Oct 11, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius Allen (37) runs against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Picking sleepers who are set to emerge is an inexact science. We look at trends, injuries, and comments from coaches, trying to identify clues as to who might suddenly find themselves with a larger role or better opportunity from week to week.
There’s an additional element of course, one that pertains to teams that aren’t meeting expectations. Teams like the Baltimore Ravens, a preseason Super Bowl favorite that find themselves in the basement of the AFC North and are likely to make changes to try and provide a spark.
Young guys are bound to see more opportunities going forward for this very reason, but injuries are also opening up the possibility that we see some sleepers emerge this week. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at how last week’s sleeper picks performed.
Kamar Aiken – 4 receptions for 78 yards (9 targets)
Lorenzo Taliaferro – DNP (now on injured reserve)
Darren Waller – 1 catch, 1 yard (left game with injury)
Maxx Williams – 1 catch, 0 yards (1 target)
Nick Boyle – 3 catches, 27 yards (3 targets)
Aiken, despite his inefficient effort, paid dividends as our top sleeper pick of the week. Depending on Steve Smith’s status, he might get one more shot as Joe Flacco’s top target against a reeling 49ers secondary.
Injuries caught up to both Lorenzo Taliaferro and Darren Waller, which is a shame as they both had golden opportunities to make an impact last week. Williams surprisingly continues to lose ground to Boyle, who was drafted three rounds after him.
Now let’s take a look at what sleepers have a good shot at emerging this week.
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