Here is my look at who I predict to be sleepers based on their current ADP’s for the 2010 season.
Joe Flacco: Flacco added a great receiving target in Anquan Boldin in the offseason, plus the deep threat ability of Donte Stallworth. Rookie TEs Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson also provide receiving depth behind Todd Heap. The reason I select Flacco is because he seems to be the forgotten man behind the Cutler’s and Kolb’s of the world. He started off the 2009 season on a tear, but cooled off due to injury and the Ravens overemphasis on the run. Look for Baltimore to have a more balanced attack with Flacco leading the assault through the air. He reminds me of Philip Rivers just before he finally had his breakout season.
LeSean McCoy: McCoy will be getting all the snaps Westbrook received in 2009 along with his 2009 snaps. You can also combine that to the fact Philly should run the football a little more in Kevin Kolb’s first year at the helm. That is a good recipe for some decent offensive numbers for McCoy. He is definitely my sleeper PPR running back must have.
Ben Tate: Tate really is not getting much love at all in the rankings released by Yahoo and other sites. He will see most if not all of the first and second down carries and most of the short yardage and goal line carries. That should add up to a decent amount of yards and some significant touchdowns in Houston’s high octane offense. He is a sneaky pick you can get in the later part of your draft.
Johnny Knox: Mike Martz’s “Diamond in the Rough” as Rotoworld puts it. He is about the same size and height Torry Holt was when he excelled in Martz’s system with the Rams. The Bears have no clear cut number one wide receiver going into the season, but I think Knox will time and time again establish himself as the main threat in the offense. Aromashodu will probably be relegated as a possession type receiver.
Eddie Royal: Kyle Orton made a PPR star out of Brandon Marshall again last year. No reason he couldn’t do the same for Royal this season. I realize that Royal is no Brandon Marshall, but he is only one year removed from a 90+ catch season. It’s also his “magical third year” in the league.
Zach Miller: Miller performed well these past few years with JaMarcus Russell and Bruce Gradkowski throwing the football. Imagine what he can do with Jason Campbell, who has a penchant for making the tight end a Pro Bowl Player (Chris Cooley).
Lawrence Tynes: Tynes was the Chinstrap Ninjas sleeper kicker pick last year and he performed admirably well. The Giant defense should be healthier and better this year. This should make shorter fields for the offense and more scoring opportunities for Tynes.
Cincinnati Bengals: Yes the team once known as the “Bungles” has assembled a very stout defensive unit. Getting Antwaan Odom back for a full season will greatly help that pass rush that was lacking somewhat in his absence. Also Bernard Scott and Quan Cosby form a nice return tandem. This is your best next to the last round draft pick defense to take.