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Fantasy Football Sleepers 2012: Brandon LaFell and More Underrated WRs

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 27:  Brandon LaFell #11 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2012

The 2012 NFL season is fast approaching, which means that fantasy drafts are springing up left and right in the coming weeks.

Going into a draft unprepared is probably the worst thing a player can do, as championships are won and lost in the latter rounds.

Everyone knows that receivers like Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Greg Jennings are going to put up monster numbers, but there are a lot of WR spots to fill on most fantasy rosters.

Getting a productive player in the deep rounds to fill one of those spots will significantly boost your chances of making the playoffs. So let’s take a look at some options. 

 

Vincent Brown—San Diego Chargers

With Vincent Jackson out of the picture in SD, 2011 third-round pick Vincent Brown has a legit shot at starting for the Chargers.

He had a breakout game as a rookie, going off for five receptions, 97 yards and a TD in Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders. He built upon his solid 2011 finish by opening the preseason with a four-catch, 79-yard performance.

If he continues to outplay Robert Meachem, expect Brown to start opposite of Malcom Floyd. Even if he’s a third option, the young man is going to be a potent fantasy weapon with Philip Rivers slinging the rock. 

 

Brandon LaFell—Carolina Panthers

LaFell is going to be the No. 2 man in the Carolina passing attack. Steve Smith is obviously the main threat, but LaFell should see plenty of opportunities as the opposing secondary focuses on Smith and worries about QB Cam Newton using his legs.

The 25-year-old had an up-and-down sophomore season, but ultimately showed a lot of promise and could be due for a breakout year in 2012.

Newton is only going to get better and more comfortable throwing the football, so LaFell should be in line for a major bump in stats and production.

 

Danny Amendola—St. Louis Rams

The Rams don’t have the best offense, but if Sam Bradford returns to his rookie form or—hopefully—improves on that performance, Amendola could be in line for a big year.

He’s a solid possession receiver who will absolutely clean up in PPR leagues, provided he can stay healthy and avoid another season-ending injury.

Amendola was a sleeper last year, and he retains that status in 2012 after failing to see the field much in ’11. 

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