That’s the question many Fantasy Football team managers were asking leading up to this week’s round of gridiron battles – and with “Johnny Football” and his long-awaited NFL debut, this week was destined to shake things up in the Fantasy Football world.

And it did…let’s have a quick look back;

  • Robert Griffin, Jr III “fell” into place with another injury, certainly causing some hiccups in fantasy teams across the country and leaving RGIII in limbo for the season.
  • Carolina Panthers slotted Greg Hardy into the inactive list before Sunday’s home opener.
  • A right knee injury for Ryan Matthews of the Chargers may send some fantasy team managers back to the SAP Player Comparison Tool to evaluate trade options and free agents
  • Even seemingly small injuries can send people scrambling – that’s what fantasy team managers who have A.J. Green on their roster are dealing with.  A possible broken toe sent him to the sidelines early, and now we wait to see what the next step for A.J.
  • Defenses aren’t immune to the injury wire either.  For those that have the Buccaneers defense, there is going to be a tough hole to fill with Gerald McCoy’s defensive tackle position up for grabs if his hand injury turns out to be serious.  Maybe a second-stringer can steal the show here?

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Alright, back to second-stringers.  Who are the ones you should be watching for week 3?  Which ones sit on a free agent list, ready to get on the proverbial “field”? Which ones are going to steal the show if you take a chance on them?

Momentum is a powerful thing in the NFL, which is why I’m turning back to some sleepers from Week 2 (thanks ESPN) that you may want to consider for Week 3:

TE: Larry Donnell, NYG – with 11.4 yards per catch this year so far, he’s a definite first down machine.

QB: Philip Rivers, SD – coming off a strong week 2 with 284 passing yards and 3 touchdowns, Philip just might be the one to slot in for week 3.

RB: Alfred Morris, WAS – with RGIII out due to injury, the running game for the Redskins just might be where you want to place your bets.  Week 3 could be a good opportunity for Alfred to open it up.

If you prefer players that like to surprise, then a height-challenged RB: Darren Sproles, PHI could be your man – at just 5’6” he delivered tall-man receiving results with a career-high 152 receiving yards on Monday night during week 2.  The sky could be the limit for this guy.

WR: Dez Bryant, DAL – Apparently, his shoulder isn’t causing too much trouble as his week 2 performance showed, with 10 receptions for 103 yards and 1 TD.  It may be worth the gamble as they go head-to-head against the STL Rams in Week 3.

In business, like in sports, you sometimes need to give opportunity to “second-stringers” to gain advantage over the competition.  Innovation, strategy, and roll-up-your-sleeves hard work from eager colleagues can be the difference between capturing an opportunity and seeing it slip through your fingers.

As a leader, identify these second-stringers, train and develop them, and always look for opportunities to get them in the game.  Good talent sitting on the bench is no talent at all – and like the SAP Player Comparison Tool for Fantasy Football, employee analytics, and learning platforms can help you develop your starting lineup.

Here’s to second-stringers.

Since Fantasy Football clearly isn’t going away any time soon, check out the Player Comparison Tool on NFL.com to make those difficult lineup decisions for you. Just think, it’ll do all of the research, so you can focus on increasing your productivity at work. And while you’re at it, follow me on Twitter @ryanmarketing13.

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