Top 5 Fantasy Football Rookie Sleepers

Josh ZerkleChief Writer IIIAugust 28, 2012

With the NFL preseason nearly finished and depth charts beginning to solidify, it's time to inspect the league's newcomers and see what production they can offer your fantasy football team. 

We'll start with a couple of running backs.

Doug Martin is already drawing comparisons to Ray Rice from new Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano. Martin expects to see extended playing time after the injury to incumbent starter LaGarrette Blount.

Meanwhile, the New York Giants should see their rookie runner, David Wilson, take a few carries away from Ahmad Bradshaw and possibly even challenge for the starting job. 

Another player expected to lead his team's backfield is Cleveland's Trent Richardson. Despite arthroscopic surgery on his knee earlier this summer, he expects to be ready for Week 1. 

Also, since Russell Wilson has won the starting job in Seattle, the Seahawks rookie has to be in consideration as well. His dual-threat play-making ability could make him a strong spot-starter in early weeks. 

What about a sleeper at wideout? Alshon Jeffery couldn't have walked into a better situation in Chicago. He should find plenty of balls thrown his way as opposing defenses contend with Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte

National NFL Lead Writer Michael Schottey and I offer our takes on these rookie fantasy sleepers in our latest video debate. Check out our takes in the video above, and leave a sleeper of your own in the comments. And thanks for watching.