Week 2 Fantasy Sleepers: Under the Radar Players to Start

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 12, 2013

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 5: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 5, 2013 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Sleepers are what make you look like a genius in fantasy football, and there are a few sleepers that you should consider starting in Week 2.

Last week's sleepers were Terrelle Pryor, Joique Bell and Anquan Boldin, so who will it be this week?  These sleepers on this list are based off of previous production and who exactly they're playing against.  

So, let's take a look at which sleepers you should consider starting this week.


Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens

It feels weird calling anyone who gets paid as much as Flacco a sleeper, but that's exactly what he is heading into this game against the Cleveland Browns.

As bad as the loss to the Denver Broncos seemed, Flacco still had a pretty solid game.  He had two interceptions, but he also had 362 yards and two touchdowns.

Granted, I highly doubt Flacco throws the ball 62 times this Sunday against the Browns, but he's still going to put up some solid numbers.  The Browns don't have the same defense as the Broncos, even without Von Miller. 

Also remember that the Ravens now have Jim Caldwell as their offensive coordinator, and that he completely turned Flacco's season around.  The new offensive scheme will help Flacco's numbers, and he should have quite the game against the Browns to help turn things around for the Ravens.

I really feel like this is going to be a big game for Flacco.  The Browns ranked 25th in passing defense last season, allowing 3,923 yards.  If Flacco can play with a lead and maintain a balanced offense, then things are going to open up for him as the game goes on.


Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans

Arian Foster may be the go-to fantasy running back, but Tate is still going to get carries, especially as Foster continues to try to get healthy.

Tate had one third of the Texans' carries last week, grabbing 55 yards on nine carries.  Even if he doesn't see an increase in carries, there's still the chance that Tate grabs a touchdown, especially against this defense.

The Tennessee Titans do not do a good job defending against the run, regardless of what you saw in Week 1.  They allowed 2,035 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground last year, and that's a very good sign for a team that loves to run.

Foster is going to get his points, but Tate is a good player to start this week.  He's going to get some carries, and the possibility of a score or two mean he would be an excellent flex player this week.


Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys

While he might now be the fantasy football stud from 2009 or 2010, Austin looked good in Week 1, and there is a good chance that he's going to be a more productive player in 2013 than he was last season.

Austin finished the game against the New York Giants with 10 receptions for 72 yards—not a bad start for the No. 2 receiver.  While the Giants defense was focusing on Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, Austin found himself more open than usual.

That could be the case as the year goes on, and as long as Tony Romo is healthy, Austin could be seeing some more balls thrown his way this season.