2013 Fantasy Football Sleepers Worth Taking a Look at
It's fair to say that there are going to be plenty of players to breakout this year and shock the world from a Fantasy Football perspective. With 2013 Fantasy Football drafts less than two weeks away, let's take a look at some of these guys.
1. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
If you haven't been watching Hard Knocks on HBO or following the Bengals in preseason, you probably aren't aware of the rookie running back out of UNC.
Bernard has rushed for a touchdown in each of his two preseason games and is slowly becoming the feature back in Cincinnati. His great hands were on display as he caught a 25-yard pass from Andy Dalton out of the backfield against the Titans in the second preseason game. I am sure Jay Gruden has plenty of plans to utilize all of Bernard's talents.
It may not occur right away, but Bernard will be a fantasy stud by the midway point of the 2013 NFL season.
2. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
The second starting receiver spot on the Colts, alongside Reggie Wayne, all but belongs to Hilton at this point.
I love the possibilities with this kid from Florida International University. He and Andrew Luck have been consistently growing great chemistry since they both entered the league and I expect that to get better this year.
Through two preseason games, Hilton has hauled in over 100 yards and two touchdowns. He has the opportunity to be a breakout stud this year with his speed and skill-set.
3. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
It won't be long before Hopkins is off the sleeper list and onto the top-10 receiver's list for Fantasy Football.
The former Clemson standout is the future at wide receiver in Houston. The best part about this season is that he won't attract the defense's top coverage player as Andre Johnson will be covered by that guy.
I expect Hopkins to reel in at least 1,000 yards this year and the asking price to get him isn't anything more than an ninth round pick.
4. Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns
There's been plenty of hype surrounding Cameron this offseason. It was brought to the forefront in his most recent preseason game where he hauled in two touchdown catches from quarterback Brandon Weeden.
There's a great chance Cameron could be Weeden's go-to guy this year. In a league that is starving for tight ends right now, look for Cameron to quickly step in as a top-five guy at the position this season.
5. David Wilson, RB, New York Giants
When the Giants got rid of Ahmad Bradshaw after the 2012 season, I cringed thinking about the possibilities with Wilson.
He is a much better option than Andre Brown and has a solid opportunity to be the feature back for the Super Bowl winners of just two seasons ago. Not only can he run, but he is an explosive threat to catch the ball out of the backfield.
As long as he is good in pass protection, head coach Tom Coughlin won't have much of a reason to take Wilson off the field.
6. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins
As good as Daniel Thomas has looked in the preseason, Miller has looked better.
He's great in pass protection and has great hands to catch the ball out of the backfield. I have seen the Dolphins run the shovel pass play to Miller a bunch of times in training camp and in the preseason, which would result in more touches for the second year running back out of the University of Miami.
What people don't realize is Miller ran faster in his combine than fellow draft classmates Doug Martin, LaMichael James, David Wilson and all the other backs who entered the league in 2012.
His speed will be on full display this year.
7. Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints
You can never be too sure with Saints running backs, but Ingram is poised to finally break out this year. Pierre Thomas is not getting any younger, either.
Ingram will have a great chance to prove to the Saints that they made the right decision taking him in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Make sure to try and stash the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner on your bench with hopes of him breaking out in 2013.
8. Pierre Garçon, WR, Washington Redskins
No one was targeted more by Robert Griffin III last year than Garçon was when he was healthy. He has potential WR1 value if he can stay healthy all year.
With the ACL injury still a concern for the Redskins coaching staff, there's a great chance RGIII is spending the majority of his time in the pocket rather than scrambling for rushing yards. We know RGIII has the arm to make all the throws and Garçon doesn't have an issue finding seams to get open.
Keep an eye on this rapport as the season progresses.
9. Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills
There is plenty of young talent on the Bills roster headed into the 2013 NFL season. The Bills were high on Woods, electing to select him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
He's not the tallest receiver in the league, but has displayed terrific route running and speed throughout training camp and his college career.
He's definitely a rookie worth drafting in the later rounds of the draft. A potential breakout is looming.
10. Jeremy Kerley, WR, New York Jets
As bad as the Jets could be this season, someone is going to have to catch some balls and rack up some yards. Kerley is the guy.
Andy Dalton's former favorite target at TCU is coming along nicely as an NFL player. If he had a better quarterback tossing him the ball every game, there's a good chance people would be higher on drafting him.
He's a potential draft-and-stash guy that could surprise you with his fantasy potential this season.
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