EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Naaman Roosevelt #18 of the Buffalo Bills runs for a touchdown against Justin Tryon #30 of the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 16, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Each weekend the Buffalo Bills play a game, I'm asked to write about one Bills player that I consider a sleeper for a good week in fantasy football. For this week's game against the Washington Redskins, I'm going with wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt.
Finding a "sleeper" in Buffalo's current offensive lineup is not easy to do. With prime fantasy sleeper candidate Donald Jones injured, slot receiver David Nelson now practically a household name, and the rest of the team's players fantasy mainstays (Fred Jackson, Steve Johnson and Ryan Fitzpatrick), finding a sleeper is an exercise in picking between players on the fringe of Buffalo's offense. This week, I chose Roosevelt over tight end Scott Chandler and runner/receiver C.J. Spiller.
The reason for the choice is simple: Roosevelt is more intrinsically a part of Buffalo's offense than either Chandler or Spiller. He'll be on the field more, and while that doesn't necessarily mean he'll get more looks, he's also far more likely to get lost in the shuffle than his two teammates. That is the definition of sleeper - and as we saw in Week 6 when he took a short pass 60 yards to the house, when he's lost in the shuffle, he's able to make things happen.