Some of the most fun in fantasy football can be had predicting the future. Spending time studying rosters, depth charts, and stats, with the end game being outsmarting your league mates. Jumping ahead of other league owners by identifying sleepers to target and add to your roster is the hunt that many fantasy owners live for, especially in dynasty leagues. Although, the problem becomes that sometimes we get too focused on uncovering sleeper players and buying into the hype, we overlook a player’s true situation and value. This can also result in people sometimes pushing all their chips in to acquire an unproven player that could in turn put your team in a hole for years to come. Sometimes a player that may truly be a gem, is buried so far down the depth chart that they are rarely mentioned. -This is where true research can pay off.
While many fantasy owner will go for the hot topic “sleeper” you can beat them to the punch on some even deeper sleepers for a cheaper price. Here are some of my 2013 fantasy deep sleepers to simply keep an eye on if you have some roster space to play around with in your dynasty league.
RBTravaris Cadet-The 24 year old back can do it all. Cadet showed in 2012, as an undrafted free agent, that he has the versatility to do anything. Whether its contributing on special teams and returning kicks, or running the rock and catching out of the backfield, Travaris Cadet can do it all. Problem is that he is buried on the depth chart of an always confusing New Orleans Saints running back by committee. It helps some that Chris Ivory left town, but a lot will still have to go right for Cadet for him to see much time in 2013.
QB Ryan Mallett– Mallett has had the sleeper talk since entering the NFL. Many teams have shown interest in trading for him, but nobody has pulled the trigger thus far. The arrival of Tim Tebow in New England may cause some to think Mallet is now more tradable, but its a very cloudy situation right now. It still may take a year or two for Ryan Mallett to see some regular playing time, but if you believe in his potential, now is the time to invest and stash him on your bench.
WRMarvin Jones-The Bengals receiving corps has become very crowded. Besides A.J. Green, stand out players include Mohamed Sanu, Andrew Hawkins, and from what we have heard, rookie Tyler Eifert will see plenty of playing time lining up all over the field, including the slot. The forgotten name here is Marvin Jones. The second year player totaled 18 receptions for 201 yards and 1 touchdown in 11 games. The opportunity is clearly there for him to work his way up the Cincinnati depth chart, but it may take another year to attempt that.
WRQuinton Patton– The 2013 4th round pick, is beyond buried on this crowded San Francisco depth chart. That said, there are some injury concerns with players such as Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham as well as the somewhat unknown commodities like Ricardo Lockette and A.J. Jenkins. I’m Guessing it will take a year or two for him to see some consistent playing time, but a guy to keep an eye on for sure.
RBStepfan Taylor/Andre Ellington-These two rookie running backs have the potential to emerge as soon as this year. Right now Rashard Mendenhall is penciled in as the starter, and Ryan Williams is also still around. Given the injury history of both Mendenhall and Williams as well as under performance as of late, Taylor and Ellington could step right in. Stepfan Taylor was one of the best pass blocking and hard nose runners in this years draft, while Andre Ellington has the quickness and agility to hit homeruns. Don’t be deceived by the current depth chart, these two rookies will eventually work their way into starting roles.
RB Christine Michael-Touted by many as having the most overall talent of all the running backs in the 2013 draft class, Christine Michael is stuck behind two talented players in Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Given his potential, and the way the NFL has so much turnover at the running back position now, Michael has to opportunity to prove his worth, that’s if he doesn’t sleep through any team meetings.
WRTavares King: King is currently, at best, the WR4 for the Broncos. However he is a down the field threat similar to Demaryius Thomas, which is something both Wes Welker and Eric Decker lack. Given the Peyton Manning style of offense, and the injury history of the Denver Receivers, King could see some time this season, but is better served as a deep stash. In a year or two he should be a starter.
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