Fantasy Football Sleepers 2012: Must-Have Talent That Will Fall to Later Rounds

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Fantasy Football Sleepers 2012: Must-Have Talent That Will Fall to Later Rounds
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What do Denarius Moore, Rob Gronkowski, DeMarco Murray and Torrey Smith all have in common? They were last year's headlining candidates that exceeded any and all expectations for 2011.

Fantasy football is a lifestyle. Some say it is a skill, while others say it is simply luck of the draw. As for myself, I'd like to think of it is an art.

Finding a sleeper involves a heavy dose of planning and schematically weighing out options that could be valuable in the dying rounds. This is the addictive facet of the fantasy world.

It is easy to grab a seasoned fantasy veteran like Drew Brees or Tom Brady as the backbone of your offense. But to have the intuition to take a chance on unproven talent remains the art of the game where owners thrive. The element of surprise is invaluable, and owners take great pride in their risky selections. 

As we enter the 2012 season, here is a list of potential five-star talents to watch out for as the draft looks toward the later rounds. When the following studs reel of jaw-dropping fantasy numbers, don't come running to me. You can't say I didn't tell you so.

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