“Shore Thing Sleepers” isn’t your average fantasy football start/sit Week 1 article. Instead, our analyst duo of Seth Woolcock and Nate Polvogt highlight lower-valued players that can provide starting-caliber production for a specific week. These are usually players near the end of your bench or even on the waiver wire/free agency. You can catch an additional sleeper pick live at the end of our weekly in-season Friday podcast episode.
Rostership percentages are based on ESPN Points Per Reception (PPR) redraft fantasy football leagues.
Start/Sit Week 1 Consideration: Shore Thing Sleepers
Randall Cobb (WR, Green Bay Packers) | 5.2 percent
If you are looking for a wide receiver or FLEX play as a one-week rental to start the season, look no further than Randall Cobb. The assumed WR1 for the packers, Allen Lazard, hasn’t practiced all week due to an ankle injury. The veteran receiver, who returned to Green bay at the behest of quarterback Aaron Rodgers ahead of last season, should see significant volume in the absence of Lazard.
Cobb worked himself into a decent workload, shining in Davante Adams’ absence during Week 8 last year. Getting injured in Week 12 effectively ended Cobb’s season. While he is unlikely to be significant throughout the season, Cobb is an excellent gap-filler this week. – Polvogt
A.J. Green (WR, Arizona Cardinals) | 10.4 percent
Look, there is nothing sexy about this play. However, I’ll do anything to have a piece of the Chiefs vs. Cardinals game with the makings of a shootout. That includes having 34-year-old A.J. Green as a start/sit Week 1 consideration.
Cardinals’ Rondale Moore dealt with an undisclosed injury but avoided Wednesday’s injury report. However, Moore injured his hamstring Thursday and underwent an MRI for further testing. TE Zach Ertz continues to battle his own calf injury and Did Not Practice (DNP) Thursday.
The way things are trending, Green may be Kyler Murray‘s No. 2 target Sunday. Last season Green hit double-digit PPR points in nine of the 11 games he saw six-plus targets. In the game with Vegas’ highest points total, that’s enough to start him. – Woolcock