Week 3 Fantasy Sleepers: Players Who Will Exceed Low Expectations

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 19, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs throws a pass down field against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half on September 15, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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There are a few sleepers that aren't getting a lot of attention in Week 3, but they are bound to exceed expectations.

Last week's sleepers included Philip Rivers, James Starks and of course, Eddie Royal.  These guys won't make the list this week, however, because people are already talking about them now.

Let's try to dig a bit deeper and find who the true sleepers are going to be this week based off of matchups and potentially expanded roles in the offense.


Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

No one wants to give Alex Smith credit for how he's started the season, but now is as good of a time as any to put him into the starting lineup.

Smith has started the season off on the right foot, throwing for almost 400 yards and four touchdowns without a single turnover.  What's even more surprising is that he's racking up the yards on the ground, running for 25 and 57 yards respectively in the first two games.

The Chiefs offense is heading into the ideal matchup on Thursday night with the Philadelphia Eagles defense.  The Eagles have already allowed 721 yards through the air along with five touchdowns.  Robert Griffin III had two interceptions, but he also was throwing off of his back foot the whole season opener and looked rusty out there.

With how comfortable Smith has looked in Andy Reid's game plan, things are looking up for Smith, and he's bound to put up a ton of yards against this struggling defense.


Da'Rel Scott, RB, New York Giants

In two straight weeks, Scott has put up decent points for the New York Giants, and with David Wilson losing his starting job after two fumbles in the season opener, there's a chance that he can break off some big plays this week.

Scott had just two yards rushing this week, but he also put up 30 yards receiving and a touchdown against the Denver Broncos.

This week, Scott could be seeing some more carries to go along with catching passes out of the backfield.  The Giants may want to have Eli Manning passing the ball a little less this week after leading the league with seven interceptions through just two games.

The Carolina Panthers have already allowed 219 yards on the ground, so there's a chance the rushing attack gets going, and Scott finds some open lanes this week, making him a nice potential flex player.


Marlon Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

He may be an undrafted free agent out of Georgia, but Brown is turning some heads through two games.

Brown has had two consistent outings in tough games for the Ravens offense.  He's had 65 and 45 yards receiving through two weeks with a touchdown in each game.  At 6'5", 205 pounds, Brown is an ideal red-zone threat that could potentially take Anquan Boldin's role from last season.

The Texans are third in the NFL in passing yards allowed, but they've also allowed six passing touchdowns.  Their opposing passer rating is at 96.9, 19th in the league.

Joe Flacco needs a reliable target that isn't Torrey Smith, and Brown is starting to emerge as such.  The Ravens will probably give him some more looks this week, and he could see the end zone one or two times this game.