Coupon clippers world-wide know the importance of finding good value, even if it is 50 cents off a bottle of toilet bowl cleaner. It isn’t so much the money saved, but the feeling of getting something at a better price than most everyone else. Sort of like fantasy football owners and their sleepers.
We’ve published more than 100 pages of exclusive fantasy football advice, strategies, rankings and … sleepers.
While there may be plenty of question about what constitutes a true “sleeper,” the common consensus is that fantasy football success is tied directly to finding good value players via your draft, trades, waiver wire moves, etc.
So, as one last series to assist our faithful readers, we polled some of our writers, asking them to give us their favorite sleeper at each position and a paragraph each explaining why. Below, we share our favorite receiver sleepers.
Brohamma: Jacoby Jones
The forgotten position in Houston? The receiver opposite Andre Johnson. Kevin Walter was given a new contract, suprisingly, and now Jones is playing for his. I fully expect Jones to claim the 2nd WR position by the end of the preseason and show the world how underrated he’s been. With Owen Daniels saying that he won’t be 100% for the start of the season, Jones will see a marked increase in targets. His 6 touchdowns and 437 yards receiving from last season could easily double. Take Jones late and reap the benefits. Projection: 1,000 yards receiving 10TDs.
sockonfl: Johnny Knox
Knox is 6-0 180 lbs with good speed. A guy by the name of Torry Holt goes 6-0 200 lbs and had speed in his heyday. Why bring up Holt? Because Knox is a Holt clone that will fit well into Mike Martz’s offensive system. While everyone is singing the sleeper praises of Devin Aromashodu, Johnny Knox was the guy that caught both passes completed by Jay Cutler in the preseason opener. Don’t forget this guy come draft day. Rotoworld has called him “the diamond in the rough.”
Krause: Malcolm Floyd
Vincent Jacksons three game suspension and possible long term holdout make Floyd the number one receiver in San Diego. Floyd finally gets his chance to break out, he’s freakishly big at 6’5”, 225 lbs., which is nice in the red zone. Floyd will definately produce in 2010. The longer Jackson holds out, the better!
jaymo: Jacoby Jones
It shouldn’t take long for Jones to jump ahead of Kevin Walter for the No. 2 slot, which would be fantasy heaven in that offense. Jones is also a tremendous kick returner, which only adds to his 27-437-6 production from last season.
eric: Laurent Robinson
Sam Bradford will be accurate in 2010 and Robinson could benefit as the top option on a team that’s going to be trailing a lot. Donnie Avery’s knee injury makes it pretty certain that Robinson will be the top receiver in Saint Louis.
Consigliere: Mike Williams (TB)
Forget about the college troubles, this cat can ball and he has done so well that he has been named the outright number one wide out in Tampa. Who was the another receiver who had some serious college trouble that was drafted with many question marks and turned out to play with a huge chip on his shoulder… Randy Moss. Now I am not saying he is the next Moss, but it was well known that Williams had first-round talent with a fourth-round attitude. I like him a lot and many people will have cast him away and not to mention all the rankings out there now came out well before the training camp so they are going to be showing no love for Williams.
jzak: Jabar Gaffney
I love a lot of the value WRs this year … so much so that I’ve built a few drafting strategies around them. Gaffney is one player that should be higher on draft boards. People continue to assume that the rookies in Denver (Damaryius Thomas or Eric Decker) will immediately fill the shoes of Brandon Marshall. Or that Eddie Royal will rebound. But what about Jabar? He knows the playbook better than any receiver on the squad. He has great chemistry with Kyle Orton. He will produce WR2 numbers for at least the first half of the season, if not longer. I’m totally happy with that sort of projected production from a guy I can get late in most every draft format.
Who is your top sleeper WR? Make a case for him in the comments below.