So we bungled last week due to some unforeseen issues, but in order to keep you updated,
The Turf Sleeper Cell Week 2 Picks
1. Joe Dalfonso – 85.2 PTS – Austin Ekeler – 3.6% ownership – 12.3 points – 36.9 PTS
2. Matt DaSilva – 56.68 PTS – NO PICK
3. Andrew O’Neill – 54.8 PTS – Ito Smith – RB, Atlanta Falcons – .08% ownership – 6.4 points – 38.4 PTS
4. Meg Schneider – 49.16 – Patrick Mahomes – QB, Kansas City Chiefs – 12% ownership – 41.64 points – 36.64 PTS
5. Matt Speckman – 45.5 PTS David Njoku- TE, Cleveland Browns – 6.5% ownership – 6 points – 5.61 PTS
6. Ben Salus – 40.4 PTS – Ian Thomas – TE, Carolina Panthers 1.5% ownership – 3 points – 15 PTS
7. Andrew Mark Wilhelm – 27.40 PTS – Corey Clement – RB, Philadelphia Eagles – 1.5% ownership – 19.5 points – 97.5 PTS
8. Sam Silva –15.75 PTS – Alfred Morris – RB, San Francisco 49ers – 2.2% ownership – 10 points – 40 PTS
10. Chris Plonka – 14.60 PTS – Phillip Lindsay- RB, Denver Broncos – 3.6% ownership – 15.1 points – 45.3 PTS
10. Charlie Forray – 14.60 PTS – Alfred Morris – RB, San Francisco 49ers – 2.2% ownership – 10 points – 40 PTS
11. Ryan Kelly – 14.5 PTS- Zay Jones – WR, Buffalo Bills – .3% ownership – 8.3 points – 49.8 PTS
12. Matt Branigan – 11 PTS – Case Keenum – QB, Denver Broncos 6.6% ownership – 15.4 points – 14.38 PTS
13. Justin Colombo –7.3 – Royce Freeman – RB, Denver Broncos – 3.3% ownership – 8.8 points – 26.4 PTS
14. Mark DiGiammarino – 0 PTS – Quincy Enunwa – WR, New York Jets – 12% ownership – 16.2 points – 14.26 PTS
14. Joanna Krupnick – 0 PTS – Kenny Golladay – WR – Detroit Lions – 13.9% ownership – 20.9 points – 17.99 PTS
16. Kevin Michael Morin – -0.5 PTS – Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers – 3.6% ownership – 12.3 points – 36.9 PTS
The Turf Sleeper Cell Leaderboard
- Andrew Mark Wilhelm – 124.9 PTS
- Joe Dalfonso – 122.1 PTS
- Andrew O’Neill – 93.2 PTS
- Meg Schneider – 85.8 PTS
- Ryan Kelly – 64.3 PTS
- Chris Plonka – 59.9 PTS
- Matt DaSilva – 56.68 PTS
- Sam Silva –55.75 PTS
- Ben Salus – 55.4 PTS
- Charlie Forray – 54.6 PTS
- Matt Speckman – 51.11 PTS
- Kevin Michael Morin – 36.4 PTS
- Justin Colombo – 34.7 PTS
- Matt Branigan – 25.38 PTS
- Joanna Krupnick – 17.99 PTS
- Mark DiGiammarino – 14.26 PTS
Week 3 Picks
1. Andrew Mark Wilhelm – 124.9 PTS – Wendell Smallwood – RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Woah. So, this is unfamiliar territory for me as I typically am not good at this sleeper thing. So I’m going to stick with what worked and try to catch lightning twice. With Jay Ajayi getting hurt in Week 2, further helping Corey Clement, I am going with the next man up for Philly’s depleted backfield. Clement will now be the lead rusher, and Smallwood will take over the role Sproles, then Clement was filling. Add to that a team that will probably want to run the ball to help get Carson Wentz back up to game speed and a pretty favorable matchup.
2. Joe Dalfonso – 122.1 PTS – Nyheim Hines – RB, Indianapolis Colts
Who cares…I’m watching Tiger in his Sunday Red.
3. Andrew O’Neill – 93.2 PTS – Lamar Jackson – QB, Baltimore Ravens
Yes, Jackson IS the Ravens backup QB. And no, Joe Flacco IS NOT injured. But unlike any other NFL backup, this one is guaranteed to get a few touches.
The magic Jackson can conjure with the ball in his hands has been too tantalizing for John Harbaugh to resist using in the first two weeks. Expect Jackson to see a number of snaps and to get the ball in traditional AND untraditional ways.
4. Meg Schneider – 85.8 PTS – Corey Clement – RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Ajayi and Sproles are both out, which means Clement’s touches will go up substantially. Also, the Colts D
5. Ryan Kelly – 64.3 PTS Aldrick Robinson – WR, Minnesota Vikings
This may be my best pick ever. Seriously, there’s too much to like here for me to not go for it. First off, how many people knew Robinson was on an NFL team again? Until five minutes before writing this, I wasn’t one of them. But he’s back, this time joining the lethal Vikings offense.
Here’s why I love him this week:
- He spent two seasons previously in Washington, where his QB was… Kirk Cousins.
- The Vikings only real competition for targets behind Thielen and Diggs is Laquon Treadwell, and he dropped 3 passes last week. Hence Robinson’s arrival.
- The Vikings play the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, so there’s at least a 50% chance whoever is matched up on Robinson will retire mid-game.
- Literally nobody in your daily fantasy leagues will pick this guy. There’s no way.
Now who knows, Robinson is new and may not even suit up for the game. Perhaps he’s a healthy scratch. So this is a boom or bust pick for me. But my gut is feeling like Robinson sneaks in there with like a 50 yard TD, I’m boarding this train.
6. Chris Plonka – 59.9 PTS – Taylor Gabriel – WR, Chicago Bears
Gabriel has been relatively quiet for the Bears, but he is in prime position against a weak Cardinals team to make a statement.
9. Ben Salus – 55.4 PTS – Jordan Matthews – WR, Philadelphia Eagles
In combining the fact that most of the Eagles Offense
Matthews was Wentz’s go-to receiver before he was shipped to Buffalo. Their previous rapport should prove to be valuable for fantasy owners, as Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz should pull a lot of coverage from the Colts Defense. Jordan Matthews seems to be healthy, and his timing with Carson, along with his familiarity with the offensive scheme should play a huge factor here.
I’m shooting big: I think J-Matt and Carson will do their semi-famous suit & tie touchdown dance and he should rack up over 60 yards. J. Matthews: 5 Catches – 80 yards – 1 TD
10. Charlie Forray – 54.6 PTS – Aaron Jones – RB, Green Bay Packers
Jones is coming off of a suspension and will need to fight his way up the depth chart to his starter role. This starts this week. He’s gonna enter this game as the team’s RB3 and end as the
11. Matt Speckman – 51.11 PTS – Cole Beasley – WR, Dallas Cowboys
Cole Beasley is Dak Prescott’s possession receiver, and though I can’t typically remember what I had a meal prior, I do seem to recall he usually has one or two big games a year that aren’t 5 catches for 46 yards. Against a Seattle team struggling in all facets, I like the chances of this game being one of the former. My confidence is sky high on this pick. And by sky high, I only mean I don’t see how it could
12. Justin Colombo – 36.4 PTS – Geronimo Allison – WR, Green Bay Packers
Geronimo Allison is averaging 7 targets a game, and over 10 years a catch. That’s 70 yards on 7 catches per game on average. Sure it’s been two games, but still. I’ll take what I can get.
12. Kevin Michael Morin – 36.4 PTS – Josh Adams – RB, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are in rough shape at running back this week. Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles are out against the Colts, and Corey Clement was limited in practice on Friday with a quad injury. He’s expected to play, but I imagine he’ll be limited. Alshon Jeffrey is also banged up. This is going to force Carson Wentz to use some unconventional weapons in his return. I’m banking on Adams getting more touches than Wendell Smallwood. Fingers crossed…
14. Matt Branigan – 25.38 PTS – Latavius Murray – RB, Minnesota Vikings
With Dalvin Cook out, I expect Murray to get a lot of reps. The Vikings are also up against a Buffalo defense that has given up the most fantasy points to running backs in the AFC in PPR leagues. There is also a good chance the Vikings will be destroying the Bills, which means potentially less throwing and more running for Minnesota.
15. Joanna Krupnick – 17.99 PTS – Doug Martin – RB, Oakland Raiders
Doug Martin sounds like the name of your parent’s accountant who likes a very specific kind of fishing and enjoys Cognac. I’m here for that. It’s only a matter of time before Doug blows up.
16. Mark DiGiammarino – 14.26 PTS – Calvin Ridley – WR, Atlanta Falcons
Last week Ridley caught 4-of-5 targets for 64 yards and his first career TD. Now the 6’1” wideout gets to go against the Saints #2 CB, Ken
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