Fantasy Football Sleepers: 5 Players Guaranteed to Explode in 2011
Fantasy owners are always on the prowl for that one player who could break out at any time. Every year people have their list of "sleepers" and believe that they will be the ones to discover the next star.
Last season brought Arian Foster to everyone's attention in the first week, when he exploded for 231 yards. Foster was barely owned by anyone at the time, but things quickly changed after that performance.
If you're looking for some sleepers this year, here are a few that you might want to snag while you still have the chance.
Kendall Hunter is a relatively unknown name to NFL fans, but that probably won't last long. The rookie out of Oklahoma State ran for over 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns his senior year.
He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of this year's draft. Hunter had a ridiculous preseason, leading the league in rushing yards and averaging 6.6 yards per carry.
We all know their starting running back, Frank Gore, has succumbed to injuries often in the past. Gore hasn't played a full season since 2006. Hunter has been given the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, so if Gore goes down at all—which wouldn't be a surprise—Hunter will be the go-to guy.
The Arizona Cardinals are definitely going to be a team with some fantasy stars this season. Now that they finally have a quarterback we can trust a little more throwing the ball, expect some of their receivers to benefit.
Andre Roberts is the one you should look out for. He's currently only on 2.5 percent of fantasy teams, so you shouldn't have a problem picking him up.
Roberts is slotted as the No. 2 receiver in Arizona this season. With Steve Breaston gone, Roberts is going to a primary target for Kevin Kolb. Early Doucet and Stephen Williams, listed as the No. 3 and No. 4 receivers for the Cardinals, have been unimpressive so far, so don't worry about them too much.
Roberts is a speedy guy that can make some big plays. If you're hurting at receiver already, Roberts is a guy that can help.
As long as Kyle Orton continues to start in Denver, Eric Decker should be a viable fantasy player. Decker has a good mix of size and speed and can make an impact in the passing game.
With John Fox at the helm, it's uncertain how much the Broncos will be throwing the ball. Still you have to like Decker's potential. He's listed as No. 3 on the depth chart, but there's a lot of talk about him outplaying Eddie Royal.
Of course, Brandon Lloyd is back to get the majority of the looks, but Decker could be a nice surprise. By the way, he's only owned by 3.6 percent of teams right now.
Sam Bradford is becoming a talented NFL quarterback, so naturally fantasy owners are benefiting from having his targets on their teams.
Lance Kendricks is yet another player from the St. Louis Rams who could be a great fantasy sleeper. He is only a rookie, but you can't ignore how he's performed in the preseason. Kendricks led the Rams in receptions and caught three touchdowns.
He doesn't have the starting job right now, but all that could change if Bradford continues to favor him.
Here's another rookie who has the potential to burst onto the scene in 2011. Greg Little finished the preseason tied for first in receptions for the Cleveland Browns. While he may not lead the team in the regular season, he's going to be a factor.
Colt McCoy will be throwing often in Cleveland's West Coast Offense, which is a good sign for Little. There is no clear No. 1 receiver on this team, so Little has a chance to step up when the season begins.
Little is owned by just 10.2 percent of owners currently. Get him while you can.