One of the keys to winning your fantasy football league is the ability to recruit Sleepers. The “sleepers” are NFL players who are drafted in much lower rounds in their fantasy football drafts than their final stats warrant. In terms of shopping, this is like getting a 22-ounce bottle of Not Your Father’s Root Beer (the 19.9% version … mmmmm, mmmm) for A&W prices. In the world of full-season fantasy football, this is the avenue to league championship. We have seen championships won on the heels of Sleepers every year. They have come out of nowhere to register monsters years after being double-digit or exemption cable picks. When you can get a player at the end of your draft who becomes your # 1 producer at a certain position, you, my friends, have a true Sleeper. Below are some projected fantasy soccer players by position for the 2015 season.
2015 Fantasy Football Sleepers
QB: Teddy bridgewater (Minnesota) – Teddy took the reins from Matt Cassel at Minny in Week 4 in 2014 and never looked back. He was calm, confident and productive and returned in 2015 as the opener of the opening game with experience and new toys. He had a trio of running backs to hand the ball to last year, but none of them were named Adrian Peterson. You might think the Vikings will throw Peterson to the ground since he has fresh legs, which is possible, but having him in the backfield will open up the passing game much more than last year’s timeshare. The Vikings also improved at WR by trading aging Greg Jennings and adding orderly Mike Wallace. On top of that, the Vikings will have a healthy Kyle Rudolph TE to add to the mix. Teddy is being selected in double-digit rounds like QB2, but there’s no reason not to believe that you won’t find more games than you’ll want to start with.
Also consider: Derek Carr (Oakland), Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buffalo)
RB: Joseph randle (Dallas) – Even though owner Jerry Jones is a jerk, there is no way he would let DeMarco Murray go and be satisfied with bringing in RB Darren McFadden to replace him unless he relied on his reserve RBs from 2014. I think he McFadden’s move It was a sympathy move from a fellow Razorback alumnus as McFadden has been a real failure since he was drafted by Oakland in 2008, although injuries are the main reason. He was very talented in college, but one has to wonder how much his speed has affected his myriad of injuries. With McFadden already battling hamstring injuries, Randle is strengthening his position as the opening game starter as Dallas realizes that McFadden is as far from a dependable workhorse as I am. Randle is only 23 years old and has a great combination of size and speed. Even if Randle starts the season with just 15 carries per game, I expect good things as he could probably get 100 yards a game behind that huge Cowboys offensive line.
Also consider: David Cobb (Tennessee), David Johnson (Arizona)
WR: Nick toon (New Orleans) – We featured Brandin Cooks of the Saints at the venue last season and he made us look smart … until he missed out on injury. He’s back this season and healthy, but the Saints have rebuilt their offense and lost TE Jimmy Graham and WR Kenny Stills in the process. With WR Marques Colston getting older, Cooks is going to need a running mate and we hope Toon will be that partner. He is entering his third year in the league and seemed to be in tune with QB Drew Brees towards the end of 2014 when he had 17 of his 23 career receptions in the last 6 games of the season. Even though the Saints started to rely more on the running game last season, there’s no way they’re not keeping Brees’ pitching arm active and we see Toon MUCH more involved than ever. You should be able to catch him with your latest WR pick and not risk too much for a huge advantage that makes him a massive fantasy football sleeper.
Also consider: Allen Robinson (Jacksonville), Davante Adams (Green Bay)
YOU: Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Tampa Bay) – Jenkins was thought to be entering his 2014 rookie season, but he limped through the season with foot, ankle and back problems and had little impact. He comes into 2015 healthy and with a rookie quarterback, which is often a good thing for a pass-catching tight end, as a rookie quarterback often flies past and finds his TE as the passing rush draws near. At 6’6 “262 pounds, Jenkins will be easy for QB Jameis Winston to find on the field. The Bucs added a new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter this season from Atlanta. Atlanta put the ball in the air more than all but two teams. last season, so there should be plenty of opportunities to put that ball in Austin’s big hands in Tampa.
Also consider: Rob Housler (Cleveland), Josh Hill (New Orleans)
K: Connor Barth (Denver) – Barth came on board in 2014 after the Broncos kicked Brandon McManus to the curb and quickly made 15 of 16 field goal attempts and all of his extra points. Barth didn’t line up for any really long field goal attempts, but he had shown his leg strength during his four seasons in Tampa, so he would expect to see those opportunities show up on the air from Denver this season. Denver’s offense may not be as powerful this season as it has been since quarterback Peyton Manning joined the team, but they will provide Barth with more than ample opportunities to compete for the league scoring title.
Also consider: Greg Zuerlein (St. Louis), Blair Walsh (Minnesota)
D: Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins were slightly above average last season with DEs Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon causing some havoc. In the offseason the Fins added Ndamukong Suh and now this defensive line is one of the top 2 or 3 units in the league. With the added pressure, you can also expect an increase in fumbles and interceptions. Expect the defense to really rack up points in the first half of the season, as no opponent has a scary offense in a game at Foxboro, and I honestly hope the Patriots go down a bit this year.
Also consider: New York Jets, Minnesota