The key to winning a fantasy football league is the ability to draft Sleepers. “Sleepers” are NFL rookies or players who have not made much of an impact in their NFL careers. In the fantasy football world, this is the path to winning your league championship. Last year, Alfred Morris, as a rookie, was expected to be part of a RB committee, at best, and grabbed control of the number 1 RB position and delivered over 1600 yards and 13 TDs. In his second year, Stevan Ridley impressed Bill Belichick enough to get the full-time RB duties and proved him correct by rushing for 1263 yards and 12 TDs. No one expected either one of those performances and the owner had to really screw up the rest of their team to miss the league playoffs. When you can grab a player as a flier or bench player and he becomes your number 1 producer at a that position, you, my friends, have a true Sleeper. Below are the top fantasy football sleepers by position for the 2013 season.
2013 Fantasy Football Sleepers
QB: Carson Palmer (AZ) – Palmer leaves Oakland and lands in the same vertical passing attack that he directed in Oakland. He put up very good fantasy football numbers in Oakland and they had limited talent, at best. In Arizona, he has an arsenal of weapons. The big gun is Larry Fitzgerald. This combination, if I may go out on a limb, will rival the numbers that Tom Brady and Randy Moss put up in 2007. On top of Fitz, I expect big seasons out of Michael Floyd (breakout season for him) and Andre Roberts. What amazes me most about this season is that Palmer is the 19th QB drafted, on average, which puts him in the 12th round or later.
Runner-up: Jay Cutler (CHI) – Cutler is in a contract year, has an improved offensive line and a new coach who is focused on offense, unlike his last coach. Cutler is getting drafted ahead of Palmer as the 16th QB taken with an ADP in the 10th round. I believe Palmer has a higher ceiling this year but both will deliver huge numbers for their ADP.
RB: Andre Brown (NYG) – I know he is in a battle with David Wilson for the starting RB position and there is talk of a RB-by-committee, but I love where he is being drafted ket qua bong da . It is almost like the public is giving Wilson the starting position already. Even if that happens, at 6′ 227lbs, Brown is the goal-line back, as evidenced by his 8 TDs last year in just over a half-season. With Tom Coughlin being an old-school coach, I believe Brown will be his favorite based on his ball-handling and blocking skills in addition to being a power back. With him being drafted in the 8th round, he is a perfect choice as your 3rd or 4th RB.
Runner-up: DeAngelo Williams (CAR) – Williams closed out 2012 with a 210-yard game and gets the starting role this year with Jonathan Stewart injured. If Williams can show that he can carry the full-time load again, he will be a steal at an ADP of the 10th round.
WR: Golden Tate (SEA) – Tate is entering his 3rd season, which is the classic breakout season for a WR. It also helps that Percy Harvin is out for the season and Sidney Rice is injured, again. Tate had nice chemistry with Russell Wilson last year, which improved steadily as the season wore on. He had 32 catches, 493 yards and 4 TDs in the last 9 games. Tate has a golden chance to secure the number 1 WR spot, which is huge for an ADP of the 12th round… though I expect this will climb rapidly towards the start of the season.
Runner-up: Emmanuel Sanders (PITT) – The Steelers paid to keep Sanders on the squad after losing Mike Wallace to Miami. They plan to get their money’s worth out of him. He is an unknown playmaker, averaging 14.2 ypc last year and just over 5 yac. Big Ben likes playmakers and will look Sanders’ way often, even if Antonio Brown is considered to be the number 1 WR. With an ADP of the 12th round, Sanders makes a great 4th WR who can easily be counted on to start for you every week.
TE: Brandon Myers (NYG) – The Giants lost Martellus Bennett (another Sleeper) to the Bears and replaced him with the underrated Myers. Myers had an amazing 79 catches and 800 yards last year and joined the Giants as a free agent. Huh? Man, Oakland does not know talent. Eli likes his tight ends, in more ways than one, and will utilize Myers as much as possible and get his name known this year. TE is a deep position, which is why Myers has an ADP in the 13th round.