2016 NFL Fantasy Football Week 3 Sleepers, Streamers, and Fliers



Didn't get the guy you want?  Consider these possible sleepers, streamers, and fliers for week 3.

Runningbacks (RB)

Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants (currently owned in 35.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Vereen should see additional snaps with Rashad Jenning's injury.  He works well in the dink-and-dunk system and should have a decent week against a middling Redskins defense, especially if Jennings' snap count is limited.  Continue monitoring Jennings' status and the Giants' injury report throughout the week

James White, RB, New england Patriots (currently owned in 36% of all ESPN leagues):
White could be a sneaky start this week in a matchup against the Texans.  Checkdowns are a rookie QB's best friend, and Belichick will undoubtedly do everything he can to protect his rookie QB.  The Texans tout a Mericlus pass rush that includes Clowney and J.J.'s Swat as well.  With star linebacker Brian Cushing missing from the lineup, the Pats could try to get White out in space to make a few plays.  Jacoby Brissett won't have much time to throw, so he should look to his outlets early and often.  With coverage and attention going to Edelman and Gronk, the Pats' pass-catching back can line up in the backfield, the slot, or even outside the numbers so he can use his speed to make plays. 

Travaris Cadet, RB, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 4.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Cadet is another speculative situational add.  This week's Monday Night Football features a potential shootout.  If the Saints go uptempo in a points race, look for Cadet to get on the field to give Ingram a break, and catch passes.  Who knows?  The speedy back could even find the endzone like he did in week 1.

Dwayne Washington, RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 2.6% of all ESPN leagues):
This rookie and former University of Washington Huskie is currently the backup to Theo Riddick.  The Lions took Washington in the 7th round of the 2016 NFL Draft.  In the 31 games he did play for the Huskies, he carried the ball 226 times for 1311 yards and 17 scores.  He's also logged 41 catches for 411 yards and another 4 TD's.  At 6'1", 226 lbs, he can be a scatback, but is generally runs with long strides, and displayed his speed with a 28 yard run.  Buyer beware: he does have ball security and durability issues, which is why he was taken in the 7th round.  Nevertheless, if you're desperate for a timeshare RB that should see additional carries and you're willing to take a risk, Washington could be your guy.  On the bright side, the Lions have one of the softest schedules in the NFL this season.

Wide Receivers (WR)

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 61.4% of ESPN leagues):
Be on the lookout for this rookie wideout.  There was so much hype given to Fleener being the new Jimmy Graham or Ben Watson.  With Fleener flopping, this young wideout will look to fill a void long left by Marques Colston.  Thomas is 6'3", 212 lbs, has massive 10 1/2" mitts for hands, and a future Hall-of-Famer throwing to him.  He gives the pass-happy Saints offense a huge target in the endzone, and could end up getting all of the looks that were supposed to go to Fleener.  He's only caught 10 passes for 114 yards, but those numbers should be on the rise in the coming weeks, especially in week 3 in a shootout against the Falcons.

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 23.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Boyd's fantasy stock is rising.  We all know what Brandon LaFell can't do, so it was only a matter of time when Boyd slipped past LaFell on the depth chart, at least unofficially anyway.  The big rookie out of Pitt brings good hands and solid route running ability to the table.  He caught 6 passes for 78 yards, but lost a fumble in week 2.  Nevertheless, the arrow is pointing up for this young wideout.  His numbers should keep getting better as he gets more comfortable in his new system and just as a professional wideout in general.

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues):
With all of the attention given to Charles Johnson and Laquon Treadwell, Adam Thielen has fallen to the wayside, along with some football common sense.  Let's face it: the Vikings have struggled to run the ball in the first 2 weeks.  With Adrian Peterson out with a knee injury (torn meniscus), the Vikings offense will run through their QB, Sam Bradford.  In an effort to protect their delicate passer, the Vikings should build in more safety valves and checkdowns since the offensive line has been mediocre at best (really?  just 95 rush yards in 2 games?  C'mon guys, get some push off the line for your runners).  Thielen has quietly started benefiting from these checkdowns, and should be owned in deep ppr leagues.  Look for him to get more involved in the passing game, especially on short-yardage situations where they need to move the sticks.  At 6'2", 200 lbs, Thielen could do well in short-yardage goalline situations as well, and should see added usage against a tough Panthers defense.  Coach Zimmer, you heard it here on Fantasy4um first!  Work this guy in the endzone!

Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 12.8% of all ESPN leagues):
With all of the attention being given to Antonio Brown, little is given to the 2nd year player who was on IR as a rookie.  Coates seems to be settling into his current role as the Steelers' WR2, and is making his case to keep that position even when Wheaton returns.  He's caught 4 passes for 153 yards, but still hasn't found the endzone yet.  He's boom or bust and his production depends on big plays.

Greg Salas, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 0% of all ESPN leagues):
This journeyman stands in at 6'2, 210 lbs, and burst onto the 2016 fantasy scene with 4 catches for 89 yards and a score.  The best part?  He's unknown and unowned.  That's right, he's on a whopping 0% of all ESPN fantasy football teams!  The Rams took him in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft.  He has decent hands and can catch the ball in traffic.  The Bills could work him in on intermediate routes, but he also caught a 71 yard touchdown pass.  With all teams gameplanning for Watkins and McCoy and Clay hampered by injuries, the Bills need a big target like Salas.  He could see more targets if the Bills get in more shootouts like the one against the Jets.  Buyer beware, Salas was not targeted in the week 1 loss to the Ravens.  He may have just been featured against his former New York Jets, making him a true fantasy flier.  

Tight End (TE)

Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 11.2% of all ESPN leagues):
With Joe Haden likely covering Jarvis Landry, the Dolphins could turn to their tight end for underneath routes.  He could get more involved in the passing game, given the Dolphins inability to run the ball.  Besides, the Browns did just give up 9 catches for 102 yards to the Ravens' tight end Dennis Pitta last week.

Vance McDonald, TE, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 6.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Need a streaming option?  The Seahawks have seriously struggled against Tight Ends.  Vance McDonald has been the 49ers receiving option at the position, and is this week's streaming option.  However, he does hold the upside that he could become Kelly's new Zach Ertz. 

Quarterback (QB)

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 20.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Dolphins lose lead back Arian Foster, leaving Tannehill in command of an inconsistent offense.  The upside is Head Coach Adam Gase worked with Jay Cutler during his time in Chicago and helped Cutler improve in every aspect of Cutler's game.  Tannehill can make plays with his feet (1 rushing score in week 1) and he still has an array of weapons to throw to.  He'll look to sling it this week to Landry, Parker, Cameron, and deep threat Kenny Stills to lead Miami to their first win of the season against the banged up Browns. 

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