By: Ron Lebya
Fantasy Football drafts can be an extremely stressful time for the casual fantasy football player. One night of selecting players can make or break a fantasy year while the season hasn’t even started. With the growing popularity of fantasy sports, players will find themselves in leagues filled with knowledgeable opponents and it can be tough to get an edge on even a casual fantasy player. Here is a list of sleepers that have the potential to help a fantasy football team and come at a serious value during a draft.
New York Giants’ Running Back Andre Williams
This rookie running back has had an outstanding camp and preseason. Williams was a solid player at Boston College, rushing for over 3700 yards and 28 touchdowns during his career there and his talents seem to be transitioning well to the NFL. The Giants current number one running back, Rashad Jennings, played well for the Raiders last year, but he is closing in on the wrong side of 30. Jennings has never played a full 16 games in his NFL career which makes Andrew Williams a safe bet to see at least some snaps as the feature back in New York.
Philadephia Eagles’ Tight End Zach Ertz
In his first year Ertz only managed four touchdowns, but they all came in the second half of his rookie year. Ertz is a tall and athletic tight end who looks a lot like Jimmy Graham when he plays. This preseason the second year tight end looks like he has developed good chemistry with quarterback Nick Foles and he could be primed for a breakout year. Ertz can be had in the few final rounds of most drafts and is an excellent choice as a sleeper tight end.
Washington Redskins’ Quarterback Kirk Cousins
RG3 is getting hurt again this year. It’s a sad thing to think about, but the phenomenal signal caller does not seem to understand that he cannot keep taking unnecessary hits while scrambling. Griffin’s teammates have gotten upset with him for running around and not sliding in the preseason and it will be hard for RG3 to stop doing what seems to come natural to him. Fantasy players in a two quarterback league could find fantasy gold if RG3 sits for an extended period of time by picking up a solid backup in Kirk Cousins.
Dallas Cowboys’ Running Back Lance Dunbar
Just like RG3, DeMarco Murray is not going to play a full 16 games this year. Murray has yet to play a full 16 game season in his three year NFL career and there is little reason to think year four will be any different. Dunbar is in his second year and looks like an explosive runner who has the potential for a big gain on every play. He is especially appealing to owners of Murray as a handcuff in case DeMarco goes down.
Dallas Cowboys’ Wide Receiver Terrance Williams
This sleeper is the most well-known of this list and will need to be drafted somewhere in the middle rounds. Williams has tremendous value as a WR2. Last season Williams recorded almost 800 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Cowboys third receiver. This year he takes Miles Austin’s spot on the depth chart and will see many more targets.This alone makes Williams a fantasy asset, but he is a true value due to the extreme talent this second year player showed in his rookie season.
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