Fantasy Football Sleepers 2013: Underrated Players Set to Explode in 2013

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 09:  David Wilson #22 of the New York Giants celebrates his third touchdown of the game against the New Orleans Saints on December 9, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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It's never too early to start fantasy football preparations. With mini camps right around the corner, the preseason will be here in the blink of an eye, followed shortly after by fantasy draft season.

While fantasy football league domination requires a bit of luck, snagging the right sleepers at the right time can make all the difference. 

Let's take a closer look at a trio of underrated players set for big seasons in 2013.


Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers, WR

Big things will be expected of Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown in 2013. Following the departure of No. 1 option Mike Wallace, Brown should see increased opportunities in Todd Haley's short-passing attack.

Brown quietly reeled in 66 balls last season, racking up 787 yards and five touchdowns. Although he won't be the deep threat Wallace was for Pittsburgh, Brown is still a sensational route-runner and a speedster after the catch.

Despite his mediocre production in 2012, Brown managed to record seven or more receptions in five of the 13 games he appeared in for the Steelers last year. 

He's no Mike Wallace, but he has excellent hands and he won't let fantasy owners down in 2013.


Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars, TE

There's little doubt that Marcedes Lewis is among the league's elite tight ends, but the Jacksonville Jaguars have been so inept offensively that the play-making veteran has seen a tremendous decline in production in recent years.

That should change in 2013, though, as new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch looks to put the ball in Lewis' hands much more often according to's Vito Stellino:

“Coach Fisch made it a point to tell everybody we’re going to get the ball in the hands of our playmakers and find our touchdown-makers and move the ball. Period,” Lewis said.

Lewis figures he can be one of the playmakers.

“They’re going to move the ball in this offense. They’re going to give me the opportunity to get the ball in my hands and get busy,” he said.

The 29-year-old veteran caught 52 passes for 540 yards and just four touchdowns last season, but reeled in 10 touchdown passes just two season prior.

The Jaguars' offense doesn't feature a ton of weapons in the passing game at the moment, and the new coaching staff in Jacksonville, who are surely aware of that, have no choice but to make getting the 6'6", 270-pound Lewis the ball a priority in 2013.


David Wilson, New York Giants, RB

Very little about David Wilson's rookie-season production would suggest the former Virginia Tech back is ready to break out in 2013, but with Ahmad Bradshaw out of the picture and Wilson coming on strong late last season, this underrated weapon is certainly worth a look.

Wilson carried the ball 71 times for the New York Giants last season, picking up over 350 yards and finding the end zone four times. 

A dynamic return man, Wilson showed tremendous explosion on special teams as a rookie, especially in New York's Week 14 win over the New Orleans Saints, when he scored on a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown.

More touches this coming season should equate to more production for the second-year back, who averaged five yards per carry in 2012.


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