Fantasy Football: Super Sleepers

Fantasy Football: Super Sleepers for 2013

8/22/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Choosing players at the top of a fantasy draft is fairly easy. It's tough to really go wrong when choosing amongst the game's elite players. As for the middle rounds, many of us probably have an idea of who we're going to try to grab at a solid value. The late rounds, however, are full of players that many people have never heard of, which can make it tough to find the right flier at the back end of your draft. I like to refer to the gems in those late rounds as "super sleepers" - a player who I think has a shot at making a fantasy impact, but has an average draft position (ADP) of 120.0 or lower. Here is a list of some of my favorite super sleepers for 2013, listed in order of ADP:

Jared Cook (STL - TE) (ADP: 121.1): Peter King of Sports Illustrated recently referred to Cook as the "single-best player" he saw on his training camp tour - that's some tremendous praise. Cook has always had the talent to be one of the game's best playmakers from his position, but was never fully utilized in Tennessee. Now with the Rams - who signed him to be a dynamic weapon in the passing game - he'll have an opportunity to really showcase his skills. Though he has always been more of a big-play threat than a volume receiver, his enormous catching radius could make him a nice underneath option for Sam Bradford. For what it's worth, he has caught his only target so far this preseason for 37 yards.

Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) catches a touchdown pass over Minnesota Vikings cornerback Bobby Felder (31) during the second quarter at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY SportsDeAndre Hopkins (HOU - WR) (ADP: 124.0): The Texans have spent a long time with Andre Johnson as their only outside receiving threat, but they decided to address their lack of a No. 2 during the first round of the draft this year. Hopkins is a baller - he may not be the fastest or strongest, but he will fight a defensive back to the death if it means the ball will end up in his hands. Quarterback Matt Schaub will learn to love Hopkins for his tenacity when the ball is in the air, as well as his reliability in route running. Reports say Hopkins "just keeps getting better" at camp, and he caught four passes for 52 yards and a touchdown in the team's first preseason game. He's currently sidelined by a concussion, but should be fine by Week 1. I love Hopkins' ceiling due to his ability and his situation as he is the clear-cut No. 2 receiver in Houston.

Jay Cutler (CHI - QB) (ADP: 124.0): You may be thinking "no way, I'm not falling for this again," but there are plenty of reasons to believe that Cutler will be better this year than he has been in the past. First of all, the team is transitioning from a defensive head coach in Lovie Smith to an offensive mind in Marc Trestman. Having been referred to as "an outstanding QB manager and manipulator," Trestman may be just what Cutler needs to take his game to another level. Trestman's offense features a lot of screen passes, which should be easy fantasy points for Cutler. In addition, Trestman made the offensive line a priority in the offseason, which should allow Cutler more time to pass, resulting in less turnovers. The team has also added tight end Martellus Bennett as a receiving weapon, and second-year receiver Alshon Jeffery has had "the best camp out of everybody on offense," according to Cutler.
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8/22/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Stepfan Taylor. Mark it down.