In fantasy football, drafting star players at or near the top of your draft is easy. Most sites lay out nicely who to pick in the first couple of rounds and it's just a matter of finding fits for your team.
The owners who become champions, however, are the ones who dig the deepest in the mid-to-late rounds.
Sure, you could take a guy who had 600 yards receiving last year in hopes that he will repeat that. But why not take a chance on a guy who could breakout and be one of the top fantasy players that season?
It's all about risk vs. reward. That's all really fantasy football is, anyway.
The owners who take the best risks are the ones who usually do well. Sometimes it's like finding a needle in a haystack. But there are ways of identifying players who might become that kind of sleeper everyone is looking for.
Backup running backs with shaky starters ahead of them are golden options. All it takes is one ding on the No. 1 guy and he's in the game. All some players need are opportunities to break out and become the next fantasy star.
Young receivers are inviting, too. Think Mike Williams of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He burst onto the scene last year after being relatively unknown and is now a legitimate fantasy starter.
We understand it isn't an easy process. Over the next few posts, we'll run down some of the best fantasy sleeper options for this season.
Buckle your seat belts, folks, it's time to win a championship.