Congratulations! You made it. It has been 214 days since we last saw a football game that mattered. Since then, Cleveland has found their franchise QB (for about the 27th time), Khalil Mack is a Bear and the defending Super Bowl champions are going into their season with Carson Wentz still not cleared to play. Fantasy drafts have been completed, and everyone is ready and waiting for Thursday night, when the NFL season officially kicks off. Let us take a look at some potential sleepers that can help give you a leg up and start with that W in week one.
Fantasy Football Sleepers for Week One 2018
By: Dan Turner
Week 1 PPR Sleepers
QB Nick Foles
Carson Wentz has not been cleared for contact, and that leaves Nick Foles in charge of the reins of the Eagles offense. Foles has seen a dip in value in recent weeks due to some horrendous performances, so this would be a good time to pick him up. People will point to his preseason and shout that he sucks now, but what is not being said is that there was no gameplan in preseason. Once Atlanta comes to town, expect coach Peterson to implement those famous RPOs and allow Foles to re enter his comfort zone. Foles is a good option for owners that waited till the end of the draft to pick up Qbs, ass well as any Wentz owner.
QB Andy Dalton
Andy Dalton has won this week’s award for “QB playing the Colts defense”, an honor that should net him a top 12 QB week. Dalton has played well throughout this preseason, and should have his full complement of weapons in AJ Green, John Ross, Tyler Eifert and Joe Mixon. With a line that has been improved from last year, expect Dalton to have a great game this week, and to put up better number overall this season.
RB James Conner
Le’veon Bell has not reported for the season. The season begins on Thursday. Obvious facts aside, expect Conner to be the hottest waiver pickup going into week one. He proved in the preseason that he is good enough to get the lion’s share of the work, and thus the lion share of the points. Expect Jaylen Samuels to also get some work in however long Bell is out. If for some reason Conner is still available in your league, make a beeline and pick him up ASAP.
RB Jordan Wilkins
One of the best abilities in sports is availability. Marlon Mack was supposed to be the started heading into the Colts week 1 matchup against the Bengals. He is hurt, however, and there is some question if he can even suit up for this game. Enter Jordan Wilkins, a rookie who had a solid preseason. Andrew Luck returning will help the Colts offense. He would be a prime target if your light at RB going into the season. Scoop him up and start him as a flex with confidence.
WR Michael Gallup
Dak Prescott needs someone to throw too. It’s as simple as that. The list of WRs and TEs that top the Cowboys depth chart would make you wince. Michael Gallup has a good a chance as any to take the lead in the WR room and become the WR1 that Dallas hopes he is. Only Allen Hurns stands in the way of the Dez Bryant role Gallup is destined to take over. He showed good rapport with Dak in the preseason, which bodes well for his future prospects. Pick him up as a bench stash and see if he can turn into a serviceable WR3 for your team.
WR John Ross
John Ross is a bust. John Ross can’t play. John Ross is a workout warrior. All John Ross has is that legendary 4.22 speed. Coming into this season, that was all Ross heard. It was warranted. He has done nothing. Year two was a chance for him to rebound and so far he has taken that opportunity and ran with it. He is back to 100% health and is poised to break into the starting lineup opposite AJ Green. He is producing on the field as well, as his beautiful 54 yard catch in the preseason shows. The Bengals released Brandon Lafell, clearly the way for Ross to have a big spike in target share. Along with the other Bengals, he will be facing the Colts woeful defense in week 1. He can be grabbed in leagues and immediately placed into Wr3/Flex consideration.
TE Tyler Eifert
Have you noticed a trend yet? The issue with Eifert has never been about talent, as he has posted great fantasy numbers when he has been able to stay healthy. The problem? He has never been able to stay healthy. He hurt his back last year and that continues a long line of injuries for the talented TE. Now healthy, at least for week one, he will be a talented TE in a great matchup. Look for him to continue his established connection with Andy Dalton and put up TE1 numbers this week.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
ASJ had something of a career resurrection last year in NY. He put up 50 receptions for 357 receiving yards and three touchdowns, and went south to Florida. In Jacksonville, he will be taking the place of Mercedes Lewis, on an offense that lost its number one WR to IR earlier this year. He has a great week one matchup in the NY Giants, who are pretty terrible at covering the TE. If you are looking to stream TE for week 1, consider ASJ, as he should put up some decent yardage totals with a TD.