2014 Fantasy Football Sleepers
Possibly the best part of being a fantasy buff, is digging deep to find those hidden gems we call sleepers! Sleepers generally are late round picks that we can load up on and hope for exceptional value. If you are wrong on a sleeper, it’s no big deal, cut them and look to the waiver wire. Here’s my list of sleepers!
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings:
The Gronk-sized tight end signed a brand new deal with Minnesota, inking the former Irish star for five years worth 40 million. That’s a lot of dough to pay someone and is a great show of confidence in this young player. Now let’s get to the Norv Turner magic and what he creates for a tight end. He likes to spread the field with speed receivers and work the tight end in the middle. He has had great success over his career with tight ends such as Antonio Gates, and last year’s breakout star Jordan Cameron. I fully expect Minnesota to use Rudolph like Cameron, and that means a huge increased stat line which will lead to one heck of a value on draft day!
Christine Michael, RB, Seahawks:
Michael is electric, any time he has the ball he can score. At Texas A&M he was a star, averaging 5.3 ypc over the course of 529 carries. He added 44 catches with a 7.3 ypc and a total of 35 touchdowns, in the 40 games he played. The Seahawks had a plan when they drafted him in the second round of last year’s draft. Though in small doses, he showed flashes of brilliance throughout the year. Bring in Marshawn Lynch’s contract disputes, and his massive work load (almost 1,100 touches the last three seasons), Michael not only could be a steal in drafts but if Lynch goes down early, you have yourself a bona fide number one running back. I would look to draft Christine in the 8th or 9th round of drafts this season.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons:
Atlanta has talked Freeman up as their three down back. That being said, it won’t take much for him to supplant a aging Steven Jackson to become their go to running back. Jackson has been slowing down for several years now and has well over 2,500 career carries. I also don’t have much faith in Jacquizz Rodgers who has had ample amounts of opportunities, but only has proven his receiving abilities. I feel that there is no value in drafting Jackson or Rodgers this season, and can see Freeman running away with the starting gig.
Sam Bradford, QB, Rams:
Bradford was on pace for a career year, working with a young wide receiving core and a muddled backfield. He then tore his ACL at Carolina Week 7. His rehab has went well and he should be fine for the start of this season. He comes back with a receiving corps led by speed demon Tavon Austin, a outstanding offensive line, and physically gifted running back in Zac Stacy. I think too many people sleep on Bradford because of the tuff smash mouth division he’s playing in. He will be a great quarter back to stream, play match ups, or simply to have for insurance/bye week replacement.
Cody Latimer, WR, Broncos:
This guy has been on my radar for quite a while. He was a dominant wide receiver in college with some of the best hands I have ever seen. I have watched a ton of tape on this kid and he has thoroughly impressed me. His size 6’3″, 215 lbs accompanied by a 4.41 speed, led Todd McShay to say he is the most underrated player in this year’s draft. Beat writers are impressed with Latimer in his early debut receiving passes from Manning. I can’t see how Denver can keep this guy off the field (especially in the redzone), with an aging Wes Welker, and slot receiver Emmanuel Sanders. I think there’s plenty of points to spread across the number one offense and expect Latimer to get his share.