DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) — Though your fantasy draft is now weeks old, there’s still time to upgrade your roster.
Here are 5 sleeper candidates that are available in most leagues that had big performances in Week 1.
1. Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville
Week 1 Stats: 4 receptions, 110 yards, 2 TDs — 25.00 points
Hurns is owned in only 12% of fantasy leagues, yet he was the top scoring WR in Week 1. Can he and Chad Henne continue their scoring connection in week 2? It’s worth a shot.
Next Week: @Washington
2. Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee
Week 1 Stats: 266 yards passing, 2 TDs, 14 yards rushing — 24.04 points
It shouldn’t be a surprise when a first round QB performs at an elite level. But Locker has been consistently inconsistent in his four-year career. Winning on the road in Kansas City is no simple task. A home game against the Cowboys’ less-than-stellar secondary could allow the success to continue.
Next Week: Dallas
3. Derek Anderson, QB, Carolina
Week 1 Stats: 230 yards passing, 2 TDs, 10 yards rushing — 22.20 points
There’s a reason Anderson is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues. He was named Carolina’s starter just hours before the game. But don’t buy into Anderson just yet. Newton is expected to return from a rib injury in Week 2.
Next Week: Detroit
4. Steve Smith Sr., WR, Baltimore
Week 1 Stats: 15 targets, 7 receptions, 118 yards, TD — 21.30 points
A five-time Pro Bowler shouldn’t be a sleeper. Steve Smith is. The 13-year Panther is looking to revive his career in Baltimore. He and Joe Flacco are off to a good start. The 15 targets is a good indication that Flacco trusts his newest weapon.
Next Week: Pittsburgh
5. Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore
Week 1 Stats: 5 receptions, 14 yards, 11 rushes 70 yards TD — 16.90 points
RB Bernard Pierce was underwhelming. Ray Rice may never return. Enter Justin Forsett, who totaled 16 touches on Sunday. Claim him off the waiver wire now. He’s only 2% owned currently.
Next Week: Pittsburgh
* Fantasy points provided are using standard scoring in Yahoo Fantasy leagues
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