Welcome to Part III of a six-part series in which we will touch on tips and tricks to hopefully help you evaluate the 2013 fantasy football season.
Last Call: Sleepers and Drafting the Late Rounds
Your team is built in the first 5 rounds. If you whiff on your first rounder, you are in for a rough season. But this is America. We like underdogs. We like saying “I told you so” even more. Which is why, every year, you spend an inordinate amount of time fussing over those last 3 rounds of your draft. Round 1 takes as long as it takes 12 guys to click “Submit Pick.” Round 14 takes as long as it take 12 guys to Google “Division III rookie sleepers” and read the first 5 results. These are my sleepers. None of them are from Division III.
DeAngelo Williams - Jonathan Stewart is on the PUP list which means this is DeAngelo’s show until at least week 6. Word was that it was his job before that anyway. His style of running is better suited to the system Carolina is using this year. Newton will vultures some TDs but the yards will be there.
Cordarelle Patterson - He has apparently done very well in camp this year. He’s got hands, speed, and the build of a Julio Jones type. I also am not buying Greg Jennings being the guy in Minnesota.
Ryan Broyles - Broyles is coming off his second ACL tear but I love this guy. He would have been a first rounder out of college if not for an ACL tear his senior year. All he does is produce. With Calvin Johnson drawing a crowd and Matt Stanford slinging the ball 40+ times a game, someone has to reap the benefits.
Alshon Jeffrey - Speaking of slinging the ball 40+ times a game, Jay Cutler has been known to do a little of that. I liked Jeffrey last week. This week Brandon Marshall started whining about a hip injury. I love Alshon Jeffrey this week.
Justin Hunter - Maybe I should have just said “Rookie Wide Receivers from Tennessee.” Yes, Tennessee was terrible but they had some talent at wide receiver and I cannot forget the way Hunter torched a very good Florida secondary last year. Quick and sure-handed are two good qualities in a wide receiver.
Jared Cook - As I’ve mentioned, tight end is a shallow pool this year. Jeff Fischer leaned on tight ends a lot in Tennessee and he thought enough of Cook to bring him along when he joined the Rams. If you miss on the big names at TE, Cook is definitely worth a look.
Heath Miller - Roethlisberger finds him in the endzone. End of story.
Dolphins Defense – They looked good in the preseason. If you’re the last guy to pick a defense in your league, they are worth a chance.
2013 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT GUIDE KIT
Part I: Past results vs. future production
Part II: That ex-girlfriend you just keep going back to
Part III: Last Call, Sleepers and Drafting the Late Rounds
Part IV: Gentlemen, you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention
Part V: Don’t do it, don’t you take these players
Part VI: I really hope my league doesn’t see this list