Fantasy Football Week 2 Cheat Sheet: Identifying Sleepers for Deep Leagues

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2018

Phillip Lindsay has the explosive speed to make big plays on a consistent basis.
Phillip Lindsay has the explosive speed to make big plays on a consistent basis.Jack Dempsey/Associated Press

There is no reason to panic at this point in the fantasy football season.

You may have lost your Week 1 matchup, and it may not have even been close, but throwing your hands in the air and tearing up the roster you just drafted is the wrong thing to do.

However, one or two key moves can be warranted. Not so much for average or below-average performances, but for injuries or benchings.

Many fantasy owners were looking in the direction of Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick after he threw four touchdowns and ran for another against the New Orleans Saints in the season opener. 

Fitzpatrick will get at least a couple of more weeks to put numbers on the board as a result of Jameis Winston's three-game suspension. Fitzpatrick has a long track record of up-and-down performances, and it seems unlikely that he will be able to match that performance when the Buccaneers host the Philadelphia Eagles.

He may look like a star, but he could follow that with a four-interception performance against the defending Super Bowl champions.

In this piece, we look at several sleepers who could help your team in Week 2 and beyond.


Sleeper Candidates for Week 2

Position, Player, Team, Percentage Owned

QB Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears, 20.9 

RB Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos, 5.2 

RB Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers, 15.2 

RB Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens, 2.4 

WR Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers, 11.7 

WR Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets, 10.3 

WR Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots, 5.0 

TE Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts, 25.9 

TE Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans, 1.7 

Owner percentage courtesy of Fantasy Pros.


QB Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

Trubisky got off to a sharp start with the Bears in the first half of their opener against the Green Bay Packers as the Monsters of the Midway built a 20-0 lead.

However, once Aaron Rodgers began his spectacular comeback in the second half, Trubisky was unable to stem the tide. 

However, the Bears showed promise with their first-half performance. Trubisky completed 23 of 35 passes for 171 yards, and he also ran for 32 yards and a touchdown. 

Look for growth this week from Trubisky as the Bears host the Seattle Seahawks on Monday.


RB Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos

The Broncos figure to have a mediocre offense at best that is balanced between the run and pass. Case Keenum had an excellent season at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings last year, but he has been an average-to-good quarterback throughout the majority of his career.

He needs support from the running game and the defense to be effective, and Lindsay looks like a productive back at this point. He ran 15 times for 71 yards in the Week 1 victory over the Seahawks, and he also caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown. 

Lindsay figures to have a key role in the Denver game plan on a weekly basis because of his explosive speed. He is small at 5'8" and 190 pounds, but he can bounce out of tackles and run away from tacklers. Those factors lead to a lot of big plays.


WR Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets

The Jets certainly overachieved to an eye-opening extent in their 48-17 victory over the Detroit Lions on Monday night, and that performance may raise expectations for the team's fortunes for the rest of the season.

That may not be realistic, but if the Jets are going to surprise observers with their rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, look for Enunwa to have an impactful season.

Enunwa is big and strong at 6'2" and 225 pounds, and he is a hard worker who will fight for every ball thrown his way. Enunwa was targeted 10 times by Darnold and caught six for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Enunwa is clearly Darnold's favorite receiver. He should be a solid fit on any fantasy team as a third or fourth wide receiver.


TE Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans

Many fantasy players had never heard of Smith prior to the Titans' season-opening loss to the Miami Dolphins. He moves into the No. 1 tight end position for Tennessee because Delanie Walker is done for the season after fracturing and dislocating his ankle.

Smith was targeted three times against the Dolphins and caught one pass for 12 yards. That's not winning production, but he figures to be involved quite a bit more. Smith is a second-year tight end from Florida International who checks in at 6'3" and 248 pounds.


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