Most of us that play fantasy football can rather easily agree upon the top twenty or thirty players heading into the upcoming NFL season, but how many times does the eventual champion win because of superior drafting alone? Waiver wire pickups, player potential diagnosis, and adjustability is what wins championships, and is perhaps even more important than stellar drafting.
There are the high draft pick rookies that come into the league with great fanfare. Then there are the rookies drafted in the later rounds or are completely undrafted altogether that come into camp and open everyone's eyes, and the veteran free agent acquisitions who find themselves in new and particularly favorable situations.
A true sleeper is a player to keep an eye on, whose current fantasy stock is lower than the given player's potential. Potential can be either a favorable situation or athletic talent alone. A sleeper therefore is not necessarily a lock to make a big impact in fantasy football, but someone to monitor for developments.
Lets take a look at some of the players that are flying under the radar heading into the 2009 fantasy football campaign.