Fantasy Football Super Sleepers to Target in 2013
The difference between a good and great team is settled with your sleeper draft picks and pick ups
We all want the Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Petersons in the league, by having the best quarterback or running back you expect to win the league. This is necessarily not the case. Last year if you found a gem in Alfred Morris or Randall Cobb last season, you probably made the playoffs. Finding guys in the late rounds or from free agency is key to winning your fantasy leagues. For this upcoming season I have a couple of deep sleepers for each position which I think can be the next breakout player in fantasy.
Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs
Early in his career this quarterback was labeled a bust, but since Jim Harbaugh arrived in San Francisco his career has taken a 180. Alex Smith has become a very efficient quarterback and now he is going to a team that has a quarterback friendly system. Andy Reid is one of the best offensive coaches in the league and he loves to throw the ball. Last season the Eagles threw the ball over 60% of the time, expect that to continue in Kansas City. With Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles leading the way, Alex Smith could have the best season of his career. During your draft you should take him between rounds 11-14 depending on the number of teams in your fantasy league.
Geno Smith – New York Jets
ADP: 273 (Undrafted)
Looking back at the past two seasons, rookie quarterbacks have been successful early in the NFL. So if you think the trend will continue, then Geno Smith is a viable candidate. We all know that Geno will start for the Jets sometime this season, but the question is when will that be. Geno Smith was a very productive quarterback in college and he can sling the ball. Most importantly, he does not turn the ball over like Mark Sanchez. If you already drafted a good starting quarterback in the draft, then taking Geno Smith in the last round should not affect your fantasy team. Yes you will be wasting a roster spot on someone who will not produce for your team, but what if he turns out to be the next RG3. This is something to think about on your
Danny Woodhead – San Diego Chargers
Ryan Mathews can’t stay healthy, and when he plays, he isn’t that great either. The Chargers signed Danny Woodhead in the off-season to take over the third down role. This could change as the season progresses, because the chances of Ryan Mathews getting hurt or not producing is very likely. If Danny Woodhead gets more time at RB, he can be a good flex option, primarily in PPR leagues. During rounds 12+, Danny Woodhead could be a huge steal for you in your fantasy league.
Bilal Powell – New York Jets
Chris Ivory is having hamstring problems, Joe Mcknight is out of shape, and Mike Goodson hasn’t showed up to training camp since being arrested. Bilal Powell has a great chance to become the starting running back for the Jets. Granted he is not very talented, but the Jets love the run the ball and Powell could see 15-20 carries a game as a starter.
Kenny Stills – New Orleans Saints
ADP: N/A (Undrafted)
Injuries have hurt his productivity and draft stock but it worked out for the former Sooner. He is on the best passing team in the NFL and Drew Brees loves to spread the ball around to all his wide receivers. Another plus for him is that Joe Morgan is now out for the season, so Kenny Stills is now third on the depth chart, but Nick Toon is Colston’s primary back-up. Kenny Stills can become the deep threat that Joe Morgan, Devery Henderson, and Robert Meachem have been over the years and is worth taking near the end of the draft.
Kenbrell Thompkins – New England Patriots
The undrafted rookie receiver out of Cincinnati is having a great camp, and he could be a huge asset to the Patriots offense. Thompkins could become a Flex starter in PPR leagues and could become a valuable fantasy football asset for owners this year.
Zach Sudfeld – New England Patriots
ADP: 259 (Undrafted)
Another Patriot rookie to watch, he can also help fill the void left by Aaron Hernandez. With Gronk also dealing with injuries, he could also start or see significant playing time as well. Taking him late in the draft, not Jake Ballard, and stashing him away on your team would be the way to go for this guy.
Kellen Winslow – New York Jets
ADP: 342 (Undrafted)
If he starts, he could see a lot of targets. The Jets quarterback has to throw the ball to someone. Keep an eye on him in free agency, he really does not have to be drafted.
Those are the Super Sleepers to watch out for in 2013, there definitely could and will be more pop up. Let me know who you think should be on the list!