Top 9 Fantasy Football Sleepers
If you have smart friends, your draft is probably this week. Here are nine guys you should look for as your draft gets deeper.
This article does not consider breakout candidates like Randall Cobb, David Wilson, Lamar Miller, T.Y. Hilton, Danny Amendola etc. as sleepers.
9. Jeff Tuel (QB, Buffalo Bills)
Tuel is going to become the first undrafted rookie to ever start an opener, and could be worth a very late pick if you’re struggling to find a backup. Tuel has gotten help with injuries to E.J. Manuel and Kevin Kolb, but also impressed in the preseason. He’ll have weapons in C.J. Spiller, Stevie Johnson and potentially in receiver Robert Woods, who just missed the cut for this list.
8. Michael Bush (RB, Chicago Bears)
With running backs getting drafted as early as they are, it’s important to get some depth on your roster, even if it’s a spot starter. Take Bush as a last option guy as he’s somebody who can get you a good amount of goal line touchdowns, but don’t expect a lot of yards out of him.
7. Markus Wheaton (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers)
Steelers have had a great history of drafting wide receivers with Plaxico Burress Antwaan Randle El, Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown, etc. and Wheaton won’t be an exception. The rookie out of Oregon State has amazing hands and adequate speed to become the Steelers third wide receiver. He’s impressed in training camps and preseason and should get the opportunity to succeed with the help of Big Ben.
6. Danny Woodhead (RB, San Diego Chargers)
Woodhead has always been an intriguing fantasy option as a Patriot, and will now be in prime position to succeed in San Diego. He’s completely exceeded expectations this offseason as a pass-catching running back, and the coaches have noticed. With injury-prone Ryan Matthews, Woodehad can go from third-down back to featured back.
5. Ben Tate (RB, Houston Texans)
Tate is a proven backup and would start on multiple teams around the country, unfortunately his fantasy value diminishes because he plays behind Arian Foster. However, with Foster’s questionable health, Tate’s role will increase with more carries and overall downs. Every owner should handcuff Foster with Tate, but it’s important to note for non-Foster owners that Tate still has fantasy potential.
4. Vincent Brown (WR, San Diego Chargers)
Brown might have the most potential on this list as he can emerge as the leading receiver on the Chargers. Although he’s young, his injury history might force him to fall in drafts. He only has 19 receptions to his name, but in his short stint he saw great chemistry with Phillip Rivers.
3. Jared Cook (TE, St. Louis Rams)
Cook has the potential to be a top-five tight end. Even with no consistent quarterback as a Titan, Cook was still able to show off his uncanny athleticism and strong hands. Entering a young offense in the Rams, Cook will become a reliable safety net and receiving threat for Sam Bradford. He’s been available late in drafts and he’s a great option as a starting tight end or even a flex if applicable.
2. Gio Bernard/Benjarvus Green-Ellis (RBs, Cincinnati Bengals)
An electrifying rookie and a consistent goal line back. Do not let the fact that they’ll split carries turn you away from drafting them. Both are strong options as your third or fourth running back, but do not be surprised if you find yourself starting them. Gio has the most potential but Green-Ellis is the safer pick heading into the season. If somebody takes one of these guys too high just tell them to watch more Hard Knocks.
1. Kenbrell Thompkins/Aaron Dobson (WRs, New England Patriots)
Tom Brady could make Titus Young III into an appealing fantasy option, so it’s no surprise to see these two rookie receivers at the top of this list. One of them has the potential to be a top scoring wide receiver on the team, but it’s not known who will take that role yet. Brady has looked better with Thompkins, but the Patriots never show their hand, and Dobson has been scouted with greater potential. These guys will be available very late, and are 110% worth pocketing on your roster.