Week 9: Super Sleepers
Dexter McCluster added his first TD of the season in Week 8 and has now had back-to-back games with 70 and 67 yards receiving. He is the possession receiver choice of Alex Smith and has the ability to add real value as a short and intermediate passing game target. This week the potent Kansas City offense faces a weak Buffalo defense that is allowing the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. The odds are stacked in McCluster's favor this week given the match-up and his increasing role. In 14 plus team formats, he is a plug-n-play this week before his Week 10 bye.
Tandon Doss was a guy I grabbed off waivers on his bye week as a tradeout receiver. Doss flys under the fantasy radar in nearly every format. That is one reason why I like him. The other is his match-up against Cleveland this week coming off of the bye. Baltimore should be poised and ready to try and get their season back on track after a 3-4 start before the Week 8 bye. Opponents are shutting down Torrey Smith and that has provided increased opportunities to Doss, Marlon Brown and Jacoby Jones. Of these receivers, I like Brown (who has faded from fantasy rosters) and Doss the best. Doss is truly a super sleeper in that he could have a huge game any weekend now. I think his day is coming and Week 9 could prove to be the week to start him. If I am wrong, he will have that big week soon and might be worth a roster spot in deep leagues over 12 teams.
With Jermichael Finley out, Andrew Quarless steps into the TE1 role. Sooner rather than later, Aaron Rodgers is going to connect with his new tight end and fantasy points will begin to fly. In Week 8, Quarless was only targeted twice and he grabbed both passes. His low volume receiving was due to his efforts pass blocking. As Quarless becomes more comfortable with the first string offense, he should begin to see increased production. At this stage, he is a low end TE2 in deep leagues and not really on the radar in under 12-team leagues. If you are in a bye week pinch or fighting TE injuries, Quarless might be worth a look this week. He could have even more value in coming weeks against Phladelphia, New York and Minnesota.