Jonathan Baldwin has a chance to shine in 2012
Finding those special boom picks late in your fantasy football draft can help propel your team to glory.
I am reluctant to use the general "fantasy football sleeper" label because it seems those players year after year creep up the draft board to the point they no longer are truly a sleeper based off of their inflated average draft position. I often find that fantasy football sleepers become overvalued because everyone and their brother is willing to go one round earlier than everyone else.
There are, however, a handful of players who present a potentially large profit based off how cheap they come on draft day. Call them super fantasy football sleepers, call them low-risk, high-reward options or call them whatever else you'd like. Anyway you want to slice it, these players cost little and could provide some much desired boom to your lineup.
Take a chance on these guys
Jonathan Baldwin, Kansas City Chiefs - When he isn't fighting with players in the locker room, Baldwin actually is a very talented young wideout on a team looking for playmakers. Dwayne Bowe, the franchise receiver, was away from the team all summer and Baldwin had an opportunity to work with the first-string offense as the team's No. 1 receiver. He didn't disappoint, as he's improved dramatically from last year. At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, he's a huge target for quarterback Matt Cassel. Going 170th overall on average, you could do a lot worse.
Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings - Once you get past that whole three-game suspension thing, there's a lot to like about Simpson. He has good size (6-2, 190), is coming off a 50-catch season and his chief competition is the always average Michael Jenkins. The team loves Simpson's speed and is looking for ways to work him into the game plan. Considering Percy Harvin, the Vikings' top receiver, is a headache away from missing a game and they have little proven depth at the position, Simpson is going to be given an opportunity to shine. He shines even brighter considering he's being taken 204th overall. I'm buying, are you?
Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers - Entering his key third year, LaFell has a chance to shine as the team's No. 2 option, a role he's all but locked down this summer, opposite Steve Smith. He averaged a healthy 17 yards per catch last season and should see plenty of looks from Cam Newton now that they've had a full year to work together. Being selected 203rd overall on average, LaFell has a chance to boom for you with very little investment.
Which other receivers does Ryan think should be on your radar? The second page holds the answer....
About Ryan R. Bonini
Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA
TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer
of the Year by the FSWA,
received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.
His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo!
Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured
on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA,
FSWA and FSTA.
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