Each week FP911 brings you a list of sleepers at every offensive position. Hit by injuries? Low in the waiver priority order? Can’t bring yourself to start Chris Johnson again? Try one of these guys out. For the first four weeks sleepers are based on live draft results. Players must be outside the top 15 QB, top 25 RB, top 40 WR, and top 15 TE.
Alex Smith: He leads the 49ers into Minnesota, whose defensive passer rating is 24th despite facing Andrew Luck and Blaine Gabbert. Smith is second in passer rating after two weeks and has not thrown an interception in 216 pass attempts. San Francisco could cruise in this one, but expect Smith to do some damage before the game is out of reach.
Andy Dalton: Last week Dalton proved he could exploit a good matchup by torching Cleveland for 318 yards and three touchdowns. The Redskins have already allowed 627 passing yards and six passing TDs, and their two best pass rushers are on injured reserve.
Andrew Luck: Luck is getting opportunities, the Colts are eighth in pass attempts with 76. He will also have home field advantage this week against Jacksonville. The Jaguars allowed opposing passers to complete nearly three quarters of their throws in the first two games. They have only two sacks and no interceptions.
Mark Ingram: He led New Orleans RBs with sixteen carries, four of them coming in the red zone. Kansas City has already given up 75 points so the Saints should not have any problems lighting up the Superdome scoreboard. Expect Ingram to get another short yardage score.
Andre Brown: Coach Coughlin elected to play Brown in the wake of Ahmad Bradshaw’s injury rather than first round pick David Wilson. Even with the Giants playing from behind Brown received fifteen touches for 90 yards and a touchdown. Carolina is giving up 146.5 rushing yards per game despite one of their opponents being New Orleans, one of the most pass-heavy offenses in the league.
Kevin Smith: Mikel Leshoure is generating some buzz this week but he has not played in a game that counts since the close of the 2010 college season. Smith produced well against St. Louis and Tennessee is one of the worst teams against the run in the early going as well.
Kevin Ogletree: He caught one pass in Week 2 but was on the field for 38 of 58 snaps demonstrating his place in the offense is solid. In light of the air show Eli Manning directed against Tampa preying on that defense for fantasy purposes is just good business.
Mario Manningham: For the same reasons Alex Smith is recommended above. Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree are the primary targets in the passing game but Manningham is more involved than fellow newcomer Randy Moss.
Greg Little: He was targeted seven times Sunday even breaking a deep 24-yard touchdown. With Buffalo coming to Cleveland the matchup does not get any better. Mark Sanchez carved the Bills up and even Matt Cassel recorded 300 yards and two scores.
Dennis Pitta: He is fast moving out of sleeper category and is one of the more popular adds after a game where he was targeted a whopping fifteen times. He leads all tight ends with 24 targets, far outpacing his running mate Ed Dickson (7). Todd Heap exploited the New England defense for 62 yards before exiting on Sunday.
Anthony Fasano: Cornerbacks are the strength of the Jets’ defense, so expect a rocky day for all the Dolphin wide receivers. Fasano only has two catches but does not usually need many to find the end zone. Last year he scored five times on 32 receptions.
Martellus Bennett: There continues to be room for a tight end in the Giants’ passing game, Bennett has sixteen targets and hauled in a touchdown in each game this year. With Ahmad Bradshaw likely sidelined Eli Manning will again take center stage Thursday night.
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