Fantasy Football 2010: The 10 Deepest Sleepers in The NFL

Stephen Kasper@skasper06Correspondent ISeptember 4, 2010

Fantasy Football 2010: The 10 Deepest Sleepers in The NFL

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    Saints running back Chris Ivory
    Saints running back Chris IvoryChris Graythen/Getty Images

    This preseason we have seen some pretty amazing position battles.

    Guys we have never or rarely heard of have come out of no where and given the hint that all they need is the chance and they will show you something special.

    This preseason they were given that opportunity and they didn't disappoint.

    So, who are these unknown wonders?

    Let's find out.

No. 10: Devin Aromashodu

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    Bears wide receiver Devin Aromashodu
    Bears wide receiver Devin AromashoduJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    No one has been impressed with Devin Hester as a wide receiver.

    And sure, Jonny Knox is decent.

    But he isn't great.

    Devin Aromashodu has only caught three passes this preseason.

    But that's not his fault.

    Should Jay Cutler get enough protection to actually get the ball off, the Devin with the more difficult last name to pronounce should be open and will see more targets.

No. 9: Michael Hoomanawanui

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    Rams tight end Michael Hoomanawanui
    Rams tight end Michael HoomanawanuiElsa/Getty Images

    St. Louis Rams tight end Michael Hoomanawanui has a last name so complicated not only did I copy and paste his name, but his entire team calls him "Uh-Oh" for short.

    No matter how complicated his name may be, Sam Bradford doesn't find passing him the ball that complicated.

    If Bradford gets the protection he needs and "Uh-Oh" can keep producing the way he has been in the preseason, it won't be long before more people are copying and pasting this guys name into more articles.

No. 8: Buster Davis

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    Chargers wide receiver Buster Davis
    Chargers wide receiver Buster DavisChris Graythen/Getty Images

    It's just about certain that Vincent Jackson is out of San Diego.

    And many people are calling on Malcom Floyd as the guy to step up as his replacement.

    I'm not saying Floyd isn't the favorite.

    But isn't that what makes someone a sleeper?

    With the impressive preseason Davis has had, don't be surprised if he leapfrogs his way into the slot receiver position after a few weeks into the season.

No. 7: Jordan Shipley

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    Cincinnati wide receiver Jordan Shipley
    Cincinnati wide receiver Jordan ShipleyJoe Robbins/Getty Images

    Jordan Shipley was one of Colt McCoy's favorite targets while at the University of Texas.

    His new quarterback, Carson Palmer, has said Shipley has become one of his favorite targets as well, and proved that by catching five of Palmer's passes against Buffalo in the second game of the preseason.

    And though he will be behind the duo of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, I still believe he has the potential to be a better wide receiver than either one of them.

No. 6: Jacoby Ford

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    Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford
    Raiders wide receiver Jacoby FordJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    With a new quarterback in town, Oakland's offense should look quite a bit better, especially in the passing game.

    And we all know how much Al Davis loves to draft for speed, as we saw when he surprised everyone and drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey early in last year's draft.

    With 4.28 Combine speed and the ability to make big plays, as he showed us against Seattle with a 62-yard reception, Davis doesn't look too bad this time around.

    Ford may find himself in the starting lineup very soon as the most targeted receiver on the team.

No. 5: Deon Butler

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    Seattle wide receiver Deon Butler
    Seattle wide receiver Deon ButlerJed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    The Seahawks drafted Golden Tate this offseason to improve a struggling wide receiver corps.

    But I don't think he will help that receiving corps as much as Deon Butler.

    Rumors have spread that Houshmanzadeh's release could have come to make both roster room and cap room to get Vincent Jackson.

    However, I believe Butler, who caught all of 15 passes last season, has made a statement by already having 13 catches this preseason, and his starting nod is coming very soon.

No. 4: Max Hall

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    Cardinals quarterback Max Hall
    Cardinals quarterback Max HallChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    Alright, so maybe this one is slightly biased because I loved Max Hall in college.

    But with Matt Leinart out of Arizona, Hall moves up on the depth chart. And call me crazy, but I'm just not that confident in Derek Anderson.

    Against the Redskins, Hall went 7-of-9 for 126 passing yards.

    And while Anderson is the starter for Arizona, all it takes is a few weeks of Anderson playing like he did in Cleveland, or just one big hit, and Max Hall shines.

No. 3: Kareem Huggins

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    Bucs running back Kareem Huggins
    Bucs running back Kareem HugginsOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are so confident in their decision to put Huggins in the No. 2 slot that they released his competition, Derrick Ward.

    True, Huggins rushed three times and lost two yards against the Jaguars.

    But against Kansas City, he rushed eight times for 44 yards, and against Houston, he rushed six times for 37 yards.

    With the injury-prone Cadillac Williams as the starter, be on the lookout for Huggins to take the starting job away for good.

No. 2: Chris Ivory

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    Saints running back Chris Ivory
    Saints running back Chris IvoryChris Graythen/Getty Images

    The Saints are obviously more about the passing game than the running game.

    But New Orleans is still going to need someone consistent in the backfield.

    This preseason, Chris Ivory has shown he can run the ball effectively, and knows how to bust out a big play as well, as he had a 76-yard receiving touchdown against San Diego.

    Should Ivory prove consistent, he may see more time in the backfield this season than Thomas or Bush.

No. 1: Jonathan Dwyer

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    Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer
    Steelers running back Jonathan DwyerJustin Edmonds /Getty Images

    Against the Broncos this preseason, Dwyer rushed 13 times for 89 yards and a touchdown off of a 40-yard run.

    A week later, against the Panthers, he rushed 20 times for 86 yards.

    Rashard Mendenhall is too inconsistent and Mewelde Moore just doesn't produce the way a true Steelers running back should.

    When Dwyer gets his chance, he will be the best running back the steel city has seen since Jerome Bettis.