Don’t Sleep: Week Three

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Before we get started on how we are going to calm your suicidal thoughts after an 0-2 start in your fantasy league, let’s take a look at how we did last week.

More after the jump:

Quarterbacks from Week Two
Chad Henne: 12-30, 170 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 10 fantasy points
Rex Grossman: 25-43, 291 passing yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 15 fantasy points
Colt McCoy: 22-32, 211 passing yards, 10 rushing yards, 1 TD, no INT, 13 fantasy points
Alex Smith: 16-24, 179 passing yards, 21 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 15 fantasy points
After breaking out in game one, Henne really came back down to earth. Grossman, Smith, and McCoy all did well enough to be a spot starter during bye weeks going forward.

Running Backs from Week Two
Cadillac Williams: 13 rushes, 36 yards, 3 fantasy points
John Kuhn: 1 rushing attempt, 1 rushing yard, 1 touchdown, 6 fantasy points
The Caddy was a pretty big bust. I expected him to have a good game just because of the volume of carries he was going to receive. I’m sure the Rams planned on giving him more carries than he got going into the game, but when you do nothing with your opportunities it is hard to blame them for not giving Williams more touches. Kuhn had another touchdown in Week Two, proving that he may be the undisputed goal line back for the Pack.

Wide Receivers from Week Two
Devery Henderson: 3 receptions, 103 yards, 1 TD, 16 fantasy points
Doug Baldwin: 1 reception, 4 yards, 0 TD, 0 fantasy points
Jabar Gaffney: 5 receptions, 62 yards, 0 TD, 6 fantasy points
Henderson lived up to his potential, thanks largely to a 70+ yard touchdown reception. He only had three catches, but his big play ability in that offense makes him a desirable player to own. Gaffney was okay, but it would have been nice to see a score. Baldwin reminded us all why we shouldn’t have any Seahawks on our fantasy rosters.

Tight Ends from Week Two
Jermaine Gresham: 2 receptions, 8 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 fantasy points
Scott Chandler: 2 receptions, 16 yards, 1 touchdown, 7 fantasy points
Ed Dickson: 2 receptions, 25 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 fantasy points
Our tight ends fell flat on their face this week, with the exception of Chandler who still had a TD grab.

Now let’s get to what you are all reading for. Many of you are looking for some sneaky pickups to help turn around your horrific start to the fantasy season. Here are some of my deep sleepers for Week Three. Percentages owned are based off ESPN leagues.

Quarterbacks for Week Three
Rex Grossman (WAS) 20 percent owned: I am campaigning for people to go and pick him up. He plays in an offense that likes to throw the ball, he has a capable running game, he has competent receivers, and he has proven that he can win games. Not bad for a quarterback that is only owned in 20 percent of ESPN leagues. Grossman is taking his opportunities and running with them this season and he will only get better as the season goes along. With the team winning, Rex will gain his coaches confidence and the respect of his teammates. I wouldn’t be mad if he was my QB2 and bye week fill-in. Grossman will probably be on Don’t Sleep for a while if he doesn’t start getting picked up in more leagues.

Colt McCoy (CLE) 19 percent owned: McCoy is also making his second appearance on Don’t Sleep this week, in part because of a juicy matchup with the Miami Dolphins. McCoy is a proven winner and he is starting to really learn how to play quarterback in the NFL. With this being his second year, he will continue to make strides and will be expected to have some huge games to push his career to the next level. This week could be one of those games. If you have a questionable QB1 with a tough matchup this week, I would look at McCoy as a guy to start instead. With a good matchup and the team coming off a win, let’s see if they can build on the momentum and continue to improve. My bet is they will against the Fins.

Other QB worth a mention: Blaine Gabbert (JAX) 2 percent owned

Running Backs for Week Three
DeMarco Murray (DAL) 6 percent owned: With Felix Jones dealing with a separated shoulder, DeMarco might be getting his chance to prove his worth to the Cowboys. It has always been a question whether Jones could handle the workload of an every down back, and he has already proven that he can’t. If Jones is limited in any way, look for Murray to make a statement and a case for more carries in the future.

Other RBs worth mentions: Isaac Redman (PIT) 2 percent owned, John Kuhn (GB) 3 percent owned

Wide Receivers for Week Three
Danario Alexander (STL) 6 percent owned: Danario has a chance to really break out in Josh McDaniels offense and he made great progress in Week Three. I am looking for him to gain more trust from his coaches (and, more importantly, Sam Bradford) if he can stay healthy because he really is an explosive talent. As far as deep sleepers go, he has more breakout potential than most.

Jacoby Jones (HOU) 12 percent owned: We are still waiting for the annoyingly inconsistent Jones to take off and live up to his potential. With Kevin Walter out of the picture, there are no more excuses. He will get plenty of reps and needs to make the most of his opportunities. His potential on special teams paired with his prominent role in the offense makes him a desirable player to own in fantasyland.

Others worth mentions: Emmanuel Sanders (PIT) 10 percent owned

Tight Ends for Week Three
Jeff King (ARI) 3 percent owned: Your number one target at tight end this week should be Jeff King. With Kevin Kolb having a history of loving his tight ends, King is one of the players you should be targeting. Even with Todd Heap in town, King has clearly been a red zone favorite with a touchdown in each game. Good tight ends are hard to find, so don’t miss out on King before someone else grabs him.
Other TEs worth picking up: Tony Scheffler (DET) 4 percent owned, Evan Moore (CLE) 4  percent owned.

So there are your deep sleepers for Week Three. If you have any comments let me hear them on twitter @JessePotes or email me at You can also leave your comments on here and I will make sure to get back to them.


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