Fantasy Football Sleepers 2013: Explosive Players Flying Under the Radar
While every successful fantasy squad requires a few superstar performers, discovering underrated gems before the other owners in your league is perhaps the biggest key to fantasy dominance.
Landing that kicker the week he nails seven field goals, or that third-string wide receiver a day after the starter goes down is often times what it takes to win it all.
Below we'll run through a handful of explosive fantasy players flying under the radar heading into the start of the regular season.
QBs With Potential to Surprise
Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders
Terrelle Pryor has reportedly been named the starter for Oakland in Week 1, according to CBS Sports' John Breech, and on top of that his ability to beat defenses with both his legs and his arm makes him an exciting fantasy prospect. He's been electric throughout the preseason, and will look to carry that momentum over in the regular season.
Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay's third-round draft pick Mike Glennon is a deep sleeper considering he appears to be locked into a backup role for now. But Josh Freeman has had his fair share of struggles and inconsistent play over the years for the Bucs.
Glennon was awfully impressive during the preseason, and could get an opportunity if Freeman slips up.
Versatile RBs to Consider
Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno had back-to-back 100-plus-yard games in Weeks 14 and 15 last season. And if he can stay healthy, his ability to hold up in pass protection on third down will ensure that he sees the field this season.
Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta's Jacquizz Rodgers isn't the biggest back out there, but his speed and versatility out of the backfield make him a sleeper pick in 2013.
Although he's had a tough time finding the end zone during his first two seasons in the league, the addition of Steven Jackson should help Rodgers make more of an impact with his limited touches in both the running and passing game.
Overlooked WRs Poised to Make an Impact
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Former Clemson star DeAndre Hopkins could be a bit of a wild card considering he's only a rookie, but his hands and route-running skills make him a worthy addition to any fantasy roster.
He averaged over 17 yards per catch for Clemson in 2012 en route to racking up over 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Tigers.
Rueben Randle, New York Giants
With Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden moving on, Rueben Randle will have a shot to win the third wide receiver spot in New York. Although his 2012 numbers don't suggest he'll be breaking out anytime soon, he showed why he's a worthwhile investment for fantasy owners in solid outings against Cleveland, Green Bay and Philadelphia last season.
Pass-Catching TEs Waiting to Breakout
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals rookie tight end Tyler Eifert will have to share playing time with Jermaine Gresham in 2013, but the former Notre Dame star is simply too talented to be left on the waiver wire.
Eifert is a big body with tremendous leaping ability and a great set of hands.
David Paulson, Pittsburgh Steelers
With Heath Miller still recovering from a devastating knee injury suffered last season, second-year Steelers tight end David Paulson should see a majority of the snaps to start the year, giving him a chance to pickup some early-season confidence and develop a rhythm with the Pittsburgh passing game.
Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
Dan Bailey is owned in only 40 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues coming into Week 1 despite converting on 29 of his 31 field-goal attempts a season ago. Though he doesn't have the strongest leg around, he made every one of his kicks from inside 50 yards in 2012.
Rob Bironas, Tennessee Titans
Despite a down year in 2012, Titans kicker Rob Bironas is sure to bounce back this season. The veteran has a big-time leg and converted on more than 90 percent of his field goals in 2010 and 2011.
In 2011, he kicked seven field goals of 50 or more yards and has 31 from beyond that distance since 2005.
Only the Chicago Bears picked off more passes than the Arizona Cardinals last season, who recorded 22 interceptions as a team. With the explosive Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu starring in the secondary and on special teams, this is one overlooked defense worth your time.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After signing Dashon Goldson to team with second-year safety Mark Barron, the Bucs added shut-down corner Darrelle Revis to the mix via a trade with the New York Jets. On top of that, Tampa Bay ranked as the top rush defense in 2012, surrendering just 3.5 yards per carry and holding opponents to just 82.5 yards per game.
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