Fantasy Football Sleepers 2012: PPR Studs That Will Fly Under the Radar
Successful sleepers guarantee PPR fantasy football championships.
Everyone who owned Wes Welker and Darren Sproles last season knows this. Here are four under-the-radar players that have the potential to have a Welker/Sproles-like impact for your team.
4. Alex Green
The Green Bay Packers didn’t draft a running back for a reason. They have to be confident in second-year back Alex Green. He tore his ACL last season, but now that he’s fully healthy, he’ll have an opportunity to win the Packers’ third-down back job.
And if Green does, he’s sure to be the recipient of plenty Aaron Rodgers check-down passes.
3. Golden Tate
Tate didn’t produce much in 2011, but the vast majority of his numbers came in the final five weeks of the season. The former second-round pick will be going into his third year in the league and that’s traditionally when wide receivers blow up. Throw in the fact that he’ll be catching passes from Matt Flynn instead of Tarvaris Jackson this season, and his numbers are sure to sky rocket.
2. Jacquizz Rodgers
Last year, Jacquizz Rodgers received only 57 carries all season long for the Atlanta Falcons. Right now, though, he’s second-string on their depth chart behind the 30-year-old Michael Turner whose carries will go down a bit this year. Expect the Falcons to lean on Matt Ryan more heavily and Rodgers, as their third-down back, to get a ton of looks.
Which player is the most likely to blow up?
1. Davone Bess
After recording two straight seasons with more than 75 receptions in the previous two years, Bess only caught 51 balls in 2011. He can thank poor quarterback play for his decline. That won’t change, but with Brandon Marshall’s departure, you better believe Bess’ targets will increase.
Miami’s other receivers include Brian Hartline, Chad Ochocinco and Legedu Naanee. Exactly—they’ll lean on Bess all year.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.
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