The following is a list of five players who aren't at the top of many people's fantasy football draft boards but should get a better look. These guys, except for the rookie, showed what they are capable of last season and are ready to take the league by storm in 2011.
There are plenty of players out there who could be considered sleepers, these are just five guys who are at the top of that list in my opinion.
Let me know what you think. Who are your top five sleepers for the 2011 fantasy football season?
2011 Projections: 170 ATT, 780 YDS, 7 TD
Tolbert made the best of his opportunity in 2010 after fellow running back Ryan Mathews got injured. Mathews is still expected to be the starting running back this season, but you can't ignore the 735 yards and 11 touchdowns Tolbert tallied in 15 games last season, not to mention the fact that Darren Sproles has left town.
2011 Projections: 220 ATT, 860 YDS, 8 TD; 30 REC, 210 YDS
This second-round pick by the Dolphins is a bruiser. He rushed for more than 2,800 yards and 30 touchdowns in two seasons at Kansas State. He'll be splitting some time with Reggie Bush but will still see a lot of the workload. Thomas has great size and should be Miami's goal-line back, which is always a plus.
2011 Projections: 65 REC, 870 YDS, 7 TD
Ford really caught fire toward the end of the 2010 season. He and quarterback Jason Campbell scraped the surface of what they can do for the Oakland offense. Ford spreads the field about as well as any receiver in the league, and with the formidable rushing game the Raiders have, there will be plenty of opportunities for Ford down the field.
2011 Projections: 78 REC, 1,080 YDS, 8 TD; 500 RETYDS
He may not be as much of a sleeper as these other guys, but I think he still fits the mold. He showed flashes of his potential last season when Miles Austin was injured. Roy Williams has left Dallas and Bryant is now the unquestioned No. 2 receiver for the Cowboys. His return abilities make him even more of a threat. He won't be looked to as often as Austin and Jason Witten, but he's still ready for a big season.