Jody Smith’s 2015 Sleepers
It’s the most wonderful time of the year- fantasy football draft time! One of the best parts of draft season is trying to acquire all of those sleepers that you have targeted in your draft before your league-mates can grab them. If that sounds like you, we’ve got you covered with value picks for each position.
The following sleepers represent an early, middle and late-round candidate for each of the four main positions in fantasy football. For even more sleepers, be sure to check this out too.
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Now the Dolphins brass has made some major improvements to their supporting cast, trading for WR Kenny Stills, using a first-rounder on WR Devante Parker, and signing free agent WR Greg Jennings and TE Jordan Cameron.
Tannehill should also be much more comfortable entering his second season under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor‘s scheme. In addition to the plus passing results, Tannehill is an excellent athlete who should supplement his stats with excellent rushing numbers- a key bonus in fantasy football. With an ADP way down in the seventh round as the QB10, Ryan Tannehill is an excellent value that allows you to build your fantasy squad by drafting running backs and wide receivers early, yet still getting top-5 QB output later.
By all accounts, Bradford has looked excellent in training camp. The Eagles also have an excellent offensive line and a supporting cast that boasts weapons like reigning NFL rushing king RB DeMarco Murray, RB Ryan Mathews, a pair of capable tight ends, and a talented young receiving corps that includes WR Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, and first-rounder Nelson Agholor. The Eagles also have the luxury of residing in the defensive-challenged NFC East, meaning they’ll have a lot of games with desirable fantasy match-ups. The big knock on Bradford is health- he’s played in only seven games in the past two seasons due to knee injuries. An excellent fantasy strategy this season is to be one of the last to nab your starting QB in the middle rounds of your draft, then quickly grab a high-upside back-up like Bradford to give you a strong rotation to play match-ups with. Sam Bradford is the poster boy for risk/reward drafting, but the potential payoff and value is too great to ignore.
- Other under-valued QB’s to consider: Joe Flacco, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, Marcus Mariota, Blake Bortles
- Complete 2015 Fantasy QB Projections
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster was the first stand-out player to do down in 2015, injuring his groin in Houston’s first practice and potentially putting him on the shelf for months. Here’s the good news: there are some feelings that Foster could be back sooner than originally anticipated, and when he’s back and healthy, he’s one of the best running backs in the NFL. Spending a middle-round pick on Foster is a dicey proposition of course. With head coach Bill O’Brien from the Bill Belichick coaching school of personality plus, we may have no real idea of when Foster might be ready to suit up. But what we do know is that when he does, Arian Foster is going to win a lot of fantasy football championships by putting up top-5 RB numbers at a steep discounted price. You just have to be willing to “stash” Foster on your bench in the hopes that he’ll only miss a handful of games, rather than the 8-10 as originally feared. With and ADP that is plummeting into the middle rounds, only savvy fantasy drafters who have assembled a strong nucleus of position payers may want to take that risk.
While teammate RB Alfred Morris remains the favorite for early down work, keep in mind that Morris is an inherited talent that doesn’t fit Jay Gruden‘s offense perfectly, and is also entering the final year of his rookie deal. Jones should start off as a change-of-pace runner and receiver, but has the real chance to command a much bigger role in the season’s second half. Jones is largely going undrafted in most fantasy drafts, so keep his name in mind as a high-upside, late-round flier.
- Other RB’s to look for: James White, Charles Sims, Danny Woodhead, Cameron Artis-Payne, Isaiah Crowell
- Complete 2015 RB Fantasy Projections
Boldin has really upped his game since coming to San Francisco, but with the 49ers tumultuous offseason, most fantasy leaguers are once again writing him off. Although Boldin turns 35 during the season, there’s been no signs of a decline, or reason to think that he 49ers will change their offensive philosophy. With a current ADP of 12.04, once again Anquan Boldin looks like a low-risk, outstanding WR3 value pick that comes with a WR5/6 price.
Although Royals ADP is on the rise with the injury to White, he’s still a must have late-round sleeper target who is likely to way outproduce his draft position.
- Other WR’s to target: Stevie Johnson, Eric Decker, Brandon Coleman, Cecil Shorts, Devin Funchess, John Brown
- Complete 2015 Fantasy Wide Receiver Projections
The biggest knock on Cameron has been injuries, as he has yet to play a full 16-game schedule. Still, if you miss out on the elite TE options like Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen, or Jimmy Graham, don’t be afraid to take a chance on Cameron to be a highly-productive receiver and fantasy scorer this season.
- Other quality options: Garrett Graham, Tyler Eifert, Owen Daniels, Gavin Escobar
- Complete 2015 Tight End Fantasy Projections
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