Slot receivers often fall as the third wide receiver on a team's depth chart, but they can often provide the biggest impact within an offensive system. The trick for any fantasy owner is to identify that special playmaker.
They're not the lengthy, strong, deep-threat guys taking on a defense's best cornerback. They're the quick, flashy ones who do their best to find a seam and exploit a weaker opponent over the middle.
Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and A.J. Green are three guys anyone can expect to put up huge numbers this coming fantasy season; not a single one of them is a slot receiver.
The Jets, Giants, Patriots and Vikings (as well as others) all had a slot receiver lead the team in catches last year. Just because a name is lower on the depth chart doesn't mean the player is any less talented or important.
The slot receiver position is growing to become one of the most crucial positions in football. With more and more players possessing quickness and soft hands, and teams finding ways to utilize them, a special slot man is a dime a dozen. They must have the vision, agility and feel for the open field in order to stand out. As for 2013, five players tower above the rest with the most potential to produce numbers that can top anyone.