Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fantasy Football 2014 Sleepers pt. 1

Brian McLellan
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2014 Sleepers pt. 1

They can bring you a championship if picked correctly.  Or they can start the downfall of your season extremely quick if incorrect.  I’m of course talking which Jets running back will get the bulk of the carries.  Not really but you’d benefit greatly if you picked that correct.  I’m talking about sleepers.  We’ll discuss some sleepers at each of the primary fantasy football positions and mention what upside they bring.
Quarterbacks-  Ben Roethlisberger-  Not a sleeper in the aspect of no one knows who he is, up and coming player.  However, chances are you won’t find Big Ben drafted until late in most one qb leagues.  If you adhere to the strategy of waiting on quarterbacks, then Roethlisberger could be your guy.  In weeks 13-17 last year (typical fantasy playoffs) he threw for a total of nine touchdowns, rushed for one as well and averaged 229 yards passing.  Big Ben’s stats will likely never wow you but as a late round flyer he is more than capable of being your starting quarterback.  With another offseason under his belt to develop a rapport with receiver Antonio Brown and up and comer Markus Wheaton, waiting and drafting Roethlisberger could pay off.
Jay Cutler-  Cutler only started 11 games last year but would’ve probably had a career year had he stayed healthy.  In games in which he started and finished he threw for less than 200 yards only once and in all but three games he threw for multiple touchdowns.  You can’t ignore the love he has for Brandon Marshall and with budding star Alshon Jeffery at the other wide receiver position, Cutler could put up monster numbers this season.  The Bears quarterback is another one you can grab late in drafts and if he can stay healthy, he has the potential to put up top 5 numbers among qbs.
Running Backs-  Bryce Brown-  A trade to Buffalo could be all this running back needed in order to step back into the fantasy limelight.  Two season ago he filled in for an injured Lesean McCoy and blew up in back to back weeks.  Averaging 21.5 carries those two weeks that yielded 372 total yards and four touchdowns.  Now in Buffalo he could rekindle that fire.  Currently sitting behind the oft injured Cj Spiller and the aging Fred Jackson, Brown has the potential to surpass them both early in the season.  Fumbling issues could hold him back but don’t be surprised if he wins some teams a championship this year.
Cj Anderson-  A young, talented running back, playing alongside Peyton Manning and the high flying offense of the Denver Broncos.  What’s not to love about Anderson’s potential.  Montee Ball will get the early love in drafts and go no later than round 2, however Anderson could be had much later and could produce decent numbers.  With Knowshon Moreno catching rays in Miami and Ball stepping into the starting role, Denver is in need of a backup running back.  Anderson showed flashes of potential last year in the preseason and this could be a case of potential meets opportunity.  Look to take Anderson late in drafts and to give you a ceiling of 15 touches a game with touchdown potential.
Stay tuned tomorrow when we look at wide receivers and tight ends.
written by Brian McLellan


  1. greatly agree with the bryce brown choice as if either fred or cj get hurt he'll be in line for [and capable of handling] added workload as long as he can hold onto the ball.

  2. I want to tell you one thing That you can’t ignore the love he has for Brandon Marshall and with budding star Alshon Jeffery at the other wide receiver position, Cutler could put up monster numbers this season.Anyway thanks for sharing.