Friday, June 13, 2014

Fantasy Football 2014 Sleepers pt. 2

Brian McLellan

 We previously looked at what quarterbacks and running backs could be drafted in later rounds but at the same time could produce great results.  Today we’ll discuss sleepers at the wide receiver and tight end position.
 Wide Receivers-  Justin Hunter- Hunter fits the mold of the tall, fast, freakishly athletic wide receivers that could make the jump to stardom in his second pro season.  Standing at 6’4″, the Titans wideout has the ability to cause matchup problems with smaller defensive backs.  If he packs on a few pounds this offseason he could be a nightmare for defensive coordinators.  His quarterback situation along with his lack of production (18 catches for 354 yards and 4 touchdowns last season) could cause some fantasy owners to shy away.  He’s currently being taken around round 15 and with the huge upside he brings I’ll look to own as much stock in Hunter as possible.
Stephen Hill- Hill has had an up and down pro career so far with the Jets, and the 2014 season could be the make or break year for him.  He’s another tall and physical receiver who’s potential is enormous.  The Jets brought in Eric Decker who should be the immediate first option in the passing game.  However, I expect Hill to break out this year and finally show up as the big time receiver he’s capable of being.  As a former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, Hill follows in a strong line of receivers (Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas).  His stats are somewhat similar to Thomas’ during his first two seasons.  Obviously Hill won’t have the benefit of a Hall of Fame quarterback throwing him the ball during his third season, but if he and Geno Smith and/or Michael Vick can get on the same page, look for Hill to have a solid year.
 Tight Ends- Kyle Rudolph-  The Vikings tight end broke out in 2012 to the tune of 9 touchdowns but had a down year last season.  The greatest cure for a down season by a tight end is Norv Turner coming to town.  Fortunately for Rudolph that is exactly what he’s getting.  Turner is a tight end guru and while he may be implementing plays to get receiver Cordarrelle Patterson the ball more, Rudolph will definitely see the benefits as well.  Rudolph is a huge red zone target and should help out rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater if he should become the starter.  Look for Rudolph to regain his TE1 form and also be a bargain on draft day.
 Adrien Robinson-  The New York Giants tight end could be listed more as a deep sleeper but this is all about massive upside and potential.  Robinson will more than likely step in and assume the role as the starting tight end and catch passes from Eli Manning.  He’s already turning heads during OTA’s making great catches and showing a nice burst of speed after the catch.  I’m not advocating taking Robinson as your only tight end but more as a TE2 with upside taken in the later rounds of your draft.  If you play your cards right Robinson could end up being a starter and TE1 and the other tight end you drafted could be flipped for great value.

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