Staff Predictions: Top five fantasy football sleepers

by KFFL Staff on August 27, 2009 @ 21:47:13 PDT

 


Check out which players KFFL.com's managing editors feel will be key sleepers to target in your 2009 fantasy football drafts.

Tim Heaney
Player
POS
TM
The what for
Ray Rice
RB
BAL
How long will Willis McGahee be a factor? Rice bulked up and is working with the 1st team; he remains a receiving threat. A No. 3 back? Yes, please
Donnie Avery
WR
STL
My favorite '08 FA pickup, Avery (foot) has top-shelf wheels and making quick recovery from foot injury; big-play threat should take focus off RB S-Jax
Laurence Maroney
RB
NE
Finally, Maroney's ADP justifies taking a chance on him. I know NE has a slew of RBs, but if healthy, Maroney should get one last chance to carry the load
Jason Campbell
QB
WAS
He has a 2nd year in an offensive scheme and a chance to blossom with the help of returning talent. He's careful with the football, and WAS should air it out some more
Tim Hightower
RB
ARI
Is rookie Chris Wells really going to win this job? Hightower found ample touchdowns and receptoins in limited action last year; he's a nice No. 4 RB
Bryce McRae
Player
POS
TM
The what for
Davone Bess
WR
MIA
Greg Camarillo is returning from a serious knee injury; Bess should see plenty of looks underneath (30 catches in final 6 games last year), if he wins the job
Michael Bush
RB
OAK
Could be the most talented and fluid runner in Oakland's backfield; Darren McFadden has had injury problems and Justin Fargas avg just 3.9 YPC last year
Trent Edwards
QB
BUF
Terrell Owens should help open up the offense; Lee Evans could see more single coverage; D is bad enough to force Edwards to air it out; still only a No. 2 QB
Zach Miller
TE
OAK
Should be the top target in Oakland's offense; caught surprising 56 passes for 778 yards last year but only one score; 2nd-year end MUST find end zone more, right?
Julius Jones
RB
SEA
One Matt Hasselbeck, 33, injury from being focal point in a run-heavy offense; Edgerrin James is now in town, but he should only be a complementary back
Cory J. Bonini
Player
POS
TM
The what for
Matt Schaub
QB
HOU
The offense is in place, and the defense is still just weak enough to force Schaub to pass a lot; a must-draft for me as a midrange No. 1; injury risk, so back him up
Julius Jones
RB
SEA
Jim Mora plus Greg Knapp equals fantasy running back production; Jones needs to stay healthy and he can be a low-end No. 2 fantasy back even with Edge in tow
Donnie Avery
WR
STL
Someone has to catch the ball in STL. He has crazy speed and ability after the catch in this short-passing game; a quality No. 3/No. 4 fantasy receiver with mild risk
Jason Campbell
QB
WAS
Continuity within the offense; playmakers around him and a coach that is willing to throw the ball a lot; what's not to like? A solid No. 2 with low No. 1 potential
Ahmad Bradshaw
RB
NYG
The team needs a spell to Brandon Jacobs, who is always injured; Bradshaw, who is running with power now, is a strong No. 4 fantasy back
Nicholas Minnix
Player
POS
TM
The what for
Jeremy Shockey
TE
NO
It's easy to be sick of him. He's healthy (for now), he knows the playbook and he's on the Saints - great value for a low-end No. 1 with high-end No. 1 potential
Julius Jones
RB
SEA
Hard to hate any back who'll lead the charge for a Greg Knapp offense. Seattle will field a top-10 rushing attack, making Jones (and even T.J. Duckett!) good values
Earl Bennett
WR
CHI
The QB makes his receivers, eh? Bennett will put that theory to the test. Familiarity with Jay Cutler and the offense will help a lot
Laurence Maroney
RB
NE
Maroney has a chip on his shoulder (pun intended). Pats' most talented should play with purpose. In that offense? He'll be a great value in the second half of any draft
Greg Olsen
TE
CHI
The team's best receiver is the biggest beneficiary of the talented Jay Cutler's arrival. Desmond Clark, fade to black. Olsen has improved in every area of his game
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