The first week of the 2015 fantasy season saw more than its fair share of surprise performances, from second-year 49ers running back Carlos Hyde and Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, to Titans running back Bishop Sankey and veteran Packers receiver James Jones.
Now, as fantasy owners enter Week 2, there’s still a number of low-profile or previously underachieving players to tack on to your roster. Many of this week’s potential sleepers benefit from either an injured starter, or a favorable matchup against a less-than stellar defense.
Here’s our list of Week-2 sleepers at running back, wide receiver, and tight end that owners can consider starting or adding before Sunday’s kick-off.
Week 2 Sleepers
Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills
LeSean McCoy missed Thursday’s practice with hamstring tightness, while Williams led the Bills in rushing in Week 1 and scored a touchdown even with McCoy on the field. Whoever starts faces a New England defense that gave up 134 rushing yards in Week 1.
Lance Dunbar, Dallas Cowboys
Clearly, Joseph Randle is the primary rusher in Dallas. But in PPR leagues, Dunbar could be a solid FLEX2 or RB3 play. He led the Cowboys by catching all eight of his targets for 70 yards, and next faces an Eagles defense that let up 298 passing yards.
Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
Starter Andre Ellington didn’t participate in practice on Wednesday, and given his injury history Arizona might exercise caution and start Johnson. He’s not what he used to be, but Johnson did average 4.3 yards a carry last season with the Jets, and Chicago’s defense will be stretched by quarterback Carson Palmer and receivers Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown.
Brandon Coleman, New Orleans Saints
The Saints host a Bucs secondary in complete disarray after letting rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota toss four touchdowns. Now the Bucs face ever-dangerous Drew Brees who targeted Coleman seven times for 41 yards and a touchdown. As a WR3 or FLEX start Coleman could have a big week.
Jerricho Cotchery, Carolina Panthers
Cotchery’s a potentially solid start in PPR leagues after registering four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown off six targets in Week 1. He’ll next line up at home against a Texans secondary that was left in the dust for 243 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Marquess Wilson, Chicago Bears
Wilson has a very difficult matchup against Arizona, but the 23-year-old was Chicago’s No. 2 receiver last week and has the speed to pull off big plays downfield, especially if Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal aren’t 100 percent.
Anthony Fasano, Tennessee Titans
A risky play here, but the Titans are unsure if top tight end Delanie Walker will play after spraining a ligament in his right wrist. But Mariota did target his tight ends four times in Week 1 (Walker for three, Fasano once), which actually represented a quarter of his throws. Keep a close eye on Walker's status before Sunday.
Scott Chandler, New England Patriots
The Bills will undoubtedly devote most of their coverage to slowing down Rob Gronkowski, which could leave Chandler open in the red zone. His one catch in Week 1 was for a one-yard touchdown, and Chandler’s a massive target at 6-foot-7.
Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
Ebron caught four of his five targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, and could spell trouble for a Vikings D that surrendered six receptions for 87 yards off 10 targets to San Francisco’s tight ends.