Post. The team is expected to send out a press release shortly.

Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker may play Week 1 against the Colts, according to the Denver Post

Welker is expected to be suspended for four games after reportedly testing positive for amphetamines. The league, however, has not officially announced the suspension. Suspensions are typically announced by Tuesday, according to Pro Football Talk. Since the NFL has yet to announce the move, it's thought Welker could be available for Week 1, but would serve his suspension once the NFL announced the move. 

There are a lot of uncertainties regarding the situation at this time. The club expects Welker to be available, provided he passes concussion protocal, but it remains to be seen how the NFL will handle this suspension. 


Randall Cobb to be tested Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb should be in for a tough test Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Cobb caught just three passes during the preseason, picking up 34 yards and a score. His lack of work shouldn’t be a huge concern, as the Packers offense doesn’t need any fine-tuning. The main thing here is that Cobb is 100 percent healthy after playing in just six games last season due to a leg injury.

His Week 1 production could be dampened by a strong Seahawks DST. Seattle was exceptional against the pass last season, holding opposing wide receivers to just 14.79 Fantasy points per game. That figure was the second-lowest rate in the league. On top of that, Cobb may have to deal with Richard Sherman, who is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Sherman may spend the majority of the game stopping Jordy Nelson, but he could find his way over to Cobb on a few occasions.

Cobb’s versatility makes him a strong candidate to be moved around the Packers’ offense. If Green Bay can create some nice matchups, and Sherman is preoccupied with Nelson, Cobb could be in for a better game than people might expect. 

Despite that, expectations should be tempered. Seattle’s DST was strong last season, and while Green Bay boasts a strong offense, things should be muted Week 1. Cobb is a fine start, considering his upside, but he carries more risk this week due to the matchup.


Jordy Nelson in for a tough test Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson should be in for a difficult test Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Nelson had a quiet preseason, catching just two passes for 19 yards. One of those catches wound up being a touchdown. Despite the lack of action during the preseason, Nelson’s upside with a healthy Aaron Rodgers is well-known among Fantasy owners. That said, he’s going to have to work for everything he gets against Seattle.

The Seahawks rated as the best defense in the league last year. They were strong in every facet of the game. Seattle held opposing wide receivers to just 14.79 Fantasy points per game, the second-lowest figure in the league. To make things even more difficult for Nelson, he’ll likely be covered by Richard Sherman. Sherman, by many counts, is arguably the best corner in the game. 

Still, it’s tough to pass up Nelson’s upside with a healthy Rodgers. The Packers boast an overabundance of weapons, and it’s possible moving Nelson around before the play could put him in a more favorable matchup. Even if Sherman covers him the entire game, Nelson is a good enough receiver to make some noise. While he doesn’t have a great matchup, Week 1 is not the time to take a player as good as Nelson out of your Fantasy lineup. 


Eddie Lacy to have his hands full Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Packers running back Eddie Lacy will have his hands full Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Lacy is coming off a tremendous rookie season, in which he rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He didn’t get a ton of use during the preseason, but seemed to be in midseason form. Lacy rushed for 61 yards on 11 carries, good for a 5.5 average over two preseason games. He also managed to run in a touchdown.

Though he looked strong in the preseason, Lacy should have a tough time against the Seahawks Week 1. Seattle allowed just 12.32 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs last season. That was the second-lowest rate in the league. While the Seahawks lost three defensive linemen during the offseason, the club is thought to still have the top-rated Fantasy defense.

In many circles, Lacy was considered a strong Fantasy pick after the elite four running backs were off the board. With that in mind, it’s unlikely he’ll be benched in many leagues Week 1. There are better matchups out there, but Lacy is a tough player to sit. Given Green Bay’s offensive capabilities, he’s still a decent start even against the best Fantasy defenses. 


Aaron Rodgers taking on a tough task Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has his work cut out for him Week 1 against the Seahawks.

Rodgers entered the season as one of the top Fantasy options at quarterback, but will take on the best defense in the league. Last season, Seattle held Fantasy quarterbacks to just 10.89 points per game. That was the lowest rate in the league. The Seahawks DST ranked tops in the league in limiting points and yards last year. On top of that, the team forced the most turnovers.

While Seattle lost three members of the defensive line during the offseason, the club is still expected to have one of NFL’s best defenses. If Seattle struggles to get to Rodgers, that could open things up for the Packers offense.

Given the cost to acquire Rodgers, in a snake or auction draft, he’s probably going to start for most Fantasy teams despite his tough Week 1 matchup. While there are better quarterback options for this week, Rodgers still has a strong potential for dominance. He’s healthy and still has a bevy of weapons at his disposal. It might not be Rodgers best game of the season, but he’s shown that he can put up numbers against even the best defensive clubs.


Percy Harvin looking to start the year on the right foot
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is looking at a strong matchup Week 1 against the Packers.

A quiet preseason was a good preseason for Harvin. After missing nearly all of last season due to a hip injury, Harvin was able to play in all but the final game of the preseason. He missed the fourth game due to a personal issue, and not because of an injury. Harvin caught seven balls for 92 yards in August.

The Packers didn’t boast a strong pass defense last season. The team allowed opposing wide receivers to average 22.94 Fantasy points per game. That wasn’t one of the worst rates in the league, but it was below-average. The team attempted to address this during the offseason, taking Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round. Despite that, there’s no guarantee the team will perform better in the defensive backfield.

Despite the fact that Harvin is a five-year veteran, there are questions about how he’ll be used with the Seahawks. While Harvin was able to play during the club’s playoff run, it was unclear whether he was actually fully healthy last year. Harvin has shown the ability to be a game-changing wide receiver, so it’s assumed the Seahawks will find ways to get arguably their best playmaker the ball. The club has been been incredibly run-heavy over the past few seasons, but a healthy Harvin could make them more balanced. 


Marshawn Lynch ready to roll Week 1
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is looking to get off to a good start Week 1 against the Packers.

Lynch had an abbreviated preseason, carrying the ball just three times for 16 yards. That’s probably not a bad thing considering his high workload over the past couple years. Lynch also had a brief holdout during the offseason, but reported to camp in shape, and should be ready to roll.

The Packers weren’t particularly strong against the run last season, giving up 19.18 Fantasy points per week to running backs. That was the eighth worst figure in the league. While the team tried to shore up things defensively during the offseason, the loss of B.J. Raji should make it easier for teams to gash the Packers up the middle. 

With that in mind, Lynch should be a strong start. The Seahawks modus operandi the past couple years has been the run game, and that probably won’t change now. There are concerns about Lynch’s workload and lack of preseason reps, but his pedigree and matchup make this a strong start Week 1. 


 
 
 
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