*It’s time to distract ourselves a little bit from all the concussion ugliness and scandal that’s gripped the NFL over the last off season. Enough. Let the words “Aaron Hernandez,” “Riley Cooper” and “Tim Tebow” not be mentioned here.
Instead, let’s get ready for that great American past-time, a sort-of sport which – in all honesty – is probably a lot bigger than hockey (or even baseball) at this point. It’s fantasy football season. Odds are, you’ll be getting into your draft at some point this week or next. So let’s go deep into the sleeper pool and pick up some guys you’ll need to be drafting. Not the Adrian Petersons or Aaron Rodgerses of the world – here are the DEEP sleepers that you’re gonna be picking at the end of the draft, searching for that home run.
WR JOSH GORDON (CLE) – The Browns offense should be a LOT steadier this year – and this second-year wideout could be the beneficiary of a bunch of passes from sophomore QB Brandon Weeden. Jordan Cameron, the Browns’ tight end, is another big sleeper – but he’s been publicized like crazy the last few weeks, so good luck getting him at a discount.
RB SHANE VEREEN (NE) – New England is going to run, run, and run some more this year. Stevan Ridley is ostensibly the lead back, but backup Vereen is nearly as capable – and an even better receiver. He could easily end up with a bunch of pound-it-in TDs and a ton of creative scores from Tom Brady’s ar
QB E.J MANUEL (BUF) – There were audible gasps when Buffalo “reached” for Manuel in the first round this year. All of those were silenced through two very impressive preseason performances, and Manuel might just end up the starter on opening day against New England. He’s got a ton of offensive talent around him; a season not unlike RGIII’s freshman year really isn’t impossible. Stop laughing at us. Go ahead and take him as a high-upside backup.
TE TONY MOEAKI (KC) – His career’s been derailed by injuries so far, but Moeaki has a ton of talent – and an actually competent quarterback behind center in Alex Smith, along with Andy Reid at the helm. He could emerge as a legit #1 TE this year.
DOLPHINS DEFENSE – Don’t sleep on Miami. They’ve got a dominant pass rusher in Cameron Wake, talent up and down the lines and a solid secondary. They’ve looked good in preseason and could quietly sneak into the league’s top ten in defense. Pick them if you’re stuck at the end of the draft, seeking out a D.