Fantasy Football Week 3 Sleepers: Hasselbeck, Nelson, Carter, Miller, and the Opportunistic Bungles D

On Monday, Andy Bottoms told you which players you should be targeting on the waiver wire. Then on Tuesday, Jon Washburn informed you which players you should start and which ones you should sit in Week 3. And then on yesterday, in between talking to live callers, I pointed out where I agreed and disagreed with both.

Now today our Week 3 fantasy football analysis continues.

I just posted the consensus Week 3 player rankings, and now I am going to highlight several sleepers hiding on the waiver wire or on your bench who you need to consider putting in your lineups for Week 3.

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Fantasy Football Week 3 Sleeper Picks

QB Sleeper Pick: Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee

Last week, Hasselbeck led the Titans to a trouncing of heavily favored Baltimore with a terrific day that included 358 passing yards a touchdown. This followed up an auspicious first start for the Titans in which he tossed two touchdowns in a loss to Jacksonville. The Titans next opponent is a Denver Broncos team that made rookie Andy Dalton look like Drew Brees (332 passing yards, 2 TDs).

So what’s not to like about Hasselbeck in Week 3?

Not only does Hasselbeck have one of the league’s most talented wideouts in Kenny Britt, he also has the proven Nate Washington on the other side, plus emerging tight end Jared Cook in the middle. Oh, and there is that guy in the backfield…Chris Johnson. He hasn’t even gotten going yet, but he already has nine receptions on the season, any of which he could take to the house once he’s back in the flow.

A lot of people have been asking about Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Eli Manning, and Kevin Kolb this week. I’d start Hasselbeck over any of them in Week 3.

RB Sleeper Pick: Delone Carter, Indianapolis

Hear me out on this one, because as soon as you see that Carter is playing Pittsburgh you are going to feel like running for the hills; and that’s a good, astute knee-jerk reaction to have, so kudos. But there are reasons to like Carter as we move forward in 2011, and possibly even for this week if you’re desperate for RB help.

People have been speculating since the preseason that Carter would emerge as the go-to back in Indy this year, even before it was known that Peyton Manning would be out. Joseph Addai doesn’t really inspire confidence in anyone, Donald Brown may not even be in the league anymore, and Carter is the Colts’ last chance to address their moribund running game before going outside of their current roster. Not surprisingly, Carter’s workload has been increasing.

In Week 1, Carter carried 6 times for 25 yards. In Week 2, he carried 11 times for 46 yards. I think that Carter getting double-digit carries is a trend that will continue, especially as Indy’s season spirals further and further down the Peyton-less 2011 toilet. That spiral will continue Sunday night in what most people expect will be a blowout loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers. If that blowout does happen, it means the Colts will have an opportunity to put up some garbage time yards and perhaps even get a garbage score at the end of the game. Who better to take advantage than the young RB???

Unlikely conjecture notwithstanding, I’ll admit that the thought of starting Carter this week gives me little excitement, but I do think this is a guy who will have some value once the bye weeks roll around. If you can find a spot on your roster for him, I would.

WR Sleeper Pick: David Nelson, Buffalo

david-nelson-fantasy-football-week-3-sleepersAfter a terrific Week 2 performance, a lot of people are talking about David Nelson this week; so if he’s a sleeper, then he is now sleeping very lightly. Still, after reading this article by Ken Daube for ESPN, I don’t think Nelson is getting enough attention for his Week 3 potential.

Here are a couple of stat lines I want you to pay attention to that are relevant to Nelson’s Week 3 matchup against the New England Patriots:

  • 7 receptions, 139 yards, 6’4, 230 pounds
  • 10 receptions, 172 yards, 6’5, 230 pounds

The first line is Brandon Marshall’s Week 1 performance against the Patriots, followed by his size and weight. The second line is Vincent Jackon’s Week 2 performance against the Patriots, followed by his size and weight.

David Nelson is 6’5, 215 pounds, and he is coming off a game in which he caught 10 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Do you see a parallel here? I do. Add in the fact that he had 4 catches for 66 yards in Week 1 – showing that his Week 2 production wasn’t fluky – and we have all the makings of a guy who should have a strong day playing in a Week 3 game that has SHOOTOUT written all over it.

TE Sleeper Pick: Zach Miller, Seattle

I’m not particularly excited about recommending anyone from Seattle, but there is reason to believe that Zach Miller and his three total 2011 receptions could – could – offer some value this week; and that reason is the Arizona Cardinals defense. Currently the Cardinals are giving up 13 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Sure, it’s only through two weeks, but they were in the bottom half of the league in this stat last year too. With Sidney Rice ailing and nary an offensive weapon elsewhere on this team, maybe this will be the week that TJack finally gets TEZack involved.

Remember, Zach Miller has caught at least 56 balls for three straight years, all in Oakland where his quarterbacking wasn’t much better than it is now. This guy can produce. Perhaps this will be the week he reminds us.

D/ST Sleeper Pick: Cincinnati Bengals

There are several reasons to like the Bengals’ defense this week if you are a D/ST streamer:

  • The 49ers have to travel from the West Coast and play in the early game, which is often a recipe for sloppy offensive performances.
  • The 49ers’ offense itself is a recipe for sloppy offensive performances.
  • Alex Smith.
  • Braylon Edwards is out and Michael Crabtree has been banged up, meaning that Vernon Davis is the only threat in the passing game who won’t be rusty.

The Bengals aren’t world-beaters on defense, but you at least know they won’t give up tons of points. If you can guarantee yourself 5-10 points from a streamed D/ST unit, with upside for more, that’s not too shabby. That’s what you have here.

Now you tell me:

Which of these five sleeper picks do you think is the best option for Week 3?

  • Matt Hasselbeck (30%, 43 Votes)
  • Delone Carter (6%, 8 Votes)
  • David Nelson (60%, 87 Votes)
  • Zach Miller (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Cincinnati D/ST (2%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 144

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