It's a sad state of affairs when fantasy football owners are already sent scrambling to the waiver wire or deep onto their benches for a starter one week into the season.
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Whether it's due to an unfortunate draft or injuries, many fantasy football teams have already been forced to hit the panic button, so while the red lights flash and the siren blares in the background (can you shut that thing off? It's making it hard to concentrate), here's a look at a trio of deep sleeper options that could be set for big enough games to help get you in the win column in Week 2.
Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs were smoked by the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, but blame for that defeat can't really be laid at the feet of quarterback Matt Cassel (at least not entirely), as the eighth-year pro completed over 60 percent of his passes for 258 yards and a score while rushing for another one.
However, Cassel and the Chiefs square off this week against a Buffalo Bills team that just made Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets look good to the tune of 266 yards and three scores.
I repeat—the Bills just made Mark Sanchez look good. All you really need to know.
Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Not a lot went right for the Indianapolis Colts in their season-opening loss to the Chicago Bears, and with the team digging itself into an early hole, the Colts were forced to abandon the run game fairly early, resulting in only nine carries for running back Donald Brown.
This week's matchup against a Minnesota Vikings squad that was also a top-12 run defense a season ago isn't an especially favorable one, but the Colts have a much better shot of staying in this game, which should mean more touches for Brown and a puncher's chance at a solid fantasy outing.
Andre Roberts, WR, Arizona Cardinals
It's somewhat fitting that the A&E TV network just aired a remake of the 1978 movie Coma, because we're headed to the coma ward for this next deep sleeper.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts hauled in the game-winning touchdown pass in last week's victory over the Seattle Seahawks, which capped off a five-catch, 54-yard performance for the third-year pro.
That should translate to lots of single coverage against a pass defense that allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers in 2011.