Draft season is almost behind us and before we know it, the football season will be too, BUT let’s sit back and relish in the fact that FOOTBALL. IS. BACK!
Man it feels great, and myself and the rest of the Forecast team couldn’t be more excited for our favorite time of year.
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In addition to helping man the premium content, I am also going to be giving you my favorite sleepers each week this season, one at each position.
Without further ado, here are my Week 1 sleepers:
Brian Hoyer | FD – $6,400 | DK – $5,100
I assume that this is the last person any of you expected to clock in as my favorite sleeper QB, but hear me out. Hoyer finds himself manning the 49ers lowly offense and has been reunited with former Browns’ Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan, someone Hoyer experienced a level of success with. Combine that said reunion with a reliable receiver in Pierre Garcon and a capable running back in Carlos Hyde and you have the foundation for a respectful performance.
The Panthers secondary allowed the 13th most fantasy points to quarterbacks last season and the fact that they’re the 5.5 point favorite suggests that San Francisco will be trailing. That means Hoyer will have to throw it upwards of 30-40 times per game, something he’s shown he can do effectively in the past. He’s a phenomenal GPP option in daily formats and comes as a nice streaming option/QB2 in season-long formats.
Rob Kelley | FD – $5,800 | DK – $4,300
Kelley is catching a lot more heat than I expected this season, with overwhelming speculation that Samaje Perine is going to overtake the starting role sooner rather than later. I disagree. Perine is good and his time will come, but it’s Fat Rob time now baby.
He impressed in the regular season dress rehersal, rumbling his way for 57 yards and a touchdown on only 10 carries while adding a 3 yard reception after an unimpressive first few preseason games. He showed, as many of us know, that he may not be the most elusive back, but he’s a tough tackle and a huge red-zone threat. He did, however, rank top-10 in elusive rating and yards per attempt last season.
He’s a good a bet as anyone for a multi-TD game, making him an extremely enticing low-owned GPP option and a fine RB2/Flex this week.
Robby Anderson | FD – $5,200 | DK – $3,800
Perhaps my favorite sleeper of 2017, Anderson has now been thrust into the #1 WR gig for the Jets after Quincy Enunwa’s season-ending injury. While any offensive player on the Jets carries a ridiculous amount of red flags, the targets and freak athleticism will be there for Anderson.
In his two games with at least 10 targets last season, Anderson finished with 10 catches on 23 targets for 160 yards and a touchdown, with multiple 40-yard gains, flashing his big play ability.
The departure of starting-CB Ronald Darby softens the Bills’ secondary a bit, making the matchup a little more enticing for Anderson. Even with the quarterback woes in New York, I love Anderson as a boom-or-bust WR3 in GPPs and boom-or bust Flex option in season-long. The BOOM could be a big boom, too…
Evan Engram | FD – $4,900 | DK – $2,900
This play is somewhat dependent on the status of Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall, but I love Engram either way.
He posted 6 catches for 75 yards on 9 targets in the preseason and got most of his reps with the first-team on offense. He also ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at the combine…he’s a tight end. Let that sink in.
Dallas was the worst team in the NFL against opposing tight ends last season, allowing almost 120 catches and 1,200 yards to the position.
He’s now the best red-zone target on the Giants, and we all know Eli Manning likes to sling the rock. If you’re looking for a streamer this week, give Engram a long hard look.
Jacksonville Jaguars | FD – $4,100 | DK – $3,700
A team that always goes overlooked on both sides of the ball, the Jaguars defense clocks in as the #10 defense heading into the 2017 season.
They have an underrated secondary led by two top-10 cornerbacks in AJ Bouye and Jalen Ramsey, who both should be considered lock down corners, and take on the Houston Texans this weekend.
Everyone knows how disappointing the Texans offense was last season and they still have a huge question mark at the quarterback position even with the departure of Brock Osweiler. The combination of Malik Jackson, Calais Campbell and Myles Jack should be more than enough to slow down Lamar MIller and with an underrated secondary, we could see a very low scoring game.
Jacksonville is my favorite defense to stream this week in all fantasy formats.