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Top 10 Fantasy Football Sleepers of 2008

Top 10 Fantasy Football Sleepers of 2008

 Every season there are always a
handful of players that fly under the radar in fantasy drafts. These players
are often undervalued because people don?t know enough about them and don?t
want to take a mid-round chance on them in hopes of making their team a
championship contender. Having a few sleepers in mind on draft day is not only
essential, but it will give fantasy players a great opportunity to take a
gamble on a player that could single-handedly put them at the top of their
league standings. Here is a list of 10 sleepers to think about for the upcoming
fantasy football season.

 

1. Kevin Smith, RB

Detroit
Lions

            Smith is
coming off an incredible college career at

Central Florida
where he was the workhorse and excelled at it. Not only is he coming off a
season in which he rushed for over 2,500 yards and scored 29 TD?s, but he also
landed on a Detroit Lions team that is in desperate need of a big-time runner.
He will be right in the mix with Kevin Jones and Tatum Bell to earn the right
to be the Week 1 starter. And since RB?s are gold in fantasy, Smith could be a
solid No. 2 back this year that could be available in the late rounds of
drafts.

 

2. Michael Turner, RB

Atlanta
Falcons

            Turner is
finally done being LT?s shadow and should be the starter in

Atlanta. He has all the skills and ability to
be a starter in the league and will get every chance to prove it for the
rebuilding Falcons. Turner is a very fast RB, but also is a power runner. That
could be a deadly combination for fantasy owners come September. Plus with
rookie franchise QB Matt Ryan taking the snaps, Turner will be getting plenty
of carries while Ryan learns how to play in the NFL. Look for Turner to be a
steal as your No. 2 RB.

 

3. Donte? Stallworth, WR Cleveland Browns

            Stallworth
is a big-play wide out who was underutilized in

New
England
last season. He has all the skills to be a solid No. 2 WR
if he can get the ball and I think that won?t be a problem in

Cleveland where Stallworth will have the
likes of Derek Anderson throwing to him. Last season, Tom Brady said that no
one runs better after the catch then Donte? Stallworth. That should be enough
reason to draft him as your 2nd WR.

 

4. Dwayne Bowe, WR Kansas City Chiefs

            Bowe is a young
and talented receiver who exploded on the scene in 2007. He is a big target at
6-2 220 lbs. and has great hands. Last season, Bowe finished with just under
1,000 yards receiving (995) and scored five TD?s and that was with a bunch of
different QB?s throwing to him. It looks like Brodie Croyle will be the QB for
the Chiefs to start the season and the two have already been building up good
chemistry so look for Bowe to improve across the board this season. If Croyle
can consistently get him the ball, then Bowe could push to be a No. 1 WR on
fantasy teams.

5. Owen Daniels, TE

Houston
Texans

            Daniels had
a solid 2007 campaign, but suffered when QB Matt Schaub was injured. When
Schaub was healthy, Daniels was often his favorite target, especially in the red-zone.
He finished with nearly 800 receiving yards and three TD?s and that?s without
having his QB for almost six games. Daniels will still be available after the
eighth round, but look for him to be a top 5 fantasy TE in 2008 with the return
of a steady developing Schaub who loves throwing to his TE.

 

6. Aaron Rodgers, QB

Green
Bay
Packers

            It is
finally Rodgers? show in Cheese head Territory and look for him to be ready for
the challenge. Rodgers showed glimpses of what he?s capable of against the Cowboys
last year when Favre got hurt. He possessed the poise and leadership that a
great QB needs to have to be successful and with the talent that

Green Bay has at WR,
Rodgers could be in for a breakout season in 2008. If you miss out on the
Brady?s, Manning?s, Palmer?s and Brees?, then Rodgers might not be a bad
selection later on.

 

7. Rashard Mendenhall, RB

Pittsburgh Steelers

            Mendenhall
is another rookie RB who might surprise in 2008. I understand that the Steelers
already have a solid veteran in Willie Parker, but Mendenhall should still see
the field and give Parker some breaks. He wasn?t drafted 23rd overall
for nothing. Mendenhall is a playmaker who can make things happen whenever the
ball is in his hands and if Parker does get injured or continues to have
fumblitis, then the back from

Illinois
could make some noise in the NFL. He could be a good fit for the flex position
if he can get the ball enough.

           

8. D.J. Hackett, WR Carolina Panthers

            Hackett,
like Stallworth, is moving on to a new place. The big rip on Hackett over the
past few years has been that he can?t stay healthy. He only played in six games
in 2007 for

Seattle,
but when in the lineup he was often a go-to-guy for QB Matt Hasselbeck. Now he
will be playing alongside Steve Smith in

Carolina
and if Jake Delhomme can forget about his dreadful 2007 and bounce back then
Hackett should have a nice season, especially with the fact that most of the
defenses will be double-teaming Smith quite frequently. If healthy I see
Hackett as a solid No. 2 WR in 2008.

 

9. Steve Smith, WR

New
York
Giants

            We all saw
how much Eli Manning loved this guy in the playoffs last season and that
chemistry should only grow in 2008. Smith is quickly becoming the best WR in

New York and could be in
for some big numbers this season. Manning already has plenty of faith in Smith
and with Amani Toomer getting older and Jeremy Shockey on the trading block;
Smith could slide right into a starting slot in

New York alongside Plaxico. He could be a
bargain in fantasy drafts and should develop into a No. 2 WR in 2008.

 

10. Steve Slaton, RB

Houston
Texans

            Slaton is a
small RB with blazing speed who has a reputation of being a playmaker. The fact
that he landed in

Houston
only makes him an even more interesting player to watch in 2008. With
injury-prone starter Ahman Green and the less than impressive Chris Brown as
the players standing in his way, Slaton could become the starter in

Houston later on and be a
nice addition to fantasy teams. The big question with Slaton is his durability,
especially in the NFL, but if he gets a few breaks and uses his speed properly
then he could become a surprise bargain off the waiver wire.

           

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