Fantasy Football Draft 2014: Wide Receiver Sleepers
Taking a Look at the WR Sleepers in the 2014 Fantasy Football Draft
August 13, 2014
With the 2014 fantasy football draft season in full swing, we’ve been celebrating by checking out each position in our daily in-depth examinations. Today it’s time to visit with some potential sleeper candidates at the wide receiver position, which could help make or break your fantasy season.
WR is a notoriously difficult slot to predict, as aside from a few top names out there, we really don’t know what to make of the majority of players. That said, we’ve got a few sleeper names in store today who might be able to snag late in the draft and ride to victory this season. Here’s a closer look.
Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: It remains to be seen what exactly the Lions can do with Tate, but the early sentiment seems to be pretty positive. With Calvin Johnson sucking up defenses’ attentions on the other side, Tate will be free to roam the field in man coverage. That’ll get him plenty of opportunities for big scores.
We expect Tate to hover somewhere around the 900-yard mark with a solid shot at 10 receiving touchdowns if everything goes as planned. Those are stellar numbers for his draft position in fantasy.
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Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Why is no one talking about this guy? Jones is primed for a big year after flashing big numbers in 2013, and we expect him to take another huge step forward during this upcoming campaign.
Sitting opposite uber-WR A.J. Green, Jones provides another big-time weapon for Andy Dalton on the other side. We fully expect him to surpass his 712 yards and 10 scores on 51 grabs last year. Keep your eye on this guy.
Kenny Stills, WR, New Orleans Saints: With all of the potent offensive weapons the Saints are boasting down there in New Orleans, Stills often gets overlooked. He posted 32 grabs for a whopping 641 yards and five touchdowns last year, and so far the indications are that he’s in for an expanded role in 2014.
Stills has had a quad issue during camp that we’ll have to keep an eye on, but if all systems are go he should be a breakout candidate at WR.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: The rookie Matthews has a little bit of work to do in planting himself as the Eagles’ No. 3 WR, but once he’s in there he’ll be a solid target to check out in fantasy. He got plenty of work in the Eagles’ preseason opener, tagging four grabs on seven total targets.
There’s a healthy buzz surrounding Matthews this off-season, and perhaps it’s warranted. The Eagles could use another electric WR on the field now that DeSean Jackson is gone. Perhaps Matthews is it.
James Jones, WR, Oakland Raiders: Even though Jones is coming off a nice 817-yard, 59-catch season in 2013, he’s still got some work to do in moving up the depth chart in Oakland. Assuming he can do that, he’s got some upside as a sleeper candidate in fantasy.
Jones has caught a total of 24 touchdowns over the past three years, and though he won’t be doing that at quite the same clip in a Raider uniform, he’s at least a guy to keep your eye on.
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