Week One Fantasy Football WR Sleepers
Look, fantasy football isn’t fair. Sometimes you miss out on every single bid you make in FAAB, or somehow every player you want is plucked off waivers before your priority comes around. That leaves free agency to fill the holes in your roster you wish a guy off the wire would have filled. That’s okay, every week players pop up and become the next guy you can lose out on in FAAB. These are the best of the rest, the guys available freely in every league. These fantasy football wide receiver sleepers for week one are available in at least 50% of leagues, with one guy available in at least 90% of leagues for you deep divers. For week one, you really shouldn’t be reading this, as you should play the guys you drafted. However, many marginal starters like Jimmy Garoppolo and Patrick Mahomes have terrible first-week matchups. These week one fantasy football WR sleepers should provide you with all the help you need. Ownership percentages are from Yahoo! and are as of Friday.
Michael Gallup at Carolina (34% owned)
I’m a huge Michael Gallup guy, so I’m biased in which way the wind will blow in Dallas. Some people are Allen Hurns fans (but they’re idiots). Others think it’ll be Cole Beasley. The smart, cool, and sophisticated fantasy football fans think it will be the vice grips of Michael Gallup who rises to the top of the pecking order. He gets a good first crack at it: the Panthers allowed the fourth-most fantasy football points to wide receivers last season, and the most over the last five weeks. It’s a juicy matchup, we just have to hope he can exploit it and justify his inclusion on this list of week one fantasy football WR sleepers.
Chris Godwin at New Orleans (31% owned)
Chris Godwin flashed late last season, posting 209 yards and a score in the last two weeks of the season. In fact, Godwin earned over five catches three times last year. In these three games, he posted an average of 82 yards a game. He now sits as a starter in Tampa Bay (technically, co-starter with DeSean Jackson), but is so talented that he will win out. The Saints were middling against wide receivers last year, but ended the season allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to WRs over the last five weeks. The kicker? This stretch includes a 7 reception, 111 yard, one score effort… from Chris Godwin. An easy inclusion into the list of week one fantasy football WR sleepers.
James Washington at Cleveland (6%)
Call it a gut feeling. Washington takes over the third wide receiver role in Pittsburgh from perpetual chucklehead Martavis Bryant. He’s an exceptional deep threat, despite being built like a little baby fire hydrant. He should get behind the questionable Browns pass defense once-or-twice, and that might be all you need from him this weekend. The Browns allowed the second-most fantasy football points to wideouts over the last five weeks of the season last year, including 6/65 to the aforementioned Martavis Bryant. A deep choice for the week one fantasy football WR sleepers list.
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