Well, that was fun — unless you owned A.J. Green or Jarvis Landry. The Cleveland Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 35-30, Sept. 17. Sixty-five points is fantasy heaven on a Thursday night. Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Baker Mayfield, Joe Burrow, Tyler Boyd and even Odell Beckham Jr. got it done for fantasy owners. Joe Mixon got just 13 points on 20 touches in a PPR format. That was a bit of a downer but should not have crushed you.
There are many injury concerns, so we may need a sleeper or two this week. Here are five players I expect to have solid fantasy days who may be slightly off your radar:
1. Philip Rivers, QB, Indianapolis Colts
The Vikings’ secondary is, well, let’s say a work in progress. This could be a high-scoring affair, and if the Colts fall behind, we could see Rivers sling it 45 times or until his arm falls off — whichever comes first.
2. O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I am still seeing Howard listed too low in the rankings. Last week Mike Evans was banged up. This week it is Chris Godwin. Gronk wasn’t a factor in Week 1. Could Howard be the sleeper of the week twice in a row? I say YES YES YES.
3. Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Everyone sing CAMMMM AKERS … oh, I showed my age. If you did not get that, congrats, you are young. Seriously, Cam Akers is the starter in Los Angeles; he was last week and I expect him to be this week. Yes, Malcolm Brown did the best work in Week 1, but not until Akers got the first crack. This could have been a hot-hand situation and not the rule. We shall see, but I like Akers to be given another chance to shine this week.
4. Scotty Miller, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It was clear to me that Tom Brady trusts Scotty Miller. If he is good enough for Tom, well …
5. Frank Gore, RB, New York Jets
I just like the fact that in 2020, I can still list Frank Gore in a fantasy football article. The 37-year-old is the starter this week with Bell out. Josh Adams is around, sure, but we could see 15 touches for Gore. Let’s have some fun.
Sleeper defense: Arizona Cardinals
Need a kicker? Rodrigo Blankenship (Colts)
Honorable mentions: Gardner Minshew, Antonio Gibson, Parris Campbell, N’Keal Harry, Ian Thomas
Ken Zalis ranked No. 3 in FantasyPros’ 2019 Fantasy Football Draft Accuracy Rankings.