2013 Fantasy Football Sleepers
Sleeper: A draft term for a NFL player that an owner believes is going to have a breakout season. These are usually players who are not rookies, but they can be. For the most part they are not well known NFL players. Usually sleepers are drafted in the middle to late rounds of a draft. From our Fantasy Football Dictionary
We have classified the following players as sleepers for 2013. We will be updating this list throughout the pre-season.
|Vincent Brown||WR||SD||24||2||WR - #43|
|Update (8/7): Already an intriguing fantasy option, Brown is now thrust into the spotlight following Danario Alexander's season-ending knee injury. Of course, the former third round pick's own issues with bumps and bruises has kept him off the field previously (including all of last season). On the very day of Alexander's injury, the 5-foot-11 target returned to pr... Read More|
|Ryan Broyles||WR||DET||25||1||WR - #55|
|With WR Titus Young out of town and potentially dealing with mental illness, the Lions must soldier on and Ryan Broyles will be asked to step up. He tore his left ACL his senior year at Oklahoma and then tore his right ACL last year. Broyles was a second round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He caught 22 passes for 310 yards and two scores last year. Most of that produ... Read More|
|Aaron Dobson||WR||NE||22||R||WR - #63|
|Update September 7 2013 - Dobson has been ruled out week 1 due to injury.
The Patriots drafted Dobson out of Marshall, because he was fast and big (something they have been missing since they traded Randy Moss -- by the way, also went to Marshall). The Patriots love going deep and looking for the big play. If Dobson can be anything like Moss in the first f... Read More
|Michael Floyd||WR||ARI||24||1||WR - #29|
|The opinions vary on Michael Floyd. For much of his rookie season, his playing time was just as inconsistent as his production. He will now be pushing for a lot more snaps and has the potential to breakout in his second season. Larry Fitzgerald should see double coverage constantly, leaving Floyd and his strong upper body to compete one-on-one in man coverage. Ther... Read More|
|Chris Givens||WR||STL||24||1||WR - #41|
|There was a five game stretch last season during which Givens recorded a catch of 50 yards or more in every contest. His over-the-top speed is superb, but it was his late-season development following the Danny Amendola injury that showcased the versatility Givens possesses. This season he'll be a starter on the outside and could benefit in the matchup game as defen... Read More|
|Josh Gordon||WR||CLE||22||1||WR - #28|
|In today's NFL, knucklehead receivers who can't stay out of trouble and injury-prone primadonnas dominate the news. Guys like Josh Gordon, who put together a very promising rookie season, seem to stay under the radar. Gordon saw 96 targets last season and that number should increase in 2013. New head coach Rob Chudzinski is expected to install a more pass-happy off... Read More|
|T.Y. Hilton||WR||IND||24||1||WR - #23|
|Update (9-10) Hilton played only about 50 percent of the Colts' offensive snaps in week one. He is clearly behind Darrius Heyward-Bey at the moment. Fantasy owners will not be able to count on Hilton to live up to his draft potential until he passes Heyward-Bey on the depth chart.
Update (8-25): Though still not technically a starter, Hilton sure is prod... Read More
|DeAndre Hopkins||WR||HOU||21||R||WR - #45|
|Update (10/20): Hopkins has played very well this season, especially considering he is just a rookie. Look for his stats to improve the second half of the season. The rookie out of Clemson will be a valuable asset for fantasy owners this season and for years to come.
Update (8/21): Hopkins suffered a concussion in the Texans game against Miami last week... Read More
|Alshon Jeffery||WR||CHI||23||1||WR - #56|
|Alshon has the talent, now he needs to show it. He had a few decent outings last season, but they entailed a few receptions for big yardage. Jeffery is a deep threat and could be a great sleeper pick-up at wideout this season. The addition of Bennett at TE might help or might hinder Jeffery's workload, we will have to wait and see. Any way about it, Cutler should h... Read More|
|Brandon LaFell||WR||CAR||27||3||WR - #51|
|When the Panthers selected Brandon LaFell in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, they likely knew then that he was a possession receiver with the frame and length to potentially blossom into an Anquan Boldin type player. So far, LaFell hasn't lived up to those expectations, but the talent is there. This will be his fourth season and year after year, many fantasy... Read More|
|Denarius Moore||WR||OAK||24||2||WR - #48|
|Moore caught 51 balls last year and 30 the year before. Those are solid numbers for any second year wide receiver, especially considering he wasn't the clear cut #1 in the offense, sharing time with new Colts WR Darius Heyward Bey. Is it time for a breakout season 3? Could happen, but don't count on it. Ongoing instability at QB and on the offensive line will make ... Read More|
|Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||MIN||22||R||WR - #49|
|Update (8/13): Patterson had a solid NFL preseason debut. He led the Vikings with four catches for 54 yards and added a 50-yard kick return on the first play of the game game. Patterson should push Jerome Simpson to the bench and secure a starting spot opposite Greg Jennings as Minnesota's starting X receiver.
The Vikings traded back into r... Read More
|Rueben Randle||WR||NYG||22||1||WR - #59|
|Update 10-25-2013 - Randle is doing a very good job as the #3 receiver for the Giants. He hasnt been consistent enough to be a lock start every week but with all the bye weeks and injuries, he is worth a look, especially in good matchups
Update August 7, 2013 - So far this off season and during training camp the reviews about Randle have been very good. ... Read More
|Emmanuel Sanders||WR||PIT||26||3||WR - #47|
|UPDATE (10/21): The free agent to be remains just a bye week filler at best in 12 team leagues as he's averaging 4 catches for 51 yards with one touchdown.
PROFILE: Many thought he was New England bound, but the cash strapped / WR needy Steelers decided to match his restricted offer and inked Sanders to a one-year, $2.5M co... Read More
|Kenny Stills||WR||NO||21||R||WR - #52|
|Update (8-16): Another preseason game, another impressive perfomance by Stills. Against the Raiders on Friday, he caught four passes for 64 yards including a toe-tapping touchdown in the front of the end zone. Nick Toon hauled in a 56-yarder for his only catch, but Stills is looking like the No.3 WR race leader.
Update (Aug 12): With the injury to Joseph M... Read More
|Kenbrell Thompkins||WR||NE||R||WR - #42|
|From undrafted due to off the field issues (including seven arrests prior to the age of twenty), to a major threat in New England's offense in just over a couple of months. That's the magical ride Kenbrell Thompkins, 25, is on. Camp observers are calling Thompkins a breakout candidate this 2013 season. He's able to run a variety of routes right out of the gate and ... Read More|
|Robert Woods||WR||BUF||21||R||WR - #64|
|Former USC wideout Robert Woods was described as one of the most "ready to play" prospects in this past draft class. This does not necessarily mean he will open the season in the starting lineup though. Woods is currently No. 3 on the Bills' WR depth chart. He will challenge WR T.J. Graham for additional playing time and also needs to fend off fellow rook... Read More|