Fantasy Football Sleepers
Many of us football fans, are big fantasy football players as well. With the preseason winding down, here are some big sleepers for your fantasy football draft.
FYI: These sleepers are based on Yahoo ADP (average draft position) over 100.
QB – Matt Schaub (ADP: 109.7) – Schaub is coming off a major foot injury from the middle of last season, which has seen his stock drop since last year. With that injury, plus the running game of the Texans, many people are looking at Schaub as a QB2. I think, with the quality of players available before hand, taking Schaub as your QB1 is not a bad idea. If you fail to get 1 of the big 3 of Rodgers, Brady, Brees, then wait it out for some later QB’s, and you can wait even later for Schaub, who if healthy (BIG IF however), he can have a big season, with defenses focusing on Foster and the running game.
QB – Andrew Luck (ADP 117.6) – Luck is coming off a preseason leaving Colts fans wondering if Peyton Manning ever left Indy. Luck has looked great, and seems like he has been in the league for several years. Some reason, Tebow has been picked at around the same slot (117.7). Why are people taking a backup QB/punt protector over a starter in a pretty weak division boggles me. Luck can put together a pretty big season, and is one of the top QB2’s available. The Colts could be down a lot this season, so Luck should be throwing the ball plenty. If you don’t like anyone around that area, take a shot at Luck, and who knows, he could put up some low QB1 numbers this year.
RB – Peyton Hillis (ADP 101.6) – Hillis was once the top rusher in CLE, before his numbers fell dramatically (Madden Curse?). Now in KC, Hillis will be the backup to Charles in KC, where they will look to run the ball a lot. Many reporters are speculating that Hillis will get the ball a lot for KC and he could put up some good numbers as a RB3, or Flex. His workload will likely be higher earlier in the season, however if he does his job, he will continue to get carries as the season goes along.
RB – Rashad Jennings (ADP 121.5) – Yesterday, Coach Mularkey announced that Jennings will likely be the starter Week 1, even if MJD reported this week. With that being said, I expect Jennings’ ADP to go up the next few weeks. Jennings has shown lots of promise as the backup and will now be able to show us what he is made of. The situation with MJD makes this situation interesting. If MJD is traded, Jennings easily becomes a top RB2, possibly lower RB1. If MJD shows up, Jennings will likely put up solid RB2, or high RB3/Flex numbers. He is a guy that should be targeted earlier in the draft, and you can come out with the gem of the draft, if MJD leaves JAX.
WR – Titus Young (ADP 120.7) – Young is one of my favorite players to get late this year. The Lions love to throw the ball, and we all know teams will be double and triple teaming the Lions all year-long. This should make things a lot easier for Young. Young is likely the WR2 on this team, and might get more targets than TE Pettigrew in Detroit. He could be a huge steal this year and put up some mid WR2, or great WR3 numbers this year in PPR leagues. For someone being drafted as a backup WR, he could be another big steal this year for your fantasy team.
WR – Brandon LaFell (ADP 127.2) – One of this year’s surprise teams could be the Carolina Panthers. With that said, Newton will need to outperform his great rookie year. After Steve Smith’s huge season, we see Newton is capable of hitting his WR’s in stride. LaFell is the other starter opposite Smith this year, and with teams watching Smith, LaFell is a great play, and should get many targets. I expect LaFell to be a solid WR3 this year, and could breakout further, if Smith’s injury proves to be serious.
TE – Kyle Rudolph (ADP 138.1) – With Peterson healthy, defenses will focus on him for most of their game planning. However Ponder will have to throw the ball a lot this year, with the team likely being down late in the game. Harvin is the WR1 on this team, and should have a good year. However Ponder will look at Rudolph a lot over the course of the year as his security blanket. Rudolph should have a good year and is a good TE2, and could possibly put up low TE1 numbers in PPR leagues.
DEF – Miami Dolphins (ADP 118.8) – The Dolphins look like they could be a nice defense this year. They get the pleasure of facing the AFC South and NFC West. They should play well against the Colts, Titans, Jaguars, Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks, and the Raiders. Of course they also get to play the Bills and Jets twice each, and that will help them as well. They are looking like a good Defense to stream certain weeks, or to own with another defense and play the match ups. They can get to the Quarterback, and make plays on defense. By playing many teams with young QB’s, this should help them score some points for your fantasy team.
These are strictly guys that I am targeting in my fantasy drafts. These guys are players you can draft after the first 100 are gone, and should give you better value than where you drafted them.
What do you guys think about these sleepers?