Fantasy Football 2012: Super-Sleepers You Should Keep Your Eye on
With Fantasy Football drafts fast approaching, most prospective fantasy owners already have a good idea about who their top guys are going into their respective drafts. However, what about the guys who'll be hanging around in the later rounds that you can snatch up and who could have a big time season for you?
Every year owners want to be the one that picks the super-sleeper that no one else thought about, who winds up being a good contributor for their team. So, here are some deep sleepers that you should keep your eye on come draft day.
1. Mario Fannin, RB
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Mario Fannin is a guy that you probably have never heard of. He's the Bronco's fourth-string RB, and he was out all of 2011 with a torn ACL. However, he's got perfect size for a RB at 5'10", 231 pounds, has legit 4.3 speed and is an excellent pass blocker and has really good hands out of the backfield.
While he's a great athlete, why should you potentially look his way in the late rounds on draft day? While he's currently buried on the depth chart, he could emerge near the top as the season opens. Lance Ball just isn't that good, Willis McGahee is old and is on his way out as a top RB and Knowshon Moreno is coming off an injury as well and is still working his way back.
Fannin is about as deep as sleepers get, but this guy has talent. If he can become a returner and maybe be their third-down back, he could have some value. And if the guys above him get injured, he could put up some surprisingly good numbers in 2012.
2. Brian Quick, WR
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Brian Quick was one of the steals of the draft in 2012. The first pick on Day 2, Quick is a big target at 6'4" and 220 pounds, and despite his mediocre 4.55 speed, he's a good, smart player who runs solid routes.
He's an athletic guy and I think he could really have a huge rookie year this season. If I can get him at the end of my league's auction draft, I won't hesitate. The potential for Quick is enormous and if you're in a keeper league, he could produce for you for years to come.
St. Louis already is very weak at WR, and Quick will have the chance to come in right away and make some noise. If you can get him, take him. Don't think twice about it.
3. Kyle Rudolph, TE
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Kyle Rudolph is poised to have a big season in 2012. With second-year QB Christian Ponder set to take over the reins in Minnesota, and with veteran TE Visanthe Shiancoe on his way out, Rudolph is going to likely be the second option in Minnesota.
With an inexperienced QB like Ponder, you know he's going to be checking down a good amount of the time and looking for his TE in the short passing game to bail him out when Harvin isn't open. And with Adrian Peterson sidelined for an indefinite amount of time, that's one less option for Ponder in the passing game.
If you need a backup TE, and it's the last round of the draft, give Rudolph a shot. He's going to have an average year at the absolute worst, and is a solid bye week fill in at the very minimum.
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