Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fantasy Football Sleepers

Ryan Tannehill - Miami Dolphins

Clearly, Tannehill should not be a starting QB in a 10, 12 or even a 14 team league. But if you play in 2 QB formats, or if injuries knock out a QB or 2 this season, Ryan Tannehill could be extremely valuable. 3 QBs above him are Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger and Sam Bradford. Vick could lose his job any week, Big Ben has no offensive line and Sam Bradford, lets be honest, he is not what the Rams were looking for. Tannehill has Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline lining up wide, with Dustin Keller in the middle. Those are 3 solid targets and as mentioned in our Brian Hartline PPR Gold post, these two already have a nice chemistry. Anthony Fasano caught 41 passes for 5 TDs last season, so there is no reason to not trust Dustin Keller to do that plus some. Let's not forget, Keller caught 110 passes for over 1500 yards and 10 TDs from Mark Sanchez over a two year period! Then you have Mike Wallace, the deep threat the Dolphins were missing last season. Tannehill attempted just 45 passes 21+ yards down the field last season. Not because he can't but because the Dolphins had no one capable of running that route. Mike Wallace is going to change the game for Ryan and the Dolphins.

QB Rankings

Shane Vereen - New England Patriots

With the loss of so many weapons this offseason, the Patriots are going to have to be creative and Vereen is their most versatile player. Vereen has the upside of a Reggie Bush and tends to get drafted 2 or 3 rounds later. Vereen will be used in space and he averaged 18.6 yards per reception last season (on just 8 receptions and 13 targets). Then in the postseason, he caught 7 passes for 105 yards and 2 TDs. Danny Woodhead is in San Diego and Brandon Bolden has yet to pass Vereen on the depth charts, while battling LeGarrette Blount for snaps. Tom Brady is no stranger to dumping it off to his RB either, as Kevin Faulk caught 185 passes over 4 seasons but Vereen has that ability to create in open space and should be able to do much more than Faulk after the catch. New England always seems to turn one player into fantasy gold every season and it appears to Shane Vereen's turn!

RB Rankings

Brian Hartline - Miami Dolphins

Read Brian Hartline PPR Gold post from July

WR Rankings

Jordan Cameron - Cleveland Browns

Cameron was a non-factor in college, (16 receptions 1 TD career at USC), A non-factor in the NFL in 2012 (20 receptions 1 TD last season for the Browns) . So, why is he a sleeper for us? He is a 6"5 245 pound TE who runs a 4.6 40 on a team that just let former tight ends Alex Smith and Ben Watson go and only has primary blocking TE Kellen Davis to compete with. Also, with Norv Turner as OC of the Browns, Cameron could get more looks to hopefully the Antonio Gates of old. Watson was 3rd on the Browns targets list last season with 82, 16th amongst TEs.

TE Rankings

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