Looking for someone off the radar who could surprise this week? Here are a few names to consider for the desperate (remember, these players are high risk options and easily could provide little for fantasy owners, so use them at your own risk):
Colt McCoy – Quarterback – Cleveland Browns
He takes on a Miami Dolphins defense who have allowed 361.5 yards/game over the first two weeks (third most in the league), not to mention 6 TD (second most in the league). That match-up alone would make him at least pique your interest.
That doesn’t even mention the fact that McCoy has made plays in the early going, with 424 yards and 3 TD. Granted, this is a team that is going to lean more on Peyton Hillis and the running game, but you can’t ignore the numbers.
We would all like his upside more if he had better talent on the outside (Mohamed Massaquoi is his top option), but McCoy has done a great job getting his tight ends into the mix.
Alex Smith, Ben Watson and Evan Moore have totaled 23 targets over the first three weeks and should continue splitting time and making plays.
DeMarco Murray – Running Back – Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are banged up across all of their skill positions, with Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Felix Jones all missing practice this week.
If you are in a position where you are forced to gamble on Jones due to not having a replacement (and have already missed out on Tashard Choice), Murray could be a great emergency fill-in for Monday’s game.
Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News (click here for the article) answered two questions regarding Murray saying:
“I believe you’ll see more of Murray in this game than you’ve seen of him all season. Murray will likely return kickoffs now, too, since the Cowboys cut Bryan McCann. Murray had a good series to end the fourth quarter Sunday.”
“The Cowboys’ confidence in Murray grows by the week. They really like his upside. He still hasn’t done very much in the run game, however, and will need to show more. RBs coach Skip Peete told me last week the Cowboys are trying to work Murray in slowly on third downs and right now are going with Choice in that role.”
Desperate times call for desperate measures. While he hasn’t shown much yet, if Jones ends up sitting out it is unlikely Choice will be treated as a full-time back. That means we’ll see Murray, who will also add value returning kicks and in the passing game. As I said earlier, consider stashing him in case of emergency.
Chad Ochocinco – Wide Receiver – New England Patriots
He may be the biggest name “sleeper” in history, huh? However, the fact of the matter is that he has done little to nothing over the first two weeks (3 receptions for 59 yards and 0 TD).
With Aaron Hernandez out for a few weeks, his targets (18) are going to be spread around. Ochocinco will definitely be an option, meaning this could be his chance to entrench himself in the Patriots offense. They like to get a lot of different players involved, so why not?
He’ll be behind Wes Welker and Deion Branch, but if you are desperate for a WR3, he could put up some surprising numbers.
Jeff King – Tight End – Arizona Cardinals
Everyone just assumed that Todd Heap would be the go-to tight end for Kevin Kolb. With Larry Fitzgerald drawing significant attention on the outside and Steve Breaston now in Kansas City, the role of was clearly going to increase.
With Kolb showing that he can utilize the tight end in Philadelphia, things looked even better. Heap was watched and stashed as a sleeper selection prior to the season.
Over the first two weeks, Heap has been targeted 4 times, picking up 3 receptions for 48 yards. Those are hardly impressive numbers.
While Jeff King hasn’t been targeted much more (5 times), he has been the more productive player. Thus far this season he has 4 receptions for 97 yards and 2 TD. ,
He’ll take on the Seahawks, who have not looked good against the pass, though they have allowed just 7 receptions for 62 yards and 0 TD to tight ends (that’s because the Steelers used their WR to beat them and not Heath Miller).
King is not likely to pick up 100 yards, but he’s shown an ability to make plays in the red zone, making him the better TE to use from Arizona. I’d leave him for those in two-TE formats.
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