Fantasy Football Sleepers 2012: Kevin Ogletree and WRs Sure to Be Stars
Every season, the NFL surprises us with fantasy options we didn't know existed when this season started. On opening night, Dallas' Kevin Ogletree did his best Laurent Robinson impression while catching eight balls for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Other receivers are sure to emerge down the stretch, with injuries taking their toll and the NFL turning into a pass-happy league over the course of the past few seasons.
Some of the names below probably aren't on your radar right now, but after the first few weeks of the season prove they are worthy of a pick up, you'll be starting them down the stretch and in crunch time of your league's playoff system.
Kevin Ogletree, DAL WR
The poster boy for breakout WRs for the rest of the season effectively did two things against the New York Giants on opening night. He made Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten more valuable, and proved Dallas could have one of fantasy football's deepest teams by season's end.
The circumstances surrounding his breakout night aren't the same as Robinson's, who came in last year and was a starter opposite Bryant or Austin, depending on which receiver was hurt for Dallas. But they could quickly become the same should any of the receiving corps in Big D suffer the same fate in 2012.
Right now, he should be an automatic add in almost any 10-team or more format. If he has a season remotely close to what Robinson did in 2011, then he'll be one of the best fantasy options as a FLEX or WR-2 for the entire season.
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Maybe the most impressive aspect of his game against the Giants is that Bryant and Austin both had impressive games, too. The only worry is that Jason Witten might steal some of Ogletree's thunder, but that looks to be a necessary risk with Tony Romo slinging the ball all over the field like he did in Dallas' opening win.
Davone Bess, MIA WR
He's the No. 1 receiver on a team coached by two pass-efficient, offensive-minded coaches Joe Philbin and Mike Sherman, albeit with a rookie QB and not much else going for the Miami Dolphins.
Although he's going to get the most attention from opposing corners, this is also my endorsement of Reggie Bush, who looks to have it figured out after what can only be described as a disappointing start to his career.
Ryan Tannehill will have his ups and downs as a rookie in a division where he'll see the Jets, Patriots and Bills twice. But he'll also have a lot of success if Miami can establish the run with Bush and Daniel Thomas. Tannehill had his best games at Texas A&M working play action to Ryan Swope, which is the same kind of connection Bess could have, especially in a PPR league.
Golden Tate, SEA WR
It looks like Tate is doubtful for the season opener for Seattle with a knee injury, and could be out Week 2 against Dallas, too. But when he does return, he should be the starter at one outside receiver spot for QB Russell Wilson.
Which one of these receivers will have the best fantasy output?
The threat of Braylon Edwards performing well looms, but with Seattle going young at quarterback and with Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin, why not see what the second-round pick can do all season?
He also broke a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown in the preseason, giving him a little bit of extra value in leagues that value return yardage.
Rice is going to get the most attention from secondaries with his big play potential, and defenses will key on leading receiver from 2011 Doug Baldwin in the slot. This is a big year for Tate, and if he can get on the field he should surpass Edwards for the most time in the Seattle offense.
Devery Henderson, NO WR
Say what you want about the Saints' receiving unit. Year-after-year they provide some of the most frustrating outcomes for fantasy owners, because it's hard to determine a week-by-week fantasy star.
We know that Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston are the best options. Essentially, he's competing with Lance Moore for the most opportunities in the offense. With Robert Meachem gone to San Diego, that's another body out of the way in his fantasy obstacle.
I see Henderson being the big-play option for Brees down the field. He only scored two touchdowns in 2011, but that number could increase with teams keying on Graham and Colston being somewhat of an injury candidate. Don't be surprised when Henderson does big things in New Orleans.
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