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Whether you have players who are playing so badly that you need to bench them *cough* Eddie Royal *cough*, or if you have been decimated by injuries, there is always the need to scour the free agent market and find a fill-in player for your weekly matchup. Granted, there is a reason that these guys are sitting in free agency. However, the right ones can be great opportunities that nobody else can see.
Fortunately for you, when I was a child, I was struck by lightning when I was playing catch in the middle of a thunderstorm, and to this day, I have the divine gift of being able to pick random fantasy football sleepers on a week-to-week basis. Hey, if it were up to me, I would have chosen the power to go back in time or be able to fly, but you play the hand you are dealt.
With week 3 approaching fast, here are some helpful hints for those roster spaces that you need to fill.
I know you are weary of having anybody from the Rams on your team, but hear me out. Robinson has quietly put together games of 87 yds and 54 yds with a TD this season. He leads the Rams in yds and receptions while Donnie Avery has failed to impress. Robinson has 19 targets this season which is just behind studs Roddy White, Reggie Wayne, and Calvin Johnson.
A matchup against the Packers looks very good for Robinson. Green Bay has allowed, on average, over 330 yds per game this season. Plus, as always, the Rams will most likely be playing from behind. So, QB Marc Bulger has to throw it to someone and Robinson has been his go-to guy.
This is based solely on whether or not Wes Welker plays. Reports on his availability are vague (what a f**king shocker), so lets assume for the moment that Welker is out.
In that case, Edelman would fill in for Welker against the Falcons. Edelman led the NFL in targets in week two with 16 and he caught eight passes for 98 yds. The Patriots will look to rebound from a dismal offensive showing against the Jets and Edelman will be a heavy recipient of the passing game once again.
After a breakout game against the Cardinals (6 catches, 106 yds, 1 TD), Sims-Walker is poised for another solid outing against Houston.
The Texans are sporting the worst run defense in football to go along with a dismal pass defense (240 ypg). Not to mention, Houston has one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.
In addition, the Jaguars allow over 270 pass yds per game. This essentially means that both teams will be playing catch-up at several points during this game. An offensive showcase is in the making. Sims-Walker has proven he can be depended on to catch whatever is thrown to him and Garrard will need all the help he can get.
Ginn finally proved that he can step up when he has to. The third year WR had a career-high 11 catches against the Colts and now he has to face a tougher San Diego pass defense.
No offense to the Chargers defense, but so far this season, they have faced Joe Flacco (hey, I’m not knocking the guy, buy he isn’t Peyton Manning) and JaMarcus Russell. So they really haven’t had a tough test yet. That being said, I am not calling Chad Pennington a god.
Maybe Pennington can slice and dice through their defense and maybe he won’t. What is certain is that Philip Rivers will have a field day on the Dolphins’ secondary which will leave Miami to play catch-up once again this week. It is in this capacity that Ginn will be valuable.
Then again, the Chargers’ run defense allows over 130 rush yds per game. So maybe, the Dolphins will do what they did last week and just control the clock until Rivers uses 15 minutes of time to outscore Miami. In either scenario, I am buying into Teddy Ginn.
Buckhalter ran for 76 yds and 1 TD last week and now he gets to face the Raiders’ poor run defense.
Oakland allows over 120 rush yds per game and they have a pretty good pass defense (238 pass yds allowed per game). Add this to Oakland’s pathetic excuse for an offense and it pretty much means that Denver will be running the ball down the Raiders’ throats all day.
Basically any Denver RB is a decent play this week, but I go with Buckhalter because he leads all Denver backs in receptions.
After a 48-yd TD rececption against Miami, I am not exactly saying that I am sold on Garcon, but when the Colts roll into Arizona to play another juggernaut offense in the form of the Cardinals, I can’t help think that a shootout is on the horizon.
Yes, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark are Peyton Manning’s favorite targets. But hey, they can’t be open all day can they? Remember, everyone in the fantasy world was hyped up on Anthony Gonzalez being a 1,000 threat this season.
With Gonzalez out, Garcon fills the role as #2 WR in Indy, and for the purposes of week 3, Garcon should benefit in a game that should be dominated by great passing attacks.