2013 Fantasy Football: Week 1 Sleepers

Ryan LesterSenior Writer ISeptember 3, 2013

Aug 8, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) throws the ball during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of Lester's Legends' under-the-radar players who could possibly pull out a win for you in the opening week.

Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets

Freeman is hit or miss, but the Jets aren’t very good, so they won’t put the type of pressure on him that should lead to the mistakes that cause him to miss. He had a 97.6 passer rating in wins and a 71.4 mark in losses. Throwing to Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams and Doug Martin should put him in position to produce in the opener.

Honorable Mention: Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

Isaac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans

Redman is not a very good runner, as evidenced by his 3.7 yards per carry last year. He’ll lose lead back duties when Le’Veon Bell returns, but Redman should get the use in the opener. Tennessee finished 24th in the league in run defense with 127.2 yards per game allowed. The Titans also allowed one rushing touchdown per game.

Honorable Mention: Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers

Greg Little, WR, Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins

Little has averaged 57 receptions for 678 yards and three touchdowns in his first two seasons. Josh Gordon (suspension) will miss the opener, which means Little should have more of Brandon Weeden’s attention.

Honorable Mention: Rueben Randle, New York Giants

Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Lewis, at 6’6″ and 272 pounds, is a red-zone threat. With Justin Blackmon out (suspension), he could see a few more targets.

Honorable Mention: Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense at New York Jets

The Jets don’t have a player on offense who can strike fear in a defense. They were 30th in the league in total offense with 299.2 yards per game and 28th in scoring with 17.6 points per game.

Honorable Mention: Kansas City Chiefs

Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers

Hauschka has averaged 113.5 points over the past two seasons. He only missed three field goals last year. Carolina allowed the third most field goals (35) in the league last year. Hauschka had three field goals and an extra point in the meeting with the Panthers last year.

Honorable Mention: Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs

Also check out Lester's Legends Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings.