Fantasy Football Week 2: D.J. Swearinger and Other Sleeper Picks

Sheldon Richardson was a huge disappointment in week 1 with 0 points

Sheldon Richardson will have a bounce back week 2


Here is a dirty little secret about your IDP players, if the team sucks you don’t avoid the IDP player.   In fact if the player is a stud, it may be that you want to avoid him altogether.  Take for instance Richard Sherman, he has achieved stud status.  So much so that opposing quarterbacks avoid him, yes, we are talking about you, Aaron Rodgers.  So if you played Sherman in week one, he accumulated zero points for you.

Meanwhile,  rookie Ha-Ha Clinton Dix of the porous Green Bay Packers secondary collected five tackles, one sack and one fumble.  You see, in IDP leagues you can’t always go for the pretty shiny penny, you have to look a little deeper.

Your week two sleeper picks:

Defensive Line

Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: McCoy is owned in 47.4 percent of fantasy leagues.  That’s a mystery.  He’s good.  And what makes him better is that he is now teamed up with defensive-minded coach Lovie Smith.  Last week McCoy collected eight solo tackles and one sack.  Look for his stats to keep improving.  Grab him while you can.

Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets: Richardson is owned in 25 percent of fantasy leagues.  After last week’s performance he may be owned in less.  Last week Richardson scored zero fantasy points.  And do not be mistaken — it wasn’t because teams were avoiding him.  Richardson was Rookie Defensive Player of the Year last year.  The Jets’ defense is pretty good.  This week they play the Packers.  The Packers are a potent offense.  That means Richardson should see lots of field time.  He will rebound from last week, he has to.


Sio Moore, Oakland Raiders:  I am going to continue to talk up Moore until it becomes apparent to everyone how good he is.  It may take awhile as Moore is only owned in 10 percent of fantasy leagues.  What is happening here?  Last week Moore was in on 72 defensive snaps.  In his field time he managed 12 tackles, two forced fumbles and a sack.  Yeah, he’s that good.

Jamie Collins, New England Patriots:  The Patriots were beaten last week.  It was a total team collapse.  The Miami Dolphins ran wild, passed wild, it was boys gone wild in the second half.  Now the Patriots are playing a Minnesota Vikings team that will be without perennial all-everything Adrian Peterson.  Last minute game plans are needed.  The most dependable defensive position is the linebacker.  Look for Collins to pad his numbers at the Vikings’ expense.

Defensive Backs

Stevie Brown, New York Giants: Remember our conversation earlier?  The Giants’ defense is bad.  What is better is that their offense is worse.  This means the defense will spend quality time on the field.  Luckily this week they are playing the Arizona Cardinals.  With a competent running and passing game, Brown will have lots of opportunities to get you some fantasy points.

D.J. Swearinger, Houston Texans: Swearinger is a bad man.  He is also really good.  There is a better than good chance Swearinger will make a fantastic play and then you will lose the same points when he gets flagged.  Don’t fret it is worth it.  Owned in only 23 percent of fantasy leagues, this means 67 percent of fantasy players missed out on eight tackles and one sack.

Play ball.

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