“Shore Thing Sleepers” isn’t your ordinary fantasy football start/sit Week 3 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 3 Consideration: Shore Thing Sleepers
Cameron Brate (TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) | 1.3 Percent
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are limping into their Week 3 contest against the Green Bay Packers. The NFL suspended wide receiver Mike Evans for the game after fighting Saints cornerback Marcus Lattimore. In addition, receivers Chris Godwin and Julio Jones did not practice Thursday, with Godwin unlikely to play and Jones a question mark for Sunday. Buccaneers Quarterback Tom Brady is looking at a minimal amount of weapons, which should give tight end Cameron Brate an opportunity to be fantasy relevant in Week 3.
A select group of the fantasy football industry believed Brate would earn an expanded role in this offense in 2022. So far, that hasn’t been the case. He has only seen five targets and a total of 3.6 PPR points through two games. However, Brady will likely need to utilize the veteran tight end with his lack of weapons. This is especially true in the red zone, sans his three favorite targets. Brate will not be a weekly play. However, this situation makes him a viable option who could snag a touchdown against the Packers and save your week. – Polvogt
Chris Olave (WR, New Orleans Saints) | 76.2 Percent
It hasn’t happened yet, but Saints’ rookie Chris Olave is in for a massive game here soon. In just his first two games, Olave is leading the league in both air yards (321) and deep targets (seven). He’s participating in 95.9 percent of routes – just as much as Michael Thomas – while leading all Saints wide receivers in snaps. So not only is he out there often, but he’s getting the high-value looks.
He’s just one deep shot hitting away from a massive fantasy payday. This is implied in his 17.4 expected fantasy points per game, 7.3 more than his actual average of 10.1 PPR points per game. Olave saw 13 targets last week. Plus, the Panthers’ secondary doesn’t concern me after the Giants’ Richie James and David Sills combined for eight receptions and 88 yards. – Woolcock