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Fantasy Football Daily: Checking in on This Year's Sleeper Prospects
September 2, 2013
Welcome to the Labor Day edition of our daily fantasy football updates. Seeing as how the NFL and most people around the country are taking it easy today, we’re going to go in a slightly different direction with our morning look at the fantasy world. Let’s take an up-close glance at some of the projected sleeper prospects out there (or a few of our favorites, anyway) and see exactly what’s got owners so psyched up as we inch ever closer to Thursday’s regular season opener.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: What is it exactly that has so many fantasy owners scared off Cutler? Well, he does have a few things working against him as we head into the 2013 season: he’s working under a new offense (again), is notoriously mistake-prone, doesn’t have much of an offensive line or any receivers not named Brandon Marshall, and hasn’t been all that stellar in the preseason.
All that considered, we still think Cutler makes a decent fantasy backup. He can give you some nice numbers in a matchup-based play, and you’ll be able to pick him up at a discount price (likely lower-ranked than Matt Schaub or Sam Bradford, oddly enough). You’ll have to be picky about when you start Cutler, however, as there aren’t too many easy matchups on the Bears’ schedule.
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Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams: Richardson has been one of our favorite RB sleeper prospects all off-season, and most fantasy owners agree. He’s inserted himself into the starting position in the Rams backfield, and realistically he’s got less competition in keeping it than you might think: Isaiah Pead and Zac Stacy didn’t exactly blow anyone away in the preseason.
Richardson makes a very strong RB3 option in fantasy, and you can get him on the cheap. He’s ranked around No. 30 or so among those at his position.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Ask 100 fantasy owners which lower-ranked WR they’re expecting to have a breakout year, and a large percentage will say Hilton. Though he’s technically the No. 3 ranked wideout on the depth chart behind Darrius Heyward-Bey (which is due to his relative inferiority with blocking), rest assured he’ll get his share of the looks as the preferred target when it comes to the passing game.
Hilton is normally ranked somewhere in the 20s among wide receivers, which makes him a No. 3 option for your fantasy roster. He should put up very reliable No. 2-type numbers, however.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: TE is a tricky, tricky position in fantasy this season. If you don’t get Jimmy Graham, chances are you’ll be stuck with a sketchy, unproven or injury-risk name on your starting roster. Eifert isn’t any different in that regard, but there are a lot of things to like about him as a sleeper.
He adds an extra dimension to the Bengals’ passing game, and once he gets his feet wet at the NFL level should provide reliable numbers with his mismatch potential. Eifert is a mid-to-lower-end backup, but if he gets off to a good start there’s no telling how high his ceiling could be.
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