Sneaky Fantasy Football Players to Start in Week 2

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Just because we're only one week into the NFL season, it doesn't mean our fantasy football decisions are easy.

As chaotic as ever, the 2019 season has thrown us plenty of curveballs, with both injuries and disappointing Week 1 performances, some fantasy players are already scrambling to fill out their starting lineups.

If you're in a pinch trying to fill a gap this week, or if you're playing in a deeper league with fewer easy options available, these three deep sleepers could make for sneaky players to start in fantasy football for Week 2.

1. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (vs Kansas City Chiefs)

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He may not be throwing to Antonio Brown this season, but Derek Carr could still prove to be a viable fantasy play when he gets the right matchup. He didn't hit 15 fantasy points in Week 1, but that was in a really tough spot against the Denver Broncos. Last year, he eclipsed 15 fantasy points six times, including a 24.2-point performance against the Kansas City Chiefs, who gave up the NFL's second-most passing yards, and who Carr will be up against on Sunday. KC allowed Nick Foles and rookie Gardner Minshew to combine for 24.6 fantasy points in Week 1, and it looks like this matchup is going to be as favorable as ever in 2019.

2. Travis Benjamin, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

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The Los Angeles Chargers are once again dealing with some awful injury luck in 2019. Hunter Henry is set for an extended absence and Mike Williams is doubtful for Week 2's meeting with the Detroit Lions. This should leave plenty of volume to go around in the passing game, and Travis Benjamin served as the team's No. 3 wideout, lining up between Williams and Keenan Allen in Week 1. He played 48.4 percent of the snaps in that game, and we should see that mark increase with Williams (64.1 percent) on the shelf. Benjamin has a low floor, but the Lions just gave up 27 points after finishing 31st in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings in 2018, and Benjamin offers plenty of upside in this spot.

3. Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

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The Atlanta Falcons have allowed the NFL's most receptions to opposing running backs in all four seasons since head coach Dan Quinn joined them in 2015. Darren Sproles may not play the large role he used to, but he had 12 touches for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1, playing the second most snaps among their RBs. Miles Sanders is obviously the most exciting back in Philly this week, but he's not exactly a sleeper. Sproles' value is mostly limited to PPR leagues, but we can expect him to get plenty of involvement through the air in a game that has the potential to be a real shootout, with a 52.5-point over/under on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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