5 Sleepers To Start Week 1

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Thursday Night Football has come and gone, and some players may be left scrambling for points. Both the Packers and Bears had pitiful performances from the offensive side of the ball and if you started anybody aside from Jimmy Graham and Allen Robinson, you may find yourself in a tough spot heading into Sunday. If so, you may have to take a risk and start a sleeper hoping for a big output. But who’s going to give you points come Sunday and Monday? Read on to find out!

Marquise Goodwin

A sleeper for highest scoring game of the week is the 49ers vs the Buccaneers. That means that, unlike the Packers vs Bears, there should be PLENTY of fantasy points to go around. Don’t be surprised if a good amount of those points go to the forgotten man in San Francisco, Marquise Goodwin. The Buccaneers had one of the worst defenses in the league last year and were awful against the deep ball, ranking dead last in the league in Yards per Attempt against. In a game where there is potential for both defenses to struggle, this could be a sleeper play that pays off huge. All it will take is one big play to send you home happy.

Albert Wilson

The Dolphins are tanking. What was obvious all offseason became even more obvious when Miami dealt their best Offensive Lineman for two first round picks. Still, there is still fantasy value to be had in this offense and it begins with Albert Wilson. Wilson was effective last year as a deep threat, but he’s suddenly the WR1 for a team that should trail plenty in 2019. 32% of targets are gone from last year and someone has to fill that void. Wilson could very well make up a chunk of those targets and, while his matchip is tough, he could be a great contrarian play in DFS formats and a good flex option in season-long formats. 

Emmanuel Sanders

Sanders has become a bit of a forgotten man in fantasy circles. That bodes well for those who drafted him because he is going to be a good value in 2019. Going up against a porous secondary and a circus of a team, Sanders is in prime position to put up points. With Flacco providing more security and a stronger arm than keenum, Sanders is going to produce flex worthy production almost weekly. 

Matt Breida

Fun fact, Matt Breida is the No.1 back in San Francisco. It’s true, look at the depth chart. Breida went from averaging 5.3 YPC to being forgotten about by a large portion of the fantasy community. I expect a lot of points in this 49ers/Bucs matchup and Breida could certainly provide some of them. In addition to an awful secondary, the Bucs were also the 31st ranked team against the run. The NFL’s YPC leader vs a defense that lost Gerald McCoy and hasn’t made noticeable improvements in the offseason. Let Breida ride your flex spot and watch the points accumulate.

Vance McDonald

On a night where JuJu should receive the vast majority of attention from the Patriots defense, there could be space in the middle of the field for McDonald to operate. There were already plenty of targets to go around with the departure of AB, but the good matchup Week 1 is yet another incentive for you to make sure McDonald is in your lineup. 

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