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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Three receptions for 100 yards looks a lot better than two for 40.

The latter is the line Aldrick Robinson put up last week after I touted the Redskins receiver as a strong sleeper with Pierre Garcon out. That prediction would have worked out much better if he didn't let what would have been at least a 60-yard completion bounce off his chest with no defenders near him.

Garcon is doubtful to play in Week 3 so let's try this again.

It's looking like Leonard Hankerson is going to get the start Sunday at split end in place of Garcon, and I like Hankerson this week as much as I liked Robinson last week.

Hankerson caught a 68-yard touchdown a week ago so this isn't completely out of left field, and the big-play threat should see more targets this week. That should make him less of an all-or-nothing risk.

Here are some other sleepers I wouldn't mind rolling with in Week 3.

Quarterback

Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs - Cassel has thrown for 559 yards and three scores this season, and he should have a field day against the Saints Sunday. New Orleans has allowed a 71.7 completion percentage and 12 yards per attempt to opposing passers. Fortunately, Kansas City's defense is just as bad, so Cassel should have to air it out to keep up with Drew Brees.

Running back

Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams - Richardson looked fantastic in place of Steven Jackson Sunday, rushing for 83 yards on 15 carries after Jackson was removed with a groin injury. Jackson is iffy for Week 3, meaning the 5-foot-10, 196-pound Richardson will get a shot to carry the full load.

Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions - Detroit is desperate for a running back who can gain yardage after first contact, and Leshoure could be that guy. Tennessee has been destroyed via ground and air this season, so Leshoure should be one of several Lions to have big games in Week 3.

Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints - Just because Thomas doesn't receive many touches doesn't mean he isn't a valuable fantasy contributor, especially in PPR leagues. Thomas is a risk because he's just as likely to have a game like Week 1 (5 touches, 29 yards) than Week 2 (13-143), but I like his chances this week against Kansas City. The Chiefs defense has allowed 4.8 ypc, 142.5 yards per game and three rushing touchdowns in two contests.

Wide receiver

Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals - The shifty Hawkins saw less targets in Week 2 but he made several Browns defenders miss on a 50-yard touchdown reception. He's the clear-cut No. 2 receiver on the Bengals next to A.J. Green, and he should break off another long gain against a Redskins defense that has allowed 313.5 passing yards per game and an NFL-high six passing scores.

Kevin Ogletree, Dallas Cowboys - Ogletree should only be started if you're really in a bind, but he could reach the end zone again Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers just allowed Eli Manning to throw for 510 yards and they gave up a score to Dallas' No. 3 receiver Laurent Robinson last season in a game that Miles Austin played. It's worth a gamble that Ogletree will repeat that feat.

Tight end

Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills - The Bills tight end doesn't see many targets but he's the team's No. 1 option around the goal line. He's one of eight tight ends with two or more touchdown receptions this season.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Thomas J. Harrigan at tharrigan@sportsnetwork.com.


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