Babes Gives You Some Real Fantasy Football Sleepers

Featured, Sports and Bets — August 11, 2014 at 10:45 pm by

by Babes

Everyone who plays fantasy football has already read the “sleepers” section of every fantasy magazine they’ve opened up.  It will read names like Zach Ertz, Carlos Hyde, Justin Hunter, and Brandin Cooks.  It’s true, those players are all set to break out this year in their various roles, but they are already on everybody’s radar.  The true definition of a sleeper is a player that when their name is called on draft day, everyone else in the league barks out “who the hell is that?”
I’ve compiled a list of 15 real sleepers.  These are players that most people in your league won’t be familiar with.  These are names that you should target very late in your draft.  Instead of contemplating taking a second defense that you’ll eventually drop anyway, take a flyer on one of these guys.  These players won’t have an immediate impact, but if you have the roster space, they are worth stashing for awhile.  These sleeprs are in no particular order.
1.  Allen Hurns:  Wide receiver in Jax that went undrafted out of the U.  He actually had more receiving yards in one season than Irvin, Wayne, A. Johnson, or Santana Moss.  But his collegiate career was marred with injuries.  Reports out of Jags’ camp is that Hurns is outplaying both second round picks, Marquise Lee and Allen, and could land the starting role opposite Cecil Shorts.

2.  Juwan Thompson:  Thompson is making a lot of noise in the Denver camp.  The undrafted running back out of Duke went for 59 yards on 6 carries against Seattle.  He is accomplished in pass protection, which is the fastest way to earning playing time in the Denver backfield. Montee Ball will be sidelined until week one, CJ Anderson suffered a concussion, and Ronnie Hillman is nothing more than a change of pace back.  If one or two chips fall the right way for Thompson, he could see significant playing time in the number one offense in football.

3.  Travis Kelce:  This is not me overreacting to his 70 yard touchdown catch and run in week one of the preseason.  I remember watching Kelce in college at Cincinnati and he has big play potential.  He moves extremely well for a 260 pound tight end, and Andy Reid will know how to utilize him.  The only road block in his way is Anthony Fasano, who moves like he is wearing ankle weights.

4.  Andre Holmes:  This Raider wide out came on late last season.  It’s a very mucky situation out in Oakland with six or seven guys competing for playing time, but I predict the youngster Holmes to come out as one of the starters.  There should be a great deal of garbage time production to be had.

5.  Jerick McKinnon:  The young speedy back is the heir apparent to Adrian Peterson.  That doesn’t guarantee him any significant playing time this year, but if something were to happen to the aging AP, he would at least split time with the plodding Matt Asiata.  In that scenario, McKinnon is the much more talented option, therefore making him the primary handcuff to AP.

6.  Dri Archer:  Archer is the speedy back in Pittsburgh that is Todd Hailey’s new toy.  The term, “Darren Sproles type role,” is beginning to be overused, but that’s what the Steelers want to get out of Archer.  More valuable in a PPR, but somebody to monitor in any format.


7.  James White:  Figuring out any New England situation for fantasy purposes is the most annoying aspect of fantasy football.  Belichik is such a dick when it comes to that.  But if you invest an early pick in Vereen or Ridley, you need to pick up James White.  The hype has already started on White in training camp, as he is more talented than Brandon Bolden.  White is a draft and stash guy because you know Vereen will get hurt, and Ridley will fumble; therefore the next man up will be in play.

9.  Doug Baldwin/Jermaine Kearse:  This duo behind Percy Harvin on the reigning champ’s depth chart are being completely overlooked.  Yes Seattle is a run first team, but somebody has to catch the passes when they do throw.  Chances are Percy Harvin won’t make it through half a season, so Baldwin and Kearse should both be able to post decent numbers.


10.  Charles Sims:  The rookie back out of WVU should be able to carve himself out a nice role in the passing game for Tampa Bay.  The Bucs should have plenty of room underneath for the backs to work with V-Jax and Mike Evans drawing much attention downfield.  It’s plausible that Sims catches fifty balls this year.


11.  Dexter McCluster:  Ken Whisenhunt is now the head honcho in Tennessee, and he made a top 15 back out of Danny Woodhead in PPR formats last year. The Titans pounced on McCluster in free agency, which tells me old Dexter is this year’s Woodhead.

12.  Lance Dunbar:  Dallas’ new offensive coordinator is Scott Linehan, who made two top thirty backs in PPR format out of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.  So it’s not out of this world to think he could make Lance Dunbar a viable fantasy option this year as DeMarco Murray’s number one backup.  That is, of course, taking into account that Murray stays healthy, which he seems to never do.

13.  John Brown:  The pride of Pittsburgh State, John Brown is working himself nicely into the slot receiver role in Arizona.  Yes, they have two giants on the outside in Fitz and Floyd, but Bruce Arians’ offense does heavily involve the slot receiver.  Remember, T.Y. Hilton made his bones playing the slot for Arians in Indy.  Brown is lightning fast, and dynamic with the football in his hands.  I like Brown to make an impact this year.

14.  James Starks: The biggest name on this list, yet people have really seemed to write him off.  He is Eddie Lacy’s primary backup, and with Lacy’s nosed running style, it’s easy to envision Starks getting a ton of work.  He can catch out of the backfield, and he plays in the second best offense in the league.  If you draft Lacy, then Starks is well worth a tenth, or eleventh, round pick.

15.  Chris Polk:  Chip Kelly traded away McCoy’s primary backup last year in Bryce Brown.  That means he has supreme confidence in running back Chris Polk to take the reins should something happen to McCoy.  Polk is a powerful inside runner that may even see a few goal line looks, even with McCoy healthy.

These fifteen guys are players to keep on your radar.  So when some schmo in your league takes some has been in the seventeenth round because he’s heard of him, sit back, lick your chops, and pounce on these upside-guys that will make you look like a genius come playoff time.

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