Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fantasy Football Sleepers

The Counselor is IN:

Here is my list of fantasy football sleepers.  A sleeper is someone that is undervalued and should reward you for picking them up.  I have three different levels of sleepers: Sleepers, Deep Sleepers, and Rip Van Winkle Sleepers.  

These players most likely will be drafted but are being drafted lower than their estimated value.  I rank them in order that they may be able to be productive starters or rotation guys.

1)  Ryan Matthews, RB, San Diego Chargers
If you have not seen a Chargers pre-season game, you are missing the up and coming stud running back.  Do not sleep long on Matthews.  He is a great #2 RB for you and may be a stud #1.  If you are in a keeper league, make him a priority.

2)  RB Arian Foster  Texans
Foster had a good year last season after becoming the starter.  It looked like he had lost his job to the rookie RB Tate but an season ending injury has given Foster the starting job again.  Look for him to prove he deserves it.

3)  RB Carnell Williams - TB
Cadilac has become a forgot runningback.  Don’t forget about him.  He is a great flex or third RB and could prove to be a really good #2.  

4)  RB Michael Bush- RaidersEverything points to Bush as the starter for the Raiders.  He is being drafted far after McFadden.  He is a great backup and could prove to be a starter.

5)   QB Jay Cutler- Chicago
Cutler starts his second season in Chicago.  He has been sporatic but this may be the season that he puts it together.  He is a fine backup and could become your starter.

6)  RB Jahvid Best-Detroit Lions (Rookie)
Rookie runningbacks are often good picks later in the draft.  Many are cautious of Best because he is on the Lions.  I look for Best to have a good rookie year and would be a good #4 back for you.

7)  WR Mike Williams - TB (Rookie)
Rookie Wides are often a bust but Williams has displayed in the pre-season that he is the best WR on the Bucs roster.  I would be pleased with him as a fourth WR.  I would definitely pick him up in a keeper league.

8) WR Jacoby Jones- TexansJones toys has toyed with my sleeper list the last couple of years.  It is possible that he might beat out Walter before the end of the season as the #2 WR in a potent Texas passing attack.

9) WR James Jones - GB PackersJones has become a forgot man in the Packers offense.  He looks like he is now on the same page with Rodgers.  He has lots of potential this season.

10)  WR Johnny Knox- Chicago
Knox came out of no where for many last season as a spot starter who was very hot and cold.  I look for Knox to continue to develop with Cutler and to put up decent #3 WR numbers at the cost of a #5 WR.

Deep Sleepers
These guys should be bench players for you but could pay off and become starters if the situation turns their way.  Don’t overpay for them but these players do have good upside.

1) RB LaDainian Tomlinson-  Jets
LT is past his prime but still has some moves and may get all the goal line carries.

2) WR Mike Wallace- Pittsburgh Steelers
Wallace has potential especially when Big Ben returns.  

3) TE Dustin Keller- Jets
Keller has a ton of potential and should be the safety value for a developing Sanchez.

4)  TE Zach Miller- Raiders
Miller has a new QB and should return to the world of owned TEs.

5)  WR Chaz Schilens- Oakland Raiders
Schilens has some good games last season and should have a better season with a new QB.

6)  WR Kenny Britt- Titans
Britt has ton of potential.  If Young continues to develop at QB, Britt will have a good year.

7)  WR Julian Edelman- Patriots
Edelman is known as a poor man’s Welker.  He has a chance to come out of no where like Welker did a couple of seasons ago.

8)  WR Early Doucet- Arizona
Doucet has a lot of potential and has moved up the depth chart but his QB situation could keep him from breaking out this year.

9)  RB Marshawn Lynch  Buffalo
Remember that Lynch was a fantasy stud just a few seasons ago and he is only 24 years old.  I look for him to get traded or prove himself this season.  This is a hit or miss pick.

10)  RB Willis McGahee- Baltimore
McGahee continues to produce from time to time.  If Rice gets injured then McGahee could become very valuable.  

Rip Van Winkle Sleepers
These players are flyers in the late rounds.  They have potential to have a break out year but are also likely to do nothing for you except be waived for a pick up.

1) WR Devin Aromashodu- Bears

2) WR Laurent Robinson- STL

3) WR Jordon Shipley- Cincinnati

4)  RB Montario Hardesty- Browns

5)  QB Josh Freeman-, Buccaneers

6)  WR Dwayne Jarrett - Carolina

7)  QB Matthew Stafford - Detroit

8)  QB Chad Henne  Miami

9)  QB Alex Smith- SF

10) RB Kenneth Darby- STL

The Counselor is OUT:

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