Peyton Hillis a manimal
With every new fantasy football season comes numerous reports about who the best sleepers are. You've probably read three in the past few minutes while making your way to this story.
Most predictions are useless junk, but you'll never know if they will play out until it's too late to find them on waivers.
Here are five sleepers from 2010 that actually lived up to their status.
A rookie in 2010, the expectations weren't high for Mike Williams—not because he was a bad player, but rookie wide receivers generally don't contribute much in their first year.
Consider Williams one of those rare exceptions.
Starting all 16 games of the season, Williams set a new franchise receiving touchdown record with 11 for the season.
Mike Williams—65 REC, 964 YDS, 11 TD
The 2010 season almost didn't start well for Darren McFadden.
Bothered by a hamstring injury, the former No. 4 overall draft pick started the preseason behind Michael Bush. Ironically, Bush was also ranked higher in draft boards than McFadden and was the more prominent name on sleeper lists.
Then came the fractured finger that would sideline Bush and thrust McFadden to full-time duty. McFadden would thank Raider Nation with 95 rushing yards, 55 receiving yards and touchdown against the Tennessee Titans.
Darren McFadden—223 ATT, 1157 YDS, 7 TD, 507 REC YDS, 3 TD
Though commercially unknown, Denver fans might remember his limited, yet highly productive starting time with the Broncos in 2008. Unfortunately, Josh McDaniels was their coach and saw it fit to trade him to the Cleveland Browns for next to nothing.
Stuck in a crowded backfield behind Jerome Harrison and James Davis, Peyton Hillis was a long shot to start. Much like his time in Denver, injuries thrust him to the top of the depth chart and he had no plans of leaving. In his first start, facing the stingy Baltimore Ravens, Hillis barged through defenders racking up 144 rushing yards and one touchdown for an average of 6.5 yards per carry.
Peyton Hillis—270 ATT, 1170 YDS, 11 TD, 477 REC YDS, 2 REC TD
Technically, Brandon Lloyd should not even be on this list. He was a relative nobody coming into the 2010 season, with seven solid years of giving fans false hope. Everyone knew the ability was there, but he just never seemed to care.
And then he started caring.
Out of nowhere, Lloyd caught anything in his direction and finished the season No. 1 in receiving yards.
More than Roddy White, more than Reggie Wayne, more than Greg Jennings.
Brandon Lloyd—77 REC, 1448 YDS, 11 TD
An undrafted free agent in 2009, there weren't many expectations for Arian Foster going into the 2010 season.
Sure, he showed a few flashes, but Steve Slaton was the incumbent starter and the Texans had just drafted Ben Tate in the second round (they even traded up for him). Plagued by fumble-itis, Slaton was quickly thrown in the dog house, only to be saved from a broken ankle that Tate then suffered to end his season.
In comes Arian "the Barbarian" Foster to save the day. Getting his start against the Colts in the first game of the season, Foster shredded them for 237 yards and three touchdowns.
A fantasy god was born.
Arian Foster—327 ATT, 1616 YDS, 16 TDS, 604 REC YDS, 2 REC TD