As fantasy drafts finish up around the nation, waiver fiends everywhere start scouring the wire looking for the next hidden gem. RotoWriters has compiled a list of sleepers, deep sleepers, and really deep sleepers that should give every waiver wire troll something to research at work this week. Come back throughout the next week to see the list for each position.
Sleepers-Players that have underachieved previously or are in a new environment and could become fantasy relevant THIS year. These players tend to have massive upside.
Deep Sleepers- Players that are not as widely known and don’t have a direct road to fantasy relevance. More valuable in dynasty leagues.
Really Deep Sleepers- There is a good chance you don’t know these players. Dynasty players should know these names and stash them accordingly.
Ladarius Green, San Diego- Antonio Gates is a household name, but all things must come to an end. Gates ability to be a red zone monster has gone away and the only reason he was solid fantasy start last year was volume. Green has been touted highly by San Diego and it seems like the coaches want him to be the number one by the end of the year. He is going to get every chance possible to be the top red zone target for the Bolts.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City- The Chiefs haven’t been know for their ability to score outside of Jamaal Charles especially in the red zone. Alex Smith has built a nice rapport with Kelce during camp and it seems like Andy Reid doesn’t want to rely on the defense to be as good as they were up through week 8 last year. Expect Kelce to be the top target in the endzone this year for KC.
Eric Ebron, Detroit
Jared Cook, St. Louis- Without Sam Bradford expect St. Lewis to be a run heavy offense, but the red zone will afford a good opportunity for Cook to take advantage of heavy run defense. His targets, receptions, touchdowns, and yards have increase every year since he entered the league. Expect the trend to continue into 2014.
Levine Toilolo, Atlanta- Tony Gonzalez has officially left the building. Now there is a void to be filled in Atlanta. Toilolo is the best candidate to take over for the legend. Even though he is young he’s really the only option right now as far as TE is concerned in Atlanta.
Andrew Quarless, Green Bay
Really Deep Sleepers
Troy Niklas, Arizona- Niklas probably won’t be relevant right away in Arizona due to injury and missed practice. Once he is healthy, watch out, Troy was a special player for the Irish last year and needs to be on the field as he is a superb pass blocker and secures the ball quickly after the catch. Troy will be worked in slowly but should be a target for Dynasty owners this year.
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