Fantasy Football 2012 Sleepers: Which WRs Should Be Getting Your Attention
The 2012 NFL season is almost here, which means fantasy drafts are heating up.
Everyone is looking for sleepers to round out their rosters and give them unexpected production.
Fantasy football is all about receivers, and having some sleepers at that position can help you win a title.
Here are five wideouts who should be getting your attention come draft day.
Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is the undisputed No. 1 receiver in Detroit and may be the best wideout in the league. But he's not the only receiver worth drafting in MoTown. Last season, Young had 48 receptions for 607 yards and six touchdowns.
Teams are going to have to double- and triple-cover Johnson, because there's no way one defender can stop him. Now in his second season, look for Young to get more targets and be more productive. You can probably get him in the ninth or 10th round, and he could end up being a great WR3.
Greg Little, WR, Cleveland Browns
In his rookie season, Little caught 61 balls for 709 yards and two touchdowns. Now playing with Brandon Weeden, who has a stronger arm than Colt McCoy, Little should have a breakout year.
Of his 61 receptions, 35 went for first downs—making him pretty reliable. With an influx of talent in Josh Gordon and Travis Benjamin—not to mention Trent Richardson—Little won't be the sole focus of opposing defenses.
Little will be available late and has the potential to be a huge steal as a WR4.
Percy Harvin has big name recognition, but his career has not quite gone as planned. This could be the year he breaks out.
According to ESPN, once Christian Ponder took over as QB in Week 7, Harvin led all receivers in touches with 100. The next closest was Wes Welker with 74. Now Harvin and Ponder have had a full offseason to improve on that chemistry.
Harvin has had success this preseason, with receptions of 21 and 40 yards. Plus, if your league gives generous points for returns, Harvin can help out there as well.
Harvin projects as an excellent No. 2 receiver, but he could give you great value in the third or fourth round as a WR1.
Nate Washington, WR, Titans
Kenny Britt is suspended and Jake Locker has a nice, big arm. That should only benefit Nate Washington.
Washington had a 1,000-yard season last year. He also scored seven touchdowns. He was consistent, with 10 games of 60 or more receiving yards.
With first-round pick Kendall Wright looking solid and Jared Cook emerging as a good tight end, Washington should be open plenty. With Locker now at the helm, look for some big plays from Washington.
Chris Givens, WR, Rams
Givens was a fourth-round pick out of Wake Forest and could be a nice sleeper in the later rounds.
Givens is fast. He ran a 4.41 40-yard-dash at the combine. He'll give Sam Bradford a legitimate deep threat.
With teams looking to key on Steven Jackson, Givens could have some chances to make plays downfield. Danny Amendola and Steve Smith will be working the middle as possession receivers, which should open up more space deep for Givens.
The Rams need to open up their offense. Since 2009, the Rams have had only nine passing plays of 40 or more yards. By comparison, the Giants in that span have had 18.
With Givens being able to burn on the outside, look for the Rams to go deep more often. Givens will be the beneficiary and could be a nice WR5 or bye week fill-in.
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