Everyone wants to land a sleeper that has a huge season that leads them to a title. Every year there’s a player or two out there that if you find a way to grab them late, can make or break your season with an unexpected great season of their own.
2012 has their share of sleepers to look out for, and while a lot of folks will have their eyes on these players, don’t be shy in going after a few of these players late in your draft.
1. David Wilson RB New York Giants – The G-Men want to run the ball more and be better at it in 2012, which is why Wilson is a solid pick that can help your team. He will be behind Ahmad Bradshaw, but will get his share of carries for the Giants this season. Wilson has the makings of being a solid breakaway threat, and he can pile up a lot of points just on a few carries. You won’t be disappointed you picked him.
2. Jake Locker QB Tennessee – Your going to need more than one QB in your league, even if you get an Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, and Locker isn’t a bad backup to have. He won the QB battle, and last season showed skills in the limited time he had on the field for the Titans. He will have a lot of speedy weapons around him, like Chris Johnson, Kenny Britt (after his suspension), Nate Washington and rookie Kendall Wright. I can see Locker even getting a few scores on the ground, even better for your team if you get him.
3. Randall Cobb WR Green Bay – Remember opening night last season when Cobb took back a kick? Seemed like everyone was ready to jump on his bandwagon, but then he really didn’t do all that much after that. Last season he had 25 catches for 375 with one TD. I can see those numbers doubling with ease, making him a 50/750/2 guy, with a chance easily for more TD’s. In that Packer offense, don’t be afraid to take a shot on him late in your draft.
4. Coby Fleener TE Indianapolis – Remember the relationship that Peyton Manning had with Dallas Clark? I see the same thing with Andrew Luck now as the Colts QB and the new TE for the Colts. Fleener will be the safety valve for Luck on a lot of plays that break down, and it could result in a very good first season. As a backup TE, take a shot on him late, as he could pull in 6-7 touchdowns and could have a lot of catches in that Colts 2012 offense.
5. Jonathan Dwyer RB Pittsburgh – Todd Haley the new Steelers OC has said they will run the ball more in the Steel City, and that could be good for those that pickup Dwyer. Many will focus on both Issac Redman and Rashard Mendenhall, who is still not close to being ready, which leaves Dwyer for a lucky owner to snag late in a lot of drafts. He will get a workload, more so in short yardage and possibly goal-line, meaning that it could pay off big time for fantasy owners.
6. Josh Freeman QB Tampa Bay – A poor season a year ago is going to pay off for an owner this year, as Freeman has worked hard and is determined to be better in 2012 with a new coach in Tampa. Freeman has a new stud WR in Vincent Jackson, a new solid guard up front to protect him in Carl Nicks, and a running back in Doug Martin that can help as well. With better pieces and parts around him and more protection, I like the direction that Freeman is headed in.
7. Ed Dickson TE Baltimore – Joe Flacco will get more of the offense on his shoulders in 2012, and I think that could pay off for Dickson, who last season had a solid line of 54/528/5. Those numbers I expect will be even up this year, as Dickson continues as the top TE for the Ravens. Flacco likes to throw to him, and it will pay off for an owner that grabs him in the 10-12th rounds.