It’s hard to win a fantasy league without making a few great late picks during the draft. Every year there are several players that get picked near the end of the draft and end up having huge fantasy value. Our experts give you a list of deep sleepers that you you may want to take a gamble on in the late rounds of your 2011 fantasy football draft.
Scott has been a name that has been on the fantasy radar for a couple of seasons now. It started two years ago when most of the fantasy world thought there was no chance Benson could have a good season in Cincinnati (FST not included in this list – check the tapes). This season we believe that Benson will still be the man for the Bengals, but with the youth movement coming we could see Scott get a some more reps since he proved last season when he got the touches he was productive. If the season goes into the tank for the Bengals (which it probably will) ownership might want Scott to get all of the touches as a sort of try out before the 2012 draft.
The Pats took Vereen ahead of Daniel Thomas, Ryan Williams, and LeShoure in this past NFL draft which was a surprise for many people. This does tell you that Pats loved Vereen and believes he really fits their system. There is an outside chance he finds his way into the starting role this season as the Law-Firm is really more of a short yardage and goal line back in the Pats system. If you think we are crazy for even thinking that could happen just know that 10 of the Law-Firms 13 touchdowns came when the Pats were up by a touchdown or more. So he got most of his points when they will killing the clock. Vereen just fits their system a little better and is a great guy to draft with your second to last round pick.
This is a name any Addai owner needs to know since the Colts drafted Carter in the fourth round as insurance in case anything happens to Addai. Carter had over 1200 yards paired with 9 touchdowns his last season at Syracuse. Addai is still surprisingly young (28 years old) but he has a ton of miles on his body so a breakdown this season is not out of question.
1548 yards and 16 touchdowns is the season Hunter had prior to getting drafted by the 49ers. He is a solid back with pretty good hands so he fits the 49ers system. Of course Frank Gore is the man out there, but Gore has only played the entire season once in his six year career. If you are looking for your handcuff to Gore, we say it is Hunter.
You will always hear us say that we don’t love rookie wide receivers since you have to take them too early. A.J. Green and Julio Jones will go around the 80th pick and we feel that is not good value for a rookie. Baldwin on the other hand is basically a lock to start, living with Matt Cassel right now (no joke), big red zone target, very talented, and you can get him 40+ picks later than either Green or Jones.
Much like Baldwin, Little is a rookie and basically a lock to start for the Browns. He is extremely talented and the Browns are high on him since they took him with an early pick even after not playing last year for violating NCAA regulations. Little is a fast wideout and is certainly worth to grab very late in your draft.
When Kurt Warner retired everyone thought that Fitzgerald’s fantasy value would hit rock bottom but when the season was all said and done it was Breaston who seemed to be hurt more. Since the Cards threw in young inexperienced quarterbacks they seemed not to make many reads and solely look to Fitzgerald when dropping back. This season if Kevin Kolb finds his way on the Cardinals’ roster we could certainly see Breaston having a breakout year.
Cook is entering his 3rd season, and we are expecting big things from him this year. He is an athletic tight end, and he has even been compared to Jermichael Finley. Cook finished the season on fire, and we expect him to pick up right were he left off. Cook is going to go extremely late in most drafts, and he should be a great gamble.
As far as rookie tight end seasons go Moeaki, had a great one. He was a big part of the offense right out of the gate, and we expect bigger things from him in 2011. The Chiefs have a young exciting offense, and if they put it all together they could score a lot of points this year. Moeaki is a high upside tight end that should go really late in most drafts.