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 WR 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.
Golden Tate, Detroit- Tates move to Detroit is probably the best thing for him as far as fantasy is concerned even with Cavin Johnson lining up opposite. Tates receptions and total yards have increased every year he has been in the league with Seattle. Now he’s paired up with Matthew Stafford and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi from New Orleans. New Orleans passed for 4,918 yards and 39 touchdowns last year, expect Tate to be on the receiving end of at least 1,000.
Kendall Wright, Tennesee – Wright quietly caught 94 balls for 1,079 yards and 2 touchdowns last season, without Jake Locker under center for the majority of the season. If Locker can stay healthy this new offense under Ken Whisenhunt should be much more productive and Wright could break the top-15 wideouts this season.
Jermaine Kearse, Seattle- The 6’1” Kearse was didn’t really show up until the post season for seattle last year. Even though this is a run first offense the expectation is that Russell Wilson will be called on to pass the ball a little more in 2014. Kearse appears to be a top endzone target with his size and ability in tight space.
Marquis Lee, Jacksonville – Lee has an opportunity to be the receiving leader for the Jags this season. Unfortunately, with Chad Henne under center, his upside is limited. If Blake Bortles somehow takes over the starting QB job in Jacksonville, Lee could be a solid flex option.
Denarius Moore, Oakland- Moore flashed several times last season, but his successes are overshadowed by his lack of consistency and drops. Realistically though Oakland receivers have had it tough as there have been 18 different starting quarterbacks since 2003. This is a contract year for Moore and all signs have pointed to improvement over the offseason and with newly appointed rookie Derek Carr at the helm maybe this is the year Moore lives up to his potential.
Really Deep Sleepers
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants – OBJ has been hampered all preseason by a lingering hamstring issue. In the few times he has practiced coaches have nothing but good things to say. OBJ was a stud at LSU last season and has the goods to be a star in the NFL. OBJ’s big breakout may not come till late this season if at all, but if you’re a dynasty player OBJ is a solid stash.
Davante Adams, Green Bay- The Fresno St. product was unbelievable in college leading the NCAA with 131 receptions and the MWC with 1,719 receiving yards. He is the real deal and is on a team that moves the ball. Right now he is behind Jarrett Boykin on the depth chart but Boykin is on a short leash and Davante Adams is the next in line.
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