Fantasy Football Sleepers 2011: 5 Fantasy Sleepers To Look for on Draft Day
Now that the lockout is over, fantasy football is back!
It is time to sit down, go through thousands of pages of notes and draft. But before you select overrated players, remember that some players have found new homes and this could either help or hurt their fantasy stats.
Do you remember when Anquan Boldin, TJ Houshmandzadeh and Chad Ochocinco used to be a viable No. 1 fantasy receiver? Or how about when you could win the league with one stud running back? Well it's time to rethink these strategies and try something else.
Here are five sleepers that can help you win your fantasy league.
5. Kevin Boss
Instead of taking Antonio Gates or Jason in the fourth round, wait a few and take Kevin Boss.
Boss has put up consistent points with the Giants in recent years. He is a big body and knows how to catch the football. He is now with Oakland, and Jason Campbell likes throwing to his tight end.
Look for Boss to have great numbers and around five or six touchdowns this year.
4. Mike Sims-Walker
Mike Sims-Walker burst onto the scene when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He became the No. 1 option for David Garrard and made big plays at the wide receiver position.
In this offseason, he signed with the St. Louis Rams. I can see big numbers being put up between quarterback Sam Bradford and Sims-Walker.
3. Oakland Raiders Defense and Special Teams
This one is a stretch but for good reason. This defense has a lot of upside and has turnover potential. With a solid defensive line led by Richard Seymour, they should be able to contain the opponent's running game. The secondary is led by Safety Michael Huff who is looking to have a big season.
The special teams is very dangerous for Oakland. Jacoby Ford had a fantastic year returning kicks. He averaged close to 24 yards per return and three returns for a touchdown. This can be a dangerous unit and if you're in a bind, take a chance on this defense.
2. Matt Forte
If you are in need of a solid No. 2 running back, look no further. Matt Forte has been one of the most consistent running backs of the past couple seasons. Since he is on the Bears, he will always get between 15-20 carries per game and maybe one or two passes thrown his way.
The Bears have always been a run-first team, which will help Forte's fantasy value. If you can platoon Forte with one or two more solid running backs, you should lead your fantasy team to greatness.
1. Matt Ryan
I know most people would not consider Matt Ryan a fantasy sleeper, but when people are drafting quarterbacks, they tend to forget that you can get great value in later rounds. I have seen Vick, Brady, Manning, Rodgers and Brees go by in the first four rounds and I feel Ryan can be just as valuable.
With a solid running game led by Michael Turner, Ryan can focus on a good aerial attack. He has Roddy White and young stud Julio Jones on the outside with veteran tight end Tony Gonzales lining up either in the slot or on the line.
Ryan has many options and now that he has a legitimate one-two combination at wide receiver, look for him to tear up defenses.