“Sleeper” is the worst term in Fantasy Football. Because in Fantasy Football (and most of life), you have to consider context. A sleeper in a 10-team league with 15 roster spots is very different from a sleeper in a 16-team league with 20 players on each team. It’s all in the eye of the beholder. Just like opinions on Miley Cyrus. Actually, it’s nothing like Miley Cyrus. I just heard I was supposed to be talking about her.
Stewart will start the season on the Physically Unable To Perform list. (You know Viagra is dying to sponsor that designation somehow.)
“Undervalued” is by far the better term. You want players who will outperform the draft slot required to take them. That’s how you win your league. So without further ado, here are six names we at Footballguys.com believe can help you do exactly that. You can thank us later, when you’re not the guy with the Justin Bieber tattoo.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Romo’s fascinating, as one of the highest profile players at the highest profile position for one of the highest profile teams is consistently undervalued. Do you love to say Romo chokes in the playoffs? Fine. Most fantasy leagues focus on the regular season. And he excels there. He’s got elite weapons around him in an offense that’s suited for his skills. Let the other guys take Rodgers, Brees, Manning, etc. early. Take Romo later while loading up on great running backs.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers
Fantasy Football is all about opportunity. And sometimes that opportunity comes in the form of competition falling to the wayside. Carolina had hoped to field a combo backfield of Williams and Jonathan Stewart. But Stewart will start the season on the Physically Unable To Perform list. (You know Viagra is dying to sponsor that designation somehow.) That means he’ll be out for the first six games at least. Which means Williams will have increased opportunities. The Panthers are overlooked by some, and the muddiness of their backfield situation scares some away. It’s not muddy now, and Williams is a value pick.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
Same story as Williams but with snow. Both Lacy and DuJuan Harris had been slated to b see plenty of time. Until Harris landed on Injured Reserve with a knee injury this week. With Harris out, look for the team to lean hard on Lacy, who also benefits from early overreaction to some unflattering photos from training camp that appeared to make him look overweight. Much of that has been forgotten now, as he’s looked solid in camp. And not in a BJ Raji kinda way.
Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams
Fantasy owners can’t help their fascination with the shiny new toy. Especially rookie wideouts. On that note, many have fallen in love with Rams rook Tavon Austin. I’m no hater. I think Austin will be a fine player. But I think he’ll be just the second-most productive receiver for St. Louis behind Givens. Givens and QB Sam Bradford seem to have developed that all-important chemistry that only repetitions can provide. He’s a talented player in an up-and-coming offense. It’s no “Greatest Show on Turf 2,” but he’ll pile up points nonetheless.
Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans
The problem with NFL players is that we often expect them to act like seasoned pros, when in reality they’re very young men. Guys like Russell Wilson are much more the exception than the norm. For many players, it takes a few years to mature and learn their craft. Britt’s one of those guys. He’s always had monster talent, but this offseason the “light” seems to have “come on” as he looks to be getting healthy and serious about being a pro. Playing in his “contract year” looking for the next payday has a way of making that happen…
Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears
You can get all logical and make the case that QB Jay Cutler has to find another target besides Brandon Marshall. Or that new coach Marc Trestman will find ways to feature the tight end. Or you can just listen to your heart and know that a player who refers to himself as the “Black Unicorn” just has to have some fantasy magic in him.