NFL Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 3 Must-Start Sleepers

Eric Streller@1weekfantasyContributor IISeptember 23, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 19:  Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys runs a 62 yard punt return for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears at Cowboys Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Finding the right lineups each week in fantasy football can be a very hard thing. At, we're going to try and make it a little easier on you by giving you one player at each position that will have a good week. You'll see the sleepers for each author below: The Phenom, The Chief, and Uncle Rico.

These players go beyond the weekly staples that are a must start week in and week out. These are the players that you might not have planned on starting; perhaps you should reconsider.

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The Phenom

QB: Brett Favre 

Favre has had a couple weeks to get back in the flow of things. Now, he faces 30th ranked pass defense in Detroit. Look for 250-plus yards and two or three TDs


RB: Darren McFadden 

McFadden is finally living up to the hype. Now he gets a rush defense that gives up 140 yards a game and has allowed three TDs in two games.

McFadden also has big play ability in the passing game too.



WR: Dez Bryant 

Dez will finally find the end zone this week, possibly multiple times, and have his first career 100 yard receiving game.

The Houston pass defense is really their only weakness, giving up over 400 yards a game through two weeks.


TE: Mercedes Lewis 

Lewis is still only owned in about 55 percent of leagues. David Garrard is using Lewis frequently, mainly in the end zone.

He definitely has potential for 50-plus yards and a TD against the Philadelphia Eagles who gave up 108 yards on seven catches to the Lions tight end last week.



The Chief

QB: Michael Vick 

 Vick has a ton to prove now that he has been named the starting QB. Look for him to pick on a depleted Jaguars defense, throwing for at least two TDs and rushing for one.


RB: Correll Buckhalter

 Have you heard of Arian Foster? Well up until Week 1 of the NFL season you hadn’t. That is because he was playing against a terrible rushing defense in the form of the Colts.I know you have heard of Buckhalter, so F'n start him. With Moreno out, Buckhalter will step up and have the big game. I predict 2 TD's and at least 100 yds  rushing. Expect to see him catch a couple as well.


WR: Kevin Walter 

 The emergence of the aforementioned Foster opens up an already powerful passing game. Expect the Cowboys to double up on “Andre 3000″ leaving Walter open for 100 yards receiving and a TD.


TE: Aaron Hernandez

The Pats tight end has looked great the last couple of weeks. With Tom Brady recognizing this, get ready for a huge game against the weak linebackers of the Bills. Look for two TDs and 60 yards receiving from Hernandez.



Uncle Rico

QB: Kyle Orton 

The Broncos will be down big early. Look for Orton to get 40 attempts with one or two garbage time TDs.



RB: Tim Hightower 

With Beanie Wells ailing and a soft Oakland defense looming, Hightower is a must start in any league… providing he can hang onto the ball.




WR: Dez Bryant

This matchup should be a shootout and if the Cowboys want to keep up, they need to get the ball to their playmakers.

The leagues No. 2 pass offense will deliver and Bryant will fulfill some of his preseason hype with 75-plus yards and a TD.


TE: Owen Daniels

Daniels was the Texans top target last year before his knee injury. With the Texans starting left tackle suspended and his replacement facing Demarcus Ware, Matt Schaub will need someone to bail him out. Look for Daniels to get healthy in a hurry.


We hope this helps you this week when setting your lineups. These guys are all bound for big days and when they all perform well, you’ll be coming back next week begging for more. Feel free to leave us with comments, whether you agree or not.