It’s frustrating to draft a solid team and then have to sweat over who you start and bench. It gets worse when you bench a guy who goes off for a huge game while your fantasy team loses because you made the wrong choice. I’ve always written a start/sit column to solve those problems, but this year I don’t care about you. Okay I’m just kidding, but I am doing things a bit differently.
All start/sit questions will be addressed on twitter (@Jared_TSP), so make sure you get involved. Another thing I am doing is giving you a few sleepers you need to keep your eye on every week. If your team is struggling and you need to find a way to solidify it, look no further.
Russell Wilson, SEA
Wilson had a rough start to the 2013 season, but I hope you held on because it is about to get a lot better. The Seahawks get to feast on the lousy Jacksonville Jaguars this week, which will give Wilson many opportunities to score. They don’t have to play the San Francisco 49ers anytime soon, so it should be smooth sailing for awhile.
Jason Snelling, ATL
Everyone is targeting Jacquizz Rodgers, but if you are in a standard league, go pick up Jason Snelling instead. He is going to split time with Rodgers, but he is also going to be the one getting the goal line touches. He can catch the ball as well, so his versatility plays to your advantage.
Giovani Bernard, CIN
How talented is this kid? Doesn’t it make you mad that he isn’t the featured back yet? Well, he still has a lot to learn, not to mention the whole pass blocking situation, but he is already valuable. Don’t expect him to score two touchdowns every week, but on a high powered offense, he will keep getting those kind of opportunities.
Bernard Pierce, BAL
We aren’t going to be aware of Ray Rice’s status until pretty late in the week, but I doubt he is going to be playing on Sunday. And if he is, I don’t expect him to be too effective. That’s why Bernard Pierce needs to be in your lineup. He is a polished back, who won’t be a No. 2 for long.
Andre Roberts, ARI
Fitzgerald isn’t looking too good, but Roberts is a sneaky start no matter what. In his first game, he had 8 catches for 97 yards. In his second game, he fell off to the tune of 3 catches for 36 yards. But that was in a game where he still saw 8 targets, so the bad game does not concern me. If you need a flex, plug him in.
Tavon Austin, STL
If we take away his two touchdowns last week, we get a 6 catch performance with 47 yards. The week before that, he had 6 catches for 41 yards. While that doesn’t blow you away, I like the consistency because I know it is his floor. Once he starts to grow in the offense and as a player, his ceiling will start to show.
Marlon Brown, BAL
Torrey Smith is always supposed to be the guy. He was that speedy receiver who was going take the pressure off Anquan Boldin and make plays. He was very inconsistent in that role. Then Boldin left, and everyone was excited to see what he could do as the No. 1 target of a highly paid NFL quarterback. So far, it’s not very impressive. Brown has stepped in for an injured Jacoby Jones and he has snagged a TD in each of his first two games this season. What’s next?
Coby Fleener, IND
I wrote extensively about how Fleener and Allen limited each other’s value last season. Okay maybe it wasn’t extensively, but I’ve always made myself clear about any kind of time share situation or two tight end sets. Unfortunately, Allen went down to injury, but that makes Fleener a top fantasy option. Even against San Francisco? Yes. There will be a lot of checking down and dumping off with a small window to get rid of the ball. So instead of fearing the San Francisco defense, embrace it.
The Vikings are my sleeper defense this week. With Cleveland being the wasteland that it is, it was a no brainer. I also had my eye on the Vikings before the Browns traded away their best player, so I am even happier about it. Forget Richardson, their starting quarterback isn’t even playing. I can’t wait for their ineptitude to leak over into my scoring column.
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