Finding a few late-round steals and deep sleepers in your 2014 fantasy football draft can make the difference between winning and losing your league. Let’s take a look at a several deep sleepers that you may want to take a gamble on late in your draft. If you have any draft day questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
I am excited to see this guy out on the field more and I think he will be a bigger part of the Chargers offense this year. Antonio Gates is still putting up solid numbers, but I think this is the year that he really slows down and Green will be ready to pickup the slack. Green is a freak of nature and it’s amazing what a man of his size is able to do out on the football field.
Thomas has proven in the past that he can catch the ball out of the backfield, but last year was a bit nuts with 77 catches. With Darren Sproles now out of the way I can’t imagine that number will go down in 2014. Obviously, he has huge value in PPR leagues, but I think he will have enough touches to have solid value in standard leagues as well.
When you look at the situation for Lee it doesn’t seem like he should be on this list. He is on a terrible offense that shouldn’t score that many points and he will have a rookie quarterback throwing him the ball. Even with all that said I am still a fan of the potential of Lee, mainly because they are going to be playing almost the entire season from behind. I think Lee will get plenty of junk yards and targets are the Jags try to catchup in the second half of most games.
With Josh Gordon facing an indefinite suspension, this leaves the Browns receiving corps as a huge mess. True they do have Jordan Cameron, but other than that there isn’t much to get excited about. I could see Hawkins as a guy that Johnny Football could look to on short routes as a possession receiver. In PPR leagues I think Hawkins could be a sneaky late round pick, just don’t expect many touchdowns out of him this year.
The Steelers offense should put up a decent amount of points this year and I think Wheaton will be heavily involved in the offense. With Sanders heading out to play with Peyton Manning in Denver, this gives Wheaton a huge opportunity to show the fantasy world what he is made of. He has shown flashes of greatness and there is a chance he could be a top 30 receiver in 2014.
At some point you have to think that Frank Gore is going to slow down and my guess is that it happens this year. The 49ers drafted Hyde to be a potential replacement for the aging Gore and he is the clear front runner to be the next in line if Gore were to go down with injury. If you end up with Gore on your team then you better be prepared to take Hyde later in the draft as a handcuff.
I think Freeman could be the best deep sleeper this year and overall I love his upside. He is on a team with a great offense and the likelihood of Steven Jackson getting hurt again this year is high. Freeman was impressive in college and I think he fits well on the high powered Falcons offense. If he gets a chance to start this year I think he could offer top 15 running back value.
Even after a monster year in 2013 the fantasy world is still not respecting little Danny Woodhead. He was a top 20 running back last year in full point PPR leagues, but most experts still have him ranked extremely low. I think the Chargers will use him the same way this year and he is worth a look in the middle rounds of any PPR league.
If Tannehill played for a bigger market team then he would be everyone’s favorite quarterback sleeper this year; he just doesn’t get as much attention since he plays for Miami. There are many things to like about Tannehill heading into the 2014 season, including has two solid receivers, an above average tight end and a great one two punch at running back with Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno. All signs are pointing to Miami having a decent offense this year and I think there is a chance that Tannehill can be a top 12 fantasy quarterback.
If you haven’t seen what Matthews did in college then I suggest taking a look at his highlight reel. He can run, he can catch and oh yea, he’s 6’3″ 212 pounds. He should fit well into the void left by DeSean Jackson and even if he doesn’t end up starting I think the Eagles will find a way to get the ball into this talented rookie’s hands.