2012 Fantasy Football: Week 1 Sleepers

Ryan LesterSenior Writer ISeptember 7, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 30:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks drops back against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field on August 30, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Raiders 21-3.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of LestersLegends’ under-the-radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you in the opening week.

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Wilson won the QB battle in Seattle and gets a decent opening matchup with Arizona. He has the ability to run the football, which could add to his fantasy total. Seattle’s stout defense and Arizona’s ineptitude could lead to some short fields.

Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers 

Isaac Redman may get the start, but Dwyer is coming off a productive preseason. If he has considerably more success than Redman, he could find himself getting the bulk of the carries against Denver. If Redman re-injures himself, it will certainly be the case.

Ronnie Brown, San Diego Chargers 

He hasn’t had fantasy relevance since 2010, but with Ryan Mathews hurting, he has a chance for some short-lived fantasy glory against the Raiders. Oakland finished 27th against the run last year.

Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 


After a disappointing 2011 campaign, he should have success with Vincent Jackson drawing the attention away. He also opens with Carolina.

Robert Meachem, San Diego Chargers 

Philip Rivers likes to air it out, and Meachem can get down the field in a hurry. They could be lethal against Oakland and put any chemistry issues to bed.

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

With John Carlson banged up, Rudolph has a chance to stake his claim against the Jags. His size and athleticism should be a factor. Jerome Simpson is out, and Adrian Peterson could be out or limited, so Minnesota lacks playmakers.

Minnesota Vikings Defense

The Jags looked good in the preseason, but that isn’t always a true test. Jared Allen should be good for a sack or two, and Blaine Gabbert will likely be forced into some mistakes.

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