2014 Fantasy Football Sleepers To Pick Up In Your Draft
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Fantasy football drafts are in full swing with the NFL season about a month away. As you continue to prepare for your draft, here are some fantasy sleepers you should keep an eye on. These are the undervalued players who could make the difference in finishing in second or first.
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Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams – The Rams finished 19th in the NFL last season in rushing yards and Zac Stacy, the Rams leading rusher, averaged less than four yards per carry. Needless to say, the Rams are desperate for a reliable running back who can break the big plays and take pressure off quarterback Sam Bradford. Although just a rookie, Tre Mason has that ability and more, as you may remember him as Auburn’s bread and butter, as he racked up 1,816 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, leading the Tigers to the national championship. Mason should get a lot of touches and could be the starter eventually once he shows what he can do. Make sure to snag the rookie RB in the later rounds.
Aaron Dobson, WR, New England Patriots – Ever since Randy Moss left the team, the Patriots have been searching for a downfield threat who can stretch the field. Well, at this point, Tom Brady and company are looking for any reliable pass catcher. Dobson was actually pretty reliable as a rookie, racking up 519 receiving yards and four touchdowns despite being the third and sometimes fourth option. Brady actually showed he’s quite comfortable with Dobson, as he targeted the former Marshall receiver seven or more times in six games. At worst, Dobson is a fill in player, but if he’s able to build on last year’s success you’re looking at possibly your No. 3 receiver on your team.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins – While everybody was so caught up in the Dolphins off-the-field issues, Tannehill was busy completing better than 60 percent of his passes and nearly throwing for 4,000 yards. Not bad for a second-year player who just couldn’t get on the same page with wide receiver Mike Wallace. With a full year and an offseason of working together, Tannehill and Wallace should finally have that connection down pat, which is going to lead to many big plays and a lot of fantasy points. Tannehill also has Bill Lazor as his offensive coordinator, the same guy who helped turn Nick Foles into a solid QB in Philadelphia. Tannehill wasn’t bad last year and was a solid option week-to-week. He’s just going to be even better and is an absolute steal in the later rounds when the bigger named QB’s are off the board.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions – Bell had an under the radar season last year and should have caught the eyes of fantasy owners everywhere. Not only did Bell produce 650 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, but he also had 53 receptions for 547 yards. Bell proved he’s just as versatile as Reggie Bush and could eventually take the starting job if Bush’s struggles and injury issues continue. If Bell is putting up numbers like that as a limited backup, there’s no telling what he’s capable of doing if he’s on the field for majority of the snaps. The Lions are a team that loves to throw the football around, and Bell could benefit from it greater than he did a season ago. Bell is somebody you should try and stash on your bench, because he’ll eventually pay off.
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals – Palmer finished four of his last seven games last season with more than 300 passing yards and had eight games with at least two touchdown passes. The point is that Palmer still has a little something left in the tank. We’re talking about a 34-year-old quarterback who topped 4,000 passing yards and completed 63.3 percent of his passes. With a year in the system and players around him such as Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Ellington, the Cardinals offense could improve by leaps and bounds. Palmer makes a case to be drafted before some of the bigger names on the board and he’s certainly worth some starts this season.