Fantasy Football 2014: 5 Early Sleepers at Wide Receiver

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Fantasy Football 2014: 5 Early Sleepers at Wide Receiver
Bill Kostroun

Kenny Britt. Lance Moore. Sidney Rice. Dwayne Bowe.

Yes, these are all receivers who had seriously disappointing seasons in 2013. But more importantly, they're all names that were chosen ahead of Alshon Jeffery and Josh Gordon in most fantasy drafts.

Gordon and Jeffery were, on average, the 122nd and 123rd players drafted in ESPN leagues last year. That's more than 30 picks behind a Texans D/ST that finished 28th at its position.

The irony is overwhelming.

Gordon ended the season first among all wideouts. Jeffery wasn't too far behind at ninth.

See, this is the type of stuff that winds up turning your 13-year-old brother-in-law into a legitimate playoff contender. The type of stuff that enables Taco to make it to the Shiva Bowl. The type of stuff that strips you of your god-given right to humiliate and degrade those closest to you for an entire offseason. 

And at its core, that's what fantasy football is really all about, isn't it?

But with Week 1 a mere four months away, your opportunity to earn back that right is rapidly approaching. The long road to redemption starts here. Now.

With buy-low wideouts. (Sorry if that was a bit anti-climatic.)

While mulling over possible strategies, many fantasy owners become preoccupied weighing the pros and cons between potential first-round selections. Alas, they fail to address their late-round needs.

Boasting a substantially deeper pool of talent than both quarterback and running back, a handful of promising receivers routinely fall into these later rounds. You know, around the time that a couple of your buddies activate the dreaded "auto-pick."

Don't be fooled—it's where fantasy championships are won and lost. Anybody who ended up with Jeffery or Gordon last year can tell you that.

That being said, here are five afterthoughts at WR that are capable of helping you catch a fantasy trophy in 2014.

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