It’s hard to win a fantasy league without making a few great late picks during the draft. Every year there are a handful of guys that go late but end up having huge value. Our experts give you a list of deep sleepers that you should target in the late rounds of your 2010 fantasy football draft. If you have any fantasy football questions about a sleepers, busts, or who to draft, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Sports Forum.
This rookie running back has climbed up the depth chart in Tampa, and it looks like he is now the primary back up. We still aren’t convinced that Carnell Williams is the answer for the Bucs and and it looks like Huggins could be in line for a decent amount of touches. Tampa Bay should be a lot better on offense this year, and Huggins could put up big numbers if he gets a chance to start.
Washington has always been an exciting player to watch, but he has yet to put together a fantasy relevant season. A broken leg ended his 2009 campaign, but he should be 100% by the time the season starts. We doubt he will start the season as the No.1 running back, as he will be competing for touches with Justin Forsett and Julius Jones, but we do think he will see a decent amount of carries, and he could take over the job at some point this season.
Cedric Benson was overworked and banged up last year, and we think it could happen again. Scott was impressive when given a chance to start in ’09, and if given another shot he should put up great numbers. Benson has a history of injuries and has never played an entire 16-game season and with Larry Johnson gone there will be less competition for touches. We think Scott is a great gamble really late in the draft or at least a handcuff pick for Benson owners.
All eyes have been on rookie Ben Tate and Steve Slaton, but don’t overlook Arian Foster. We think Tate has the biggest long term value and Slaton will get some touches, but it looks like Foster will be given a chance to start. If he plays well right out of the gate, Foster could hold on to the job all year. He’s worth a look late in deeper drafts this summer.
Doucet had some great games down the stretch last year, and we think he could pick up right were he left off. The trade of Anquan Boldin gives Doucet a better chance of making an impact, but he will likely be the No. 3 WR for the Cardinals behind Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston. With Matt Leinart taking over for Kurt Warner the Cardinals passing game may not be as effective, but Doucet could be a nice surprise this season.
There has been a lot of talk about Mike Martz coming to the Bears, and what that could mean for the offense. Essentially, all Bears receivers get a boost in value, but Knox will need to hold off Devin Aromashodu and Earl Bennett for a starting spot. Knox found the end zone five times last year and we wouldn’t be shocked if his numbers go up across the board. Whether he starts or not, he still has plenty of sleeper potential and is worth a late-round pick in most leagues.
We liked Schilens as a sleeper last year, but an early foot injury forced him to miss almost the entire season. When he came back he played pretty well and we think he has a solid year. With the addition of Jason Campbell, the Raiders finally have a decent quarterback, so they should be able to find the end zone more in 2010.
Massaquoi had a lot of good games last year, but consistency was a big issue. Cleveland added some more experience at the quarterback position with Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme, but we still don’t think the Browns offense is going to be much better this year. However, we do think Massaquoi could be more consistent. We doubt he will put up huge numbers this year, but we think he could get close to 1,000 yards and a handful of TD’s.
Wes Welker appears to be on track for the start of the season, but if he suffers any setbacks it would open the door for Edelman to get some playing time. Edelman is a very similar player to Welker and would do well in PPR leagues. Edelman would only have marginal fantasy value if Welker is in the lineup so be sure to monitor his status for the start of the season.
The Redskins were a huge disappointment last year, but they have done a lot to improve their offense. Thomas appears to have a strong hold on the number two receiver job, and with his speed he could quickly become one of Donovan McNabb’s favorite targets. Thomas is one of our favorite wide receiver deep sleepers and he could be an absolute steal in the later rounds.