Fantasy Football 2010: Sleepers
In 1998, Atlanta Falcons RB Jamal Anderson rushed for 1,846 yards and had 16 total TDs. This made him the first true fantasy football sleeper of all time. There may have been surprises in the past, but during the late '90s when fantasy football's popularity was exploding, Anderson became the quintessential sleeper.
Anderson had 410 carries that year. This truly signifies what makes for a quality sleeper: opportunity. If you give the ball to any back 410 times, if he's still alive at the end of the season, he definitely had a good season.
Last year, WR Miles Austin, RB Rashard Mendenhall, and RB Jamaal Charles burst onto the fantasy scene because they were simply given a chance on the field. This season, the same principle applies.
QB Chad Henne (Miami Dolphins)
The Dophins added WR Brandon Marshall, and with him come great numbers. He and Wes Welker are the only wide-outs to have three straight seasons with at least 100 receptions and 1,000 or more receiving yards. Henne's got a very strong arm and a great set of running backs to rely on. Henne will improve by leaps and bounds.
WR Devin Aromashodu (Chicago Bears)
Aromashoduken!! Late in the '09 season, Aromashodu was the only wide-out on the Chicago Bears worth the consideration for a roster spot. The Bears now have offensive coordinator Mike Martz who will certainly look to use Aromashodu all over the field. Whether it's breaking off a short route or going deep, he's got the skills, speed, hands, and leaping ability to make a big difference in a high-powered passing offense. QB Jay Cutler will fulfill his role as "gunslinger" under Martz and his go-to guy will be Aromashodu.
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