Four-Sure NFL Week 2 Fantasy Sleepers
Heading into Week 2, fantasy owners reviewing projections for their starters should be skeptical as each team has only one outing under their belts. Beyond the normal fantasy studs, projections each fantasy platform makes for average players can be deceptive, basing information on limited data points.
What information can really be gleaned from Week 1 to help fantasy owners in Week 2? And who are the sleepers, ready to produce a large fantasy performance? You’re in the right place for those answers – and more – as we reveal our “four-sure” fantasy sleepers for Week 2.
New England Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson
Last week, the Los Angeles Chargers piled up over 200 yards rushing against the Miami Dolphins with a running-back-by-committee approach. Sunday, it’s New England’s turn to do the same against their AFC rivals. Patriot RBs Rhamondre Stevenson and Ezekiel Elliott – after muted results in Week 1 – could both have big days against the Dolphins.
Expect Stevenson to be the clear-cut beneficiary against the porous Miami defense. In Week 1, Stevenson earned 18 touches – including six receptions out of the backfield – to Elliott’s 12 touches. The younger Stevenson should net 20-25 touches and over 100 yards for New England.
Detroit Lions TE Sam LaPorta
Expectations were high coming into the Week 1 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs for Detroit Lions TE Sam LaPorta. The rookie from Iowa finished with five catches (on five targets) for 39 yards.
While perhaps disappointing fantasy owners, the first-year player showed he’s capable of being a big piece for the Lions’ future. The reason he’ll go off this week is the weak middle defense the Seattle Seahawks present in this matchup.
Last week, the Los Angeles Rams had several open passes over the middle, including TE Tyler Higbee catching all three targets on the day. Expect more of the same for LaPorta in this week’s contest.
Cleveland Browns WR Elijah Moore
Speedster Elijah Moore did not disappoint in his Cleveland Browns debut, catching three of seven passes for 43 yards and racking up 19 yards rushing on two carries. The third-year player – whom Cleveland acquired in an off-season trade with the New York Jets – led his team in receiving yards and tied for the team lead in targets.
Expect Moore to outperform those statistics this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In Week 1, the Browns’ AFC North rival was decimated by the San Francisco 49ers on the ground and through the air.
Cleveland’s offense has drastically improved with Deshaun Watson under center, giving Moore an opportunity to shine during the Monday Night Football broadcast.
Miami Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle
Overshadowed in Miami’s offensive explosion Sunday was the performance by WR Jaylen Waddle. While QB Tua Tagovailoa had a 466-yard outing and connected with WR Tyreek Hill 11 times for 215 yards and two TDs, Waddle quietly posted 78 yards receiving on four catches (against five targets) for the Dolphins.
In Week 2, Waddle and his Miami teammates head north to face off against the New England Patriots. The third-year player has scored in three of the teams’ past four meetings, netting above 60 yards in three of those contests. Expect a similar result this time as the Patriots key in on Tyreek Hill Sunday.