5 Fantasy Football Sleepers for 2013
Think it's too early to start figuring out who your 2013 fantasy football sleepers are going to be?
If you think so, then you must not be doing too well in your fantasy football league, because it is never too early to start scouting potential studs.
With the 2012 NFL season coming to an end in a few weeks, here are five fantasy football sleepers that you should target in your drafts next season.
Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers
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If you would have told me the San Diego Chargers' best receiver this season was going to be someone other than Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd or Robert Meachem, I would have thought you were crazy.
It turns out that Danario Alexander took over the No. 1 wide receiver position for the Chargers, and he wasn't even on the opening day roster. In only 10 games, Alexander caught 37 passes for 658 yards and seven touchdowns.
With a full offseason under his belt with the Chargers, look for Alexander to become a legit No. 2/3 fantasy wide receiver.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
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Joe Flacco may be one of the most frustrating players in fantasy football. Every year fantasy football owners think he is going to break out and he ends up letting them all down with his inconsistent play.
However, 2013 will be the season that Flacco breaks out of this inconsistent slump and becomes a reliable fantasy quarterback.
The main reason why this will happen is because Flacco has been fantastic under his new offensive coordinator, Jim Caldwell. The Baltimore Ravens fired Cam Cameron during the middle of this season, and since Caldwell has taken over, he has taken Flacco's play to the next level.
In Flacco's last three starts, excluding Week 17 in which he played very little, he has thrown for 922 yards and seven touchdowns passes,while completing nearly 60 percent of his passes.
Look for Flacco to continue this high level of play in 2013 now that he finally has an offensive coordinator he meshes well with.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons
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With Michael Turner getting fewer and fewer touches, expect Jacquizz Rodgers to have a much bigger role in the Atlanta Falcons offense in 2013.
Turner went from having over 300 carries in 2010 and 2011 to only recording 222 carries this season.
Though Rodgers only had 94 carries this season, he still caught 54 passes for over 400 yards. Expect him to be a great FLEX next year and extremely valuable in PPR leagues.
Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams
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With uncertainty surrounding Steven Jackson's status for next year, it appears that Daryl Richardson has a legit shot of becoming the St. Louis Rams' next starting running back.
Even if Jackson returns, Richardson's role in the Rams offense is going to increase because he is the running back of the future.
Jackson's production has slowly been on the decline, with him running for fewer yards each year since 2009. This season he finished with just over 1,000 yards at 1,042 total.
Make sure to follow what the Rams do in the offseason about Jackson. If Jackson is gone, Richardson is a legit No. 2 fantasy running back. If not, he still has late-round value.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
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With so much hype surrounding the rookie quarterbacks and running backs, it was hard for rookies like T.Y. Hilton to get any love.
As a rookie, Hilton quietly had put up solid numbers, recording over 781 receiving yards while catching seven touchdown passes.
Andrew Luck is only going to continue to get better, so expect him to make Hilton, who is his No. 2 wide receiver option, a low-end No. 3 fantasy receiver.