Fantasy football super sleepers

by Cory J. Bonini on August 23, 2011 @ 09:43:15 PDT


Player Team
Colt McCoy Cleveland Browns
Greg Little comes in as possibly the No. 1 receiver; quality checkdown in Benjamin Watson; Montario Hardesty (knee) should eventually return from injury; Pat Shurmur helped Sam Bradford shine last year. No. 3 in deep leagues.
Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers
We have seen Alex Smith falter or fall to injury on more than one occasion. Jim Harbaugh could work wonders with the super-athletic rook, but avoid Kaepernick in non-keeper drafts.
Taiwan Jones Oakland Raiders
He is insanely fast; Darren McFadden is no stranger to injuries, and he is already recovering from a fractured eye socket. Jones could have value without a more serious DMC injury but is best left for the wire.
Anthony Allen Baltimore Ravens
Allen has size (6-foot-1, 228 pounds) to be a banger as a change-of-pace back to Ray Rice if Ricky Williams, 34, struggles or falls to injury. Willis McGahee is gone, and Le'Ron McClain left, too. Late-round flier in very deep leagues but better left for the waiver wire.
Steve Slaton Houston Texans
Slaton could be traded at some point, but to whom is the question. When healthy, he is a dual threat with quality PPR value as a sixth back. He is a great target in non-maintenance leagues.
Johnny White Buffalo Bills
If C.J. Spiller sputters again, White could be a nice third-down option. We're really reaching into the grab bag here, so don't get too excited in single-year leagues. Leave him in the draft pool.
Dezmon Briscoe Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Started two games after Arrelious Benn (ACL) went down last year; Benn may not be 100 percent early on, despite what his agent says, and Briscoe could be given a chance. He is a No. 6 in deep leagues.
Jerrel Jernigan New York Giants
Drafted to be insurance in case Steve E. Smith (knee) didn't return effectively from microfracture surgery, but Smith is now in Philly; smooth route-runner and could be a PPR threat if all goes well - No. 6 WR.
Dorin Dickerson Houston Texans
Jacoby Jones could leave in free agency, paving the way for Dickerson to see meaningful action in this explosive offense. Great red zone potential (6-foot-4, 226 pounds); WW fodder until Jones' status is clear.
David Nelson Buffalo Bills
Fantastic size (6-foot-5, 217 pounds) for red zone situations. Caught three TDs on 31 receptions. BUF's receiving corps is even more suspect without Lee Evans; Nelson could surprise but doesn't warrant a selection just yet.
Ed Dickson Baltimore Ravens
Todd Heap has been released. Dickson has pretty good hands and should be the future of the position for the Ravens.
DJ Williams Green Bay Packers
Jermichael Finley (knee) coming back from cartilage damage; has a history of knee injuries. Williams, a pass-catching H-back/tight end, is dangerous in the open field and could shine if called upon; watch Finley's recovery.
Dave Rayner Detroit Lions
Battling Jason Hanson for starting job; Detroit's offense could be quite formidable if Matthew Stafford (shoulder) can hold up for an entire season. Worth drafting if he wins the job.
Houston Texans Houston Texans
Switching to a 3-4; added considerable system-fitting talent in the draft. DC Wade Phillips one of the best in the league and could turn them around early on. Worthwhile No. 2 defense.
Denver Broncos Denver Broncos
Added a lot of talent through the draft; filled several holes as they convert to a 4-3 system; best left for the waiver wire but have potential as a No. 2 in very deep formats.
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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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