SleepersSeptember 20, 2012

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Sleeper Watch

By R.J. White

I guess it’s too late to pick Andre Brown as a Week 3 sleeper? Let’s see if we can unearth a few other lesser-owned players on the verge of a big performance this week.

QB Matt Cassel, KC at NO

Can there be any other choice? The Saints have given up 75 point in two weeks, allowing both opposing quarterbacks to complete at least 70 percent of their passes. And while Cassel isn’t the running threat of Robert Griffin III or Cam Newton (the Saints’ first two opponents), he does have 45 rushing yards and a TD on the ground, numbers that put him in the fantasy top 10 after two weeks of play. All signs are pointing for a quality outing from Cassel, so don’t be afraid to play him if you don’t like your QB1 matchup.

RB/WR Dexter McCluster, KC at NO

We like Cassel to have a good game, right? That means his pass-catchers should also be in line for a bump in performance. McCluster, who as emerged as the second option in the passing attack behind Dwayne Bowe, had a whopping 10 targets in Week 1 before being targeted just five times in Week 2. Those in PPR leagues should love him this week, and if he’s RB-eligible in your league, even better. I think he has a good shot at scoring his first TD of the season this week.

RB Bernard Scott, CIN at WAS

Scott’s ready to rock after getting in full practices this week, and while BenJarvus Green-Ellis was great in Week 1 against the Ravens, he slowed down considerably against the Browns last week, rushing for just 75 yards on 21 carries and not reaching the end zone. That leaves the door open for Scott to come in and make this a true committee with a good performance this week. He’ll face a defense that was just gashed by Daryl Richardson for much of Week 2, so the opportunity is there.

WR Mohamed Massaquoi, CLE vs. BUF

This is a big stretch, but they don’t call this a sleeper article for nothing. Massaquoi had good chemistry with Brandon Weeden last week, hauling in five of his seven targets for 90 yards. It’s possible that chemistry could carry over to Week 3, as the Bills pass defense hasn’t looked too great this year. Dwayne Bowe had them for lunch last week, and Stephen Hill did the same the week before, with both receivers hauling in two TDs a piece. While it’s a stretch to expect that kind of explosion from Massaquoi, his performance last week hinted that there may be something here.

TE Brandon Myers, OAK vs. PIT

Myers has quietly turned into a competent receiving option for Carson Palmer, catching all 11 passes thrown his way over the season’s first two weeks. After totaling 65 yards on five receptions in Week 1, Myers caught six passes for 86 yards in Week 2. Will he continue to trend upward? He’s clearly earned Palmer’s confidence at this point, and he could find the end zone for the first time this week.

DF Indianapolis Colts, IND vs. JAC

The Colts are widely available in fantasy leagues and face maybe the worst passing game in the league this week when Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars come to town, a phrase that’s music to an opposing defense’s ears. The Colts already have six sacks in two games, and they effectively shut down Adrian Peterson in Week 2, so don’t think Maurice Jones-Drew is a lock to come in and score points at will.

R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and contributes to's MLB Rumors blog. He has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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