In an age of fantasy football cheet sheets, Sports TV advice, Internet advice, smart phones apps, are there really any real “sleepers” in fantasy football drafts? I was in a draft a couple of nights ago and it seemed everyone knew who to draft and why. The real surprise came when everyone realized that the team managers drafting were in the “know” and started drafting their “sleepers” early. I guess the real question is how early should some of these guys go? Are they worth the risk? I guess we’ll have to find out. Last season, I drafted Eagles RB McCoy pretty early and it seemed to pay off. At the time, he was just a back-up, so I guess I considered him kind of a sleeper. However, this season, I’m having trouble considering any fantasy pick a real “sleeper”. At this point, I tend to think in terms of “risks” and “probables”.
Some fantasy probable picks that I think will pan out this year are RB C.J. Spiller, TE Jermichael Finely, QB Kevin Kolb, and for leagues that do return yards, WR Jacoby Jones. These are some fantasy picks that I would definitely draft higher than what they’re ranking dictates.
Some fantasy picks that I think are risky are RB Ryan Mattews (how much sharing time will he share with Sproles who has proven himself). Any RB in Denver (do I really need to even explain myself here?). Also, RB Ronnie Brown (he surprised me last year, but he also ended up getting injured, can he last another full season?). Actually, let me just put this out there, to me any RB older than 29 is a risk. I tend to think that most RBs are at their best from 23 – 27.
Who do you think are this year’s fantasy football sleepers?