NFL Fantasy Sleepers
Every year there are 10 or so players that come out of nowhere and surprise the fantasy football world. Last year we saw guys like Alfred Morris, T.Y Hilton and all those rookie quarterbacks surprisingly dominate the NFL. This year I have a few names in mind of guys I believe if you can grab late in drafts, will look like steals come December.
- RB Daryl Richardson (STL) – This guy stole some carries last year from Steven Jackson and has a great opportunity to start for the Rams. Head Coach Jeff Fischer says he isn’t afraid to have a RBBC approach but if we have noticed one thing throughout Fischer’s career, he loves to have a bell cow. Look for Richardson to win the battle in the backfield and establish himself as the number one runner.
- WR Ryan Broyles (DET) – The Detroit Lions have always lacked the 1-2 punch out wide. It has always been Megatron and then everyone else. This offseason however Matthew Stafford has stated Broyles has been impressive and winning almost every battle in camp. If Broyles can compliment Megatron successfully than he will have a big year in Detroit. Added to that, right now Broyles is undrafted in most leagues.
- TE Ed Dickson (BAL) – The Ravens had a pretty good tight end in Dennis Pitta but he went down with an injury. Now Dickson is in place to play the role of the move tight end in this Baltimore offense. He is an athletic player who can make the tough plays and if he can shore up his drops then he should be in line for a big year in Baltimore. Right now he is a lower tier tight end who can be snagged in the later rounds in standard drafts.
- WR Brandon Lafell (CAR)– The Carolina Panthers have a great number one WR in Steve Smith, a great tight end in Olsen and a pair of decent running backs. The only thing slowing down this offense is their misfortune with the number two WR role. Lafell has all the tools to be great and he showed flashes of that last year with games of 93, 90 and 88 yards. If Cam can utilize Lafell a bit more this season than he should be in line for a decent season.
- WR Darrius Heyward Bay (IND) – The battle for the number two role in the Colts offense has been huge thus far in training camp. Right now it seems as if DHB is ahead though as he has been seen starting out wide with the number one offense in camp. Unfortunately he hurt his knee earlier in camp and the extent of the injury has yet to be revealed. The fact of the matter is though, the former first round pick is more talented then T.Y Hilton and if healthy should put up huge numbers in this Andrew Luck led attack.
- RB Shane Vareen (NE) – Danny Woodhead is gone and someone is going to have to make up for his catches. Insert Shane Vareen, he showed the football world flashes of what he is capable of last season. If he wasn’t hurt going into the season he may have even been the number one RB in New England. Added to that Stevan Ridley is absolutely dreadful in the passing game and with the lack of weapons in this offense Vareen is in line for big numbers in 2013.
- WR Joe Morgan (NO) – The Saints wide out is essentially replacing Devery Henderson in Sean Payton’s offense. This means he will be the home run hitter for Drew Brees. Henderson was always an up and down guy in fantasy while he was the number 3 but I think Morgan has a better all around skill set and will only improve on those numbers. Though he may not turn out to be a stud you should still take a chance late on a guy that will be catching passes from MR. 5000 & 40 next season.
- RB Danny Woodhead (SD)– He was 24th in fantasy points among running backs last season and that was in a New England offense with a plethora of weapons. This season he joins a San Diego attack that has been missing that x factory in the backfield since L.T retired. In Fact, in his back up role last season Woodhead still finished ahead of Ryan Matthews in fantasy points. At some point this season he will overtake Matthews as the leading point getter in San Diego and you’re going to want him on your team when it happens.
- WR Golden Tate (SEA) – The injury to Percy Harvin opens the door for Tate to dominate in 2013. Last season he averaged a touch down every 6th reception, and with a more improved offensive system and a more experienced quarterback he should be in line to catch even more of Wilsons touchdowns in 2013. Take a chance on the “Fail Mary” superstar.
- WR Kenny Brit (TEN) – Last season was the worst statistical season of his career. However he was coming off an ACL injury and unlike Adrian Peterson he is not a super human. At the end of the day Brit is still the number one wide out in Tennessee and whether you like it or not will have the best statistical season among wide outs for the titans. Ultimately how often can you grab a team’s number one WR in the 9th round? Take a chance and enjoy.
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