Week 2 Fantasy Football Sleepers: 3 Players Ready for a Huge Game

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IISeptember 16, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 10:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes past free safety Kerry Rhodes #25 of the Arizona Cardinals during the first half on August 10, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football can be your worst enemy or your best friend. When you pick sleeper players, it either works or it doesn't. It's simple.

Fantasy football is about taking chances on guys early and benefiting down the road. Here are three guys who will make you look smart in Week 2.


Coby Fleener

Reggie Wayne and Coby Fleener turned out to be rookie quarterback Andrew Luck's security blankets in the Colts' Week 1 loss at Chicago. Wayne caught nine balls for 135 yards, and Fleener caught six for 82 yards.

Bruce Arians' offense revolves around throwing the football while running sparingly. We saw it in Pittsburgh with Ben Roethlisberger, and we saw it for Indianapolis in Week 1, when Luck attempted 45 passes in his debut.

That strategy may not be best suited for rookie quarterbacks, but it works well for fantasy owners of the Colts receivers and tight ends.

Fleener's average selection in ESPN fantasy drafts was 141.8; he was the 18th-best tight end. After this week, against a much weaker Minnesota Vikings defense in front of the home crowd, Fleener will be on the map in fantasy football.

Prediction: Fleener catches eight passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. 


Peyton Hillis

Kansas City Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis only had seven carries Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons for 16 yards.

However, Buffalo surrendered 48 points to Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets, while Kansas City gave up 40 points to the Atlanta Falcons. 

The point total in this game should be high, so offensive players on both sides should perform well for fantasy owners.

Hillis hasn't found much success in the NFL recently, but he is still a bruising back that can splurge into the end zone when given chances by the goal line.

Prediction: Hillis falls into the end zone twice while racking up 31 yards rushing.  


BenJarvus Green-Ellis

If you took anything away from Cincinnati's Week 1 embarrassment in Baltimore, it had to be how BenJarvus Green-Ellis performed. He tallied 91 rushing yards and a touchdown against a stingy defense.

Now comes the Cleveland Browns, a defense that is improving but still not anywhere close to the Ravens. Expect his numbers to be inflated this week.

Green-Ellis isn't getting much competition from anyone behind him, which is a great thing for fantasy owners. He had 18 carries last game, while two other players had three carries apiece.

If he is still on the market, or if you have him on your bench, I would recommend playing him this week against Cleveland.

Prediction: Green-Ellis rushes for over 120 yards and one touchdown.