Week 1: Super Sleepers
Robert Woods produced at USC and has been on fantasy owners' radar since he the Bills spent an early draft selection on him. Considering the minimal options opposite Stevie Johnson, his future is bright. Yet between his current WR3 role in Buffalo and the inexperience at quarterback, his draft value proved low to the point of being undrafted in leagues. Consider the new coaching staff talking a fast pace attack and the promise of E.J. Manuel, it's possible the Bills offense produces more than expected. Against New England, look for a second half in catch up mode, meaning pass, pass, pass. Woods will compete for targets with some other young receivers, but should eventually win out.
If Peyton Manning looks his way early and often, Julius Thomas might be one of the top steals in fantasy drafts. It's possible his value changes down the line as Denver has other TE options, but the athletic Thomas easily has the most potential. Some skeptics say Thomas will not see as many targets as he did in preseason thanks to Denver's three-wide receiver attack. They're probably right, but we know Manning isn't afraid to spread the wealth. While In smaller leagues he remains a deeper option, he's worthy of a start in deeper leagues. Thomas will start Thursday vs. Baltimore. Let's see if he lives up to Mile High hype.