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Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 2: Carson Wentz rejoins Circle of Trust

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Sleeper is, of course, a vague term. Use whatever definition suits you. Similarly, this column can be whatever you want it to be. Maybe it will help you make a start/sit down decision this week or make a DFS decision. Maybe you are applying the information to the more/less support. You might add a player to your fantastic bench as depth but not use it this week. There is no wrong way to digest this piece.

It was a cool opening for the Sleepers column; Julius Jones was solid, not great, but many of the choices were unsuccessful. Such are the things. They play 18 weeks of the NFL regular season. This week we will work better.

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We are in the second week:

Washington Commanders QB Carson Wentz in the Detroit Lions

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When the Colts quickly washed their hands of Wentz after the 2021 season, I nodded. I thought Wentz was the guy holding back a talented squad that was supposed to make the AFC playoffs. But it’s possible that Indianapolis did Wentz a favor with this deal because Washington’s offense is swarming with playmakers. Terry McLaurin needs no introduction, newbie Jahan Dotson was a playmaker in the first week and commanders finally got a healthy Curtis Samuel, ready to unleash. Wentz is approved for heavy use in week 2 against the Detroit defense, which has not put up a fight against Philadelphia. Most Lions games this year will be carnivals (yards and points bust), and I’m ready to buy a few tickets.

New Orleans TE Tysome Hill vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Hill only fired 16 snaps in the first game and I can see why that makes a lot of people nervous. But when Hill is on the field, the likelihood of him touching the ball is astronomically high. It’s also possible that he’s the best goal runner in New Orleans. Week 1 was terrible for most tight boards, especially for players who were picked in the TE 11-20 range. Hill has a chance to get out of this group and become a reliable player every week in the middle and deep leagues. If you spent some money on this slash, I think you’ll be glad you did.

Taysome Hill is still relevant to fantasy despite having limited touches due to his tight end and very thin position.  (Photo by Kevin K. Cox/Getty Images)
Taysome Hill is still relevant to fantasy despite having limited touches due to his tight end and very thin position. (Photo by Kevin K. Cox/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals WR Greg Dortch in the Las Vegas Raiders

It’s easy to call pre-season football meaningless, but the Cardinals may have been trying to tell us something when they threw 14 passes to Dortch in August. Dortch confirmed this by starting 7-63-0 against Kansas City, scoring nine goals well. Arizona is still looking for answers to the attack; Rondale Moore may not be healthy yet DeAndre Hopkins remains in limbo James Conner was ineffective last week. Dortch is a viable $10 game on Sportzshala DFS, allowing you to spend money on other positions.

Green Bay Packers WR Christian Watson vs. Chicago Bears

It’s easy to mock Watson after he threw a confident 75-yard touchdown Green Bay in Minnesota is in the first picture, but maybe the glass is half full here. In the end, Watson did open up, he shot, and the Packers kept using him throughout the game—he took 40 snaps in total, just one behind their receiver. Green Bay is still looking for answers with its spotty band of receivers, and although Romeo Dubs was the more popular name in the camp, Watson was drafted 98 picks early. Give Watson a second chance on Sunday night.

[Week 2 Fantasy Rankings: QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | FLEX | DST | Kickers]

Tennessee Titans WR Trilon Burks in the Buffalo Bills

It’s more like a stash than a game in the second week. although the Burks looked good in the opener of the season (3-55-0, five targets). The problem with Burks is that he’s getting on the field since he’s only seen 24 snaps against the Giants, 37 percent. But Tennessee is experiencing a year of recovery (and a year of development), with AJ Brown gone, and the rest of the reception room is ordinary at best. I suspect Burks will continue to gain playing time and confidence and could be a fantasy staple by the time we get to October. It’s worth the wait.

San Francisco 49ers RB Jordan Mason vs. Seattle Seahawks

No one knows what the correct answer is in the San Francisco backfield, and frankly, I don’t think Kyle Shanahan knows either. I suspect he’s going to use a few defenders and let the game settle down. Jeff Wilson his time on the team will likely get him his first opportunity, but look at how mediocre he’s been over the last two years (88-316-2, 3.6 YPC). Mason was the team’s quickest player in the preseason and is largely ignored in the seasonal leagues as he is only four percent of Sportzshala. It’s a stash you need to make and also an interesting DFS game if you’re looking for some lineup differentiation.


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