There are plenty of ways to fill out a daily fantasy football lineup, but the way that most people may want to consider is to find your sleepers, pencil them in your lineup and then build around that. Fortunately, heading into Week 3 of the 2016 NFL season, there are a ton of great sleeper options who will help you out when it comes to filling out lineups, as almost all of them are inexpensive options. So, let’s take a look at five of the best sleepers for Week 3 of the action, and kick it off with an incredibly talented wide receiver in Miami.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
Parker is just returning from a hamstring injury, but his Week 2 performance was nothing to scoff at. The former Louisville Cardinal caught eight passes for 106 yards and was pretty dominant when the ball came in his direction. His price tag hasn’t gone up much for daily fantasy players, so you’re going to get a playmaker going up against the Cleveland Browns defense, who should have no issue topping the 100-yard mark once again this weekend.
Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys
People just seem to consistently want to ignore Beasley, both in fantasy football and on the actual football field itself. Beasley has been a favorite option in the passing game for rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, as he’s caught 13 passes for 140 yards. He was even targeted in the end zone last week and probably would have scored if not for a brutal pass interference call. Beasley’s close to minimum-priced on most daily fantasy sites, and it’s almost guaranteed that he’ll surpass his value.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings
McKinnon is a real wild card, and we’ve seen him fall flat when given the opportunity to take over in Adrian Peterson’s absence before. With that said, McKinnon now has a few seasons of NFL play under his belt, and at the very least should wind up catching quite a few passes this weekend.
It’s a more risky play, and it’s understandable if you want to fade him, but he not only is the featured running back but will also be the passing-down back as well. This means that if the Vikings get behind against the Carolina Panthers, that he’ll catch even more passes.
Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions
Ameer Abdullah is on the injured reserve now, which means that it’s Riddick’s time to shine. Fortunately, he’s already looked the part of a legitimately strong fantasy option, catching nine passes in his first two games and scoring twice in Week 1. Now, Riddick should see his workload increase drastically, and he’ll likely even catch more passes.
There’s very little reason to fade Riddick at all moving forward, so get him in your lineup, but also know that he’ll probably have a pretty high ownership percentage this weekend.
Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With Doug Martin out, it’s going to be the Charles Sims show for the Buccaneers. While the Los Angeles Rams defense looked great last week against the Seattle Seahawks, that actually may keep some people away from Sims this week. Fortunately, that means a lower ownership percentage for a player who’s probably going to see almost all of the carries and a ton of the passing-down work as well.
Sims hasn’t dominated in very, very limited work early in the season, but has caught six passes through two games. He’ll exceed expectations and surpass his value in Week 3.