Many fantasy football leagues are won and lost in the late rounds on draft day. For 2014 fantasy football, you will want to make sure you have the top late round sleepers loaded up and ready to be drafted prior to entering that draft lobby (or room if you are participating in a live draft). Here are 5 names to consider.. late round guys based on ADP with high ceilings who could exceed expectations in a big way
10th round or later – 2014 fantasy football sleepers
#1 – Justin Hunter – Tennessee Titans – Wide Receiver (ADP 10.04)
Allow me to introduce you to Justin Hunter. 6′ 4″, 205 lbs, with a 39.5 inch vertical, and just 23 years old out of the University of Tennessee. In his first season (2013), Hunter played in 14 games, hauling in just 18 passes for 354 yards. So why would I show him any love? He caught 4 TD’s on those 18 passes, and his YPC average came out to nearly 20 yards! (19.7). This year, the Titans are expected to showcase Hunter’s abilities as he is set to make a dramatic leap forward in production, with Nate Washington sliding back to the no. 3 WR. I conservatively project 8 TD’s for the guy who should be Jake Locker‘s favorite red zone target this season, and he is a guy to target in all formats in the 9th or 10th round come draft day.
#2 – Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – Quarterback (ADP 11.07)
I feel like I have hammered this point home enough in my other articles here and over at FantasyTeamAdvice, but seriously.. draft Big Ben this season. I’ve never liked him from a fantasy standpoint, but the Steelers are going no-huddle, and Big Ben was a top 10 QB over the second half of last season. In 2013, he threw for 4261 yards with 28 TD’s and 14 INT’s. I expect those numbers to increase across the board this season with the new no-huddle attack and while you will be drafting Roethlisberger as a backup, he could eventually emerge as the more consistent option for your fantasy football squad.
#3 – Kenny Britt – St. Louis Rams – Wide Receiver (ADP 11.08)
Even I have a hard time believing that Kenny Britt could be poised for a major comeback, but most of his issues seem to be mental, and now that he is reunited with head coach Jeff Fisher, we have to give Kenny a chance. Britt is just 26 years old, and should operate as the WR1 for the Rams this season. While they aren’t expected to showcase the most dynamic offense in the league, a WR1 in the 11th round (who will be your WR4/5) is nothing to sneeze at. Give Mr. Britt one last chance on draft day this season to prove his worth
#4 – Cecil Shorts – Jacksonville Jaguars – Wide Receiver (ADP 11.12)
Speaking of WR1’s that present excellent value.. we find Cecil Shorts here late in the 11th round. Many will cry out “But he’s never put in a full season!”, and they would be right. But you know what the difference between he and a guy like Rob Gronkowski is? They both carry injury risk, but the risk is substantially less in the 11th or 12th round. I won’t be spending a 2nd or 3rd round pick on Gronk this season, but you can bet that I will roster the Jags #1 WR across the board this season, and when he is healthy Shorts will be locked in as my WR3 with plenty of upside.
#5 – Ronnie Hillman – Denver Broncos – Running Back (ADP 13.07)
Remember last season when Ronnie Hillman was the projected starter for the Broncos? No? Well, let me take you back to a summer ago.. when Hillman was the guy being targeted, Montee Ball was 2nd off the board, and Knowshon Moreno slipped to the waiver wire, unnoticed in the grand fantasy football scheme. By season’s end, it was Moreno who found his way into fantasy owner’s hearts, and I can’t shake the feeling that the same situation is occurring with Hillman. Ball is the projected starter, and for some reason the #2 back is being completely overlooked in many leagues. The Broncos are by no means committed to Ball as the starter for all 16 games this year.. if you do grab Montee in the early rounds, be sure to pick up Hillman in the 12th. Even if you don’t draft Ball.. Ronnie makes for an excellent late round grab.
Who are a few of your favorite late round sleeper picks for 2014 fantasy football? Post them below and lets discuss!
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