Here are this week’s super sleepers for your watch list. We take a look at a QB who ran the “pistol offense” at the University of Nevada, a tight end who is currently working under a hidden identity and Kuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhnnnn.
Colin Kaepernick (SF) – Owned in 0% / 1% of ESPN / Yahoo leagues – Obviously the QB’s on your watch list will vary depending on the size of your league and whether or not you have 2 QB’s starting on each team. For our watch those of you in 2-QB leagues, Kaepernick is worth keeping an eye on. The Niners have one of the most physically gifted offensive lines in football and they currently lead the NFL in rushing yards. Kaerpernick, at 6”5, 233 lbs., is being given a larger role every week and will even launch the occasional deep throw down the field.
James Casey (HOU) – Owned in 2% / 2% of ESPN / Yahoo leagues – Despite the fact that he plays the majority of his snaps at tight end and has 0 zero rushing attempts this season, Casey is listed as a running back in both ESPN and Yahoo leagues. For those of you desperate for a bye week filler, Casey could be your man. He has 14 standard fantasy points in the last 2 weeks combined and he has just one game this season with fewer than 3 receptions.
John Kuhn (GB) – Owned in 1% / 1% of ESPN / Yahoo leagues – With the injury to Cedric Benson, an opportunity has presented itself to Kuhn. Alex Green and James Starks are not as effective between the tackles as Kuhn so I would be shocked if Green Bay doesn’t give him a chance to at least be the short yardage / goal-line back. He’s familiar with the role – converting 8 touchdowns in the last 2 years.
Felix Jones (DAL) – Owned in 52% / 10% of ESPN / Yahoo leagues – Jones may be a more suitable fit with the Cowboys undersized offensive line than DeMarco Murray. Jones is a speed runner that can break off big runs at any point. Murray is a good all-purpose back, but he has failed to reach 45 rushing yards in any of his last games – putting his job in jeopardy.
Cecil Shorts (JAX) – Owned in 2% / 4% of ESPN / Yahoo leagues –Shorts is about to take over a starting role now that it appears Laurent Robinson will miss an extended period due to concussions. Shorts has seen very inconsistent targets this season (7,2,2,5,3), so perhaps a starting gig will kick-start his season. Shorts has tremendous speed and the ability to post huge numbers if given a favourable matchup. Such a matchup could present itself week 7 in Oakland.
Armon Binns (CIN) – Owned in 1% / 3% of ESPN / Yahoo leagues – His 24 targets this season are just 6 fewer than his fellow on the Bengals – Andrew Hawkins, who is owned in 31% of leagues. Binns has also seen 6 targets in the red zone, which ranks in the top-20 for the league. The Bengals rushing attack has been stalling of late, so keep an eye on Binns to push Hawkins for that 2nd receiver role.
Zach Miller (SEA) – Owned in 1% / 1% of ESPN / Yahoo leagues – Miller and rookie QB Russell Wilson appear to be getting on the same page as Miller’s receiving yards have increased in each of the last 4 weeks. Wilson is small in stature, meaning throws closer to the tackle box will be easier for him. This paves the way for a potentially glorious relationship between Wilson and Miller. It was just 3 years ago that Miller posted an 800-yard season for the Oakland Raiders – meaning there is no reason the 26-year old can’t repeat that feat.