By Sam Lane
Each week of the NFL season, you can find a list of sleepers here at the O’Zone. The fantasy point projections come from ESPN’s non-PPR weekly projections, the scoring format used is ESPN’s standard fantasy football forma
Quarterback: Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Projected Points: 19.5
Carson Palmer did not start the season off well, scoring only nine points in Week 1, 23rd out of eligible quarterbacks. Facing a porous Colts’ defense in Week 2 that allowed 16.4 points to Jared Goff and the Rams’ offense, Palmer looks to have a bounce-back performance.
Running Back: Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
Projected Points: 12.6
In Week 1, Ty Montgomery showed he could handle the kind of workload that the best running backs in the league receive week in and week out. In Week 2, Green Bay plays a Falcons’ defense which allowed 30.6 points to Chicago running backs Week 1. Look for Montgomery to follow up a strong Week 1 with another impressive performance.
Wide Receiver: Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
Projected Points: 7.8
Week 1 was an underwhelming performance from every member of the Patriots offense aside from Mike Gillislee, following that there might be some caution about putting faith back into Patriots players, but there week 2 matchup should calm that. The Patriots face a New Orleans Saints defense that gave up 39.2 to Vikings receivers in week 1. Even with the presence of Brandin Cooks and Rob Gronkowski expect hogan to get his fair share of targets in what looks to be the highest scoring matchup of week 2.
Tight End: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Projected Points: 6.3
Coming off an unexpected bye week, the Buccaneers are hungry for their first game. With another week of preparation, the offense should come out quickly. Although the Bears’ defense did not allow many reception to Falcons’ tight ends, they did give up receptions of 40 and 88 yards, one of which led to a touchdown. Cameron Brate is mostly available in leagues, so if you are in need of a streaming option at the tight end, look to Brate to fill the void.
Defense/Special Teams: Arizona Cardinals
Projected Points: 10.5
The Colts’ offense allowed 29 points to the Rams’ defense, which was without its best player, lineman Aaron Donald. The Cardinals face the same Scott Tolzien-led offense that threw two interceptions. With a secondary comprised of Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, an interception is a near guarantee.
Kicker: Giorgio Tavecchio, Oakland Raiders
Projected Points: 8.5
Following a week where he finished as the No. 1 kicker in fantasy, Tavecchio looks to follow his strong performance against the New York Jets. Tavecchio is owned in only 25 percent of ESPN leagues, so he is available as a streaming kicker.