One of the keys to winning your fantasy football league is the ability to recruit Sleepers. The “sleepers” are NFL players who are drafted in much lower rounds in their fantasy football drafts than their final stats warrant. In terms of shopping, this is like getting a bottle of Sam Adams Utopias for Budweiser prices. In the world of fantasy football, this is the path to league championship. We have seen championships won on the heels of Sleepers every year. They have come out of nowhere to register monsters years after being double-digit or exemption cable picks. When you can get a player at the end of your draft who becomes your # 1 producer at a certain position, you, my friends, have a true Sleeper. Below are some projected fantasy soccer players by position for the 2014 season.
2014 Fantasy Football Sleepers
QB: Jay Cutler (Chicago) – Yes, Cutler seems to be made of cupcakes thanks to his injury history, but that’s something that can be overlooked in the right circumstances. It was obvious last year that the hype about coach Marc Trestman’s offensive prowess was justified. Cutler scored big numbers until he was injured just after the midpoint of the season and Josh McCown didn’t miss a beat (the pair combined for 4,450 yards and 32 TDs). With more time under center and absorbing the playbook, you can expect even better numbers from this offense this season. You can easily get Cutler around the 10th round as most of the teams in your league will take the top 7 quarterbacks early and choose to roll the dice with players like Nick Foles and RG3 before looking at the unemotional veteran. .
Also consider: Josh McCown (Tampa), Ryan Fitzpatrick (HOU)
RB: Terrance West (Cleveland) – Thanks to Johnny Football, no position outside of QB is getting any attention in Cleveland, even though they added a lot of new faces at skill positions. At RB, they took Ben Tate to be their starter, but they also advanced through the draft to take West. Tate has had a history of injuries, so there’s no way he’s going to become a full-time workhorse, especially when he’s on a Kyle Shanahan offense that will have a quarterback recovering from an ACL injury. or a rookie learning to play the position. Due to those factors, West will see a lot of carries, RB1 carries when Tate inevitably falls. The news from training camp is that West has shown some great hands, much better than Tate, so he will get more reps too. You could let someone else grab Tate in round four and then jump on their handcuffs in round eight.
Also consider: Dexter McCluster (TENN), Jeremy Hill (CIN)
WR: Brandin Cooks (New Orleans) – Picking Saints receivers is an inexact science as Drew Brees enjoys spreading the ball, but there are A LOT of points to share. It has become painfully obvious that Marques Colston has declined significantly and Lance Moore is now on the Steelers. Coach Sean Payton loves the Cooks’ versatility and will take them on offense on the outside, in the groove, returning kicks and even in the backfield. He’s not big at 5’10 “and 189 pounds, but he’s fast. Rookie WRs are rarely consistent and often disappointing, but the lead is too great to pass up from round nine.
Also consider: Emmanuel Sanders (DEN), Justin Hunter (TENN)
TE: Ladarius Green (San Diego) – Tight End is a position that is very deep and results in Sleepers year after year. Green saw his playing time increase significantly last season when Philip Rivers aired the ball quite a bit and Green took Looks off an aging Antonio Gates. Gates is still close, but Green is a beast at 6’6 “, 240 pounds, yet he shined 4.5 speed. He proved he was a big threat in midfield by posting 22.1 yards per reception. He’s a round lock. double digits and has the potential to get stats similar to TEs written many rounds before.
Also consider: Eric Ebron (DET), Zach Ertz (PHIL)
D: New England Patriots – The Patriots D rarely get support with Tom Terrific on the other side of the ball, but this drive is the key to success this season for New England. They lost some key players last season to injuries that are back, like DT Tommy Kelly, added some key players through the draft, such as DT Dominique Easley, and filled the remaining gaps through free agency, mostly with Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. . Add these players Vince Wilfork, Rob Ninkovich, Dont’a Hightower and Devin McCourty and this is a unit that could almost outshine the offense.
Also consider: Denver
K: Robbie Gould (Chicago) – Considering that kickers shouldn’t be taken before the last two rounds, I have a hard time completing a kicker like one of the sleepers in fantasy football. Yet Gould is consistently one of the last kickers to be released and he’s about as automatic as you can get when it comes to kickers, even when he plays half his games outside in the Windy City. Chicago’s offense will be nearly unstoppable this season and Gould will have more opportunities to practice his trade.
Also consider: Matt Bryant (ATL)