I’m blown away right now. I’m doing an under-the-radar fantasy football article during a pandemic.
The reason is that there are zero COVID-19 positives after Week 1.
Good enough for me. We had the usual superstars ranging from Russell Wilson, Alvin Kamara and Aaron Rodgers averaged an astonishing 25-33 points last week in fantasy.
Below the surface of all this greatness was these five players who could be a huge help for your team in Week 2.
Enough talk. Let’s get to it.
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Bears WR Anthony Miller
Why would you take a chance on Anthony Miller for the second week in a row? Number one wideout Allen Robinson is not in tune with the Bears front office. Aside from his agent denying that Robinson demanded a trade, there is something here.
The Giants showed no signs of consistency when it came to defending the pass vs the Steelers. Miller rose to the occasion when necessary with a game-winning 27-yard touchdown. In 2019, while his numbers were down. The one that was consistent is his yards after the catch. 19 yards per catch in Week 1 at Detroit.
Imagine what he will do in New York in Week 2.
Colts WR Parris Campbell
One of the few college receivers I saw that were ready for the pros was Ohio State wideout, Parris Campbell. His route running is crisp, his speed after the catch is electric and his ability to stretch the field was missing last year for the Colts.
Yes, the Colts lost last week but they are at home and against a young Vikings secondary that could not stop the Packers. Packers’ receivers were winning off the man to man coverage in the red zone and on the deep ball. They combined for 315 yds, 4 TD.
In a loss to the Jaguars, Campbell had six catches for 71 yards and was targeted more than T.Y. Hilton.
49ers WR Mohamed Sanu
The Niners have the best matchup of the week. They are on the road vs the Jets. But, their depth chart at the receiver is depleted.
Trent Taylor, Kendrick Bourne, and Dante Pettis caught a grand total of four receptions, 41 yards.
Safe to say, they signed free agent Mohamed Sanu this week. Sanu has shown in the past that he can move the chains and the Niners will have every opportunity to run up the score on the Jets. Sanu is the only receiver with the most experience with head coach Kyle Shanahan when they were in Atlanta together.
Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders
What a crushing blow to the Saints. Pro Bowl receiver Michael Thomas will be out several weeks with a high ankle sprain. As the Saints prepare for their Monday night matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders, they are looking to who can pick up the slack.
Look no further than Emmanuel Sanders.
Yes, he only had three receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Sanders’ workload has already been increased in practice this week which means he will now be looked at as the number one receiver. In 2019 during his short stint in San Francisco, he was a blessing in disguise with 502 yards and three touchdowns.
Buccaneers WR Scotty Miller
Tom Brady is known to making undrafted and late-round receivers like Wes Welker (undrafted) and Julian Edelman (seventh-rounder) into household names. Now, the sights are set on the 2019 sixth-rounder Scotty Miller, out of Bowling Green. What makes him dangerous?
His speed. He ran a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash in the NFL combine.
Miller did not disappoint. In the loss to the Saints, Miller caught five receptions for 73 yards, averaging nearly 15 yards per catch. He showcased it in a lot of screens, slant options. It will be a pain to handle for a youthful Panthers defense that surrendered 34 points last week to the Raiders.