Rank's 11 Sleepers: Roll with Mark Ingram


If Derek Carr tears up the NFL, it will mark the second time David Carr has screwed the Houston Texans. Because you know the only reason Houston passed on Derek was that it couldn't sell its fan base on another Carr. This is too bad because David never really had a chance with the offensive line they had in front of him. Plus, this is a totally different guy.

But hey, enjoy Ryan Mallet, y'all.

That's the strange thing to me. If the Texans wanted to get Mallet, why wait so long to bring him in? He missed out on training camp with the team and there's really no way he's going to be able to be effective until maybe midway through the season. If even that's possible.

For right now, I'm not jumping in on any Raiders receiver. James Jones is the most interesting, as he was the most-targeted by Raiders quarterbacks. But of course, we'll keep an eye on this as it develops. For now, let's get to the sleepers.

And without further ado ...

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

Well, there is a fear we could end up scrambling for Khiry Robinson at the end of Week 1 because Saints. But you can't ignore what Ingram was able to do during the preseason. The dude looked explosive and finally ready to live up to his expectations. I know Saints running backs have burned us in the past. (Trust me, I know all about this.) But Ingram looks worth the risk.

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

There are many around the NFL who believe Palmer is poised to be a 5K quarterback. What the heck, I will jump on that bandwagon, too. And why not? He's got two top-notch receivers with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. John Brown is a budding star and Andre Ellington is in the mix, too. I like Ellington a lot this week, too. The Chargers allowed a lot of fantasy points to quarterbacks last year, so why not give it a go?

Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys don't have a good defense. Which means the Cowboys will be in a lot of shootouts. Hence, guys like Williams will have more value than you could ever imagine. And the 49ers are a great matchup this week. Oh, that's right, a great matchup. The 49ers have been tough on fantasy quarterbacks in recent years, but injuries and suspensions have really decimated this defense. So don't be afraid to go with Williams.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Miami Dolphins

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Moreno looks like the odd man out but somehow manages to become the lead back. Because that's totally happening in Miami right now. Lamar Miller is not good when you compare him to other NFL running backs. And those reports about Moreno being out of shape and stuff? Dude was coming off knee surgery. Of course he was going to be a little doughy. If you scored him in the late rounds, you might have found yourself a gem. Again.

Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens

This matchup is terrible; I have to give you that. The Bengals smoked running backs last year and the defense looks as good as ever. But sometimes you have to say "What the (expletive)?" and just roll the bones out there. It's not my favorite play, but it's also why we call them sleepers.

Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans

This guy has been rather suspect in recent years, but he's won the job in Tennessee, so that's good. He's also got one of the best offensive lines in football in front of him, too. So he's one of those guys you might not be really excited about, but he could end up being pretty valuable. The hope is Bishop Sankey takes the gig, but until that time, let's keep an eye on Greene.

Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets

That's right, I said it. I'm tired of folks taking off on Geno. The dude was pretty good at the end of last season and one of the top fantasy quarterbacks going. Plus he's going up against the Raiders who allowed the third-most points to fantasy quarterbacks last year.

Cody Parkey, K, Philadelphia Eagles

If you're like me, you don't choose a kicker in your drafts because kickers. I like to add Sebastian Janikowski on Friday. Unless you're my friend Karen S., and you draft him right from under me to be a wisenheimer. So I had to go scramble for a kicker and I took Parkey because he's going to be the kicker for a high-flying offense.

Houston Texans D/ST

It wasn't that long ago the Texans were one of the top fantasy defenses going. Now they have Brian Cushing back and drafted Jadeveon Clowney. The deficiencies in the secondary can be masked by a solid pass rush, so this is a good bet. Plus, Redskins.

#DangerZone -- Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Hey, what happened to Frank Gore??? Nothing. Relax. But if you're in a deep, deep league and need a running back, you'd have to love the matchup here. I mean, don't bench Chris Johnson or anything crazy like that. But if you're in a big league, I say this is a pretty nice gamble. He's my #DangerZone play of the week.

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