Have a last-minute draft? Nearly 40 fantasy football sleepers await your eyes!

by Cory J. Bonini on August 30, 2013 @ 09:30:56 PDT


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WR Rueben Randle, New York Giants: Randle is in line to become the No. 3 receiver. He has all of the physical tools to star if he sees enough looks, and it never hurts playing behind Hakeem Nicks' feeble carcass.

WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns: This fantasy WR3 will miss two games because of a suspension but is poised to break out in Norv Turner's long-ball offense, especially with the big-armed Brandon Weeden keying in on him.

WR Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans: He is healthy, determined, entering a contract year and, maybe most importantly, not in legal limbo. Jake Locker needs a go-to weapon, and I love Britt as a third fantasy wideout with strong WR2 potential.

WR Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins: Expect more passing from the 'Skins and a continued reduction in Santana Moss' playing time. Hankerson, a dynamic slot receiver, could surface as a viable fantasy option out of Washington's sketchy receiving corps.

WR T.J. Graham, Buffalo Bills: Looking for a final-round flier? Graham is having a great offseason and could win the job opposite Stevie Johnson. Even if he doesn't, he should be involved out of the slot. Speed kills, and Graham has more than enough of it.

WR Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals: Carson Palmer drastically improves the fantasy prospects of Arizona's offense, but Floyd's personal growth this offseason suggests marked improvement. Playing opposite of Larry Fitzgerald and having spent the offseason working with him will be huge. Safely, he is a WR4 with low-end No. 2 potential in best-case scenario.

WR Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears: The Chicago offense needs someone other than Brandon Marshall to step up, and Jeffery has the skill set to be that guy. Don't expect explosive numbers (modest flex target), however, but he does play in a weak defensive division and could have a few huge outings.

WR Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals: Sanu is a red zone threat and sees single coverage opposite A.J. Green. Andy Dalton is only improving and should be even more comfortable with pushing the ball downfield in 2013. Count on respectable flex numbers from the second-year pass catcher.

WR Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders: Streater has done everything in the world to stand out as a WR1 for the talent-starved Raiders. Someone needs to step up, and he has taken it upon himself to be that guy. Most owners don't even know his name, so you could make the argument that he belongs in the deep sleepers category. Draft Streater as a WR5 and enjoy!

WR Kenbrell Thompkins, New England Patriots: The Pats appear to be giving Thompkins every opportunity to win a starting spot, and Tom Brady hasn't been afraid to look his way during preseason play. Thompkins is a somewhat risky WR4.

TE Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns: Look at what Norv Turner and Rob Chudzinski have done for tight ends in their respective coaching careers. Cameron has all of the talent needed to excel in an offense looking for pass catchers, just as long as he shakes off the injury bug.

TE Jake Ballard and Zach Sudfeld, New England Patriots: Ballard is nearly 100 percent healthy from a devastating knee injury. Sudfeld has been impressive in the offseason and preseason. The release of Aaron Hernandez and lingering recovery of Rob Gronkowski (back) should open the door for a meaningful role for duo in New England's offense. Both will see their roles diminish upon Gronk's return, however.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Single-coverage candidate

TE Luke Stocker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Stocker never will be higher than No. 3 in the pecking order, yet he has some upside. Look for streaky production, but owners in deep leagues or two-TE setups have to consider him an emerging option.

TE David Paulson, Pittsburgh Steelers: He could have a role with veteran Heath Miller recovering from a catastrophic knee injury suffered late last year. The Steelers may even look to using more two-tight end sets because of their expectedly weak receiving corps. Watch the waiver wire for Paulson.

TE Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals: The first-round rook should see the majority of passing-down targets in the Bengals' blossoming offense. Look for limited opportunities but a high TD-to-reception ratio from this red zone threat. He's a TE2 on draft day.

TE Rob Housler, Arizona Cardinals: Yet again, the Carson Palmer factor improves a player's worth. Bruce Arians has a history of impactful coaching of the position, too. This isn't a full endorsement, but Housler, if healthy, has modest value in larger formats. He is dealing with a high ankle sprain, which can linger, so consider him more of a waiver wire option for standard leagues.


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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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