Week 3 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Cousins, Gore, Witten and Arcega-Whiteside
Talking about sleepers, boy was I asleep with my last column. It was a Nyquil special. I nailed Josh Allen but the rest just didn’t come through in this wild and woolly NFL season so far. With so many injuries and so many teams like the Falcons and Browns working out the kinks, there is still an opportunity to find some good sleeping beauties out there. (I still like James Washington to step up in Pittsburgh.) We’re going to give it another shot.
Here are your week 3 NFL sleepers:
QB - Kirk Cousins - Min vs. Oak: Kirk Cousins is the Sam Neill of quarterbacks. Capable of carrying some big offenses (Jurrassic Park) but he’s mostly forgettable. I think Cousins and the Vikings offense are due for a big comeback. If you look at Cousins game logs, just when you’re ready to give up on him, about every third or fourth game he puts up 3 TDs and 300-plus yards. He’s due and Oakland’s pass defense has arrived just in time. The Raiders are giving up the most yards to QBs this year so far. Look for that to continue with Thielen and Diggs posting big numbers too.
RB - Frank Gore - Buf vs. Cin: Devin Singletary is hampered by a hamstring injury so it’s showtime for Frank Gore, who is about 87 years old. Watch for Gore’s old man strength to power over the Bengals run defense, which is seriously lacking this year. Gore was already ahead of Singletary on the depth chart and got a bunch of red zone touches last week against the Giants, including his first rushing score since 2017.
TE - Jason Witten - Dal vs. Mia: Speaking of putting people to sleep, Jason Witten isn’t doing that on TV anymore. Instead he’s playing football and playing pretty well. He’s caught a TD pass every week so far and look for that streak to continue against the lowly Dolphins. With WR Michael Gallup out, Witten could get some more targets than he has to date. He’s very likely available (only 37% owned in ESPN leagues) if you’re in need of some short-term TE help.
WR - J.J. Arcega-Whiteside - Phi vs. Det: This is the deepest sleeper of the bunch. After injuries to Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, Arcega-Whiteside finds himself the No. 2 WR option behind Nelson Agholor. Wentz loves to spread the love around so look for Arcega-Whiteside to get some looks. Plus Agholor is prone to some bad drops and could fall out of favor quickly. The rookie WR said he’s ready to step up
Good luck in Week 3