A Fantasy Perspective: Season-Saving Sleepers

The waiver wire is one of the most viable tools fantasy owners have at their disposal. Each and every week, a player emerges garnering the attention of countless fantasy owners. Some more than others. But, often time’s there are those who fly under the radar, we call these players sleepers. This list is compiled of potential sleepers going into Week 10. Being bold is necessary in fantasy and what better way is there than to sneak a sleeper into your lineup.

James Starks (Green Bay Packers, RB): On Wednesday, Coach McCarthy announced that the role for the starting running back now belonged to James Starks. This announcement came to no surprise, especially to those who drafted Eddie Lacy. The term “fantasy bust” is often time thrown around loosely, but in this case Lacy has epitomized the phrase to its full extent. Lacy has underperformed and continued to leave fantasy owners frustrated with his lack luster performances. On the other hand, when given the opportunity Starks has stepped up as the Packers lead back. Against a stout Panthers defense, Starks recorded 1o carries for 39 yards, but did most of his damage through the air. He hauled in 6 receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. In his last two outings, Starks has proven to be the superior back over Lacy. His ability to catch passes out of the backfield provides Starks with dual threat abilities. The market for dual threat backs at this point is the season is a barren wasteland. Therefore if owners manage to stumble up a dual threat back, such as Starks, its considered fantasy gold. Yes, Starks is fantasy gold ladies and gentleman. He is worth a waiver wire pickup this week and a viable option moving forward. He also faces a favorable matchup this week against the questionable Lions run defense. Having the starting job under his belt now solidifies Starks as a prominent RB2 for the remainder of the season.

James White (New England Patriots, RB): Following the unfortunate season ending injury to Dion Lewis, fantasy owners were left with a void in their starting lineups. Fortunately, no team preaches the phrase “Next Man Up” better than the New England Patriots. In this case, James White, a 2014 fourth round pick, will be called upon to fill the void left by Lewis. White or as I like to call him Mr. White, (a Reservoir Dogs reference for all you avid movie fans!), will now become the Patriots pass-catching running back. Expect him to be their third down back as well. Mr. White will serve as a change of pace back to Legarette Blount’s bruising ground attack. Furthermore, expect White to be utilized as one of Brady’s receiving threats as well as red zone presence. The Patriots offense alone solidifies Mr. White as a viable fantasy option. The Patriots have been playing lights out, imposing their will on every defense they have played. Expect Mr. White to get a piece of that action. Therefore, fantasy owners, especially Dion Lewis owners, should be putting in a claim for Mr. White this week. As his role in the offense expands expect Mr. White to move from a solid flex play to a viable RB2 for the remainder of the season.

Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins, TE): Many fantasy GM’s may already be owners of Jordan Reed, but after his disappointing outing last week, some owners may have cut ties and let him hit the waiver wire. This is where you come in. It’s like the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Picking up Reed off the waiver wire could indeed strike gold for many fantasy owners this week. Facing a horrendous Saint defense that resembles Swiss cheese, Reed has a very favorable matchup this week. Over the course of the season, Reed has established himself as one of Captain Kirk’s favorite red zone targets. Expect their rapport to continue this week. Captain Kirk and Reed will look to rekindle their magic and that could prove to pay dividends for those willing to start Reed. With a promising upside, Reed is worth a waiver wire claim and a strong TE1 for the remainder of the season.

Source: ESPN Fantasy Football Now

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