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Fantasy Football: Sunday Sleeper Squad

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Saints running back Latavius Murray is a back you can expect to shine in week 2 with Alvin Kamara injured.

By Craig Forrestal

It is Week 2 in the fantasy season and some teams are already starting Nyheim Hines and James Robinson in their 2 RB slots. Sheesh, 2020, talk about not knowing what to expect. Both looked like fine options in Week 1 with their performances but will it be enough to land them on the boom-or-bust Week 2 Sunday Sleeper Squad? Take a look at some of the guys that could be a huge reward but come with some risk.

QB: Philip Rivers/ Indianapolis Colts: With this one, you must live with the turnovers. He will throw the ball one million times a game and he has enough weapons to keep the ball spread around for four quarters. The Vikings got torched by Aaron Rodgers and I expect the Colts to come out throwing and testing the Minnesota defense. The volume, matchup, dome setting and potential for high scoring to occur make Rivers a sneaky boom-or-bust play. Random stat, Rivers is 0-for-5 in games against Mike Zimmer defenses in his career. 

RB: Nyheim Hines/ Indianapolis Colts: Marlon Mack is out for the year opening up more snaps for Hines. Frank Reich has said Hines will remain involved and Philip Rivers loves to throw to the RB. This week against Minnesota TE Jack Doyle is out meaning that could be more opportunity for Hines in the passing game. Hines caught all 8 of his targets in Week 1 and scored 2 TDs. The Colts threw more than 40 times in Week 1 in a neutral game script.

RB: James Robinson/ Jacksonville Jaguars: Yes, he finds himself on the list 2 weeks in a row. In his first-ever NFL game and start, he handled all RB carries and totaled 95 combo yards for the game. This week he gets the Titans who allowed Melvin Gordon to score and rush for more than 70 yards in Week 1. The Jags looked more competent than many planned as a whole and I expect another good showing from them again. I like Robinson for a similar performance in Week 2.

WR: Parris Campbell/ Indianapolis Colts: He saw 9 targets in Week 1; tied for the team-high with T.Y. Hilton. Campbell finished with 71 yards and looked good after a rookie season filled with injury. This week Campbell should be in line for a similar setup against a Minnesota secondary that got diced up by Green Bay in Week 1. Due to the anticipated passing volume of the offense, he comes with a good floor.

WR: Preston Williams/ Miami Dolphins: The injury of Devante Parker plays a role in this as Parker re-injured his hamstring against New England. Williams gets a volume boost with Parker out and whether it’s FitzMagic or FitzTragic he will air it out. Williams only played 37% of snaps Week 1, but he should see an increase every week as he is eased back in from injury. 

WR: Scotty Miller/ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Brady was up to his old tricks last week by peppering the slot with targets. Miller caught 5-of-6 targets for 73 yards in Week 1. In Week 2, Chris Godwin is out with a concussion so Miller looks even more appealing. The matchup against Carolina doesn’t hurt either. Brady should come out raging as he lost in Week 1, so buckle up if you have Miller he could have a nice day.

TE: Logan Thomas/ Washington Football Team: Thomas had 8 targets Week 1 which is tough to ignore. Thomas caught 4 of those targets one was good for a TD. Arizona gave up 6 catches between George Kittle and Jordan Reed last week which is good for Thomas. Only Terry McLaurin had more targets than Thomas. In a game where Washington could have to throw a lot, Thomas makes for a legit option.

FLEX: Latavius Murray/ New Orleans Saints: He was featured as the Friday FLEX of the Week for a few reasons. Those are Alvin Kamara is a little injured, Murray had 15 carries in Week 1, with Michael Thomas out the run game could be a focus for the Saints against a weak Raiders defense. With the Saints expected to have a solid grip of the game, Murray could be in store for more work as they attempt to run out the clock. 

FLEX: Myles Gaskin/ Miami Dolphins: He was the Dolphins back to take the snaps crown in Week 1; just as nobody expected. In Week 2, the Dolphins take on the Bills who will be without 2 LBs (Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano) meaning there might be a glimmer of run game hope. Gaskin was the most effective back totaling 66 yards on 13 touches; 4 catches. He will lose goal-line work to Jordan Howard.


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