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Strategy and Sleepers from the guys at The Box

Our experts talk sleepers, young passers, who they're taking at 2 and whether to Gronk or not Gronk
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4) Top WR sleeper:

Brian Murphy: I'm a fan of Vincent Brown. He needs to stay healthy, but you can say that about every player in any sport. Brown is a tough possession wide receiver who should feel snug in the Chargers' new short-passing game. Injuries for San Diego at that position have guaranteed Brown a starting job come Week 1, and he may be Philip Rivers' top target.

Ben Standig: Chris Givens currently sports a WR ADP in the 40s, but the number folks should focus on with the speedster is 50. As in Givens setting a rookie record for the most consecutive games (five) with a 50-yard grab. He averaged 16.6 yards on 42 receptions last season, yet is not a one-dimensional flyer.

Matt De Lima: If everybody already knows about Danny Amendola, I don't think he counts. Digging a little deeper, I like Ryan Broyles in Detroit. Tons of pass attempts from Matthew Stafford and he could be the No. 2 targeted pass-catcher.

5) To Gronk or not to Gronk

Standig: I'm not going TE in the first four rounds unless Jimmy Graham drops, as I prefer a RB-RB-WR-WR path to glory. But if that plan hits and Rob Gronkowski is there in the fifth... Recent reports suggest the Pro Bowler might only miss three weeks. That means when he returns, I'll have a massive advantage over almost every team in my league at TE for the final 13 games. When out, I'll use a decent option (Pettigrew, Bennett) comparable enough to what other owners will start regularly. Big risk, big reward, but one I'll explore if the plan comes together.

Murphy: I refuse to pick Gronk. We know Jimmy Graham is at the top of the heap, and everyone else is looking way up at him. But the tight end position has a nice mixture of proven producers -- Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez, Vernon Davis -- as well as potential high-value selections -- Jared Cook, Jordan Cameron. If players like that are around, why would I want to spend a top pick on a tight end who will probably miss at least the first two games of the season and has undergone five surgeries in the past nine months?

De Lima: I'm passing on Bro Gronkowski this year. He'd have to fall really far, maybe round 6 or 7 for me to take a chance on him. I have no respect for the TE position unless it is Jimmy Graham this year.

6) The one player you want to own in every draft is...?

De Lima: Adrian Peterson. All day. Beyond him, Drew Brees since he is the most consistently dominant fantasy player. Finished in the Top 14 in QB scoring in 15 of his 16 games. Top 7 nine times. Sean Peyton's return can only help.

Murphy: Yes, it's Adrian Peterson. That is the answer. Everyone should say his name. But since that should be a common line, I'll point out that I have exited almost every mock draft I've completed with Jared Cook on my roster. If I actually owned a farm, I would bet it on him to be awesome this year.

Standig: Let's move the past obvious names, even past my fantasy crush David Wilson and head elsewhere - like Arizona. All the pass catchers will benefit from the presence of Carson Palmer (including Michael Floyd). With his red zone size( plus the the benefit of playing opposite Larry Fitzgerald), the former Golden Domer will finish the season significantly closer to, if not, inside WR25 versus his current WR45 ADP.

 
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