5 NFL Fantasy Sleepers To Watch For

Mike RigzContributor IAugust 6, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 1: Running back LeSean McCoy #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball during minicamp practice at the NovaCare Complex on May 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

5 NFL Fantasy Sleepers To Watch For

TE Greg Olsen- This is a no brainer; Olsen is big, tall and is as fast as many teams top receivers. Olsen will be the check-down guy on many of the Bears passing plays andused creatively in the red zone. Those of you in fantasy leagues that reward points for receptions may want to take a hard look at Olsen this season. The 6 foot 5 Tight End will definitely get his catches across the middle, especially having Devin Hester drawing coverage for the big play. Unless some miracle happens in training camp expect Cutler to make Olsen his go to guy on many of the Bears passing plays in 2009.

WR Anthony Gonzalez- Some see Marvin Harrison’s departure a serious loss for the Colts, others see it as an opportunity for players to set up. Anthony Gonzalez seemed like a luxury pick when first drafted by the Colts as the last pick in the 07 first round, but in his two years with the Colts he has become a very reliable target for Manning. Gonzalez should see a definite spike in yards and could find the end zone as many as 7-8 times this season. We think the pressure will be put more so on Reggie Wayne opposed to Gonzalez feeling like he has to fill productivity.

RB Pierre Thomas- Everyone knows the Saints are a pass first team, but Thomas adds an element that makes moving the ball that much easier. With reports of Reggie Bush banged up again with nagging injures and Deuce McAllister gone, Thomas has a chance to be a full time starter in New Orleans and on your fantasy team. Despite the running back by committee last year the Saints called around 17-20 rushing plays per game. Thomas averaged 4.8 yards per carry and is only 24 years old. Reggie Bush will steal some carries but by mid season we wouldn’t be surprised to see Bush lined up more as a receiver.

RB LeSean “Shady” McCoy- Gridiron Experts will admit that we thought McCoy could benefit from another year of college, unless finding that perfect NFL match for his skills…Well guess what, he found it. The Andy Reid’s version of the Westcoast offense is perfect for McCoy’s quick moves, great vision and excellent hands. Shady is also one of the only rookie running backs to see action with the first offense in training camp due to Westbrooks recovery. There’s still a chance that the number two job could be won by Lorenzo Booker, but I wouldn’t hold my breath, McCoy should see a heavy dose in the preseason and be good to go for many fantasy owners as Westbrooks shadow.

WR Miles Austin- Many people see Austin as some overrated wide-out that has very little game time…and well, you might be right. Miles Austin doesn’t have the stats to jump out at you and scream sleeper but he does have great speed and size standing tall at 6’3. The large production of yards T.O put up in Dallas year after year has many opportunities for some of these young cowboy receivers to step into. We believe Miles has an excellent chance of becoming the number two starter for the Cowboys this season and we suggest you keep an eye on him through-out the preseason

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