Fantasy Football Sleepers: 10 Slumbering Players Who Will Have Huge 2nd Halves
The theme of the 2011 season may just be breakout stars and stars that have broken. Stars like Chris Johnson and Peyton Hillis have been huge disappointments for fantasy football owners.
Several of these players, however, will re-emerge as revitalized players and will perform well in the second half of the season.
Here are the 10 players who will break out in the second half of the season.
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Percy Harvin is one of the most dynamic players in the league. Unfortunately for the Vikings, they have not found a way to get him the ball.
He has also been struggling with a rib injury.
However, with rookie quarterback Christian Ponder now at the helm, all of that will change. Due to Ponder's mobility and arm, he will open up a new facet of the Vikings offense.
One that will be able to get Harvin the ball more often and in new ways.
As the Vikings start to score more, so too will Harvin.
Look for a big second half of the season from him.
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Josh Freeman has been of the most inconsistent players of the 2011 season. That, however, will change.
In the second half of the season, the Buccaneers play several teams with very poor passing defenses, which he will be able to tear through if he decides to make good decisions.
When LeGarrette Blount returns from his injury, Freeman will be even better.
Freeman has seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions, something uncharacteristic of him. In the second half of the season, he will be able to right this wrong and will be able to help make a run at the playoffs.
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There is no doubt that the most disappointing player of the 2011 season has been Chris Johnson, especially for fantasy football owners.
He only has one touchdown and averages 2.9 yards per carry.
The Titans are planning on making a run at the playoffs.
In order to be successful, they will need to use Chris Johnson to his full ability. They will find creative ways to get him the ball on the ground and in the air.
He has the talent, he just has not broken out this season. This breakout will no doubt happen in the second half of the season.
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In 2011, Philip Rivers has no doubt been the most disappointing fantasy football quarterback.
Rivers has seven touchdowns and nine interceptions.
One of his top weapons, Antonio Gates, is due to return very soon, meaning another weapon besides Vincent Jackson for defenses to worry about.
As the season goes on, Rivers will continue to improve, and as the Chargers prepare for the run at the playoffs, Rivers will need to be on the top of his game.
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This season, Andre Johnson really hasn't got much of a chance to reach his full fantasy potential due to injury.
He was on track to be one of the best fantasy football wide receivers of the season.
That will all change once he comes back from injury. He is expected to practice in Week 8, if not play.
There is no doubt that once he comes back, he will have monster numbers. He is an integral part of the Texans offense, and when he returns, he will be able to do some damage.
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All season, there has been drama surrounding Brandon Lloyd and the Denver Broncos.
That all changed when he was traded to the St. Louis Rams.
He is now the undisputed No. 1 receiver with a decent quarterback throwing him the ball.
In St. Louis, Lloyd will complement Steven Jackson and Sam Bradford well, creating a formidable threat on offense.
While this won't make the Rams win many more games, he sure will help fantasy football owners win a bunch.
He will have huge production, and judging by his Week 7 performance, it will be immediately. He had six receptions for 74 yards from backup quarterback AJ Feeley.
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Nobody really knows what Peyton Hillis' deal is. Is it injury, or is it a contract dispute? It doesn't really matter.
He has been down right bad for the first part of the season, but that will all change.
If he wants to get a decent contract after this season, he will need to put up some big numbers in the second half of the season.
With Colt McCoy at quarterback, that is a possibility. Hillis will wake up from his slumber and do some big damage.
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For being one of the best wide receivers in the league, Larry Fitzgerald sure has been quiet this season.
He has 505 yards and two touchdowns. While those numbers are not bad, they are not superstar-level stats.
In the second half of the season, Kevin Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald will finally find their groove and start to connect.
In Week 7, Kolb threw the ball Fitzgerald's way 10 times, so his lack of receptions is not from him not being open.
Once they start to connect, Fitzgerald will be a fantasy football force.
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Jacksonville has been bad for a while, but Maurice Jones-Drew has always been the bright spot in that organization.
The beginning of this season, however, has not been great. He only has two touchdowns.
With rookie Blaine Gabbert at the helm and struggling, the bulk of the offense falls on Maurice Jones-Drew.
He has the talent to take this challenge on, and he will thrive.
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With Chad Henne going down due to injury, the Dolphins are once again put in a tough position. However, Matt Moore has shown promise as the new quarterback.
Brandon Marshall has 483 yards and one touchdown this season, stats that will improve once Matt Moore becomes more and more comfortable will being the starting quarterback.
Marshall has a great amount of talent, something that he showed in Denver; however he really hasn't connected with a quarterback.
Moore completed passes to Marshall six times in Week 7. For the time being, Marshall is really the only weapon in Miami and if Moore can get his act together, he will score some big fantasy football points.