Top Fantasy Football Sleepers at Each Position for the 2013 NFL Season
With new faces in new places, rookies and players bouncing back from season-ending injuries for the 2013 NFL season, that only means one thing for fantasy football owners: There are going to be plenty of players who will be flying under the radar come draft day.
Heading into the 2013 season, here are the top fantasy football sleepers at each position who are certain to have a major impact.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals, QB
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Say what you want about Carson Palmer, but despite being the quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, he still threw for over 4,000 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Think of the wide receivers Palmer had to throw to last year. Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Rod Streater.
Now compare that to Palmer's receivers next season with the Arizona Cardinals. He is going to be throwing to All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald and a rising prospect in Michael Floyd. The difference between those two receiving corps is like night and day.
Expect Palmer to throw for over 4,000 yards again and at least 25 touchdown passes. Look to make him your No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals, RB
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It's no surprise that when Bruce Arians left the Pittsburgh Steelers to become the Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator, Rashard Mendenhall's production took a major hit.
Under Arians, Mendenhall ran for at least 1,110 yard in 2009 and 2010. Arians has already made it clear that the Arizona Cardinals brought in Mendenhall this offseason to be their No. 1 running back and that they are going to use him as a three-down back.
With Carson Palmer at quarterback and Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd lining up at wide receiver, expect Mendenhall to put up similar numbers like he did in 2009 and 2010. Fantasy football owners will be able to get Mendenhall in the later rounds, and he is going to be an absolute steal.
Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams, WR
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Brian Quick. Austin Pettis. Chris Givens.
None of those wide receivers exactly fill the go-to receiver void the St. Louis Rams have. With Tavon Austin on the roster now, though, expect Sam Bradford to target him often. Austin is an absolute playmaker and is, by far, the best receiver on the Rams roster.
Last season, receivers like Givens and Brandon Gibson were able to record over 690 receiving yards in limited playing time. With Austin being a starter from day one, do not be surprised if he records 1,000 receiving yards in his rookie season.
Fred Davis, Washington Redskins, TE
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Heading into last season, Fred Davis was considered a top-five fantasy tight end with Robert Griffin III throwing the ball to him. Unfortunately, Davis' season was cut short in 2012 when he suffered a season-ending injury after only seven games.
Despite the injury, fantasy football owners should expect Davis to come back motivated this season to prove to the rest of the league that he is still one of the better tight ends in the league.
Remember, this is the same tight end who recorded close to 60 receptions and 800 receiving yards with Rex Grossman as his quarterback. Expect Davis to bounce back and put up similar stats like he did two years ago.