In 1978, Michael Jordan was famously cut from his Varsity High School basketball team. In 1949, 28 year-old Rodney Dangerfield quit show business and began selling aluminum siding for a living. In 2017, North Korea became capable of fitting a large nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile. Hopefully Kim Jong Un doesn’t find any success close to the magnitude of what MJ and Rodney eventually experienced.
Nonetheless, all three individuals were majorly slept on before doing big things in their fields. Jordan grew four inches during the summer leading into his junior year of high school, 49-year-old Dangerfield was rediscovered by Ed Sullivan when his show needed a last-minute replacement, and Kim Jong Un set North Korea’s clocks back a half hour in 2017 because he believed Japan stole that time from them in 1919.
Who knows where they got their nuclear technology from, but nobody ever thought anyone could out crazy North Korea. However, everyone slept on America. They should have known the U.S.A. loves a good challenge. We sent over Dennis Rodman and cheered on Donald Trump as he slept his way through the Republican Primaries. Who you tryin’ to get crazy with North Korea? Don’t you know we’re loco?
Let’s take a look at the NFL fantasy football sleepers who will be awoken in 2017!
It’s time for the Perkulator, it’s time for the Perkulator… Perkins was buried in the depth chart last year after he was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round. However, he was projected to get drafted in the third round before injuring his hammy running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He finished with zero touchdowns as Rashad Jennings unimpressively hogged the backfield for most of the season.
Rashad is gone, the job is now Perkins to lose. Giants running back coach Craig Johnson recently told reporters, “He ended last season playing like a guy that is ready to take over the job,” Johnson added. “There is nothing so far in the offseason to show he’s not going to be able to handle that role.” Get perky in the sixth round of your fantasy draft.
The Browns quarterback situation might be touch and go like a Taylor Swift groper, but someone has to catch the balls in Cleveland. Last year’s 15th overall NFL draft pick should see plenty of targets, the Browns figure to be playing from behind at all times and WR Terrell Pryor has moved to Washington D.C. If the Browns passing game produces at all, Corey Coleman will be a steal in the 11th round he’s currently being drafted in.
Texans fan hates Brock Osweiller; but let me tell you Texans fans something you might not know, everyone hates Brock. No one’s ever been so gangly and obnoxious since Screech Powers in the “The New Class”. Most NFL quarterbacks can make the ball whistle, Brock’s throws had voice crackage. It was one of the worst signing of all time, but he’s gone and the Texans drafted their future with the 12th overall pick in 2017. It’s a matter of time before Watson takes over as the Texans starting quarterback, and that time might be Week 1. Watson’s wheels make him a worthwhile flyer in the later rounds.
He might be on this list every year until the day he retires. However, he’s a name to keep in mind as you reach the eleventh round. Drafted in the third round of 2015, the Duke of Dogpound has averaged 57 receptions his first two years in the league. Browns’ Head Coach Hue Jackson recently said he wants to get Duke the ball as much as he can this season. Considering Hue’s praise and the fact the Browns should be trailing in games most of 2017, Duke has a great shot at a career year and well over 60 receptions. Put up your dukes and reach for him in your PPR leagues.
Miggity Miggity Mac crisscrossed over from Kansas City to Baltimore this off season, moving to a much pass friendlier home. As the No. 1 receiver for the Chiefs in 2017, Maclin was criminally underused in their run heavy offense. It turns out he was playing with a torn groin for much of 2016, although it didn’t require surgery and he is apparently 100%. The 29-year-old oft injured receiver is not without risks, but this slot receiver could pay off for savvy drafters; especially in PPR leagues. Miggity Mac is a great bargain if you can get him in the late 9th or early tenth round.
It’s unclear is rookie WR Mike Williams will be ready for the season, and it would hardly be a shock if WR Keenan Allen breaks some sort of bone early in the year. Allen spoke of Benjamin recently stating he looks faster following his knee surgery. We might be looking at a Henry Gardenhoser “Rookie of the Year” situation with Benjamin. Maybe his tendons healed a little tight and he’s more powerful than ever, if anyone knows about injuries its Keenan Allen. Benjamin is expected to have a solid role as an outside receiver while receiving rave reviews in camp, he’s not a bad option in the last couple rounds of your draft.
In the 2017 draft, the Chiefs moved in on Kareem Hunt like a bitch; to quote our POTUS. They drafted him in the third round after telling future Hall of Fame running back Jamaal Charles to pack his bags. Hunt will have to beat out Spencer Ware for the job in KC. Ware was impressive in 2015 when he was a sporadic fill in for injuries, but showed how pedestrian he was last year finishing with only three rushing touchdowns on 214 carries. Head Coach Andy Reid historically likes a workhorse to dominate touches in his backfield, the Hunt is on in 2017.
Like Davy Crocket, the Chargers second year tight-end has the name of a man who should be a 19th-century American folk hero; Hunterrrrr, Hunter Henrrrryyyyy. Rookie tight-ends historically don’t produce, but this legend in the making seemed to do everything right on the field in 2016 and finished with eight touchdowns as a rookie. Antonio Gates will steal some red zone work if he can stay healthy, but Henry is the future and the future begins now. Steal him in the late eighth or early ninth round.
Undrafted and entering his third year in the NFL, Cam has the opportunity to make 2017 a career year. Quarterback Mike Glennon will be forced to throw a lot in 2017 as the Bears are expected to be playing from behind often; and he’ll look to his 6’3” target in Cameron Meredith. Meredith finished with four games over 100 receiving yards in 2016, he should improve on that considerably and improve upon his four touchdowns from a year ago, as well. Cameron should prove to be the Bears most utilized red zone weapon this year. Yes, we Cam!