Ok anyone can tell you that Felix Jones is a sleeper. Pick up a fantasy magazine and that’s what they are going to tell you.
The problem is everyone reads these magazines and so in my opinion it doesn’t make those guys sleepers at all. A case in point was Ray Rice last year. Every magazine I picked up hyped him as the break out player. What I am going to give you is a list of late round sleepers that will be your 4th or 5th guy at that position and will be able to be picked in the late rounds. But when they hit not only do you look awesome but you will be able to guide yourself to fantasy immortality.
Alex Smith (49ers): He has some viable weapons and has shown some improvement in the past years. They will be a run heavy team but at the same time they will need to throw it around to make the playoffs. Crabtree is poised to break out and Vernon Davis has already proven he has the ability to take over the game. He will be available late in drafts and may not even be drafted in some leagues. He will be a solid addition to any team.
Steve Slaton (Texans): He fumbles, I know, but when he is on the field he has made plays and he has great hands. Many people will write him off because of the drafting of Ben Tate but I think that Slaton could be a surprise player. He may not be the day one starter but the Texans need to win now and if Slaton gets the hot hand he will be getting the touches. Another player that will be around late but is only one year removed from a top 10 fantasy performance.
Marshawn Lynch (Bills): Drafted C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson is the number one… I’m not buying it. Spiller is a do it all player and will get his, but I just don’t think Jackson is that great. Lynch has rushed for over 1,100 yards in 2 of his 3 seasons and still has some skills. If there is an injury he could take the reins and never give them back. I like him in the late rounds of redrafts, but I love him in dynasty leagues.
Darrius Heyward-Bey (Raiders): He has a legit quarterback now and he has world class speed. With the running game of Oakland he could see a lot of deep balls. All the reports I am hearing out of Oakland is that the DHB in camp is not the same player that was in camp last year. Take a chance on him; he could break out with Jason Campbell throwing the rock around this year.
Kenny Britt (Titans): Ok this might be one of the ones named in all the books but I am pretty high on him. He has a good rapport with Vince Young and he has excellent size and speed. With Chris Johnson killing it on the ground the air will be wide open. Also he has great size to get the jump balls. Sorry if this is one of the guys mentioned by all those magazines but I couldn’t leave him out.
Anthony Gonzalez (Colts): I know Collie and Garcon both had good years, but Gonzo is still a legit player and he has more time with Peyton than the others. If he comes out and plays well he could reclaim his spot in the rotation and become the top option people drafted him to be last year.
Tony Scheffler (Lions): Brandon Pettiegrew is still a little banged up but it is fairly well known in Detroit that both players are going to be on the field. Scheffler can play. He caught 90 balls in Denver in the Pre-McStupid era. Also, Scheffler could see some time as the third wide receiver for Detroit. If Pettiegrew suffers a setback Scheffler could get into the top 10 of fantasy tight ends.
Let me know what you think and let me know who your deep sleepers are.