Fantasy Football Week 3: Sleepers Bound to Put Up Huge Numbers

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 15, 2013

Sep 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener (80) catches a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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When it comes to fantasy football, everyone loves a sleeper.

We had our fair share of sleepers that put up some big numbers in Week 2. 

Eddie Royal went off for the second straight week, grabbing seven catches for 90 yards and three touchdowns. James Starks, a player who didn't didn't have a single carry in Week 1, ran for 132 yards and a touchdown on the ground along with four catches for 36 yards through the air.

Week 3 in the NFL will feature its fair share of sleepers too. Several key starters are starting to get hurt, while the matchups some of these players will be facing will give them the opportunity to put up points in bunches.


Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts

With Dwayne Allen out in Week 2, we finally got a look at how good Coby Fleener can really be.  

Andrew Luck's old college teammate had four catches for 69 yards and a touchdown in the loss against the Miami Dolphins. He almost had a second touchdown, but it was called back for an illegal shift.

The Colts will be playing the San Francisco 49ers next week, but the good news is that one tight end already had success against this team. Jermichael Finley had 56 yards and a score against the 49ers in Week 1.

Fleener is owned in just 6.1 percent of leagues, so there's a really good chance he's available for you to pick up. Even if Allen plays next week, Pep Hamilton will look to get the young tight end involved in the offense.


Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings

He hasn't had the best two games to start the season, but Ponder is bound to have a breakout game at some point in the very near future.

Next week against the Cleveland Browns seems like as good a time as any. The Browns ranked 25th in the NFL in passing defense last season, allowing 3,923 yards through the air over the year.  

All of the weapons at Ponder's disposal have to start getting more touches, and that means that Ponder is going to have to start throwing the ball more effectively.

If you don't have a solid quarterback to start next week, this is probably the best option available based on the matchup.


Aaron Dobson, WR, New England Patriots

Aaron Dobson looked lost out on the field during the Thursday night game against the New York Jets, but Tom Brady will be doing whatever it takes this week to make sure that doesn't happen ever again.

Even with the drops and other issues, Dobson still had a solid day from a fantasy perspective. He had three catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Expect those numbers to go up in Week 3.

The Patriots will be taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and although they do have Darrelle Revis, the rest of the secondary is still in question. Drew Brees had 322 yards through the air in Week 2, and you can bet Brady gets somewhere close to that even without weapons like Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski.

Brady is going to have to go Dobson's way more than a few times in Week 3, and the wideout is going to ensure he makes a lot more good plays and a lot fewer bad ones against the Bucs.