With the first two weeks of Millionaire Makers behind us, I’m taking a dive into potential deep sleepers for your lineups. Week 3 provides a great opportunity to apply many of the learnings, observations, and stats from watching the the first two weeks of NFL football. Trick here is to balance expectations and reactions from previous weeks with a clear mind — I see way too many first timers with the ‘he’s due for a big week’ mindset. Value and variance remain the keys to success in large pools no matter what trends you think you’re seeing among players. Likewise, always build a healthy blend of qualitative and quantitative data in to your drafting strategy. With this in mind here’s some free ammo:
Blake Bortles ($5,100) – I expect quarterback Bortles of the Jacksonville Jaguars to be throwing a lot in this game verses New England. The way the Patriots offense have been playing is not a question of IF, but WHEN they take the lead. When this happens and the Jags are playing from behind, that’s when Bortles should put up big numbers. The Patriots secondary has been shaky throughout the first two weeks, and Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are nightmare matchups for their undersized corners. This should ultimately bode well for Bortles.
Darren Sproles ($3,800) – Given the struggles of the Eagles offensively, and the prowess of the Jets front seven, Sproles is a guy who shouldn’t be heavily owned in week three. Sproles could be in line for a big day in terms of receptions. The Jets front seven will get after Sam Bradford, and Revis more than likely will take away Jordan Mathews. Look for Sproles to catch a bunch of passes out of the backfield.
Dexter McCluster (3,000) – McCluster averaged a whopping 9.8 yards per carry in week two. While I don’t expect that trend to continue in week three, I believe McCluster could be in line for another big game against the Colts. The contest itself should ultimately be high scoring and although drafting a Tennessee running back can be a crapshoot at times, I believe the game flow in this contest will better suit McClusters playing style than Bishop Sankey, especially if the Titans get behind early.
Marvin Jones (3,600) – The Ravens secondary has been absolutely atrocious throughout the beginning of the season. Don’t expect that to change in week three when they face a vaunted Bengals aerial attack. Marvin Jones caught his first touchdown pass since 2013 after missing all of 2014 due to injuries in week two. The Bengals really missed Jones last season, and I feel that Andy Dalton will keep looking Jones’s way in an attempt to reintegrate him into their offense going forward.
Cecil Shorts (3,500) – Shorts has been a target monster through the first two weeks, amassing a total of 20 looks throughout the first two games. With Deandre Hopkins in concussion protocol, Shorts could be in line for a big day come Sunday.
Coby Fleener (3,000) – I Picked Fleener as my sleeper tight end last week and he disappointed, however I feel at this point there is nowhere the man can go but up after receiving just one total target through the first two games. Dwayne Allen is out and when that was the case last year, Fleener strung together a couple of big games. So with that being said I am looking for Fleener to have a bounce back week in week three.
Oakland Raiders (2,700) – The Raiders have a good matchup against Josh McCown and the Browns. Always a recipe for disaster when you already have had to play two starting quarterbacks in the first two regular season games. It’s just too many moving parts and not enough consistency. The Raiders have potential on defense led by Khalil Mack, however this pick is more attributed to the step back. I believe the offense will take Josh McCown under center after taking a step in the forward with Johnny Football in week two.