Fantasy Football Sleepers 2012: Playmakers Who Will Thrive in New Location

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVApril 29, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 18: Nate Clements #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals tackles Brandon Lloyd #83 of the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 18, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

After yet another wild and crazy free agency period culminated by the NFL draft, many studs are in a new environment which will help catapult them to prominence.

Many key components of last year's excitement that was the regular season and postseason have assumed new roles on different teams, and this move for these players is just what was needed.

Some big playmakers from the college scene have now been drafted and will take their talents to the NFL.

Look for these studs to be great gets in your fantasy league. They're definitely worth picking before their ranking. Don't miss out on these guys.


Brandon Jacobs - San Francisco 49ers

After Brandon Jacobs' past with the New York Giants, it shouldn't be any surprise that he's changed locations even after becoming Super Bowl champs once again. 

Jacobs has proven he is to be utilized in whatever offense he is in. Even though he had to demand it in New York, it paid off and he was able to be arguably the Giants' most valuable backfield option during the playoffs.

Behind Frank Gore, he won't have to worry about being the premier back and carrying the complete load. He will be able to settle in to his role, which will be focused on goal line touches. He'll get a lot of short-yardage carries, but he's proven throughout his career that he can bust a 30- or 40-yard run at any given time.


Chris Rainey - Pittsburgh Steelers

Florida Gators standout Chris Rainey has been one of the most electrifying players in college football since he arrived in Gainesville. Pittsburgh was able to get him at a considerable steal in the fifth round of this year's draft.

Rainey couldn't have entered a better situation as far as playing time is concerned. Rashard Mendenhall is the feature back in Pittsburgh, but we saw in last year's playoffs how thin the position is overall. If he goes down again, Rainey could very well grab 15 or 20 carries in a game.

Rainey reminds us of a Percy Harvin, a player who takes touchdowns by force and can make it happen anywhere on the offensive side of the ball. He'll get his touches and will be able to settle in well to a strong Steelers team with the possibility of becoming a big playmaker.


Brandon Lloyd - New England Patriots

Brandon Lloyd has had to survive some ugly quarterback situations in his career and it's safe to say Brady is without a doubt the best QB he's ever had.

No team has a more stable position than the Patriots at quarterback. Brady also has enough options to be able to find Lloyd in space and let him play freely. Lloyd has proven to be one of the most skilled receivers in the game, and this could be the one ingredient missing from his time in the NFL.

With the weapons he will have around him and the efficient team he is joining, Lloyd will have a breakout season and become one of the NFL's most dangerous playmakers.