In last week’s article I dug deep into the crystal ball to recommend Redskins TE Derek Carrier. Carrier seemed destined to make me look like a fantasy Nostradamus when he caught a touchdown pass midway through the first quarter. However, aside from a desperation 2 point conversion attempt and a late 4th quarter 20 yard scamper up the sideline, Cousins never looked in his direction again. This was due in large part to Cousins’ inability to get through his progressions. Carrier was actually open all afternoon, but Cousins wasn’t able to find him. Carrier was still able to put up a 10+ point fantasy day, and there are still good signs of a significant breakout coming. Unsurprisingly, Jordan Reed will miss yet another game, which will give Carrier another opportunity to put himself on the fantasy map. This time, however, it will come after a week of game film where the coaching staff will have no choice but to see how often he was shaking his defenders and getting open. Something tells me he’ll have a few plays designed for him this week rather than relying on Cousins to go through his progressions in order to find him. So if you you took a shot on him last week, be happy with the 10+ fantasy points he garnered you, as that not only put him in the top 10 at his position, but it also put him ahead of guys like Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten, Martellus Bennett, and Jimmy Graham. I would actually expect an improvement upon that this weekend, as he should get targeted a lot more often after the coaching staff analyzed the game film this week.
With this week’s sleeper selection, I could’ve easily gone with Chiefs running back Charcandrick West, as he should be an extremely usueful pickup after Jamaal Charles blew out his knee. However, unless you live in a cave or this is your first time ever playing fantasy football, you were already well aware of West’s sudden value. Andy Reid loves to get his RBs heavily involved, so look for West to put up solid fantasy points for the remainder of the season. If he stumbles along the way, Knile Davis will be waiting in the wings to vulture up carries or scores. Another sneaky-sleeper play for this weekend could be Buffalo Bills running back Dan Herron. Karlos Williams is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol and will sit out, and Shady McCoy’s status is still uncertain. All indications are he’ll miss another game, which would leave the Bills with only Boobie Dixon and Herron as options. Dixon looks like a turtle running through peanut butter, so if you’re in one of those 1 week fantasy leagues, or you’re just looking for a bye week fill in this wek, Herron might be worth taking a gamble on as I would expect him to lead the Bills in touches.
If you were hoping for more of a long term sleeper and missed the boat on Charcandrick West, have no fear… I may have your answer. A forgotten man, Titans running back David Cobb is eligible to return to practice next week after being placed on the IR with a calf injury on September 6th. Cobb had impressed the coaching staff this past preseason with strong and explosive running, to the point where GM Ruston Webster mentioned him as a player who stood out in training camp, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt was on the verge of placing him atop the depth chart after an impressive 2nd preseason game vs the Atlanta Falcons. In his time on the IR, Bishop Sankey has failed to impress, recently added Terrance West has looked cuttable, and rookie Antonio Andrews has struggled with only 3.1 yards per carry. RB/WR Dexter McCluster has played well, but at 5’8 170, he’s nothing more than a gadget/change of pace back. This leaves the door wide open for Cobb upon his return. Cobb was a workhorse BEAST in his senior year at Minnesota, carrying the ball over 300 times for a Golden Gopher record 1626 yards. He also hit pay dirt 13 times, so he has a nose for the end zone and at 5’11 230 he has no trouble muscling his way in when it’s within sniffing distance. The Titans are in desperate need of a bell cow who can handle big carry totals effectively, and Cobb is well suited to be that guy for them.
If you’re looking for immediate fantasy miracles, he’s not your guy. He won’t be eligible to return until November 8th vs the Saints, and may need a game or two to kick it into full gear… but if you’re confident that your team will still be in the hunt by then, or you’re in a keeper league, he’s a sneaky 3-week stash right now. Reports of him being eligible to return to practice are starting to surface, so if you’re in a very competitive league it won’t be long before the light bulb goes off in your opponent’s heads and they beat you to the free agent/waiver wire to scoop him up. If you have roster room, beat the rush and scoop him up now. He could very well wind up a valuable TD hog over the second half of the season for the Titans.